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Monday, October 8, 2012

149 My Daily Blog Planner

Funny little confession for ya to start out this Monday, "I write an organizing blog and my blog isn't all that organized."

It's true.  And it makes me all crazy inside. 

So I finally decided to do something about it!  It is my job after all!

I have all these big kid plans of fixing up my site, updating my project gallery, keeping an editorial calendar, expanding my shop and eventually growing a business.... the problem is, that there are so many branches to what I do each day, that it can be overwhelming to keep it all straight.

So, I find myself coming up with all sorts of ideas.  Great light bulb moment ideas.  And grabbing my closest notebook to jot them down. Then the next day, I may grab a post it.  And another day I may make a note on my iPhone.  Then, before you know it, I don't have a clue where any of those ideas I had are... and then writers block sets in, and then I don't post for three days...  boo.

And it is true, I will admit.  I have had lists and lists of post ideas and then it comes time to post and I can't come up with a thing... any other bloggers out there been in that situation?  It's not a fun feeling.

I decided that in order for me to be a better blogger, I needed to solve my little problem, and pronto!

So, I did what I love to do.  I created some organizing bloggy printables:


The printables were a place where I could keep track of all those different areas of my blog life.  A place to jot down ideas for future shop items, a place to keep track of all the home projects we want to tackle and share, and place to keep note of website enhancements that need to take place and ways I want to expand my branding and client services.  One happy place for all of my super exciting ideas.  I could finally hold myself accountable!

I printed out the lovely colorful pages and popped them into a binder.

Many of you may wonder why I don't go digital with these types of things and there are a few simple reasons. 
  • I like to have the ability to carry my lists with me, in the car, by my bedside, at my desk, at the park with the kids.  Anywhere I go, I want the ability to access my items.  
  • I can't stand managing tasks on small screens.  I know I can carry my phone with me, but to manage all of my different tasks and ideas on a small screen isn't my cup of tea {I use it for my family calendar, but that is about it}.
  • I haven't found a digital version of managing it "ALL" that I love.  I have looked, but nothing fits me as well. 
  • I get satisfaction from writing things down, and then checking them off.  Weird, but it is what works for me.
So.... I did the binder thing for awhile, and found that since I like to take it with me, the binder was a bit bulky and I wasn't using it as much as I hoped.

Organizing is about always evolving your ideas until you get it just right.  So, when the binder wasn't working 100%, I tried again.  I thought about how I would always be carrying around a notebook, that the flexibility and size was much better than a binder.  If I could marry the binder printables and the notebook size, I would be in organized blog heaven, so I ran to Staples and spent a few bucks to have my pages spiral bound instead.


It worked!  Love when that happens!

Staples can also spiral bind blank tabs, so I went that route as well.  Here are the supplies I used to take this project home.


I decided to use my newly found love of Washi tape for labeling folders, to spice up the white divider tabs.  Then, topped off the pretty tabs with some printed labels from my label maker.


Inside, I added a calendar for the rest of this year and for all of next, which will allow for me to better plan out my post topics, guest posts, contributor posts and reader spaces. 


I paper clipped a small stack of colorful stickers to mark dates in which I owe a contributing post to another blog or website.


The other pages contain all sorts of exciting little ideas I have for the future of IHeart Organizing, and look a little like this.


Each page gives me the space to jot down ideas and wish list items, which I can joyfully cross off when they come to life. 

I keep a pencil pouch tucked under the cover {I didn't think to see if one could be bound}, which holds my all time favorite planner pens {I have tested many}, some page flags and my USB flash drive.


I am happy to report that I am in love with this little setup.  It has been working great and I use it daily. 


Let's chat!  Are you a digital peep or do you love to personally write down your thoughts?  What are some fabulous apps for those that love to be techy?  What other ways do you keep track of your daily blogging tasks?

If you are looking to put together your own blog planner, I added the pages to my Etsy shop here.


149 comments:

  1. I love it! I <3 that we can keep our schedules all digital and up to date quickly now, but I still adore writing all of my ideas and to do lists down as well! Looks cute AND organized :)
    Melissa

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  2. I actually had this very same feeling a few weeks ago! I decided to keep mine digital because that way when I'm logged on, I'm on... and when I'm not, I'm not. I like keeping a bit of seperation between my personal life, my career, and my blog. Your note boom and printables are super cute! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I am that person that jots my blog post ideas on post-it notes and then can't find or remember them when the time comes!! I should buy/make a planner too :)

    http://designerinteal.blogspot.com

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  4. I write everything down too! I hate high tech!

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  5. What a great concept. I'm a little jealous. I use the calendar funciton on my phone, but mostly I carry around a date book that I use for appointments and such. I also carry a hard-back journal that I use for blog planning, etc, and I generally carry around at least 1 mini-notebook for my to-do lists and chores. It's a lot to carry around, but I haven't found anything else that works. And I change my mind too often to stick with just one thing.

