Category Archives: Planning

Bullet Journal Challenge: I love planning because…

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about planning. To be honest, I’ve let it slide to the way side these past few months because of a lot of family and real life stuff going on. Then I was in a planning slump and eventually I decided that instead of letting myself feel overwhelmed by ALL THE THINGS, I needed to stop making excuses and moderate my reading time (because I tend to read to the point where nothing gets done when I’m stressed) and look at the things I wanted to get done before the year ends. That was a wake up call! With the year ending in a matter of days, I got in gear! .

So far, I’ve made great progress on my Christmas shopping. I actually took the time to write out lists of all the gifts needed. I also wrote out another list for the food we’d need to bring to the various potluck parties for our families. This was a big part of my holiday stress and I feel like it’s more manageable now. 

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I’ve resumed my reread of my WIP and had set a goal of rereading five chapters per week. I’ve actually gone past my goal and I’ve got only four more chapters to reread and then I’ll start outlining and writing again. I dreaded rereading my WIP because it’s 65k words so far and I wasn’t sure if it was as good as I remember. 😆 Now, I’m fired up and I’ve realized that I’m pretty awesome. 😏

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I love planning because it alleviates a lot of stress and I feel like I’m accomplishing a lot when I can actually see all the X’s on my task lists. I also love planning because even if you get in a slump, it’s always there when you’re ready to start again. 

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I was thinking of doing a flip through on my InstaStory of my notebooks. Let me know in the comments, if you’re interested. 

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My daughter still has a fever. 😟 I’ll be staying home with her while her brothers go to their aunts’ house for a gingerbread house decorating party. She’s young enough that she won’t really know what she’s missing out on but still. 😟 I hope you all are having a great day so far! 

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#planewithmechallenge Helpful lists, long term projects, and I love planning because…

Bullet Journal Challenge: Intro, Favorite Tools, and Where I Plan 

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about notebooks, washi tape, and pens! In addition to being a total book nerd, I’m a planner/bullet journal addict and all things stationery and pen related are the only other things besides books that I will just hand my money over for.😆.

I have two systems that I use for bullet journaling. For my real life mommy duties, I use a Traveler’s Notebook system that holds different inserts for tasks, budgeting, and meal planning. I treated myself to this Foxfix cover @thefoxyfix no.8 wide in Butterscotch for my birthday which is absolutely gorgeous! Being a mom of four and managing a household, carrying this beautiful notebook when I’m on the go has been a dream! For my reading and writing life, I use my Leuchtturm 1917 @leuchtturm1917 in Anthracite with squared pages. I love the creamy graph paper, bookmark ribbon, and elastic band to keep everything inside. I use it to track my WIP and help set up monthly goals for reading and writing. 

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My favorite tools are my Papermate Inkjoy gel ink pens, Zig pens, and Pentel Touch brush tip pens. I also love adding color with washi tape and some stickers too. As for where I plan, I like planning in my office, but usually end up on my sofa with my planner stuff surrounding me. 😁

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Once I get my December layouts set-up, I’ll share more of how I use these notebooks. Any other notebook and stationery addicts out there? I can’t wait to use my winter/Christmas washi tape and stickers. 

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I hope you’re having a fantastic Sunday!
#planwithmechallenge Introductions, Favorite Tools, Where I plan

Book Challenge: Happy Thanksgiving!

For #novemberbdaychallenge, Traditions: We usually spend Thanksgiving over at a family member’s house, but this year my oldest son woke up feeling sick. We’re at home, having a movie marathon. We’ve watched It’s A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving! and Brother Bear. I’d never seen Brother Bear before and it’s really good and perfect for the holiday..

For #livelaughbooksnovember Bookish Feast Happy Thanksgiving and #grimdragon US Thanksgiving Book Feast Not exactly a bookish post, but I did want to share all the things I’m grateful for.  

