Pocket Calendar Notebook Reveal

This pocket Cahier notebook houses my schedule for specific aspects of my life on a convenient monthly planner I created myself. With a quick look I can tell what I am doing in very specific areas of my day-to-day activities. This is convenient for me so I do not have to pull out my large bujo every time I want to add something to my schedule. It is also good for habit building. As the name suggests, this fits easily into my pocket and the outer pockets of my backpack allowing me to quickly check and update it regularly. I sometimes store it with my pocket notebook for easy access.

Update 7.18.17- I kept up with it really well in the beginning of June, but once I started filling my time  with life it became harder to keep track of. It is really convenient for me to see all of my posts for L & L in once calendar with no competing distractions so I might consider keeping one for just my L & L posts. I am toying with the idea of scrapping the pocket calendar altogether and turning this into a bullet list of to-dos for each season. Reason being: I am tired of writing every event twice. I am also  tired of rewriting my task list over and over again in my current format in my large bujo. I would rather write it once (I am considering a Yearly To-Do at the front of the Bujo for long term goals) and then write it under the day in my bujo that the task was completed. Paired with my pocket notebook I would be unstoppable, unless I lost it then I would be totally crippled. Ideas to think about.

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Spring Capsule Recap

My Original Color Palette:

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Metallic Accent: Rose Gold

My spring capsule wardrobe:

Total Items at beginning of Season- 50 (excluding accessories and shoes)

Detox Goal: 35-40 items [Strikethrough indicates purged item, parentheses explain where it went if not sold/donated]

1 medium wash Jean jacket (moved to fall)

1 faux beige suede jacket

1 heather grey Sweatshirt

1 Blazers (beige/lavender)

2 sweaters (beige cardigan/white kimono /light grey flutter sleeve)

2 pullover sweaters (grey knit/grey cashmere/light pink/white /white and grey striped 3/4 sleeve)

2 Blouses (white 3/4 sleeve/white oxford/ black and white checked oxford 3/4 sleeve (moved to winter)/beige 3/4 sleeve/ white short sleeve)

1 collared tanks (white/beige )

0 knit tops (grey long sleeve/ grey long sleeve/ white short sleeve/ grey short sleeve/ grey short sleeve/ light coral and grey short sleeve)

1 tanks (pale pink/grey)

2 denim pants (light grey/white)

1 denim capri (light wash (moved to fall)/light yellow)

4 shorts (tan/white/light blue/cream and grey)

3 skirts (white/beige/pastel floral/ light blue/camel)

4 sleeveless dresses (beige with grey embroidery/cream with embroidery/light pink/light blue shell print/grey& mint)

1 short sleeve casual dress (light blue)

1 maxi dress (light blue)

1 business dress (beige)

1 3/4 sleeve dress (denim) (moved to fall )

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+ 2 ADDITIONS FROM OTHER SEASONS 

1 Cream Embroidered Crop Top Blouse (moved from summer)

1 business dress cream/pink (moved from summer)

=29

+ NEW ADDITIONS LISTED BELOW (10)

TOTAL= 39 (DETOX GOAL ACHIEVED)

 

Accessories: Originally 23, Now 19  (including new additions)

0 belts (cream waist (paired with specific dress)/white waist (paired with specific dress/grey waist (paired with specific dress)/brown hip (moved to fall))

3 scarves (white/beige/white infinity with pastel/grey with pastels) + grey and white (moved from Winter)

5 bags (cream tote (moved to summer)/ light brown tote/straw tote(moved to summer)/ light blue handbag (sent to my mom in Florida)/light brown cross body) + mini cream/brown corssbody, brown/grey satchel,  brown bucket, cream/brown handbag (moved from Summer/Winter)

Boots (tan) 

White Converse (Moved to summer)

Grey penny loafers

Camel/black short block heels (spring/summer)

Arizona Birkenstocks (Moved to summer)

1 pairs of Sandals (pink/white block heel/light brown (moved to summer)/white (moved to summer))

Nude Pumps

Light Brown Strappy Heels (Spring/Summer)

 

New Additions:

Canvas and Jute Tote Bag

Light Blue Rain Boots

Mint Sneakers

Light Pink Sneakers

Light Pink Ballet Flats

Light Brown Lace-up Bootie Block Heels

Light Blue Bell Sleeve Blouse

Grey Short Sleeve Knit

Grey 3/4 Sleeve Knit

White Longsleeve Knit Pullover Sweater

Light Wash Chambray Long Sleeve

Pink Cold Shoulder Top

Rose Pink Tank

White Jean Jacket

Light Wash Chambray Sleeveless Dress

High-waisted Light Wash Straight  Jeans

Light Grey Ball Cap

Light Pink Skinny Belt

Light Brown Skinny Belt

 

 

 

 

 

My Bullet Journal Essentials

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{I use a Large Softcover Moleskine Dotted Notebook. Each Notebook I use for one season or 3 months. Each season gets a new color.}

