Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Welcome Back!

After such a long time, I finally managed to get enough inspiration to actually pick up my lazy self and restart this wonderful blog.

I can't believe that my last post was way back in February this year (read that here)! While I have been active (on and off) in my Instagram account (check it out here), sadly I can't say the same with my so-called blog. Unfortunately, I have completely managed to forget that this thing even exists and that I was once swept with the blog fever.

But, now I have managed to convince myself to give this another go. Hopefully this would rekindle my love for writing and actually serve another purpose by serving as an outlet for my thoughts as well as sharing my love for all things organization and planner related.

To give context, here's some of the biggest changes that had happened since my last post.

1.) I got a job.
Finally, and I must say that this is the biggest game changer in my routine is that (Finally) I have managed to land myself a job. I am currently working in the advertising field so you can just imagine the hours that I put in my job which is why I have lost time for my blog.

2.) I moved out.
Well note really. I am currently living away from home during workdays because I gave up on commuting on a daily basis. Traffic here in the Philippines has been getting worse and worse each day and I find that I cannot stand the almost 2 hours (or more) of commuting that I consume.

3.) I practically live in my Bullet Journal/Kislap planner. 
Well nothing new there but I really have come to depend on my journals for my everyday survival. With the plethora of meetings, events, deadlines, reports, and more that I need to keep track of, I had learned not to part with my planning system.

4.) I traveled on my own. 
Another big change that happened over the course of 6 months is that I have managed to travel alone to various parts of the country. Of course they're mostly work related and I have completely no time to relax and enjoy but this is a completely huge step for someone like me who are always cooped up in their house. I am looking forward to the day that I can plan my own grand adventure where only relaxation and fun will be allowed. haha.

I know that this post is super random and not structured at all but I promise I'll just do better next time. I just really want to put something out there before I lose my groove again.

Hopefully, I can keep the posts up. Wish me luck! :)

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Review: 2015 Stradmore Planner

Hi everyone! Today I'm posting my review on the Stradmore Planner that I mentioned in my last post back in December. Actually, this planner is one of those spur of the moment purchases that I always do when I visit Bookstores. I really should stay away from stationery stores especially when it's the peak of Planner season.

Stradmore is a local brand here in the Philippines which is more commonly known for their paper products such as notebooks, journals and planners. One of their more popular products is the Blogberry Planner which is available in most Bookstores.

I wasn't able to get the product name of this particular planner because when I found it on the stack of planners in National Bookstore, I had to literally dig it up from the pile. It was covered with other more popular brands and my guess would be that it was not that well-known as the other products made by Stradmore.

What made me buy this planner is that I realized that I love it's simplicity and the fact that it looks "professional." Since I aim to start working within this year, I need to have a planner that can hold my future work stuff.

Another thing that appealed to me is that this particular planner is quite similar to the idea of the Filofax Flex and the Hobonichi wherein you have your cover and you can just slide the notebook inserts on the flaps of the cover. I like this since I means still use the cover in the future.

This Stradmore planner is an A5 sized notebook with two big pockets wherein you can insert your notebooks. It came with an address book and a spiral bound 2015 planner that is slightly smaller than the cover. It is costs roughly around the 400-500 peso mark (sorry I forgot the actual price since) and is available in two colors, black and gray.

Inside the spiral bound planner, you'll find the following pages:

  • Personal Information
  • 2014-2016 year at a glance calendar
  • Important Dates to remember
  • Meeting Time Table
  • Investment Portfolio 2015
  • Activity Schedule 2015
  • Travel Planner
  • Monthly Calendars with tabs
  • Monthly Cashflow
  • Week on two pages
  • 2015 & 2016 Fold-out Year Planner
  • 6 pocket clear card slot insert
  • Notepad

The Monthly Calendar is in list form which I'm not exactly used to but you can easily change this to the more commonly grid calendar by printing one and pasting it on the page. On the back of the monthly calendar is each month's cash flow tracker which is useful especially if you want to track your expenses or record your savings.

