garden · life · Plannermania

Making a plan B

My notebook cover
My notebook cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you get a whiff of layoffs happening, it is always smart to formulate a plan B. I used to have a different plan B, sewing and alterations. That however was not so easy to do. I ended up with zero time for myself and undervaluing my work and time. I am not ending up with a layoff as I have seniority and get to keep my position. My husband is not so lucky. Enter Plan B. ┬áMy new plan is based on my love of planners. I have used many planners over the years and see the beauty in the different systems.My favorite it the Midori Traveler Notebook style. I like adding notebooks as needed and taking apart notebooks when I don’t need them. I made my own cover in the fall from some gorgeous leather from The Leather Guy in Minnesota. I bought a lovely chestnut Chromexcel for myself and very thick black leather to make a cover for my son.

 

I didn’t get a picture of his, but it is Field Note sized and has multiple notebooks in it. Field Notes is a great size for him, he is in the Army, as it fits in his uniform so he can take notes whenever needed. My husband steals my Field Notes books so he can keep all his lists. Lists of musical recordings by artists, different equipment used in World War II, comic books he has or has sold and so on.

Field Notes -holder of bills
Field Notes -holder of bills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My planner is the standard Midori size but with a Field Notes insert for bill tracking. It makes it much easier to sort through the mail that way. I just open a bill, put the new balance in and schedule a payment online.Helps keep me from being a paper hoarder. Me and stacks of paper-ugh. Keeping everything in a planner is so much easier. I spent this weekend ordering all my garden seeds and have two pages of seeds in my planner to keep me from doubling up when I go to the store for things and am tempted by spring gardening supplies. Seriously, what would I do without all this organization?

Garden seed orders and on hand seeds
Garden seed orders and on hand seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hopefully by the end of March I will have all my new inventory in and I can open plan B-my online store with planner accessories. Then everyone can have the gift of organization. I will have notebooks, washi tape, bookmarks, hopefully some handmade leather covers, stickers and other assorted planning goodies.

Captain America bookmark
Captain America bookmark
Plannermania · reading

Winter Wonderland

 

I’ve been reading a lot lately. Mostly because I have finally gotten a routine settled for myself with self care which includes getting more sleep. My brain spins at bedtime like a Jr. High kid getting a swirly. I have set aside at least an hour each night to read and relax my mind and body. On my Listers Gotta List email for January there was an excercise to list books you want to read in 2016. Now, I want to read more than these but these are my next up. I set my Goodreads goal at something like 50, but I hope to read more than that.

Aa far as the LGL, it’s a tool to help me journal. I am a giant planner nerd and am currently using a Travelers Notebook setup. My love of planners is a whole other post. You don’t even wanna know…

Listers Gotta List January
Listers Gotta List January