    For instance, several months ago I made a whole binder for my menu plans, grocery list, and pantry inventory. And I used it for maybe a month. Then someone else makes a free printable that I like and I start using that one.

    It's probably a good thing I don't try to turn my little blog into a business - I'd be dead broke! =(

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  6. Well, I may not be a blogger, but I sure do like organization in every way. I tend to go digital with all my "post its" using Evernote. I love it because I can keep multiple notebooks and tons of notes within each. It has helped me to keep track of Christmas lists, things that need to get done around the house, recipes i want to try, etc. etc. The only thing it would be missing is the calendar it appears.

    Although I love the printed out version, I hate carrying anything around with me, unless absolutely necessary.

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    1. Sounds like Evernote is loved by many and may be a great option for me to consider for other areas of our life. :)

      xo!
      Jen

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    2. I love how your notebook turned out. Very cute!

      I use Evernote for blogging, as well as for many personal and work related tasks. I have a notebook for blog topics where I research, brainstorm, outline and rough draft. I have another notebook where I have a note for brainstorming topics and having a rough schedule of when I want to publish which topic. Another note for website related ideas. I love Evernote, because I can access it from any device. I can jot something down quick on my phone, then write more extensive stuff on a computer later. I can clip websites or snap a picture.

      Here is my post on how I use Evernote: http://ngnrdgrl.wordpress.com/2012/07/02/evernote2/

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  7. I'm a total pen and paper person. I have my blog and homeschool planning sheets in a 3 ring binder. I like your idea of lists. Haven't done that yet, just use lined paper for now.

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  8. Jen- I love it! I have been looking at a way to keep my blog organized & this is perfect! You just come up with the best ideas :) There is something that is so satisfying about writing things down and being able to check things off!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  9. I'm with you, I have to write everything down. My mother in law asks me why I don't use my phone and laughs when I take out my planner. It so much easier. Love your ideas!

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  10. I am in the same boat! I spend so much money trying out every type of planner. I always revert to my Google calendar because its always with me (work, home, cell and tablet)but its just best I've found, not perfect. Then I have a folder with a zillion organizing apps (to do list, grocery list, home inventory, recipes, puppy records,online school info etc) I've tried "editing" a premade journal with printables but meh... I love love your idea of taking it in to get bonded at staples! I don't have a blog, but could use all of my favorite printables and put them together :-)

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  11. This is great..right up my ally. I love things on paper as well. What is your favorite color printer?

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    1. I use the HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Color Printer:
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0044XSNHG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0044XSNHG&linkCode=as2&tag=iheaorga-20

      I was nervous that I would be replacing pricey cartridges frequently, but I still am using the ones that came with the printer almost a year later, and I print quite a bit.

      xo!
      Jen

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  12. Such cute printables!!!
    I currently have a great system of jotting ideas down in my reporter moleskine that goes everywhere with me in case I'm suddenly inspired (which is often). It would be GREAT if moleskines came with these cute printables inside!

    And, I too love making list just for the satisfaction of getting to cross things off.

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  13. I guess that I'm a hybrid I LOVE my Google calendar and use it for all the crazy that is our family schedule but when it comes to grocery lists and to do lists I love a paper and pen there's just something about crossing things off that list that feels so good! Sometimes I'll add things to my list that I've already done so that I can cross them off. I love this idea of a custom notebook so many ways that this could be used...

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    1. I had to giggle, I have done the same. We should be proud of our accomplishments! :)

      I also use a digital calendar for family items, but for everything else, I write away.

      xo,
      Jen

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    2. Hi! :)

      I love, love, love your blog!

      I use Google Calendar for appointments and reminders (birthdays, holidays, etc). I color code and annotate each. Then I use ColorNote (it's only an app) for checklists and notes. These are all color coded and annotated too. To avoid squinting at a 2" screen, you can buy a generic 7" tablet (smaller and more lightweight than your notebook). They are sometimes called a "developer's copy" because it's not an official google based tablet. With a couple of easy work arounds you can also get iTunes and the nook app on it too. And it has wifi based internet. They cost about $200. That may work for you as well. I find Evernote too complicated. If you need files, you can pop your usb into the tablet too. Hope this helps! :)

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  14. I love this so much! I just adore all of the colors you use.

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  15. First off, I am obsessed with your site--its such a bright part of my day when I read your posts. You are amazingly creative!

    Love this post with inspiration on how to keep an organized blog. I personally love Levenger- http://www.levenger.com/circa-notebooks-326.aspx (not sure if you have heard of them). But you can literally add and remove pages as needed into a spiral notebook. I take my notebook everywhere with me. You can also buy their punch so you can punch other items like your calendar pages. I hope its ok I posted their link on here--its just such an awesome product.

    Thanks for the daily inspirations, you are the best!!!!!

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    1. Sounds amazing! I am off to check them out!

      xo,
      Jen

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  16. I agree with you in using paper vs electronics! This year when it came time to buy my calendar(which works very well for an active family of 7), I found out that BusyBodyBooks went out of business. I panicked. My close friend said "time to switch to your calendar on your phone"...but I couldn't do it. I scoured the web and found something usable, but not AS good as BusyBodyBoo

    If you ever start your own organizing business, let me know. I will come and work for you :) I had my own until the economy crashed...and I also live in WI!!!