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For #lilbookishnovember, Bookstagrammers I’m thankful for! #watermelanerdsnovember I’m thankful for… #disneypotterchallenge Feast in the Great Hall I’m thankful for… and #planwithmechallenge Gratitude, I’m so grateful for such a great year. I’ve had a great year with my family and I’m close to reaching my goals as a writer. I also never thought starting an Instagram account and joining bookstagram and the planner communities would have such an impact on my life! I’m so grateful for all the friends I’ve made here—book, planner, and stationery addicts. It’s been so nice talking about books and geeking out about notebooks and pens, but most of all, it’s been wonderful finding friends who are so kind and supportive. Pictured are all the notes, letters, and some gifts I’ve received from friends through Instagram. I’m so grateful that I found you all!

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For #lilbookishnovember Happy Thanksgiving! and #inkinthenovember Happy American Thanksgiving! If you’re in the US, Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you’re all having a great day with food and family! If you don’t celebrate, I hope you’re having a fabulous Thursday! One more day until the weekend. ❤️😊

Bullet Journal Challenge: Everday and Tracking

One of my go-to layouts in my #writersbulletjournal is my #currentreads tracker. My daily goal for reading is to read at least twenty minutes a day. My monthly goal is to read 3-4 books a month. My goal for the year was 24 books. I started using this layout in January and I actually surpassed my goals in April! 🙌🏽 I never thought I’d get to read this much! I’m a stay-at-home and an aspiring writer, but reading has always been important to me. It benefits me both as a person and a writer, so I made a commitment to myself to read daily. I’ll admit, sometimes I meet just the twenty minutes. Sometimes I don’t and sometimes I go way past twenty minutes. .

There’s another part to my reading tracker that’s not featured and it’s called my Genre Tracker. In addition to reading every day, I also wanted to make sure that I read outside my comfort zone. I listed all the genres that I wanted to try this year and each month, I target a genre that I want to tackle. I’m sorry to say that I haven’t accomplished this goal. 😅Fantasy, I can’t quit you! 😩

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For writing, I’m not doing Nano, but instead I’m dedicating this month to rereading my draft to build up momentum again for the ending. I got close to the ending a couple of months ago (65k+ words), but I got discouraged because the story was going in a direction I had not imagined. For a planner girl like me, it was really hard coming to terms with the fact that I just had to let the story tell itself. So, this month my goal is to read 5 chapters a week of my WIP. I wrote on my WIP calendar which chapters I should be reading each week. Then I just mark on the day which chapter was read and make notes in my revision notebook.

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Featured also are my #currentreads at the moment. I’m enjoying this TBR SO much and having a blast buddy reading with Vicky @zoetzure, Natasha @shotmeinthebook and Syd @deertales!

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Interested in seeing more examples of my reading tracker? Check out my tag #jennfscurrentreadstracker. 

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#planwithmechallenge Everyday and Tracking 

Bullet Journal Challenge: November and To Do

I love when I’ve finished one month in my notebooks and I’m ready to start a new month. For November, I’m trying something new in my #writersbulletjournal which is the Leuchtturm 1917 @leuchtturm1917. Instead of a monthly tracker to track my reading and writing activity, I switched to the traditional monthly overview. The monthly tracker was used to establish habits and once I did, it wasn’t useful anymore. I use the traditional monthly overview in my real life bullet journal (pictured in my Foxy fix @thefoxyfix Traveler’s Notebook) and decided to switch to that since it’s working so well for real life planning. My only modification in my #writersbulletjournal will be to use the notes/activity page to set weekly writing and reading goals..

In my Moleskine @moleskine_world, I use it for WIP notes and word counts. To save time, I’ve taped in monthly calendar pages that I use to log in my daily word count or writing activity. I’m rereading my first draft to refresh and also gain momentum for my story. I’ve set a goal to reread at least five chapters a night (I’ve written 29 chapters already). I’m pleased with my progress and rereading my draft has given me confidence in my story—I was reminded it was a pretty good one!