The Weekly Pages is a week on two pages layout that is simple and very straight forward. On the left side of each day is a timeline from 8am-5pm wherein you can record your appointments and there is enough space on the right side of each day for your tasks. I love this layout since it is perfect for when I would start working. It also have the current month, as well as the next, for easy reference.

The only problem that I have with this is that Saturday and Sunday shares a space. I do have a lot of activities during the weekends so I need the space for that. Other than that, I love the layout of the pages of this calendar

Aside from the calendar, here are some extras that can be very useful for those who have this particular calendar from Stradmore. I really like the Foldout calendar which is a feature that you don't normally see in most store brought planners.

And lastly, the planner also have a slot in the back wherein you can insert a notepad. I find this very practical because I'm the type of person who loves to jot down random information every once in a while.

The planner is still available in some National Bookstore outlets (I've checked SM North Edsa and MOA) so you can still probably get it. It's not as fancy as the once that I am used to in my Filofax but it is really a great alternative especially if you want a planner that's already made up.

Thank you for reading!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Update: 2015 planner and useful videos!

Hi everyone! Just to share a  quick update with regards to my plans for my 2015 planner setup. As I've said before in my earlier post , I am using the remaining days of 2014 to finalize and perfect my system for 2015.

  • First, I am tweaking my system a little bit. Instead of using two traveler's notebook, I am planning to use one on the go planner (my Kislap) and one larger planner which would preferably hold everything. 
  • Second, I am still with my Kislap Journal which is my on the go planner. I'm really loving it's portability and the fact that it fits a lot of my purses. I have tweaked the inserts a little bit since I found some amazing notebooks from SM Department Store that fits the journal perfectly. I would probably do a follow up post about this setup, and I promise I will, once everything settles down. 
  • And lastly,  I have decided not to use my regular sized fauxdori for my planner needs. Instead I would use it for my journaling since it fits better as a journal. Also, I realized that since I want to start looking for career opportunities, I want a more "professional" look for my planner. While I can definitely make my Fauxdori look more corporate, I prefer to use it as a creative outlet. Currently, I'm still torn between two options to what I would partner with my Kislap journal. 

    • OPTION 1: I purchased a Stradmore planner that is sort of like the Filofax Flex. It has a spiral bound planner inside ad I really like the idea that I can reuse the cover. It has a week on two pages and has appointments on each day. It looks professional and it's sturdy enough to survive inside my bag. Although I don't know if I will be able to use all of its features, I think that this is a great option for me. I am doing a review of this soon so watch out for that :)

    • OPTION 2: Another option I'm playing around with is to design my own pages and have it bound. I am thinking more of the A5 sized planner and something that could easily track my time. I have played around with visual tracking before such as chronodex and spiraldex but I haven't tried the appointment type of vertical week on 2 pages layout for my weekly calendar. So I decided to try my hand in designing this insert for one week and trying if this could work out for me. I was very much inspired with the Passion Planner  but I don't know if I can commit to the whole layout so I decided to try this one first. 

That's it for now. Also, if you're figuring out your planner system for 2015, you might want to check these videos out. They're really helpful and gives you a lot of insight on what could work. 

Pocketfullofvintage (check out her YouTube channel here)
  • She has a series of videos entitled "Planning for 2015" where in she describes each calendar layout and how she plans to use them. Check it out and see if you can incorporate her ideas into your system. And I really love how she reiterated the thinking "Your Planner, your way." 

MissVickyBee  (check out her YouTube channel here)
  • MissVickyBee recently posted her video Planner Guide 2015 (watch it here) in which she describe all the journals and planners she has been using. It's a must watch video since you can get a lot of information on the different choices that you can use as for your planner setup. Also, she showed A LOT of planners so you might just get your inspiration from what she have shown in the video. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Planning my planner for 2015

Hi everyone! The end of the year is fast approaching and I am still in search of that perfect combination that would satisfy all my planner cravings. For the past couple of months, I've been in my traveler's notebooks and I have been converted back into notebooks over binders. And while I have been loving my setup, it is undeniable that there is still that missing link.

