In My Planner: June 2017

You’d think that being such a planner happy person, I’d have my life a little more in order, right? LOL. It’s funny how an infant couldn’t care less about your planner and just makes you do whatever he wants whenever he wants. But you know what? His cute little face and lack of regard for planning doesn’t keep me from at least trying to keep my life organized! If there’s one thing I will continue to do, it is to keep using my Passion Planner. So here is a look at my weekly layouts for June.

As you can see, I’m still jumping back and forth between different planning methods. I love my subject blocks method, but I wanted to try actually scheduling small parts of my day as well. So you can see my trying to do just that. But until Littlest is finally on a somewhat predictable schedule, I’ll probably continue jumping back and forth between different layouts and planning methods. Oh well. At least my planner gives me the flexibility to switch things up as much as I need to!

I hope posting my weekly layouts offers you some inspiration for how to organize your own planners! With so many different planners out there, it can be hard to find your planner peace. But remember that you should make your planner work for you! And don’t be afraid to use it in unconventional ways if you need to. Passion Planner gives me that ability, which is why it is my primary planner. If you’d like to try Passion Planner for yourself, head over to their website and get one today. And make sure to use the code JACKIE10 to get 10% off your purchase.

In My PP: April/May 2017

It’s been a crazy past couple of months since Littlest Moose was born. Of course, he’s been taking up most of my time. It’s been hard to find the time to sit down and craft. But one thing I’ve been sure to do is to continue with my planner. Not only because it keeps my mind and my days somewhat organized, but also because the one or two hours I get to take each week to do a spread provides a great opportunity for me to just relax and focus on the coming days and what I need to get done. It’s kind of like therapy that I can do for myself one night a week after the kids have all gone to bed.

Warning: This is a VERY image loaded post! But I hope that some of you can find inspiration in how I do my layouts. And perhaps some of you can find encouragement in seeing that even though things get written down and planned, they don’t always get done. But I write them down anyways to remind myself of what can be accomplished if I push myself and do my best. So here you are, my weekly Passion Planner spreads for April and May.

Since Littlest was born, I’ve kind of ignored the time slots in my Passion Planner. It’s hard to stick to a very specific schedule with a newborn who does what he wants when he wants. So I’ve been covering up the times with washi tape and dividing each day into “subject blocks”. Under each subject I write down to dos or appointments so my days still stay organized, but I’m not restricted to completing tasks in a specific amount of time. This layout has been working out fantastically for me. Give it a try if you don’t like dividing up your day by the hour.

Same concept with the subject blocks, but I mixed them up just so the colors can kind of be all over the place. I didn’t really like it though, LOL. Oh, and I started adding a habit tracker! Helps me make sure I complete certain tasks each day without having to write it down everyday. And no, I don’t always write in the dates. Mainly because I forget. Or I’m too lazy.

Watercolored spread inspired by the Jane Davenport washi tape I used.

This week was the week my family took a vacation to Walt Disney World. We vacation without a schedule, so I decided to do a little memory planning for this spread. This was so much fun to do and I love having pictures to look at to remember our trip.

No washi tape! Less bulk, but still functional the way I need it to be.

Another “no washi” spread.

Back to using washi tape. Because FLAMINGOS! And I love the monochromatic color scheme for this particular week.

So tell me, which spread was your favorite? What do you think of my “subject blocks” replacing the time slots? I hope you found your own planner inspiration in this post! And if you decide to do a layout like this in your own planner, make sure to share it on Instagram and tag me (@mypapermoose) so I can see!

In My PP: February/March 2017

Ok, so I wasn’t planning (no pun intended) on doing another planner post right away. But with how things have been going for me, it’s just kind of the way things worked out blog-wise! So I hope you don’t mind having another planner post so soon! I do have more paper crafting projects to share very soon, so hang in there!

Because today is the start of a new month, I thought it would be appropriate to give you all a look at the monthly view in my Passion Planner. So here is what February’s layout looked like after the month ended!

And here is what my March layout looks like before I add to it throughout the month with notes and ideas.