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{I use these three pouches to carry everything in.}

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{The Banana carries pencils while the Stand-up Cases carry my permanent and erasable pens.}

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{These are my Pilot Frixion erasable pens for my day-to-day Bullet Journal entries. Each day has its own color code, which I use throughout the journal. I use the black for my bullet to-dos.}

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{I use these pens for my outlines and formats. The smallest black G2 I have is .38, the largest is .7. The Micron is .5. }

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{I am phasing out these Papermate felt pens, for these Frixion Pilot erasable highlighters. Is use these to track my daily events, appointments, and time.}

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{If I am in a rush and don’t have time to color code, I will write it in pencil and then change it later when I have a free moment. The largest size I have is .9 and the smallest is .5.}

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{I use the Moleskine Pens on the left for journaling. The Poppin Pens (similar here) on the right I have handy for general notes or in case someone asks to borrow a pen.}

Bullet Journal Reveal

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{I only have one bullet journal, but I have many notebooks that help me keep organized.}

As I mentioned at the beginning of the month, I ditched my traditional planner (sorry Erin Condren!) and am using a bullet journal this season. Based on how well this works for myself and my lifestyle will determine whether or not I will continue the system in 2018. In order to be fair I will not decide until after December 2017 allowing myself a full two seasons to judge about whether or not this is right for me.

Things that I have already found to be highly cathartic about the process include: having thoughtful writings and doodles in one location, increased accountability (something I have been failing at since Spring 2015), and the ability to measure accomplishments no matter how big or small. I am excited to share a video of my summer bullet journal after it is completed, as well as changes the new journal for Fall 2017 will have. The bullet journal I am revealing below will be for Summer 2017 and will include June, July and August.

My biggest inspiration for the design of this bullet journal was due to @xkay_o. Most other trackers and pages are directly inspired/mimicked from other amazing Bujo authors from Instagram and Pinterest.

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{Month Overview: I can fill in with big ticket reminders.}

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{Weekly Overview: The left gives an overview of the week and the right if for ongoing goals and tasks. I included the days leading up to the beginning of the month and any remainder days toward the end.}

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{A-Page-A-Day: I can keep track of daily tasks here as well as detailed plans for the day. The top circle is similar to a chronodex. A chronodex is a time management tool that helps me track what I do at certain hours of the day from 9am till 9pm.}

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{Reflections: At the end of the month I can look back at what I did or did not accomplish and reflect on why. This gives me to opportunity to contemplate myself and make changes for the better.}

Additional Pages I want to add:

Index/Legend/ Title Page/ Three Month Overview/ Trackers/Summer Goals (Personal, Blog, Film)/ Gratitude Entries/Future Log

 

Trackers that I am considering adding to the back pages:

Financial Tracker

Habit Tracker

Mood Tracker

Media Tracker (TV, film, music, quotes, etc.)

Question for my readers: What are times that you knew you needed a change and decided to dive in?

Office Moving

When moving, it seems like the first thing people are willing to part with is their desk. And why not? Unless you work at home full-time it seems like it is easily replaceable or unnecessary. That being said the first place you notice all of the mess is the moment your desk is out of sorts. If you plan to let go and then replenish your office space, here are some reminders for when you redesign.

  1. Get a desk that works for you and is cheap. This probably means Ikea. Get drawers if you need the space or use desktop organizers. Do not spend more on something that is pretty unless you know it will be the only desk you will have for the next five to ten years.

    {I have the desk on the left which is a tad small, so I am upgrading to the one on the right. }

  2. Do not forget about your filing needs. Everyone has something that needs to be filed whether it be taxes, important documents, or photographs from yesteryear. Invest in a filing cabinet or filing box.

    {Left: Galant Drawer unit with wheels, Right: Tote Box}

  3. Buy only what will enhance your workflow and not inhibit it. In undergrad I always bought the cutest accessories for my desk whether or not they we ever used. By the time I graduated I had an empty cork board, a dachshund letter organizer and a gorgeous lamp that took up most of my desk space but all were utterly useless. A workspace is about what you can accomplish there, not about how cute the desk looks while you do it. That being said don’t make it so barren that you are not comfortable in your space.

    {Left: My useless Dachshund letter organizer, Right: A lamp I would use daily}

  4. Buy a comfortable chair. Define comfort as sit in it ‘all day’ and not ’10 minutes’. Be aware that if this chair is in your bedroom make sure it doesn’t take up too much space and that it matches your decor. You might want to invest in wheels vs. a stand alone chair. It is worth spending more on your chair that your desk. Your back will thank you. Screen Shot 2017-03-26 at 11.57.06 AM { I love the sleek look of ribbed office chairs.}

Design & Moving Prep

At the end of Summer 2017, P and I know we will be downsizing to a smaller apartment. Though our current location is great, due to unreliable roommates the size and cost of this apartment is too much for us alone. We are also willing to pay a lot less especially if our landlord is going to be as attentive as our current ones. Despite no longer being a couple, P and I are still business partners and still plan to keep the cats together at the new place. We will be moving into a four bedroom apartment with two classmates from school. This will be the first time in three years I will have my own room, so I am excited to design it to fit my own needs. Though I do not have the exact dimensions of my room yet I do know it is around the size of my current bedroom and a perfect square.