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    1. Awww, that would be awesome! We would make an awesome pair! :)

      xo,
      Jen

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  17. This is off topic, but I had a question about your binder (house). I made my own because your colors weren't for our family and LOVE it. But, I've had problems finding pens that don't wipe off when I close it.

    Everyone says they use dry erase markers since they keep their papers in sheet protectors, but mine smudge, wipe off or come off on the opposite page. I invested in wet erase markers and unfortunately, they do they exact same thing. I don't want to keep printing sheets, but I can't even use my binder since nothing writes on it and stays.

    Advice?

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    1. That is a bummer. I can't seem to find the exact markers I use for my laminated pages, but they are similar to these from what I can tell: http://www.365officesupplies.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Store_code=us&Screen=gprod&Product_Code=SAN1751670&gbase&goo=ups

      They work fairly well for us!

      xo,
      Jen

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    2. That's what I'm currently using, but they do the exact same thing! It drives me crazy!

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  18. This is FABULOUS!!! I'm not surprised because everything you post on here is FABULOUS!! I'm not a blogger, but I'm interested in using this as a personal planner. One question, can you tell me the size these print out to be? I'd love to make a planner a little smaller than a standard notebook- like 6x9 or something.

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    1. Thanks Alison! :)

      I printed mine on standard paper, however, I believe you can resize PDF files to print smaller?

      xo,
      Jen

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  19. I am in the process of making my own blog planner notebook too! Usually for my family's calendar, I like to go digital, but for blogging purposes, when it comes to brainstorming ideas, editorial calendars and such, I tend to lean for paper and pen. I'm a bit jealous that you finished yours before I did, but it gets me motivated to get mine done! It looks fantastic by the way! Where did you get the pouch for your notebook?

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

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    1. Hi Ferly!

      The pouch was $1 from Target. I found it during the Back to School rush, but I believe they still carry them.

      xo!
      Jen

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  20. Gwyneth and I need this planner like nobody's business! Headed to your Etsy shop now!

    xoxo,
    mk & Gwynnie

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  21. I have to say I like digital. I used to keep track of my calorie count each day on paper and after a few weeks I got bored with writing almost the same things down day after day and eventually quit counting calories. About seven weeks ago, my husband bought me a Nook for my birthday and I found the Cozi app. I LOVE it for all of my appointments. I carry my NOOK with me everywhere I go and now I can see all of my appointments. And, because of the NOOK I also found an app called Lose It and I am much more accountable with my calorie counting using that app than when I used paper and pen. I am happy to say that because of that, I am down 7 lbs!!! :)

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    1. Congrats on the 7 lbs! That is awesome!

      I agree digital has major benefits, and I will get there someday. Maybe I just need to create my own app to include everything in one happy place with oodles of colors and fun fonts? lol.

      xo!
      Jen

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    2. Yes, you do need to create your own app, Jen!! :) I LOVE all the colors you love and your fun fonts!! :)

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  22. I have several questions about your binder. I have never had anything bound before.

    1. How did you create the cover of your binder?
    2. Is the cover just paper or is it laminated? If it is laminated did you have to do this or does Staples? 3. What size is the binder?
    4. Does Staples sell the white tab dividers?
    5. Where did you find the pouch for the inside cover?

    Any details that you can provide about the actual process of putting the binder together would be wonderful. I am new to this level of organization. I apologize for so many questions! Thank you so much!

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    1. I would also like to know these questions too. A tutorial would be nice!!!!!

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    2. Hi there!

      The cover of the binder is just my printable under a piece of protective plastic, that was included when I had it bound at Staples. If you look at their site, you may be able to find more details, I believe the style I went with is under their "presentation" category.

      http://www.staples.com/sbd/cre/programs/copyandprint/copies_printing.html

      The pages are all standard print size and Staples does offer the option to include the white cardstock divider tabs as well {which is what I did}.

      I had never been to Staples before for this type of project, but they are GREAT and helpful. You can either bring in your printed pages or bring in your PDF's on a USB drive and they can print for you. They have all sorts of options, I basically just told them what I wanted and they helped me select what was best. I put the pages in order at their counter and they then spiral bound it for me.

      I found the pencil pouch at Target for $1 around back to school time. I believe they still carry them however in the office supply area. I didn't have that bound inside.

      xo,
      Jen

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    3. THANK YOU SO MUCH! ALWAYS SO HELPFUL!

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  23. Do I just go to the srvice desk at Staples to have them bind up pages for me (spiral)?

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    1. I had never been to Staples before for this type of project, but they are GREAT and helpful. You can either bring in your printed pages or bring in your PDF's on a USB drive and they can print for you. They have all sorts of options, I basically just told them what I wanted and they helped me select what was best. I put the pages in order at their counter and they then spiral bound it for me.

      xo!
      Jen

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  24. I like both. For topics, I keep a future-dated draft in my blog post on blogger so it's always at the top and then I can just edit when I think of new stuff.

