Plan With Me 7th to 13th August

This week I am off to my 2nd home of Hogwarts. I love this kit so much. This was part of my PR Kit from Your World Of Colour. You can see the full range I received here.

I also received these super cute Wacky holidays for August and little functional stickers.

The kit complimented the Harry Potter washi I have so well.

Don’t forget you can get a discount on any orders using my code.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette Store x

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My Top 10 Productivity Blogs

If you’ve been following me for a while now you will know I’m really into productivity especially David Allen’s Getting Things Done.

There are a few blogs which I frequently visit and look to for advice as well as re-reading some of my own posts. 

My Top Ten Blogs are 

1) Getting Things Done

2) Marketing Your Creativity 

3) Strange and Charmed

4) How To GYST

5) Personal Development Self Help

6) Did I Get Things Done

7) D.I.Y Planner

8) Cranking Widgets

9) Life Hack

10) Dumb Little Man

Each one of these blogs offers advice and helpful tips and tricks to lead a more productive life.

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

2017 Blog Schedule

Hey Everyone, 
A few months ago I posted my proposed blog schedule which was working really well.

As such there will be very little change with the new year.

Monday – Planner Girls Collective. This is the formally known as Confessions Of A Plannerholic. We decided a name change was in order given that our posts can vary even though they primarily focus on Stationery and Planners.

Tuesday – Stationery/Planner orientated post. This could be reviews, unboxings, set-ups etc.

Wednesday – Book Review. This one speaks for itself. I will review a book on this day.

Thursday – This will vary between TSG Shop updates and any other relevant information you need to know.

Friday – Productivity Friday. Where I will share hints, tips and sources for a more productive lifestyle.

Saturday – Book review, TBR lists and anything else book orientated.

Sunday – My weekly spread and DT package unboxing.

Blog Tours and Blitz’s will be posted on any day of the week however it won’t effect the normal schedule so there maybe 2 posts on some days. (Unless they fall on a Wednesday or Saturday). 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

My Weekly Decor 12th -18th December 2016

This week for my decoration I have used the Christmas In The Park kit from Vintage Rose Studios that I received in my design team package.

This is my favourite of the Christmas kits, I really do love it. I’ve used it in all three of my planners again.

Melissa has also just released some new kits as well. I really adore her designs:) 

This is the Emerald kit, Scarlett kit and March overview. All of these kits can be found in the shop linked above.

Don’t forget to use emma15 for 15% off a £10 spend.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Planner Productivity: Complex Task Management 

Last week we discussed the benefits of planning your work which can be found here for anyone who missed it.

This week I am going to discuss the method which I use for more complex tasks such as Project management. 
When I start a more complex task the first thing I do is to make a checklist of everything I need to do.
Once I have done that I go through the list and give everything a priority or mark it down into a sequence. 

After that I add timescales. I do this by looking at my overall deadline and assigning smaller deadlines to the individual tasks.

The next part of my process is to check resources. I like to ensure that everything I need is available and if I need assistance it is available and I’ve given notice of my request.

The one thing that is probably the most important thing is to allow some wiggle room and to have a contingency plan as sometimes no matter how much we plan, things can go wrong or get delayed. This could be on your part or someone else’s. 

I always add a few days throughout my timescale to allow for set backs, If I am relying on someone else I always have someone readily available for back up, or an alternative way to resolve the problem. It always helps to have a think at the start about any potential problems.

Once I have planned for all of the above I get started.

I hope this helps you plan for any complex tasks. If you have a different method I would love to hear it.

Next week we will look at Effective Working Methods. 

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x

Previous posts in the series;

Planner Productivity: Prioritising Your Tasks 

Planning Productivity: Benefits To Planning Your Work 


Planner Productivity: The Benefits To Planning Your Work.

Last week I shared with you my method for prioritising my tasks. You can read the post here if you missed it.

This week I want to discuss the reasons why I plan and the benefits it holds not just personally but professionally.

The main reason for planning any work is simple, to ensure it’s the best use of your time and energy. Prior planning always means you have a clear objective.

You’ll have to excuse the language but the phrase “proper planning prevents piss poor production” is right and I completely agree.

So what other benefits are there to planning your work?