Here are some of my design ideas.

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Concerning the common space, I am waiting to talk to all four before rearranging anything all four of us will share.

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{My registry with The Container Store focuses on storage}

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{My registry for Ikea is very furniture based}

Let It Go: Moving

If you do not own a home assume you will be renting and moving until you do, so do not spend a ton on furniture. You furniture will get banged up, break, or you won’t want to pay for the extra weight during the move.

  1. If it is easy to part with then do that. Let Go is a great app that allows you to sell unwanted items, and there is always craigslist. Here’s my Let Go InventoryScreen Shot 2017-03-26 at 11.06.21 AM
  2. Make a registry with Ikea and the Container Store and add all your want items for your new home there (but don’t share them just yet). After you move in and start getting settled, see if you really need all those items you wanted. Do you prefer the more open space? Did you find something else you needed more? After 10 days of the official move-in date reassess your registry and then share with family and friends (they have the option to have it sent straight to you or can bring it to your housewarming party).
  3. Try to only keep what is absolutely necessary to your lifestyle. When I first moved to New York I wanted to keep everything I had acquired through vintage shopping over the years, but by the first Spring I was already donating trash bags full of “worthless” and “space hogging” items. Keep what brings you joy and what you use often. Everything else can go.
  4. Access the cost of moving against buying new, especially if you are moving across the country. Looking back Philip and I should have sold everything and bought fresh up here in New York. Instead we spent about $4k to get a Pod sent up here with all our furniture, and then $1k more to travel up here with our cats. In reality, we could have spent $1k on new items and not had to hire movers to help bring stuff up the stairs. But now that we are in NY, it will cost us $300 for movers to take all our items across town and do everything for us.

Keep calm, Its just a carry on

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{ I use my father’s luggage tag for identification on my carry on}

Even though my Spring Break will not consist of visiting family, partying with friends, or having out at the beach here is what I usually pack in my carry on when I am traveling. I usually try to keep my entire trip inside just my carry on and personal bag, so it does take forethought in regards to what I will bring and what I will leave behind and how it will all fit.

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{I use a little black cloth bag for my unmentionables, and a larger orange bag for any shoes I bring. }

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{I use the bag on the left for my make-up brushes and other face tools. I use the Lilly Pulitzer make-up bag to store all my non-liquid make-up.}

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{I use this bag to store all my hair accessories and jewelry I bring on my trip. }

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{The clear bag on the left is for my contacts  and tooth care items. The bag on the right  is for my face care and hair care needs.}

 

I use the rolling method for all the clothes that I bring with me. One of the best depictions of this I have found is here.

 

 

 

Into the City: Moving Tips

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{Here I am Summer 2016 at my wits end with our move to NYC}

  1. Unless it is a family heirloom, leave your furniture behind (feel free to sell it to help fund your move!). It is cheaper to buy new items from ikea and then replace them later with something you love instead of paying thousands to ship what you already have. Starting fresh is always a glorious feeling.
  2. Save your money! Where P and I live we had to make 80 times the rent each year to rent our apartment directly from the company. We also had to prove this with bank records. If you don’t make that much you need to have a guarantor who does. If you don’t have that, you either need to  1) pay rent upfront or 2) offer a huge security deposit. If these aren’t options, then you will be forced to sublease.
  3. It is worth paying more to live closer to work and school. Unless you have a car or use lift/uber, a 15 minute walk in the summer will quickly turn into an 1 hour long walk in bad weather (rain,snow, etc).
  4. When you do buy new items don’t buy for the place you want, buy assuming you will have to downsize later. P and I bought some brand new items from Ikea and had them shipped to use the day after we moved in. It was a snap getting them all in the new place but then we realized that the dimensions were not quite right and we purchased too many too large items. We should have bought what we needed only after we arrived.
  5. Hire a moving company to unload your items, your back will thank you. Also overestimate the amount of items you have and time it will take to unload it all. You don’t want to have to pay extra for misrepresenting what you have on accident.

Moleskine Hacks

After working at Moleskine for awhile I realized very quickly that not all the products are single use only. Here are some of my favorite ‘hacks’ that I have discovered while working at Moleskine. Enjoy!

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Use the Colour-a-Month Planner to keep track of your fitness routine, workouts, and calorie intake.

 

 

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Use the pocket portfolio to hold business cards.

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Buy four recipe journals and organize your recipes by season so you can always go fresh.

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Use the hard pen case as an eyeglass case.

 

Buy a pocket Cahier and slip it into the Passport Wallet so you can take notes on the go.