Ugly Bug Does September! Box Unveiling :)

*Disclaimer – This box was given to me free in exchange for an honest review and part of my design team duties. Non -payment does not alter my opinion in any way. *

It’s that time of the month again…UglyBugDoes Planner and Stationery box unveiling 🙂

This months theme was Autumn and Halloween. Both favourites of mine so I was really excited to see what was in the box.

I was not disappointed at all.

The whole box is just a whole load of gorgeousness.

So let’s have a look at the contents.

First of all the stickers and charm. Both made by UglyBugDoes. I love this charm, it’s found a place on my new planner.

The fox paperclip is from Scarlet Moon Crafts and is absolutely gorgeous. 

There was a gold pen and autumn themed washi also in the box. 

I really love the little halloween sequin bits that were floating about in the box which I’m saving to use in my art journal.

Again another winning box from Michelle.

Michelle also has some exciting new arrivals coming our way.

The release of a new art journal supplies box containing things such as paints, stamps, atc’s, ephemera etc.This is currently available as a test run but there are only 6 boxes available but you have got to get in quickly. UglyBugDoes Art Journal box 

And *drum roll*…. UGLYDORI that’s right UglyBugDoes TN’s! I will post when these are available but look at the pockets of the prototype. 

Thanks for reading and don’t forget the November box is now available for pre-order, snowflakes! That’s all I’m saying:)
Don’t forget to pop along to the UglyBugDoes FB group for sneak peeks and info:) 

The Stationery Geekette x 

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My College Planner and Set-Up

As some of you may remember I posted about a month ago about how I was due to start college again in September and as struggling with what options were available.

Well now I have gone back and I have sorted my planner situation out.

Let’s have a look at what I opted for…

The Planner: Pause Large by Kikki-K

I received this planner in a swap and initially  had no idea what I was going to do with it. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it as my experience with Kikki-K planners has been a little hit and miss. My favourite is a Kikki-K but I have found most of there others planners are quite bulky without even adding the inserts.
However once I added all my bits and pieces to it, it turned out to be pretty perfect. It won’t fit much in there in the way of actual lesson work but I don’t intend on adding anythign like that other than Key Notes sheets. This is primarily as a diary and schedule keeper.

To compliment this I purchased a ARC disbound A5 notebook. This is perfect as they have both have the same colour scheme and I can add the A5 sheet into my planner if it is something that is important.

I really like this set up, it’s pretty, simple and effective.
Do you study? If so what are you using? I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

G.T.D for Studying Including Free Planner Checklist

Hey!
Everyone who has read my blog knows I am a huge fan of David Allen’s Getting Things Done. I have previously discussed this topic many times before.

However now I am due to start studying again I thought it would be a great opportunity to see how GTD will work with my studies to maximise efficiency and productivity.

There are many aspects that are completely irrelevant from the original GTD premise however there are still many helpful tips that can be taken on your educational journey.

I have included a checklist that can be printed. It is available in A4 and A5. It is the first time I have ever attempted to attach a file so if there are any errors please let me know and I will attempt to fix them:)

So before I link the checklists I will explain the way I will be implementing and adapting the techniques I have learnt.

These are the Categories: Inboxes, Calendar, Reviewing, Projects, File, Next Actions, Vision board/Future Log. I will also breakdown the assignment projects method to.

Inboxes. By this I don’t just mean your email inbox, what this refers to is anywhere you have incoming information. This could be your email or during a lesson from a teacher. You will find that these are the places that items will get stored until properly processed. When you are processing your inbox make sure you first of all ascertain whether the item requires any action, if so what? Note down at least the first 3 actions required and add them to your calendar. If not, discard or file the information.

Calendar. This is where you will note any time sensitive assignments, essays, exams, events etc.

Reviewing. This should be done on a daily, weekly and term basis.

Daily reviewing should be a time to review items in the inboxes, review date sensitive tasks and run through and edit next actions.

Weekly reviewing should be when you process all outstanding items, review and edit the week ahead next actions, review project lists, add any new weekly tasks from your project list and file items no longer required.

Term Reviewing should be where you reflect, upon the previous term and the upcoming term. Assess what is needed for the immediate future and plan ahead for the next term. It should also be a time to assess educational goals and file away previous modules work.

Projects. This covers Assignments, Research and Exam prep.

