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Keeping Myself Organised

Keeping Myself Organised

When I was in high school, I loved the start of the new year because it meant I could play with new stationery and my new yearly diary. The practice lapsed after high school, and then everything went digital. And for me, this is when things started to get lost.

Last year I got back into using a paper planner. I fell in love with it all over again. It really helps keep me on track, and on top of things. I can jot down notes while I’m on the go, and the best bit is that I FEEL good about having it.

Last year, I managed to grab myself a great deal on a couple of Kikki-K ring binder planners. First an A5/Large size, and then a Personal/Medium size. I loved how customisable they are. You can move things around and add or subtract as the need arises. I also got one for my birthday this year, and I love them all. I will be finding other uses for them however, because I’ve moved to a different type of planner.

The Travelers Notebook style planner is more compact than a ring binder, and almost as open to customisation. It’s basically a group of booklets that are put into a cover. Each book is for a different thing. In mine I have the actual planner which I print up for 3 months at a time. I use a monthly and weekly spread, so I can fit 3 months in a nice little book.  I also have a few notebooks for general notetaking and projects.  Also some folders that allow me to keep a hold of loose notes and receipts etc.

I’ve just changed from a regular size “TN” to an A6 size. It’s more compact, and fits my hand and my handbag a little easier.  My regular sizes were bought second hand, but this cover I bought new.  I ordered it from Crazy Organized on Etsy, they’re based in Australia and all of her covers are made to order.  It only took a few days before my beautiful TARDIS blue Notebook cover arrived.  If I decide taht this is the size that I will keep using, I may just order myself a full art cover.

But for now, I love my TARDIS blue cover.  It’s beautiful, and I absolutely love it!


Reverting to Analog

Reverting to Analog

I remember back to my days in High School, and how I always looked forward to the start of the year.  Not because I was starting another school year, but because I would get my new planner/diary for the coming year!  I loved keeping a diary, jotting notes, planning things, and generally knowing what was what.

With the advent of the digital age, pretty much everything has been put online.  I have found, though, that with everything out there in “the cloud” I have lost control of the feeling of being organised.  For a while now I’ve been looking for a solution, to bring everything back into the real world, and to try to get on top of things.  I’ve tried notebooks and diaries, but I like customisation, so I came to the conclusion that a planner/binder solution would be the best fit.  I have been umming and ahhing about what to do, without jumping in too heavily, financially.  Some of the filofaxes/dayplanners/binders can run pretty pricey!

Hblack plannerello half year sales!

I happened on the almost perfect planner at Kikki.K, it was leather, A5, well made, and on sale for under $100!  The only issue with it is that it was … well … pink.  I am many things, but a pink girl is not one of those things.  I kindly asked the sales assistant if it came in any other colours, say red, black, or navy.  I was super lucky, and not only did she find a black one, but she was able to transfer it to a store that was easy for me to collect from.  SUPER service from Kikki.K!  It only took a few days, and I was very happy.

The first thing I did was research systems, printables, and other things that “filophiles” are using.  It’s been fun watching YouTube tutorials on setups, seeing mountains of printables, both free and in Etsy shops.  I haven’t bought any at this stage, preferring to tinker with the freebies, and making my own.  It’s totally feeding my love of stationery supplies!  Pretty paper, pens, stickers, and all the other ephemera that goes with it.


It turned out that for me, the A5 was just the wrong size.  I had it set up just the way I wanted it, everything fit, and it was a good size to see everything at a glance, but it was too big and heavy to carry with me everywhere.  I needed to go smaller.  insideplannerI got lucky again at Kikki.K, and found a “personal” size on sale in a lovely teal colour.  This one definitely lends itself to being my permanent “sidekick”.  comicpageI’ve set the personal size up with a week to a view section, and monthly fold out.  The other sections in there so far are wish lists, my comic book tracker, and a bill tracker.  I have made my own dividers, and I still have plenty of room to add new sections as the need arises.  I’m still tinkering with the setup, and I am only printing off inserts as I need them.  This way I can make changes easily.  I have really loved customising and adding my own brand of geek to it.

dividersI’m finding that I am also really enjoying using it, taking notes, keeping track of my son’s school activities, noting when family members are travelling, organising things that I need to do, and just having it all in one place.  Sure, I could have that with my phone, but the planner is more palpable, and it feels like it’s what’s been missing in my life.

Since I started this adventure, I have found there is a whole culture around planners/filofaxes!  Apparently it’s not uncommon for people to have multiple planners to match outfits, or different ones for different purposes!  People are crazy for decorating, drawing, customising, and cutesying up their planners!  I found this to be amazing, but also really educational as to how far I can push my planner.  I have kitted myself out with a few nice pens, some washi tape, and a few other small things that have helped get me started.  weekandmonthI’m also hoping I may be able to find another use for the A5 planner, I would hate to see it go to waste.  If I can’t purpose it somehow, I will have to sell it.

As much as I love my tech, and all my gadgets, reverting to a paper planner has given me a sense of calm.  I feel more organised.  Where do you plan?  How do you plan?  Are you a digifan or are you a filophile?

Injured, yet productive.

Injured, yet productive.

conniesSo I’ve been getting out dancing most weeks.  Sometimes several times per week.  There are some great little venues around Sydney these days, and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying myself.  I solved my shoe dilemma by getting some Converse All Stars Sueded.  In the end, it cost me about the same as buying dance shoes, but they’re bright blue and fun!  I will eventually get dance shoes as well, but for now, the Converse are doing the trick.

A couple of weekends ago, I headed out to a great Inner City gig, Jump, Jive & Wail.  It’s at the Flynn Hotel and DJ’d by Limpin’ Jimmy & The Swingin’ Kitten.  Great music, good people, wonderful venue, and some good eats if you like eats.  Given I’ve been “away” for so long, the faces that I see about these days are mostly new.  There are a few faces that I remember from “the old days” (LOL), which is comforting.  I was having a really good time, chatting to some new people, enjoying the music, and a few dances.  Unfortunately my night came to a sudden and premature end.  I felt a pop, rip, and a white hot bolt of pain go through my right calf.  I tried to walk it off, but it was only making it worse.  I got myself home, limped around for the weekend and got myself to a doctor on the Monday morning.  After an inspection, and an ultrasound I found that I had a 3cm tear in one of my muscles.  JOY!  Not really.  So I have a walking stick, I’m having physio twice a week, and I’m pretty much laid up.  I won’t be dancing for a little while, I’m hoping I’ll be back en force in July or August.

Until that time I’ve decided that I’m going to be as productive as I can, whilst sitting on my butt.  I’ve got a couple of books to finish, a couple of weaving projects, a few knitting projects … you get the idea.  I have one larger weaving project that is a bit time sensitive, plus I want to free up the loom for another project that I have in mind.  In the last few days I’ve gotten quite a bit of it done, which I’m thrilled with.  I can’t share pictures … yet.  I can’t wait until I can!