Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Quick Tip: Peeling Cut Sticker Sheets Easily

Here is a quick tip for today! Thanks to one of my Instagram followers for asking this question!

When printing on the full sheets of sticker paper it can be hard to peel the backing off.
I was stuck trying to get a corner to peel off then the next, then the next and still failing! I noticed that the full sticker sheet as a diagonal slit on the back. But if you cut your sheet some parts you won't be able to peel that part off!

To resolve this pesky issue all you need is some kind of razor or blade.
I used an exacto knife. All you have to do is slice the back of your cut sticker in half (straight or diagonal doesn't matter) with your blade, gently but firmly, as to not cut the actual sticker. And that's it! Just curve and peel your backing off to use your DIY stickers!


Monday, September 15, 2014

How to Master Your To-Do List & Plan Effectively

If you are into planners, you are probably a to-do list enthusiast as well. These are some of my tips on how I stay on top of my to do lists



Types of Lists To Use
I have a Master To Do List, Weekly To Do Lists and a daily To Do Lists that I use in my weekly planner.

For my master to do list, I put the things I would like to get done but doesn't really have to be done at any certain time. Just things that I do not want to forget, but I need to write down. Most of these things are big projects too that would take a lot of time. I use this to-do list for my master list so I know if I started on one of these long projects! I have a section for this list in my personal planner. Having this long term goals list to refer back to can help you in working towards these goals in your daily to do lists.

 

My weekly to do lists are part of my weekly view in my erin condren planner.   I write these down every week on the side where it says "weekly goals and notes". Alternatively, you can use a journaling card or post it notes. These are things that I must get done this week. Usually they are things that I want to clean out that require more time than a typical daily task.



Finally, the daily to-do's, every night, I write down 3-5 things that I MUST get done for the next day. You can also do this the morning of. These things are usually just daily chores like laundry, cleaning the bathroom, etc. Sometimes I take one or two things from my weekly to do list and write them in my daily to do list. You can organize this by morning-day-night, by sections like home, work, kids, shcool etc. or by urgency level - from highest to lowest priority.


Tips 

"Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail" 

You know that quote right? Well it is so true! You have to set aside some time every night or morning to plan your days. If you don't you'll be running around all day thinking of what you needed to do or get done. Have a daily planning session where you make and prioritize your daily to do list. Your goal for this planning session is to plan the upcoming day's activities and develop a plan of attack to carry them out.

Prioritize
The key to mastering your to do lists is to just write down your top must do tasks. Rethink your priorities. If you have a list with way too many things to do, it can become overwhelming and you may not get any of it done.You have to be realistic with the time you have and write down tasks that you know you can do.

But don't get mad at yourself if you don't finish a few things on your list, just move it to the next day & try again! & if you find yourself not finishing your list everyday maybe you need to rethink your list and shorten it a bit to be more manageable!

Write it Down & Check it Off
When you write things down and plan ahead, you know you will get to check it off as soon as you do it. It is the most rewarding part! Check off your completed tasks and review any remaining uncompleted tasks. When you don't write down your to do list it can be harder for you to get things done. So write that list down every day, every week!

Check Back Often Throughout the Day
Be sure to keep your to do list in sight. Put your planner in a place where you can easily access and check back on it throughout the day.

Don't let your to do lists get messy and overwhelming! Use these tips to stay on top of things, regroup and refocus on what is important and be happy with checking off things everyday!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Week On Two Pages - Vertical Box Style Inserts

I love the erin condren planner so much! The weekly pages are gorgeous and functional. However I could not always work with their morning day and night sections, and I like having a "must do" section! Hence I created this printable!

I have yet to try to these out, but will update as soon as I do! And I know a ton of you use personal sized filofaxes, so I finally was able to make these in that size as well. I don't know if this layout would be too small for a personal, but we'll see!

It is a vertical week on two pages with  boxed sections, a water tracker, and hearts!
On the side there is also a section for a quote you can write, weekly to do's, to go's and to buy.

& on the bottom are extra lines to write anything you want! You can write your meals here, or exercise or daily gratitude, whatever you want. 


