My Weekday Morning Routine

My Weekday Morning Routine

Even during the summer, my morning routine is one of the most important parts of my day. It sets the time for the rest of the day, and often, the whole weeks mood can be determined by a successful Monday morning routine. 

 

Ideally, I could wake up, grab my coffee and begin my work day. Before I can eat my frogs, I first have to set up for success. So here's the skinny on how I get the weekday balls rolling.

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A List of Lists

A List of Lists

As a writer and creative, one of the things I love to do most is make lists. I make them for everything. From the very basoc "to do" list all the way to a list of my favorite childhood movies, I make lists. Since I am such a serious listmaker, I thought today that we would cut the crap (aka the business and selfcare talk) and I would share a list of... L I S T S! Are you ready to see some of my favorites? Let's do it!

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My Evernote System: UPDATED

My Evernote System: UPDATED

For you longtime followers (and a huge thank you if that's you!), you may remember that a few years back I posted back when I was still using Blogger all about how I used Evernote as an editorial calendar (as well as to manage my entire life!). Well, y'all, since that post went live so long ago, I have updated the way I do things and thought I would take some time today to show you the new system I am using. 

For those of you who may not know, Evernote is, essentially, a note taking system. At least, that's the simple explanation of Evernote. In reality, Evernote is so. much. more! You see, Evernote is basically my brain. I have folders for pretty well off everything I could possibly need in my life. Although I do not use Evernote as a planning system, it is still where my life is stored. 

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Mindfulness & Intention

Mindfulness & Intention

Living in mindfulness and intention is something I definitely need to work on and so I have created routines and rituals to help me out a little. In order to stop being so obsessive about work, I make notes in my planner and have asked members of my family, and even friends, to hold me accountable. It hasn't been easy but I feel like I am making progress, which in turn makes me feel as though I am creating an environment that my 5 year old daughter can learn from. 

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Planning Session: 2017 Goals & Plans

Planning Session: 2017 Goals & Plans

Right now you hold in your hot little hands (or scrolling across your screen anyway, sue me, I like the phrase!) the inaugural post in what will become The Planning Sessions! My aim is to make this series as informational as possible while still staying my light and airy self. So what better way to kick off than with goals & plans, right? After all, it is the new year and people everywhere are rife with resolutions! So let's get started shall we?

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Planning For A Successful 2017 (my planning setup)

Planning For A Successful 2017 (my planning setup)

The end of 2016 is approaching and with it comes a new year of planning trial and error. Honestly, I can't even believe how many planners I went through this year (nevermind the $$$ spent on them!) The god news is that by planning ahead (ha! See what I did there :-P) I as able to create the most perfect home management system that will fit my every need! 

A quick note: This planner is strictly for home management planning and not my daily planner. It's a Plum Paper Planner and I ordered it with all the bells and whistles, then ripped it apart and put it back together (with the help of the nice people over at my local Office Max) exctly how I wanted it.

In the photos you're about to see, you will catch a glimpse inside how I am planning a successful 2017 and how I will be accomplishing all my goals, completing projects and (somehow) staying on task. Ready?

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How I Created A Functional Routine

How I Created A Functional Routine

How I created a functionable routine is actually a bit of a long story. And after Lily came along, blogging because a full time gig for me. I knew I needed something that would keep me on top of my game and, with a major love for planning supplies, I also knew coming up with something wouldn't be easy. 

Creating a routine is something that semi happens naturally when you have a new baby. While you are getting to know each other, you are also starting to set boundaries and a routine that will likely be embedded in you and your child for years to come. Haphazardly trying to get yourself organized, work and change diapers is absolutely zero fun.

So when I came up with a routine that worked I thanked the gods of Pinterest for putting me on the right path. 

Time blocking is your friend my dears! It's the only way I can even begin to make a plan for any day. Color coding is my second secret weapon and the two, hand in hand, will make every day much more smoothly run. This I can promise you with 100% certainty. 

So what's my day look like?

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Planning & Productivity Part 2 - ElleyPlans

Planning & Productivity Part 2 - ElleyPlans

ElleyPlans is my "planner name" on Instagram. It's my handle for the planner community and it's how everyone recognizes my planners from anyone elses. I love being ElleyPlans because that's just who I am. I'm Elley and I plan. 

If you've ever hung around in one of the many planner groups I frequent or followed my posts on IG, you'll notice that I am a die hard Plum Paper girl and that I do, in fact, like to decorate with stickers. 

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Planning & Productivity Part 1 - Getting Started

Planning & Productivity Part 1 - Getting Started

Ahh, planning!   The planner community has considerably grown in recent years, and for good reason. Despite all the advances in technology, most people still need to write down their to do list, appointments and what not. It's not surprising, really, considering how ingrained "writing it down" has become to many of us.   Today I want to talk a little about how I plan and stay productive. And the tools I use to do and stay so. At the end of this post I will have some pretty great goodies so stay tuned and enjoy!

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