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    1. That is a great idea!

      I always seem to think up ideas as I am laying in bed... or traveling in the car to sporting events. :)

      xo!
      Jen

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  25. I love your notebook! I didn't think to take it to the next level of binding it, but that's great! Washi tape is gorgeous, now if I could just figure out a use for it, I'd love that!

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    1. Just look up Washi tape on Pinterest. It is insane the number of uses for the lovely tape. I can now see why it is so popular. :)

      Enjoy!
      Jen

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  26. I have been struggling with my blog planning for a while now. I was using my Erin Condren planner for both personal and blogging, but it soon became too cluttered. And often I just needed to dump my brain. I had every intention of creating a planner similar to the one you made with calendars, and different sections, but I don't have the time or money right now to do it. I was able to get a PlanAhead planner on clearance after school started. It has plenty of space for each day and a monthly calendar for each month. It goes through Dec 2013, so I am set until next year! :)

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  27. I use to be a binder kind of gal, but my hubby bought me an iPad a couple Christmas' ago, which I swore I would never use, and now it is like a third arm. No way I could stay organized without it.

    I have an app for everything and if I don't like one I just change it til it fits. For example, I have a housecleaning app, a calorie counter, a writing app, my blogger app, awesome notes for all those lists such as grocery, dinner menus, etc. plus I can take it anywhere in my purse.

    I also take pictures of my rooms and paint colors so I can access them if I see something I like to add.

    I use to miss the handwriting aspect of it, but now most allow you to use a stylus.

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    1. We also have an iPad and I think I just need to make more time to explore the apps and really utilize all of the functionality they offer. Right now, I basically just use it for on the go browsing and staying connected socially.

      However, sometimes I feel too attached to technology, and love a simple notebook for writing out my thoughts...

      xo!
      Jen

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  28. I'm glad I'm not the only one with 101 ideas swimming around in my head and then when I sit down at the computer sometimes--nothing! :) I need to do better about writing down my thoughts. Instead, I just rely on this tired mom brain. . .

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  29. I'm a digital person. I use Springpad for all my notes and recipes. I have a 7 inch tablet that fits in my purse so I can take it everywhere. I can also access all my info from my phone. I use cozi for my calendar so my boyfriend and I can both access it to see if we are free to make plans.

    I use Grocery IQ for my grocery list because I can share it with him as well. He stops at the store a lot on the way home from work and he will check the list from his phone to see if I need anything.

    I used to love organizing with notebooks, going digital saves money, time and space. I live in a small cabin there is no room to store all that paper. I will admit though I miss making my notebooks:-)

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    1. I also love Cozi, we use it for our family calendar. :)

      Sounds like you have found a way to make the tablet work well for you! Kudos!

      xo!
      Jen

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  30. Jen,
    Have you tried evernote? It is amazing! It's an app that syncs your phone, kindle, and pc together. No matter which electronic device you're using all the info is right there. It also has a cool web clipping tool.

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    1. Sounds like Evernote is loved by many and may be a great option for me to consider for other areas of our life. :)

      xo!
      Jen

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    2. Evernote recently partnered with Moleskine and they came up with a notebook with pages that are recognized by the camera feature in Evernote. You can write everything down, which I love to do, then take a snapshot of the page and organize it into your different notebooks within Evernote.. I am probably not explaining it very well, but here is the link!


      http://www.moleskineus.com/evernote-smart-notebooks.html
      http://evernote.com/moleskine/

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  31. I'm a list maker! I've tried every digital way possible, excel, google, evernote, the works - and what do I use? My trusty little notebook! It's medium sized, easy to use, and fun to cross things off on!

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    1. Sounds just like me :) Something about writing it down helps me remember. Love to write and break away from tech sometimes.

      xo!
      Jen

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  32. Oh this is FABULOUS! As a Realtor, I'd LOVE to feature you on my blog at www.missybentley.com

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  33. can u please do an easy-to-follow Microsoft Excel tutitorail w/ step by step photos? Thanks! I have never used it and am not sure I could figure it out...

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    1. I wish she would, but I doubt it since this is her business. If she shows everyone how to make them, then she's probably going to start getting more competition on Etsy.

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  34. I am a total type A so I have a notebook that I use for my calendar, post ideas, and commitments. I use mostly Excel spreadsheets with colored pens because I like to color code by categories.
    I love Dragon Dictation so that I can record ideas and thoughts for later. I love the way you used the tape for your labels! Your planner is awesome!

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  35. I'm like you - I have to write it down. My husband is all about collaborating with Google calendars and things like that, but if I don't write it down on something tangible, I forget about it and I never look at it. Right now I have one blank notebook that I write everything down in - personal, family, and work ideas/reminders/lists - but in the future maybe I'll try to organize it (and beautify it!) a little more like you've done. At least this way I know that all my notes are in one location, which has really helped.

