Weekly Spread 12/19 – 12/23

Hello, lovelies!

I’m back! 🙂 And today I have my weekly spread to share with you all.

So, on black friday, I took advantage of some of the INCREDIBLE sales that Michael’s had going on and snagged some of the new happy planner stuff. With the aid of some amazing coupons, including a half-birthday 60% off (yeah, they do that), I got some adorable new stickers, a cover for my BIG Happy Planner, and one of the new mini Happy Planners. I LOVE IT ALL. SO MUCH. It’s almost unreal how cute everything I get grom mambi is.

Because I was so excited about all my new stickers, and because I hadn’t finished my Holoday stickers yet for you all, I used the new mambi planner stickers in my planner this week. The sets I’m using are: Create 365™ The Happy Planner™ Value Pack Stickers, This Colorful LifeCreate 365™ The Happy Planner™ Life Quotes Stickers ;  and Create 365™ The Happy Planner™ Value Pack Stickers, Today Is the Day ; with a few extra stickers I had lying around from another pack of stickers I’d bought at Michael’s forever ago.

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I hope you all like these new stickers as much as I do!

Happy planning!

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Weekly Spread 11/14- 11/20

Hi, lovelies!

For today’s planner spread, I used a set I’m really proud of and kind of love a lot. It’s a new set that is up for sale on etsy. I’m thinking of making a sampler to put up for free download tomorrow that relates to the set I used. Let me know if you think that’s a good idea! Otherwise I can put up an entirely different free set.

Anywho, here’s the spread for the week!

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I really need to get me a better camera so it isn’t so dark when I take these photos. O hope you all like the stickers and are as excited as I am about them!

Happy planning!

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Note: I’ll be taking next week off for Thanksgiving so there won’t be any regular posts for the week of 11/21-11/27. 🙂

Weekly spread 11/7-11/13

Hello, lovelies!

I have my weekly planner spread for you today! I used a brand new set that I just made last week and am super excited to get out into the world.

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Happy planning!

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Weekly Spread 10/31-11/6

Hello, lovelies!

Today’s spread is another HALLOWEEN themed one! I tried picking a different halloween color scheme than the other stickers that I posted last week. I hope you like them!

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I’ll have these up for download tomorrow. Happy planning!

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Weekly Spread 10/24-10/30

Hello lovelies!

I am so sorry that today’s post is a little later in getting out to you all. Anywho, my spread for today is using a set I’m pretty excited about: Halloween stickers!!!!

If you know me at all, I love Halloween. The costumes, the candy, pumpkin carving, and hot cider. Ugh, I just love it all so much. My roommates and I got a little bit, and by a little bit I mean a lot, into decorating this year so there are twinkle lights and cobwebbing all over the inside and the outside of the apartment. We carved pumpkins this last weekend, made butterbeer, and we’ll be making cake pops on Friday. I just love Halloween. 🙂

So, in honor of the fact that my favorite holiday is on Monday, I used the first of my two sets of Halloween stickers in my spread this week.

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I’ll have these available for download tomorrow! Happy planning!

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Weekly Spread 10/17-10/23

Hello, lovelies!

It’s Tuesday! Today I have my weekly spread for you all. I used another set of stickers that I made for fall. Here is what they look like in my planner!

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Happy planning!

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Weekly Spread 10/10- 10/16

Hello, lovelies!

It’s Tuesday, again! Today, I have a brand new spread made with a set that I whipped up last week. When trying to decide on a sticker set to use for this week’s spread, I couldn’t find anything in the stickers I had already made or printed out that I wanted to use. So, I made an entirely new set.

The set I used this week is inspired by fall. I hope you like it!

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I embellished the stickers I made with some stickers from the Me & My Big Ideas Pocket Pages Stickers in Love Yourself set and a fews stickers from the Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Floral Stickers with Gold Foil Finish set. 

I’ll have these stickers up tomorrow for download. 🙂

Have a happy Tuesday!

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Weekly Spread 9/26-10/2 and my top 5 tips for getting through the mid-semester slump

Hello, lovelies!

Is it already the end of September?! Where has the year gone? I always feel somewhat dazed during the middle of the semester. I have a lot to do and much of it feels like it suddenly snuck up on me. It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed. Today, I’m going to share my spread with you, as usual. And, I’m going to give you my top 5 tips for getting throug hthe mid semester slump!

To try to combat the mid semester slump, I picked one of my happiest and brightest sticker sets to use in my planner this week.

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I made this set as an homage to one of my favorite designers, Kate Spade. I adore her designs. They all embody elegance while having an element of whimsy to them. I used some of my favorite motivational quotes for this set along with some iconic Kate patterns and I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. The colors are bright and happy with some sparkle thrown in.

And here’s the set!

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I’ll have these available for download tomorrow. 🙂

 


 

Top 5 tips for getting through the mid-semester slump

1. Get organized

I know that I’m making it sound easy but, this is honestly one of the hardest things to do. However, it is so incredibly helpful when you’re feeling overwhelmed.  It helps you see what your priorities are, what needs to be done ASAP, if you have anything overdue, and what exams or assignments are approaching. It helps to make to-do lists, fill out the monthly calendar in your planner (or print one and fill it out), and take another look at your syllabi and assignments handouts for any details you may have missed.

Another thing you could do is input all of your important dates into an online calendar like the one that comes with a gmail account. BUT, I hesitate to recommend this above everything else. It helps me immensely to write things out by hand and it’s too easy for me to forget to check my online calendar – even if it is on my phone. I still use an online calendar and I don’t discount their merits, but I mostly use it for my schedule.