You’ll notice on the bottom of the right page, there’s space for you to create a Mind Map of a “Gamechanger” for the month. That space is basically a spot for you to draw a mini Passion Plan for one specific item from your yearly Passion Plan that you created at the start of your planner. I love that section, as it allows me to pick a goal for the month and break it down into actionable steps I can take to achieve that goal. I haven’t filled out this month’s Mind Map just yet, but I know what I will be focusing on!

Another great feature of the Passion Planner that I love is the Monthly Reflection pages at the end of each month. These pages pose questions that make you think about the month you just completed and how you can make the next month different, and hopefully better, by reflecting on what did and didn’t work the previous month and what you can do to be more effective and productive. Here are my reflections for February going into March.

And before we go, I just wanted to share the exciting news that I am a Spring Passion Planner Representative! Woohoo! So I get to share more about Passion Planner and how amazing a tool it is in a more official capacity! I’m so excited! And it means that you can get a discount on the fabulous Passion Planner by using my rep code! So if you’ve been wanting to get your own PP, now is the time! Head over to the Passion Planner website and use my code to get 10% off your purchase!

Want to know more about what makes the Passion Planner unique? Or do you want to see a blog post about a specific aspect of the Passion Planner? Let me know and I will be happy to share more with you.

Meet Passion Planner

I am so ready to dive into the world of planners and decorating them. I can’t wait to talk about what I use to decorate, how I do my layouts, and why I use my planners the way I do. But before we get into all that fun craziness, I thought it might be a good idea to first tell you more about the planners that I use and why I love them so much!

So today, I’d like you all to meet the Passion Planner!

Meet the Passion Planner

The first time I heard about the Passion Planner (PP) was actually when it was on Kickstarter. I never did jump on that first chance to buy a PP, but  I was still intrigued with the unique layout of the weekly pages and how it integrated questions throughout to get you focusing on your specific goals as opposed to just writing down tasks and to dos. My curiosity with it got the best of me at the end of last year and I finally purchased an undated, compact-sized PP. Since then it has quickly become my absolute favorite planner that I have ever owned (and I’ve owned quite a few planners!).

Weekly Layout from the week of February 12th

The weekly layout is one of my favorite features of this planner. Each day is broken down by time slots so that specific times of the day can be marked for appointments or tasks. I love this type of breakdown as it gives me a good perspective of what I need to do and how much time I have available to do it.

I also love how there are spaces to write down my focus not just for the week, but also for each day. I don’t always utilize these spots (though I really should), but I love that it’s there for me to use and remind myself of what I really need to accomplish each day. And there are plenty of spaces to write down lists such as To Dos, work tasks, or other items. I like to write down my tasks and to dos in specific time slots to give myself a sort of deadline to get them done, so I use the “Personal To Dos” and “Work To Dos” areas to write down notes, project ideas, or to draft tentative blog post schedules. And the Space of Infinite Possibility available each week is a great space to sketch out ideas, brainstorm,  journal some thoughts I’ve had, or stamp/write down inspirational quotes.

Weekly Layout from the week of January 22nd

But my absolute favorite feature of this planner is the constant focus on your goals. In the first few pages of the PP, there is a section where you can create what they call a Passion Roadmap. You start by making a wish list of what you’d like to do or be or have in the next 3 months, one year, three years, and your lifetime. From that wish list, you take one of those goals and create you Passion Plan, mapping out what steps you need to take to accomplish that goal this year. I honestly thought I’d just skip over these pages and use the planner as just a planner. But when I actually sat down and did the wish list portion of the Passion Roadmap, it really got me excited to think about all the things I’d like to gain or accomplish in the near future! Things like having my very own website, starting an encouragement project, or buying into Disney Vacation Club. It didn’t matter how frivolous or ridiculous the goal or desire. I just wrote it down and started to think about ways I could reach that specific item. And I realized, it all really is possible!

My Passion Roadmap:
Wish List and Passion Plan

For my Passion Plan, I decided to focus on my one year goal to SHINE. I wrote about this goal in a previous post and I am still working hard to follow each step I set up for it. I try to integrate different steps into each month’s or each week’s focus. And it’s easy to assign specific steps or tasks to each week or month thanks to the spaces provided on those pages just for that purpose. There is the constant integration of steps from my Passion Plan to the monthly or weekly layouts, and I love that it regularly reminds me of my Passion Plan and what I am working towards this year.