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    1. We also use a shared digital calendar for the family, but I still find myself forgetting some of the commitments, so now I re-write the important ones on a family memo board each Sunday so I remember and keep us all on the same page, lol. Not sure what it is...

      xo,
      Jen

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  36. This is fabulous, I'm completely inspired. If I can't muster something up on my own I'll definitely be heading over to your Etsy, so impressed!

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  37. Jen I love your new spiral binder. What a great idea. I might have to do one. I'm a "write it down kind of girl" myself...you aren't alone. ;) I love how you put it all together and all the colors. Jen you always come up with great ideas. :)

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  38. You read my mind Jen- I totally need this, especially now that I've got two blogs going. I get SO excited about everything I want to do/write about, then get all unorganized and the ideas are just swimming in my head and I can't think straight. Your binder solution is so cool- I didn't know Staples did that- they do it while you wait? I'll have to ask!

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    1. This was a first for me also, but it was so quick and easy, I know I will be back to do it again. It only took a couple of minutes and I was out the door with my new planner. Happy girl! :)

      xo,
      Jen

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  39. I love this! Though not a blogger - well more a blogger wannabe. I am a busy Mum working Mum and I've not really found anything I like that allows me to keep track of all our activities as well as all my ideas that I have in random places - like the park! I keep an electronic schedule and we have a family calendar in the entrance way - which is not getting the attention it should but this is just brilliant! Nothing I've found even in my most favourite of stationary shops quite does the job. Thanks so much - and if you do do a tutorial that would be brilliant!

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  40. I love this idea and the tools you've created. I've been trying to get my act together and be a more creative and better blogger. I'm a newbie, but that's not an excuse. Anyway, I'm gonna hop on over to your ETSY shop to see these tools . . . you are so creative!!

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  41. Jen,

    Have you ever heard of a Circa notebook? It's very similar to the little gem you cooked up. I've been using one for a couple of years now... and love it! I, too, function once better when I physically write things down. I've used my circa to log projects and to-do's and right now I'm using it to journal all things fitness.

    They come with a billion fun accessories, colors and options. Check it out!

    http://www.levenger.com/circa-notebooks-326/circa-notebooks-339.aspx



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    1. Thanks Heidi! You are the second comment recommending the site! I will be sure to check it out, sounds amazing and right up my ally!

      xo,
      Jen

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  42. Ha! I'm SO with you here! I love having the ability to use my phone calendar and automatically update to my computer and iPad, but that's about all. In a bind, I use the "notepad" in my phone as well, but usually forget I have things noted in there. I carry around a planner and small notebook because I love to write things down...in real life, not on a screen. Even at work I use a notebook with check off lists to keep organized. It's just a different feeling and mindset to actually write it and check it off when it's done. Love your personalized, self made planner/organizer!

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  43. I LOVE this, I need to do this! I like the idea of a notebook better! Voted for you today! I would love a vote back for Vegetarian Mamma for TOP 25 FOOD allergy blogs! http://www.circleofmoms.com/blogger/vegetarian-mamma?blogroll_id=78
    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

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  44. I love this idea! I have a To-Do notebook, but it's not great for the longer-term stuff, like blog posts, story ideas, website developments and house projects that I want to do.
    I'd tried doing my own print outs, but it was just too hard to carry around even a small file, with my work laptop, gym gear and everything else I might have with me when I leave the house. A custom-made notebook would be perfection!

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  45. It took me a while, but I joined the digital dark side! I use Evernote with all different categories like the ones in your binder and Wordpress Editorial Calendar to stay on top of my posting schedule. Such a cute idea Jen!

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  46. Jen this is perfect. I just might have to steal the idea. My iphone doesn't do the job in keeping me organized and my spiral notebooks always fall apart from my manic page flipping. Thanks for sharing!

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  47. It looks fabulous Jen! I have always written things down as well. Lists change so frequently. It is way quicker to handwrite than to mess with an 'app'. Electronic planners were just tedious and annoying (the small screens). I carry my planner around with me but it is a purchased one and doesn't have blank pages for notes. Maybe I should make my own :) Thanks for the inspiration.

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  48. Okay, I'm so lame, because as much as I adore this project, my only question is this...Where on earth did you get that adorable turquoise tray with all your supplies on it?? I kept going back to it and drooling.

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    1. Hi Brianna!

      Not lame at all :) It was from Target awhile back, for around $2. I don't think they carry them any longer, it was with a seasonal line. I purchased three and we typically use them in the car for the kids, but every once in awhile, I snag one from them and use it for toting my things around the house. Maybe it is time for me to find one of my own :)

      xo,
      Jen

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  49. I walk everywhere and my purse is already too big since I have to carry everything with me, so I use Evernote. Evernote is also fantastic for those ideas you may want to access months/years down the line. Google's gmail task list is also great because you can drag things around to change the order of your tasks, you get as many lists as you want, and you can still cross off tasks to get that visual satisfaction.