I currently have these sections for download below, if you would like custom sections or even colored boxes I can customize one especially for you for a small fee, if you just email me at mswenduhh@gmail.com, I can discuss it further with you.

Other weekly inserts I have include these simple heart oneschecklist version & a pastel wo2p too!

Download:
A5 - home, work, personal
A5 - home, kids, personal
Personal - home, work, personal
A6 - home, kids, personal

If you do end up using these I would love to see pictures. Tag me on Instagram @wenduhh_plans or #mswenduhhblog

 Please do NOT share the actual file or file link. Instead please send your friends here to download my free printables, thank you.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Getting Started with Planners & Filofaxes

So you want to become a planner nerd like the rest of us eh? It's a fun and rewarding hobby. A very useful one too. So welcome to the world of organizing & planning, in style!

My cousin is a newbie and I am currently helping her out. I am in the process of setting up her very first filofax. I found an A5 daytimer and it would be perfect for her! Anyways, here are some tips for all you who want to get started.

Get used to the idea of writing things down

Get into the habit of writing everything down! When you write things down you remember more. If you have something to do, somewhere to go, something you need to buy, or make write it down! If it stays on your mind, it will get lost and never accomplished until the next time you think about it.

Write down all of your appointments, birthdays, special events, all contacts, everything you'd write in your phone put it in your planner. 

Take your planner everywhere with you! Whenever you have an appointment write it in your planner right away. If you've got an idea you want to remember don't trust yourself to remember haha just write it down! If you have something you need to do, write it down in your to do list! 

Have something you need to reference constantly? Put that in your planner! Quotes, inspiration, relevant information, pay days, etc., anything and everything! 

Think of your planner as your brain dump! Once you get the hang of writing everything down you will get used to using your planner daily. I always tell myself oh I'll remember that or I'll just put it in my phone and write it later. But I never do. And I never really remember that I wrote it in my notes section in my phone. 


How I Got Started:
I needed some routine and schedule. I have two baby boys and am home alone with them all day. Things can get crazy and hectic and whiny when there was no routine! I needed to get organized and get things done around the house while still entertaining two babies! When I first started I had a tiny little planner. It was not enough room for me to write everything down. & it was not cute! I had no motivation to write in it everyday. I did not use it as much as I should. Then I ordered my very first Erin Condren Planner. It was cute and functional with plenty of space for me to plan out my days!
my pretty Erin Condren planner cover inside of a Kikki-K planner!

 
Erin Condren planner
But then I wanted something more versatile so I uncoiled it and put it into a binder - my berry Kikki-k planner! 

Then that got too big for me to lug around everywhere so I came across a smaller Filofax - the pocket, but it was too small for me and I found the perfect planner - my mulberry!

Now I use all three, but that's another story. #planneraddict

Some Alternatives to Filofax Binders

If you think you are ready for a Filofax but don't want to spend a fortune you can find some cute and affordable ones from Paperchase or Kikki-K. Barnes and Nobles has the punctuate planner for very cheap as well! You can also find some Filofaxes on eBay.

some kikki-k planners and my mulberry

Inserts

Next step is to find the perfect inserts! You can find some free printables on my blog or you can buy some.  Find some free printables and see how you like to plan first. Do you like planning every week? every day? Do you like seeing everything at a glance like a monthly view? Or maybe all three! Test it out first! If you buy from filofax, paperchase or kikki-k they usually come with weekly and monthly inserts. Use that for a while, then if you don't like those you can order some cute ones from piaric on facebook, find some on wo2p inserts on etsy or try some free printables online.You can use this to help you print your free printables. 

Use the monthly view as your story board for the month. Jot down all of your important appointments, due dates, bills etc. 

Use the weekly or daily to jot down all your tasks for the day or week that you'd like to get done. The Erin condren planner has 3 different sections which I think really helps you split up your to do lists. 
weekly view

monthly view
insert view of my erin condren

You can find other useful inserts to use in your planner on my blog as well, such as to-do lists, wish lists, budgeting, expenses, appointments, and many many more printables!

my free printables

schedule those appointments

Stationery Goodies

Personalize it & make it fun! 