While I was browsing through my YouTube news feed, I came across Erin Joy's  video about her Planner setup for 2015 in her Filofax (watch it here).  She also discussed the challenge that was issued by her husband to use her Kate Spade inserts for 6 months and how she plan to tackle that challenge. I really found it interesting and it made me think about my own system

To be honest, I am one of those who are easily swayed with new planner trends and pretty pictures. I love looking into other people's setup and most often than not, this would disturb my planner peace. I would eventually give and try a new system which would often lead to my overspending and being frustrated.

And so, for 2015 I decided to tweak the challenge and basically try to stick to one planner system (not setup, haha) for as long as I can. I won't be putting a time frame but I would definitely track how long can I stick with a particular system without changing things.

To make my life easier, I decided to sit down and do a list of the things that I really need to have in my planner system. And while it has not been an easy task, it really helped me clear my mind and point me to the direction that I wanted. I am planning to test this out for the rest of 2014 to see if it can work out for me.

For this coming 2015, I am planning to use ONLY my two Traveler's notebooks for my planner system.

 My Kislap Journal from Alunsina will serve as my main planner consisting of my monthly, weekly and my brain dump inserts while my regular sized Fauxdori from bpmontilla will hold my bullet journal, collections notebook and my personal journal.

I decided to use my Kislap journal, which is basically a field notes sized journal,  as my main planner since I want it to be portable and accessible. I also want to try having the full year's worth of weekly inserts with me at all times and the Kislap journal is the perfect size for what I have in mind. I wanted all the weeks so that I can easily jot down future schedules and at the same time, I can easily refer to past weeks should it be needed. While I do have my monthly on two pages inert for this, the boxes are really tiny and I can't put all the necessary information there.

My regular sized fauxdori on the other hand will be used mostly for notes and my bullet journal. One thing that I realized while I'm changing from one insert to another is that I'm definitely a lister. I need a lot of space for my notes and tasks and I immediately knew that those lists would not fit my Kislap journal. This way, I can use my regular sized fauxdori for notes and I have the option of not bringing it when I don't really need it. I won't be stressing that I am missing something important since all my appointments and important information will be kept in my Kislap journal.

I still have the rest of 2014 to try this out and perfect it, so hopefully, it will come through. I am really enjoying figuring out inserts for this system and making it work for me. I will definitely do a setup post about my 2015 system once I finalized everything out.

How about you guys? What do you plan to use for your 2015 setup? Comment down below or give links to your setup posts/ videos. I would love to check them out!

Thank you!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

FREEBIE: Undated Month on 2 pages MTN insert

Hi everyone! After receiving some inquiry here in my blog as well as in my email and instagram account, I decided to upload a free printable download of the monthly inserts that I'm going to use for 2015 in my regular size fauxdori. This is a basically the prototype of the inserts I'm going to use since I have not yet decided (and printed) the final inserts. I used Publisher to make this and saved it as  a PDF File.

This version is undated and is (in my own opinion)a huge improvement from what I'm currently using right now (check out those inserts here). I decided against making it a grid insert so as to achieve a cleaner look. It is undated so you can easily customize the inserts. You can also shade the corresponding name above to indicate the current month.

I actually got this idea from a picture of an insert that I saw in Instagram or one of the facebook groups but I totally forgot where I saw it. If you know whose photo it is, link it in the comments section. Or if you know the etsy seller who was selling them, please do let me know so I can properly credit the idea to them.

UPDATE: I got the idea for the month from RogueCrusade's SkinnyJane inserts :) check it our here. 

So basically, the printable contains 28 pages that makes one notebook insert. It is already layouted booklet style and you just need to print it on A4 size paper. This is not perfect since I've said, this is only a prototype. It also contains 2 pages for birthdays and anniversaries, as well as a notes section at the end of the insert.

Hope you guys would find this useful. I would love to see how you guys use it if ever. Haha. Thank you for reading!


Awesome tutorial video from Ray Blake  (making MTN Inserts)

ps: Don't forget to check out Ray's website My Life in One Place (click here) for 
free printable inserts both for filofaxes and for MTN. It's printable heaven I tell you.