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  50. Love it! I've been thinking about doing something similar myself lately (we're currently building a house and would love to design my own planner to fit my needs!)

    How much did it cost to bind the notebook at Staples?

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    1. To have it bound and add a cover and tabs was under $10 :)

      xo,
      Jen

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  51. By the way..I a in love with your blog! And i was wondering how you blog fulltime? i think you mentioned in another post that you get paid to blog too.. I'm a teen,so when adults(and friends) ask what i want to be,i say Full time blogger..But as you might of experienced,they laugh..a lot. Which i dont really care about.. I was just wondering how exactly you do it, and still be so ORGANIZED.. LOL

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    1. Hi Maggie!

      Such a great question and one that requires an extremely lengthy response and explanation. :)

      I would try checking out a few books on Amazon. Here is one I recently picked up that I am itching to start reading: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1440320136/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1440320136&linkCode=as2&tag=iheaorga-20

      Wishing you luck!
      Jen

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  52. I am a bit techie, however, nothing beats a grocery list off a (1.) magnetic notepad off my fridge! I buy them in bulk at Michaels. They even have them on clearance sometimes for .50 and have weekly meal tear off pads too. Love-love! I also use (2.) Google calendar to sync my phone, ipad, iphone and laptop so no matter where I am, I won't miss that alarm for appointments. AND I use a (3.) Shutterfly custom calender for our extended families birthdays and anniversaries. I update the pics every year of my favorite family photos. I have tried evernote and Springpad but to me, its too much. Love your blog!

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  53. I have worked in high-tech since the mid-90's but in my personal life I do keep a few things non-digital. I buy the exact same teNeues desk calendar every year and always use colored pens to keep it organized. (And I keep them for future reference.)

    LOVE YOUR BLOG!

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  54. Hello. This is a great idea. I did something similar (but, uh....simple, I just took a notebook with different color tabbed sections) and I think I may be adopting yours. As someone with a (struggling) blog, it's nice to get advice about how to be better. Thank you!

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  55. This is a great idea ..
    I expect a similar idea I'd like to see made

    http://cicileydi.blogspot.com/2012/03/alize-dantela-ipi-ile-etek-orduk.html

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  56. I'm somewhere stuck in the middle of old-fashioned handwritten list making and technical... so I end up creating list and forms online then printing them out. I don't like my handwriting, so I'm always editing and reprinting...

    I love the idea of the spiral bound, but I'm afraid that I'd want to add or take out too many pages... I've tried tons of different page planners and digital planners but just can't find the perfect one for me.

    I also would like a notebook that is maybe 4x6 or 5x7 so it fits in my purse. The 8 1/2x11 is just too big.

    And my final problem is that I might find a solution that works for me, but not my husband. I can't get him to get on board with a solution. He's way old fashioned and still carries around his Franklin binder and never looks at the family calendar...

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  57. Jen, you and I share the same note style, I don't blog(I read so many good ones) but I did the same kind of thing for my weekly errands, monthly meal planning etc. Some of the forms I used were your freebies. I used pretty file folders for my tab pages and included pockets. I think the pen holder is a must for next time. I color copied the pages I wanted, freebies gathered from blogland, and had them spiral bound just like yours.It cost about the same as I have spent on other types of organizers but was individualized for me. It has worked VERY well for me and I am thinking about doing one for other projects. Love your blog and Ideas.

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    1. That is so awesome to hear! And I love your point, non-custom planners cost as much or more, so to get exactly what you want/need is so fab!

      xo!
      Jen

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  58. Love this idea. Could never go digital because I LOVE colored pens and markers! Could never give that up!

    "Know thyself"- do what makes you happy! :-)

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    1. GREAT great quote! That needs to be my motto! :)

      xo,
      Jen

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  59. How awesome is that, I am just starting a blog and over whelmed with the experience so far. I am going to take this idea and get myself organized. Thanks for the post, love your spiral binder and I love the Martha Stewart line. Great inspiration, thanks!

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  60. Highly recommend Circa from Levenger but if that doesn't fit your budget you can try Arc from Staples and/or Rollabind.com- all the same system.

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  61. PaperMate Flair pens are my favorites, too! When they came out with the colored ones (I was a junior in college), I just about died.

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  62. I have notebooks everywhere I spend time, in the office, in my purse, in the living room, on my bed side table... I jot my ideas in those notebooks (they have to be pretty looking for me to enjoy using them) and once a week, I collect them and transfer my ideas digitally in my task planner (I use Outlook 2010).

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  63. This is really useful, thank you for sharing :-)

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  64. You have reinspired me. I tried to do this but failed. I think I need it to be cuter like yours and I will follow through! I am a girl who has to write things down!

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  65. You are amazing as always! I honestly don't know how you do all this. I was inspired to purchase an Erin Condren life planner a few months ago after seeing yours. I love it! Today I tragically spilled coffee on it. Oh well...at that price it has to last for another 14 months since I bought the 18 month planner. Thanks for all the tips and product finds!