Get a nice pen, some stickers, some washi tape, anything to keep you interested in your planner. Decorate and plan happily! 

When you have your planner, you can start decorating. Most people buy all these planner goodies while waiting on their planner! Get some sticky notes, pens, paperclips, washi tape, journaling cards and other cute stationery extras. You can get these from arts and crafts stores, etsy shops, or print your own like these stickers here! These help keep you motivated to stay organized with a planner, all while still being functional! You can find inspiration on how to decorate pages on instagram, YouTube or pinterest!




washi tape, project life cards, corner rounder and others!

stickers from online shops

bookmarks and stick flags!

Dividers/Sections

Decide on sections in your Filofax. Make your own cute dividers or buy some on etsy! Some common sections in a Filofax include:
  • Info
  • Calendar - Yearly/Monthly
  • Weekly (diary)
  • To Do
  • Notes
  • Inspiration/Lists
  • Addresses/Contacts




It all really depends on your lifestyle. If you are a student, a stay at home mom, a blogger, or working every day. Make sections relevant to your life. What do you need to reference all the time? What do you need to write down to remember?

After a few weeks or days of using this system, you’ll be able to see what is working for you or not. Change them up as you need. Starting a planner is a lot of trial and error until you find your niche!

Start using that planner as much as you can! Keep your planner open and in sight. You'll use it way more if it's in view and get things done too! You know the saying "out of sight, out of mind". So find a spot for your planner where you can constantly see your plans and start planning! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Simple Hearts Week on Two Pages Inserts

Here is another version of my week on two pages without all of the details. I also made one with a pastel ombre background and just a plain black and white version. These leave you a lot of room for creativity! The downloads are below!


Here is my first week using it! So far..



If you do end up using these I would love to see pictures. Tag me on Instagram @wenduhh_plans or #mswenduhhblog

Please do NOT share the actual file or file link. Instead please send your friends here to download my free printables, thank you.

Pastel WO2P

A5
Personal
A6
Pocket 


B&W WO2P 

A5
Personal
A6
Pocket



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Different Ways To Use Journaling and Project Life Cards






In the planner world, I have seen people collect tons of project life cards. I myself have a little collection of project life and other journaling cards. I use them daily for a number of things. Here are some ideas on how you can use these cards every day!


Different Ways To Use Journaling Cards 


  • A Weekly To Do List - you can hole punch and slit the holes to insert it into your binder 
  • A Weekly Meal Planner



  • Color Coding Key
  •  Monthly No Spend Tracker (or anything tracker)

  • Quote Inspiration in your planner
  • Dashboard Decoration (or laminate it and make it your dashboard!)

  • Dividers Decoration (just add washi)


  • Dividers or Sub-Dividers 



  • Wall Decor 



  • Planner Pocket Decoration


  •  Mail Tags in snail mail
  • Snail mail info cards
  • Making Cards
  • Fold Out Booklets (washi tape several together)
  • Scrapbooking pages
  • Lists (shopping list, challenge lists etc.)
There are so many ways to use these awesome little cards, tell me how do you use these cards!



Monday, September 8, 2014

How To Make Your Own Journaling Cards Easily

Journaling cards or Project Life cards are all over the place in the planner world! They are so cute and the rounded corners make it even more adorable. They can be used for a number of things in our planners, but that will be in another blog post. Today I will show you how to make your very own cards very easily!




Supplies Needed:
  • Scrapbook Paper
  • Corner Rounder
  • Paper Cutter/Scissors



All you need to do is cut down your scrapbook paper to either 4x6 inches or 3x4 inches. After that you just round the corners and voila! A perfect project life or journaling card!
cut a part of the paper that you like most

This is cut into  3x4 inches

3x4 cards

Use a corner rounder on all corners

& voila! Your own decorative cards!

Some even have a whole page with different sized designs meant for you to cut out!

This was one 12x12 page of scrapbook paper

I just cut along the designs and cornered the edges!
another full page example

hello to do lists cards!

Paper packs from Michael's, Joann's and Hobby Lobby usually go on sale all the time, if not they always have a 40% coupon for you to use! One paper pack can make a million cards.

In my next post I will show you how you can use these cards everyday!
 

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