Let’s have a look;

  1. You will save time in the long run.
  2. You will get more jobs done because you are organised with your time.
  3. Your most important and urgent tasks will be completed.
  4. You will make fewer mistakes.
  5. You will be more organised.
  6. You will find it much easier to check your progress.
  7. You will be much more likely to meet your targets.
  8. You will be less stressed which will lead to better morale.
  9. Having your work planned makes the task less daunting and will provide more motivation.

It really does pay to spend a little time getting yourself organised in the long run.

I hope that this is some benefit to you. Next week we will look at Complex Task Management.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Previous posts in the series;
Prioritising Your Tasks

Planner Productivity: Prioritising Your Tasks

Hello and Welcome to the first in my productivity mini series.

There will be 8 posts released 1 per week all focusing on improving your productivity ready for 2017.

Some of these posts will have little quizzes and are easy to jot down and implement into your planning routine.

Today’s post is quite short and sweet and focuses on prioritising your tasks.

As we all know it’s pretty easy to get bogged down with everything we have to do, and then never really get anything done as we don’t know where to start. It can be overwhelming to say the least.

This little tip should help you figure out what needs doing and the order in which it should be done.

First of all write down all your tasks, don’t focus on an order yet just write them all.

Next go through the list and either colour-code or number the Urgent and Important tasks (these require the most focus).

Next go through and colour-code or number the Urgent Only tasks these are the tasks which should be completed after all the Urgent and Important tasks are complete.

Next colour-code or number the Important Only tasks. These should be the next to be completed.

Lastly, you can get on with everything else.

If your task list extends over the day remember to check it each morning and move the priorities as necessary and add anything that has come up since originally writing the list.

I use colour-coding for my priority list.

Red: Urgent and Important

Blue: Urgent

Green: Important

Black: Everything else.

I really like this method as I find it helps immensely whether it’s with house chores, my posts, my business, and just life in general.

Stay tuned for next week’s Planning post.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

My Blog Planner

I decided that I was going to focus and improve my blog more in 2016. To do this I knew I would need to implement a routine and for that I would need a planner. Originally I was using the large Ocean Kikki.K, however my wonderful partner bought me the beautiful Wellness planner for my birthday this month.

When the planner arrived I took out the inserts and put them into the Ocean planner and set about making my new one perfect. I really wanted something that was cute and pretty as well as functional. I love the Grey of the Wellness planner, I feel this looks more professional and contrasts the fun mint green on the inside. I don’t usually bother much with internal pocket prettiness, mainly because my Malden is hard to cater for with them been vertically challenged.

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However the Wellness planner pockets are a great size and location for me to do things with. In the top pocket I have a mini notebook for any notes I need to quickly jot down. This was from Wilkos and has a cute heart design. I also have my name paper-clip just behind so it pops up above the notebook, I love the colour of the clip and it fits perfectly with the colour scheme. It was made for me by Michelle at Uglybugplans. Just below the notebook I have a Planner Nerd paper-clip which was made by Cherryblossomsinthemarketsquare and then in the bottom I just have a little butterfly from the Kikki.K dashboard set. My first page is a drawing done for me from one of the ladies in UKPA and a journalling card from the Kikki.K dashboard set.

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My first section is my calender. This is where I plot out my blog posts for the weeks ahead and make any notes of posts I may like to squeeze in.

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I also have my Kikki.K stickers and a little wallet in this section where I keep washi sample sheets and other little bits.

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After this I have my Ideas section. This for all my blog post ideas, things I want to look into to, research, brainstorms etc.

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My next section is for Planning. This is where I draft all my posts and write down what I want my post to look like, and sound like.

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Next is my stats section. This is where I list my monthly statistics so I can track how things improve or decline, what maybe popular and what isn’t.

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My next section is to record all books I read that I may want to review. I use the Book inserts from the Kikki.K for this.

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Next is my To-Do section. This is pretty self explanatory. I keep all the things I would like to get done with my blog and tasks for blog posts.

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Finally, to set it all off I have this gorgeous little charm from UglyBugPlans 🙂

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So there it it. I have ordered some weekly inserts from Just So Stationery which I plan to use in my Calender section too.

Thanks for reading:)

The Stationery Geekette x