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  66. I have a little notebook that fits in my purse - but it doesn't have a calendar - hmmm......maybe I need to make one of these - thanks for the inspiration!

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  67. You are very inspirational and have finally sparked how I can finish a project I've been putting off for a very long time. I am a college student that needs to make permanent study guides for when I take a board exam in two years. I love the way you have designed your organizational booklet and would love to apply similar ideas to my study guide booklets. I was just wondering what program you use to help you with such cool layouts since your layouts aren't exactly applicable for anatomy study guides?

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    1. Thanks so much Erin! Glad you were able to snag an idea!

      I use Microsoft Excel to create just about everything. It can be a bit time consuming, but I have been playing with it for years and years to I have a few tricks figured out. I think Microsoft has a bunch of free templates on their website that may be able to help you out?

      xo,
      Jen

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  68. This is a great idea. I'm usually a pretty organized person, but with my blog entries, I write whatever comes to my mind that very day. Some of my entries aren't always up to my personal standards, so perhaps if I use your idea, I'll have better organization with my blog.

    www.blackgirlnerd.blogspot.com

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  69. I love this idea and I love your blog.
    what software you use to make the front page?
    an admirer of France.

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    1. Thank you! I used Microsoft Excel to make the entire binder kit, including the cover. :)

      xo!
      Jen

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  70. I love my Arc system from Staples. I recently purchased for my 31 business and have been using for my family life also...calendar, recipe book and bill organizer.

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    1. It sounds really incredible and versatile!

      xo,
      Jen

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  71. What kind of colorful pens do you use for your calendar?? I love color, but can never find anything that does not bleed through or glob.

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    1. I am in love with the Papermate Flair fine tips: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001GXHG2U/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B001GXHG2U&linkCode=as2&tag=iheaorga-20

      They are vibrant and don't bleed through! My favorite pens ever!

      xo,
      Jen

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  72. I will always want to cross things off too! :) So pretty...

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  73. This is fab...I am new to blogging and just posted about how organised my blog work is, and my ideas are on everything from post its, envelopes, receipts......

    This post has truly inspired me... I am going to keep reading...I dream of being organised but outwardly I am about 50%
    J
    http://www.lifelovesand.blogspot.ie/

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  74. Jen, I really enjoy your blog. I love your planner and have forwarded your post to a few of my friends who are paper people. I have fallen in love with the Evernote App. You can have a different "notebooks" with multiple "notes" in each. I have installed the app on my iPhone / iPad / Mac / work PC and everything syncs automatically. If I'm in a store and have an idea I pull out my phone and make a note and it automatically shows on all of my devices. It is fun to use. I have a "notebook" for shopping, recipes, favorite blogs, van maintenance, organization projects, for each of my children, family medical notes, etc. I haven't gone all digital though. I still carry a paper calendar!

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  75. OMG! that is so clever, i have never thought of binding my calendar and other things together, awesome idea! thanks for sharing Jenn, but if you don't mind me asking though, did you insert your washi tape into your label maker? and what font are you using for the front of your blog planner for your name? I have been looking for a font like that forever for my girls birthday invitations. If you don't mind sharing. But most of all I enjoy reading your blog, you have so many great ideas and given inspiration to get really organize in my own home.I can never get tiered of reading your blog posts! Your awesome!

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    1. Hi JenniferMae!

      I actually placed the Washi tape on the tab first, then used clear label tape over the top. :)

      The font for the cover is called Dominique and it is one that I ended up purchasing because I wanted a pretty handwriting font and couldn't find one anywhere {that wasn't already being used everywhere} :)

      xo,
      Jen

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  76. I love all my digital gadgets, but like you, there's nothing like a "picture" meaning paper. I like being able to write and jot and see it. I love my paper calendar every bit as much as my digital one and I am someone who needs both. And like the person above, I love when you share the fonts you use.

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    1. Hi Donna!

      The font for the cover is called Dominique and it is one that I ended up purchasing because I wanted a pretty handwriting font and couldn't find one anywhere {that wasn't already being used everywhere} :)

      xo,
      Jen

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  77. What a great idea! I have just begun blogging and can see myself in the same situation.

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  78. I did something very similar last week! I use digital calendars and tasks lists and Evernote for anything I need to remember, but brainstorming ideas just seems to work better on paper. I couldn't find time to get to Staples to get my new organizer pages done with the spiral binding, so I bought a machine/press thing that punches the holes and everything so I can make my own spural notebooks. I should probably be a little embarrased by how many notebooks I've made in the last week. So fun. :)

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  79. Hi Jen,
    I referenced you and a post your wrote in my blog post today. Hope this is ok!