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In the A4 notebook from Daiso @daiso_usa, I use it to list all the challenges I hope to participate for the month. I love using this notebook for challenges because it’s bigger than a regular notebook so it’s easier to see all the challenges at once.

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How’s everyone’s weekend going so far? I’ve got mail to open, a trip to the library and some errands to run. I hope you’re all having a fantastic weekend so far!

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Challenge:

#planwithmechallenge November and To Do

Planner Challenge: My system(s)

How many of you are participating in Nanowrimo? I’m actually not participating in the official program, but instead I’m making a personal goal to finish my first draft. I’ve been quiet about my writing for the past few months. I’m barreling toward the end of my draft, but what I had envisioned for the ending isn’t matching up with how the story is going right now—which isn’t a bad thing. It’s taken me some time to come to terms with the fact that I’m the medium for the story I’m telling and I have to just let it tell itself.. 

Featured here are my planner systems and personal journal. For my #writersbulletjournal, I use a Leuchtturm 1917 @leuchtturm1917 grid notebook. My LT1917 is used for my reading and writing life to set goals, set up tasks, and also track my reading. I also use it for sorting social media posts. My Moleskine hardcover @moleskine_world is for my WIP notes and word counts. 

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My other planner system is my Traveler’s Notebook (TN). My TN is used for my real life responsibilities such as mommy tasks and family events and appointments. I was able to take advantage of The Foxy Fix @thefoxyfix sale they were having on their Wanderlust wide TNs. This is the no. 8 in Butterscotch. The leather is absolutely gorgeous—soft with such a warm tan color. When I first got it, I was a little surprised at how big it was and realized I probably could’ve gone one size down. But I’m going to try it out and make it work because it’s just too beautiful. 

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Also featured is my personal journal in a Midori A5 MD grid notebook. I love this size for journaling and the paper is fantastic. It stands up to watercolor paint, markers, and washi tape like a boss. My cover is made by the fabulous Karen over at @lunabluebags. 

I am a proud #notebookaddict. Sounds like a lot to keep track? Not really. Every notebook represents a different part of my personality so it’s easy for me to compartmentalize. Also, each personality needs her own space to work and create. It’s not for everyone, but I’ve found it works really well for me!

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Challenges:

#planwithmechallenge Me and Planner(s)

#inkinthebooknovember Nano summary

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#leuchtturm1917 #moleskine #lunabluebags #foxyfix #foxyfixwide #mdnotebook

Bullet Journal Challenge: My “why” 

If you’re new here, HELLO! Besides reading and writing, I’m a total planner girl! I started using a planner in college to try to keep up with assignments and tests. I continued using one when I was a teacher and eventually moved on to bullet journaling. I have a Leuchtturm 1917 @leuchtturm1917 notebook for my writing and reading life. I also use a Traveler’s Notebook for real life planning..

Both of these systems work so well for the different aspects of my character. I commend those who can keep it all in one place. I like clearly defined work areas. My writer self loves having the LT1917 which stays on my desk and comes out when I’m writing. My mommy self loves the portability of the TN and also having different inserts to organize appointments and other household items.

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Pictured are some of my favorite tools: I’m loving the Papermate Inkjoy gel inks @papermate_inkjoys and of course washi tape. My current on deck choices are fall/Halloween style tapes. I found these particular styles at Target, Michaels, and Daiso. Also pictured is the Supernatural themed “Yesterday was Tuesday, right?” notepad from the September @nerdy.post. I love having notepads on hand to jot down tasks for later.

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How’s your Saturday going? I checked out The Lightening Thief audiobook from the library and my older sons LOVE it. I’ve been playing it for them all morning and they do not want to do anything else, but listen! This day has been long in coming. I’m so glad I can share this series with them now.
#planwithmechallenge My “why” and Favorite Tools

Check out #jennfscurrentreadstracker for other posts about how I track my daily reading.