Small Business Spotlight: TheGingerCatCo.

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Hey, Today in the Small Business Spotlight we have the lovely Shona owner of TheGingerCatCo.

1) Tell us a little about you, who is the person behind the shop?
Hi! I’m Shona! I’m 24 and live in Nottinghamshire with the OH, our two girls aged 4 & 5 and three cats! 😸

2) What does your store sell?
My store sells mainly planner stickers and personal size kits but also a few travellers notebook charms

3) Is there an item which you have made that you have loved above all others?
Every time I make something new I get all excited and it’s my new favourite sheet or kit! But my favourite are the cat emojis!

4) What is your most popular seller?
The most popular sellers are the bullet journal stickers! Especially the days of the week in font 1! Lol

5) What inspired your shop name?
Well it’s simple really, I have a cat which is ginger! I couldn’t think of an amazing plannery name but I still like the one I’ve got.

6) What planner do you use?
I used my kikki k medium vanskap for about 10 months but I’ve recently switched to a personal size zipped dokibook!

7) What is your planning style?
I love vertical! No matter what size planner I’m using its always got to be a vertical layout!

😎 What are your social media channels?
Facebook

Instagram

9)What is your planner ‘unicorn’ – I suppose it was the royal purple personal size zipped dokibook and it took me a good 6/7 months to find one!😂

10) What is the link to your shop
Etsy
I have the code CAT15 for 15% off £10 or FREESHIP for any internationals when they spend over £20/$24/$25 and if you follow my Instagram then I often have sales 😸

Thank you Shona and thank you all for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

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My Week: ECLP Boho

This week in my ECLP I have used the beautiful Boho kit from Beautiful Planning.

I absolutely love this kit and it’s been extremely good value for money as I’ve used it in about 3 spreads now with my A5 and EC.

To see more of my planner spreads, book reviews and other arty makes feel free to follow me on Instagram @fluttermouse. 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

 

My Week 32

I’ve been totally useless at doing ‘Plan With Me’ posts so I thought I would try something a bit different and go with a ‘My Week’ posts.

I’m starting with next week, Monday 8th August.

I’m trying something a little bit different this month, the reasons why will be explained in a post later this week.

I am using Just So Stationery inserts and I’ve split the weekly into two sections. 1 is for my blog planning the 2nd is for my everyday planning.

I love the layout of these inserts with the notes and to-do sections on the left. It means I get an overview on my priority tasks without having to search for them in my weekly diary.

I’ve kept my decor really simple this week while I adjust to the new set up.

The washi comes from the Micheals Recollections Watercolour tube I was luckily enough to get from someone here in the UK. 

The stickers are from UglyBugDoesIt’s Only Me CaraleeThe Geeky Planner and AJ6Designs.

I have the new Carpe Diem Ballerina planner on pre-order which should have been here but is currently delayed. I am looking forward to that arriving to try out the new vertical inserts.

Lots of blog posts to put out this week and my everyday looks a little empty but that’s due to having the kids off school as we try to live with a bit of spontaneity lol:) 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

G.T.D Project Planning (The Natural Planning Model)

I frequently use this next model when I plan any projects I have to do. David Allen describes this as the natural steps the mind goes through when we want to accomplish any task.

I really feel it helps me focus and throughly understand why I am wanting to get this particular project done.

1) Defining Purpose and Principles – This is your intention, your boundaries and your reason WHY. It helps define, motivate and clarify.

2) Outcome Visioning – This is the clear picture in your mind of the outcome,  WHAT you want to achieve.

3) Brainstorming – This is the stage where you can throw out ideas. It helps to create options, generate ideas and offers reflection. This is not the time for organisation.

4) Organisation – This is the stage of structure. Where you identify and prioritise the ideas.

5) Next Actions – This is the list of actions which you need to be able to complete in order to move ahead and hit that final goal.

I’d love to know if this is how you plan, I find that I do everything he talks about without even realising that’s what I am doing.

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

Project Planning The GTD Way

You may have heard me mention Getting Things Done (GTD) by David Allen in previous posts, this book is definitely worth a read. It has single handed improved the way I organise and manage my life.  Some maybe put off as I was initially thinking this was just for businesses but the methods can be applied to all areas of your life whether that is at home or at work.

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For those of you who are not familiar with the GTD methodology and do not have the book to hand here is a link to a 15 Minute Guide to GTD  which I use frequently when I do not have my book with me.

David Allen mentions in this book that our brain naturally goes through a planning model which he refers to as the Natural Planning Model. This the process our brain takes when accomplishing tasks and should be applied when we are planning our projects.

So let’s go into detail. There are 5 steps or phases to the Natural Planning Model.

Phase 1: Defining Purpose and Principles

This is where you ask ‘Why?’, what is the aim of what you are intending to do? This phase helps to set the boundaries and scope of your project and provide motivation.

Phase 2: Outcome Visioning

This is you visualise the end result, the outcome you wish to achieve. In order to plan a project you must first ascertain where you want that project to end.

Phase 3: Brainstorming

This is the phase in which you generate ideas for your project. David recommends that you put all your ideas on paper, get them out of your head so you can formulate them in some order. This will help focus on what tasks you need to do.

Phase 4: Organising

In this phase you take all of the ideas from your brainstorming session and formulate them into some form of plan. So you should hopefully have at the end a list of tasks that you will need to accomplish in order to successfully complete your project.

Phase 5: Identifying Next Actions

This is where you make a note of your first/ next physical action that needs completing before you can move on. What immediate action needs to take place so you can move the project on.

Another breakdown of these 5 phases can be found here at The Simple Dollar

I have found applying this method to my project planning extremely helpful when plotting and planning my projects.

To start with I wrote a Master Project list, this was the place I write down all of the projects that pop in my head I want to complete. This is a long-term goals list.DSC_2581

I then took the first project I wanted to complete and write it on a separate sheet of paper, following the Natural Planning Model. This details all the separate parts of the project that need doing for it to be complete. I also list my ‘Why’ and ‘Outcome’.

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The next thing that I do is write the first immediate action on my Next Actions list (the thing to remember with the Next Actions list is that it is essentially a To-Do Immediately list). Once I have completed the item I cross it off both lists.

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Thank you for taking the time to read my post. I hope that it inspires you to go read the book or at least look at ways to help improve upon your organisational methods:)

The Stationery Geekette x