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I don’t know about you, but I love to plan things out. This blog is planned, desired milestones and goals that I want to reach in life are planned (as in written down and worked towards), and my general day-to-day life (as much as I can do) is planned out too.

So, I thought that it might be interesting to share what I use (stickers and all) to plan out my schedule. Of course, I won’t show you each and every detail (as that would spoil the surprise of this blog) but I will show you pieces, here and there, as I can.

I will start by saying that I don’t own an official bullet journal. From all the videos that I have seen (and trust me, I have seen a lot) it feels like bullet journals are best suited for people who like to either schedule out their day according to horizontal or vertical lines – in a very simple way ala Ryder Carroll (the inventor of the bullet journal) – and those who are seriously good at drawing pictures, drawing and colouring in “mood trackers” and “habit trackers” and other colourful things. Although I do keep a money/budget journal that I put together myself (more on that soon), and even though I did map out my editorial calendar according to my taste, I like my day-to-day planner to be prepared on my behalf, and I like the decorations (stickers, of course) to be done in advance too. So, I did a lot of research to find the kind of planner and the kind of journals that I was looking for.

Yea, I did do a lot of research: I looked into the Erin Condren’s Life Planner, the Panda Planner, the Living Well Planner, the Plum Paper Planner, the Inkwell Planner, the Passion Planner and many more. After searching high and low (for a planner that was big enough, sturdy enough, and had enough writing and sticker space, I settled on a life planner that I found on Purple Trail‘s Etsy shop (though they also have a website where the same planners are available).

The great thing about the Purple Trail Planner is that it’s customizable: Aside from having numerous cover options, I chose one of six layouts (the “Quad Weekly layout”) and 3 “add-ons” out of dozens. I choose the “pocket folder ” add-on (for keeping my planner stickers and other loose papers in order), the “to-do list” add-on (for jotting down things I need to do that don’t fit in the weekly planner boxes – there are two pages for each month), and the “puzzles and games” add-on for fun. I also opted to select the “Digital Proof” option, where the seller sends me a digital proof which I accept or reject before its printed and sent off to me. That add-on was very useful: the owner (named Chris) worked with me a lot before we came to an agreement on the cover. I like that each day is laid out the way it is, and I like that the papers are of a good quality:

Finally, I was going to purchase a journal/notebook to use as my editorial calendar from a seller on Etsy called Forest Nine. I showed it to my sister (in excitement), and you know what? She bought it for me as a Christmas gift! Specifically, she bought me the 6×8 lined paper leather-bound journal and I’m so happy with it. It has room for stickers, notes, and text, and it is just a beautiful home for my editorial calendar:

To furnish my journal/notebook, I bought date planner stickers from LethbridgeCards, an Etsy seller from Milton Keynes, England, and more date stickers from BellaCreationzCo, a seller who offers beautiful stickers from Jupiter, Florida, United States (and they are stickers that I plan to use primarily in my gratitude journal).

More accessories:

For my planner and for my editorial calendar, I bought stickers from various shops on Etsy: from SweetKawaiiDesign and SweetAvasPaper I have stickers that I will be using to track doctors appointments, nail appointments, periods/my menstrual cycle, writing days, and to manage my editorial calendar. I also bought stickers from a shop here in Ontario, Canada called KateLaurenDesign for birthdays and recipe planning, checklist stickers from BirdsFlyStudios, and I bought calendar stickers from a shop in Derby, England called BTSJoyOnPaper (which I stuck on the first page of my editorial calendar, in my 2018 goals and ambitions journal, and on the first page of my money/budget journal – which, again, I will share soon). I also bought a planner band from NoniesCustomCreation (to keep my planner closed and to hold a pen nicely), and two notepads with my blog’s name on them from JubileeDesignStudio (also on Etsy) to stick into my notepad holders:

Stickers:

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Notepads:

Planner band:

So, now that you’ve seen what I got, here’s a sneak peek at my editorial calendar and how I plan my schedule:

Editorial calendar…

Basically, I have big handwriting and anytime I try to write small mistakes happen. After making an attempt to draw my own mini year-at-a-glance spread I thought, “Well, I guess it’ll just be messy then.” Then, I started watching a Between The Steps YouTube video (and I read the companion post to that video) where she announced that she had launched her own Etsy shop. I love Etsy, I love small businesses, and I love supporting creators whenever I can. After taking a browse at her shop I found a solution to my little problem: year-at-a-glance stickers:

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I like that the week starts on Monday and ends on Sunday because it just makes more sense to me. The weekend is at the end of the week after all. A lot of people work Monday to Friday and take off Saturday and Sunday.

Here’s my blog & social media goals spread for 2018:

Here’s my quarterly social media tracker (where I will track the numbers):

By the way, all of my social media blog/social media stickers are from another Etsy shop (surprise surprise!) called PlanningAndPearls

Aren’t the stickers great?

Here’s my January, month-at-a-glance calendar (where I place stickers on days a post is published):

Here is a look at my January blog entries (including the title and content):

Here is a look at my February month-at-a-glance spread:

And that’s it! I hope you enjoyed having a look at how I plan my days and the little peek at how I plan this blog.

Happy New Year!

Adaora

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