If you’ve never heard of the Passion Planner or have been on the fence about purchasing your own, I hope this post has given you a better idea of what it’s like and what sets it apart from other planners. This planner has become such a vital tool for my everyday life and I want to share how it can be the same for you. If you’re still not sure about it, check out the Passion Planner Story on their website and see how this planner came to be.

 

 

 

If you’re ready to purchase your own PP and get started on discovering and working towards your greatest passions, then purchase yours here. And make sure to let them know I referred you by using my rep code JACQUELINE10 at checkout! It will even save you 10% on your purchase 🙂

Love Notes Planner Clips

Honestly, I can’t get enough of those tiny envelopes you can make using the Love Notes Framelits Dies from the Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalog. I mean, how can you not love the miniatureness of it all! They’re just so cute!

When I made the first couple of tiny envelopes, I immediately knew that I had to glue them onto paperclips to make some little bookmarks.

Guys, these are seriously the easiest little planner clips and bookmarks to make! Just cut the envelopes from any fun paper you want and assemble, glue onto a paper clip, and now you have your own little clip for your planner or current read! These would make fabulous gifts for planner addicts (like me!) or book lovers that you may know. So make sure to keep this type of simple project in mind for the next time you’re stumped on cute gift ideas! These could also make really cute embellishment for other projects like cards or gift tags. Really, the possibilities are endless.

Now to raid my hoard of designer series paper and make a bunch more of these for all seasons and occasions!

 

 

 

If you’re not into DIY, you can shop these and other planner clips in My Etsy Shop!

My Name is Jackie and I’m a Planner Addict

As a normally Type A personality (I’ve lightened up a bit over the years…haha), I have always had a need and an affinity for planners and agendas. I wouldn’t have survived college without my student agenda to keep my class schedules, work schedules, and assignment due dates organized and in one easy place of reference. Even after college I used various planners to keep track of my work schedules and other random things I had going on. Yeah, I actually had a social life back then, LOL. I don’t think I’ve ever gone through a time since I started college that I wasn’t using a planner or agenda of some sort. Even when I started working from home, I used simple planners to plan out project ideas or to keep track of Mr. Moose’s work schedule. They just make me feel sane and give me the false sense of order and organization in my life.

Source: Facebook

These days my life is more hectic and busier than ever. Mini Moose is in kindergarten (did you see that?…KINDERGARTEN!). Mr. Moose has his own side business he does with a friend. Baby Moose is still keeping me on my toes here at home. And I’m trying to turn this year into my best year ever. So needless to say, planners definitely still play a huge role in my everyday life.

But there’s a problem with that. You see, I’ve fallen into the deep hole of planner addiction. It’s not just a matter of simply writing things down in my planners anymore. Maybe using different color pens to color code different schedules and tasks. No. That’s not enough anymore. That’s not nearly enough! Now, I need to use stickers and washi tape and paints and pens and pencils of all types to not just write stuff down, but to MAKE IT LOOK PRETTY!

My planners and just a fraction of my planner supplies

Yeah, I’ve definitely got a planner problem now. And I’m not afraid to admit it! Honestly, I never thought I’d fall down this planner hole. I’ve been following planner accounts on Instagram for years, thinking to myself “Gosh, that looks so pretty. But I’d NEVER waste my time doing all that work!” HAHAHAHAHA!!! I was totally kidding myself!

Weekly Layouts from January 22nd

And I have to say, I’m so glad I was wrong! While I’ve always loved having a planner and writing things down, going down this planner addiction hole has completely changed the way I utilize my planners and it’s actually helped me to have better focus on what tasks I need to accomplish each week. It might be hard to believe, but sitting down for an hour or two every week to decorate my weekly layouts gives me a chance to relax, enjoy some creative time in my planners, and really concentrate on what I need to do that week. If I’m going to write something down, I want to make sure it’s important and something that I know I can and will accomplish. And since I’ve started using my planners in this way, my productivity has shot through the roof!

Decorating planners is definitely not for everyone. But for me it has become an amazing creative outlet that I want to share with you all. So you will be seeing weekly blog posts showing more of my planners, how I decorate and use them, and some tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way to incorporate more creativity into a simple planner. This is just another type of paper crafting that I can share with you and hopefully offer you some inspiration in your own craft!