 

2.   De-stress

If you’re feeling really overwhelmed, sometimes looking at all that you have to get done won’t make you feel better. It might make you feel worse. And feeling worse definitely won’t help you get anything done. Know yourself. And know when you need to take some time for you. Even if it’s just taking a hot shower or a bath, doing a face mask, painting your nails, baking cookies, or having a cup of tea, these little things can help so much. Even if that little thing is to cry and get the stress out of your system. I have a pinterest board going of ideas for de-stressing.

If it takes more than baking cookies or a hot bath to make you feel better, block out a mental health day on your calendar. Find a day in the near future that you can afford to not do anything for a day. Get as much done as possible before this day and then, for an entire 24 hours, don’t do anything that isn’t relaxing. Sleep in, watch netflix all day, eat some comfort foods, go for a walk, read a book for fun, color, watch Disney movies, spend time with your pet, and go to bed early. Sometimes, you just need to take care of your soul. And it is okay to do that.

 

3. Clean something

I am completely 100% serious about this one. Clean something. Don’t underestimate the powers of a clean space to work in. Cleaning your room, or kitchen, or living room, or even your entire apartment can work wonders. Having a clean space in which to get stuff done is an incredibly therapeutic thing. It helps me to get focused and cleaning helps relieve a lot of stress for me. I’ll stress clean even when I’m not that overwhelmed just to keep me from getting to that point of mental breakdown.

 

4. Utilize your strengths

Now, this point isn’t the most self explanatory. What I mean by utilize your strengths is: know how you study the best and take advantage of your resources.

If you can’t focus without quiet, go to the library at your university or find a quiet space in your apartment or house where you can focus. If you need minimal noise to focus, try a coffee shop or having music on in the background while you study. I usually listen to classical music – mainly cello or piano solo pieces – since I get distracted by lyrics if I’m studying to music.

If you can’t study with falsh cards because you won’t be able to keep from looking at the answer, ask someone to quiz you on things instead. Get a friends, significant other, family member to help you study. If you need someone to keep you on track, study with a friend who you know won’t distract you. My roommate is amazing for this. She has just as much that she needs to get done as I do. That helps us keep one another focused because there’s someone else there to hold you accountable.

The main point is: know yourself. Know your strengths and weaknesses. What helps you best retain information? What will distract you most while studying? Know how you learn. This will help you get things done.

5. Don’t procrastinate

I know, it’s a little hyppocritical of me to say this as I have a horrible habit of procrastinating sometimes, but this is a really important point to make. It might seem obvious to some. However, stating the obvious might help get the point across.

Putting things off until the last minute can make the stress even worse. By procrastinating, you’re letting things pile up until they become a mountain that you feel like you can’t climb. If you never let yourself get too behind on things, that mountain will never be more than a hill – maybe even a kind of steep hill occasionally. But not a mountain. And, to be honest, remaining organized throughout the semester and writing reminders in my planner is what helps me to keep from procrastinating most. If I know that I have an assignment due Monday, and I know I have no time this weekend to get it done, I’m more motivated to get it done now if I can see what I have that may be due at a later date but take more of my time.

I will concede one thing, a little procrastination, when you know you can afford it, can help you destress. If you have everything done that ids due tomorrow and nothing big coming up, like an exam or a paper, absolutely take some time to yourself. Watch tv, play some video games, read a book, go to bed early, or whatever it is you want to do. Just make sure that you haven’t forgotten about anything or fallen behind before you do it.


I hope that my thoughts help you figure out the way to best cope with your mid-semester slump.

Happy planning!

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Weekly Spread 9/19-9/25 & how I organize my planner!

Hello, lovelies!

It’s Tuesday again. Wow, where has September gone? I swear, I blinked at the end of summer and now we’re here. I hope the semester is treating you all well! I know it has me in an absolute daze.

Anywho, today’s spread is another one that is more functional that super creative. I used my mermaid stickers, but since I have A LOT to write on most weekdays, I find myself not using as many stickers that I can’t write on. So, I tried to remedy this by making my stickers both pretty and functional – I may be posting a set next week that I designed specifically with functionality in mind. 

Here’s the spread!

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My organizational process

Honestly, it all comes down to color coding. I make sure that I’m using the same colors for the same topics that way I can see visually when things need to get done by. After assigning each class or daily event a color, I follow these steps:

  1. Label the sections of my planner. I usually follow this arrangement: “schedule” above the first box, “due today” above the second, and “homework” above the third.
  2. Place my stickers in a tentative arrangement based on how much I think I’ll be needing to write in those boxes.
  3. Rearrange stickers as needed and place in chosen location.
  4. Plan my week.

It’s a fairly simple process. I also tend to do my planning on Thursdays. Thursdays allow me to take a good look at what I have to do before Monday as well as examine what needs to be done during the next week. The fourth weekday is pretty neat like that.

 

Thank you for reading! I hope my process helps you out with yours. If you’d like to share your planning process in the comments below, I’d love to hear how you all organize your planners!

Happy planning!

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Weekly Spread 9/12-9/18

Hello, lovelies!

Happy Tuesday! For my spread this week, I used my star stickers.

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Just a note, there are A LOT of stickers in this set. I didn’t even use all of them and I have enough to make an entirely new spread with the ones left over. So, these stickers go a long way.

I hope you enjoy using these stickers. Happy planning!

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