    J
    http://www.lifelovesand.blogspot.ie/

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  80. Hi Jen,
    I really liked this blog post I have been trying to be more organized with my blog lately and couldn't find a way for me that was working. I am starting a new blog as well so I could really use this. I think I will probably use a binder though I like binders!!!
    Thank You,
    ~Arya~

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  81. you are able to bind that pencil pouch. just take that back to the store have them punch the holes. you can just twist off the spiral add your pouch - line the holes back up and spriral it back on. i used to work at kinko's and office depot in their copy and print department and had to do this numerous times when we bound things and customers needed us to change something! this give me an idea as well- my husband is the treasuer of a club and has asked me to make him a book that he can track things. i was going to make a yourstory book but then that can't be added into! DUH spiral bind it!

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  82. I could have written that entire first paragraph myself! Notes on the phone, planner, computer, emailing myself, post it notes...now how much can i pay you to print and ship it to me? Need to take action, this is great!

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  83. where did those lovely colorful stickers come from?

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    1. They are from the Martha Stewart line and can be found at Staples.

      xo!
      Jen

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  84. Jen,

    I was just wondering if you could tell me the size of the planner? I want to make one in a similar style, but my buddy at Office Max is confusing me. Did you print everything out and then have them bind it, or have them print and bind it. From what I'm understanding, it's .49 per sheet, so that seems like it would start to add up pretty quickly for a two year calendar plus all of your note pages.

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    1. Hi Jess!

      I actually went to Staples, and I printed the pages myself and just paid a small amount {under $10} for the plastic cover, tabs and binding.

      xo!
      Jen

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  85. I have also been in the same position for a while. I have lots of post ideas that are stored in one place and then I write my posts in a whatever note book is close at the time. I have been working on getting more organised and started using Evernote to store my ideas and my editorial calendar.

    Unfortuantely, I've currently got stuck with my latest post because I haven't downloaded the photographs from my camera.

    I am in awe of people who are able to blog and be parents at the same time and I'll continue to follow blogs like this one until I reach that level :)

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  86. This is a good concept! I got such a planner on my computer as well and love to organise that technique stuff. I use a special program, that helps me, to get solutions, when something's not compatible or damaged. Maybe it's something for yout too: http://www.simplitec.com/gb/power-suite/

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  87. How fantastic is this?! I stumbled across this post whilst googling "blog post planner" and so happy I did... this is a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing :)

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  88. Are you going to have 12 month planner available for 2013 only?

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  93. I just I could buy one all ready to go like the one in the email out you sent! not to crafty here to put it all together but love being organized!

    absolutely loved, maybe you could go with an online publisher where we could purchase the print version in a bonded book

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  94. Are there calendars for all of 2013? Also how many pages are included in the set?
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  95. What type of paper did you use to print it on I love your planners and want to make sure I have all the necessary items for it to turn out nice.

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  96. I'm also a digital gal, but this is an inspiring post!

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  97. oh wow i love your custom print-outs! i do the same list technique in a large moleskine notebook, but yours is much cuter :)
    i also love how you organise your desk tools. aesthetic is so important for everything.
    xandra ★

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  98. I keep my list digitally as a draft blog post. If I think of anything while I'm out and about I can access it on my phone. Love your printables though!

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  99. I wandered over from the link via HookedonHouses.net... love this post and thanks for sharing. I am a bit of the mess you describe. Notebook next to my home computer. Evernote online. Postits, and iphone. Geez. What a mess. I actually do prefer paper and get mocked at work for carrying around a paper planner. I am embarrassed about it which causes me to be even less organized. I have to own the fact I heart paper. Too bad digital world. Regardless of the choice, digital or paper the key point of this post, I believe, is that one has to make a choice!!! Food for thought. Thank you.

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  100. I feel The same exact thing about the digital planners i had never thought before blogging that i would need to use a paper planner now i can't organize my self without them
    thanks a lot that is very helpful

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  101. I've been playing around with the idea of making my own planner for a while. I've jumped between dozens of notebooks but never seem to keep them organized. I am fairly reliable about using one and only one type of organization, my pocket calendar. So, taking a page from you and several other pintrest posts I think I'm going to take the plunge. Also a bit of useless information to clog your brain, when you write out your ideas and tasks they become goals, when you physically scratch off those goals from your list you train your body to release serotonin, a feel good chemical into your brain, and the repeat of the process is mildly addicting. (Don't we all wanna feel good?! That's why we do the things that make us feel good!) So, you are training yourself to be addicted to getting things done! Yay!

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  102. I second the sentiments of Capturing Joy...I could have written this exact post myself! I've been in search of the perfect blog planning system like this. I found this post while looking for something completely unrelated via google. Your pretty planner caught my eye and distracted me. Thanks for sharing - you've inspired me to get myself more organized. :)

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  103. I love your organization process! I'm a newbie blogger and I get so much of my inspiration from you. Thank you so much! I have a questions about your blog set up. I would love to get a link bar at the top of my blog like you have (where you have "Home, About Me, Home Tour" etc..). How do you go about setting that up?

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    1. Thank you Corley!

      It is an option within your blogger settings, to add your "Pages" as tabs. :)

      xo!

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  104. Cute planner! I'm trying to make one myself since I just started a blog but yours is so cute!

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