File. This is the place for key notes, module information, support material and research and old assignments

Next Actions. This is where you write down a list of all the tasks which need to be completed as a priority. Usually start with the one which requires the most urgent response. It is best daily to remove the completed ones and add new ones.

Vision Board/Future Log. This is where your ultimate goal is. What do you want to achieve, how do you get to where you want to be, what steps are needed to be taken. It is helpful to have this to look back to so you don’t lose you way or get overwhelmed.This helps to maintain focus and motivation. It also serves as a reminder of how far you have already come.

Assignment project list breakdown. I find it best to breakdown my assignments into steps. I think this helps motivate and prevent overwhelm. It allows you to easily check progress and have a solid plan which means less procrastination later. First I brainstorm ideas surrounding the assignment, then I look at what keywords I need to focus on and what my research aims are, for this I usually break down the question into smaller parts. I then organise what I have and assign deadlines to each part so I know what to move onto when. I then gather all the information I need and start my first draft. Once I have finished this step I go through my work and edit for a final draft.

So there we have it. I really hope that this works, the true test will be once I actually start but if i find anything else that does or does not work I will edit the post accordingly.

A5 GTD for Studying Checklist

A4 GTD Checklist for Studying

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

 

 

Paperchase Nordic Planner Review

Last year when Paperchase brought out there Nordic range I absolutely fell in love. At the time though I couldn’t afford the beautiful new planner. When I received the Paperchase sale email last week I thought I’d have a browse and see what there was.

Low and behold was my beautiful planner and it was reduced to £8.
So what did I do? I bought it of course. I’d have been daft not to when I’ve wanted it for so long.

It arrived on Tuesday and it lived up to all my expectations.
It is so soft and well designed. The inserts are incredibly pretty, even of most wont be used right now.

It also lays flat when open which is fantastic.
I have decided to use it to track my studies as I am hoping to go back to college in September and prior to that do some research for a Legal Secretary course.

Anyway I think that’s enough babbling from me, now for the photo’s 🙂

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Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Mini Planner Meet Up

Myself and another planner lady Michelle organised a little planner meet up. We plan on organising a larger one to give people more notice and at a better venue.

Due to the short notice only 3 of us managed to make it but it was still great fun.

We met at Costa Coffee in Teesside Retail Park.

We chatted, had drinks, food and discussed the all important planners. We all had a look at each others planners and admired planner styles. It was nice to see the A5 Malden, Yellow Kikki.K and Carpe Diem planners in action as I’d only ever seen photo’s previously.

Of course no planner addict could resist the pull of stationery shops when at a retail park. It was my first ever visit to a Hobbycraft and a proper Paperchase (my closest one is a tiny franchise). I managed to control myself and not buy every single washi tape in there. I did pick up a few bits and bobs for myself and my daughters birthday.

The day wouldn’t be complete without pictures of our planners, gorgeous planner peeps and pretty purchases:)

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I’ll be sure to announce when we arrange the big North-East meet!

Thanks for reading

The Stationery Geekette x

The Best of The Rest!

I am a little late getting around to this post so I do apologise.

So…what other planners am I using apart from the wonderful Leuchtturm?

You are about to find out:)

First of all I have my ever loving and trusting Ochre Malden. I have this set up for my everyday stuff. I write my shopping lists in here, daily errands, calls and emails. I also have all my contacts here and my weekly and monthly calendar for appointments and such.

I take this one out with me every single day and couldn’t be without her:)

 

I then have a Paperchase A5 coiled diary. This is for all my household stuff such as finances and cleaning schedules. I also record my 366 penny challenge in here too. There are not many pics due to the personal info in this but I have a couple:)

 

My next planner is my Ban.Do large. This is my Food diary and weight/Measurement tracker which I keep at home. I use this to write out my weekly menu’s:)

 

And finally we have my large Kikki-K Ocean planner. This is my Slimming world binder. It has my progress record, food diaries old and new, recipes, and SW books in it. I take this to each group with me. I will also be writing down things I notice such as food triggers etc.

 

So there we go, you have now seen my entire 2016 collection.

So far two weeks into the year I am finding this really is working for me. I was worried that having so many would cause me to get a bit fed up for forget but instead updating them is easy and I don’t have issues forgetting anything. It is so helpful knowing where to go straight away for whatever I want too 🙂

The Stationery Geekette x