Keeping Goals Realistic-Life is too short, and so is the weekend.

Illusions of Productivity
Reflections on being a #PlannerAddict

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Illusions of Productivity
*This post is written with my happy planner peeps in mind. BUTTTT, the same practice can apply to anyone who journals, plans, or just loves being productive on the weekends* 

As many of you Happy Planner Babes know, it’s hard to put the breaks on when it comes to buying the Happy Planner accessories. Last time I went to Michael’s, I splurged on a bunch of sticker books and inserts, one of them being the Daily Layout. I thought I would use them a lot being the avid list maker that I am, but they ended up sitting in my drawer for the longest time. I had a major case of buyers remorse.

As my planner evolved into a personal memory journal, I started to find other uses for it. First of all, I would plan my days by the hour in my work planner (of course, makes sense); but I never really planned out the day on the weekends except for the occasional dinner date, or hanging out with friends. Every Friday would roll around and I would have a list of things I wanted to accomplish over the weekend running in my head. By the time Monday came, I would be so bummed out and hard on myself for not accomplishing everything I wanted to do.

Then I started to realize that I wasn’t being realistic; it’s only two days off for crying out loud, that’s hardly enough time to recharge. In order for me to adult on Monday, I really need time to leisurely do chores, be social, and sit on my ass.

The US really needs to adopt the three day weekend. Am I right, or am I right!??!??!?

So I decided to try mapping out my weekend using the Daily Inserts for my Happy Planner. Once I laid out my actual commitments and made potential time blocks for all things I wanted to do, I was able to enjoy my two days off a lot more and give myself a break when I didn’t accomplish X,Y, or Z. Once Monday hit, I was ready.

The Brain Dump side on the back was also another great addition to have so that I could have more space to scrapbook the week’s highlights!

Below you can see the daily layout with both Saturday and Sunday, and on the back I have the highlights from the week. Hope this opens up some creativity for you! I know it has for me =)

Thanks for reading! Happy Planning =)

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Planner Layout Review: April 2017

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And just like, that another month flies by.

This month was all about daily habits. I kept a log of fitness habits, and personal habits, after a month of tracking, I can say that I’m finally feeling the benefits.

Top 5 Successes:

  1.  Went to the gym 3 times a week at the butt crack of dawn.
  2. Played more bass guitar
  3. Cut out unhealthy snacks
  4. Crossed 2 things of my “Life Maintenance” list (FINALLY)
  5. Incorporated creativity *offline* into my everyday life.

Top 3 Areas that need improvement:

  1. More cello
  2. Less multitasking. More focus – specifically at work.
  3. I need to go through my mail. -_-

This weekend I hope to catch up on a few blog posts I’ve been drafting, and some other creative projects I’ve been working on. Thanks for stopping by.

D. Marie ❤


Personal Planner

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My newest planner toy! The HP Sprocket photo printer. You can peel off the back and make them stickers! You already KNOW ya girl is scrapbooking like crazy with this thing ❤

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Fitness Planner:

I bought fitness stickers mid- month, so the other two weeks aren’t worth mentioning 😉

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Work Planner:

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Happy Planning!

Personal Reflection and Growth Mindset

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I call my planner obsession “illusions of productivity” for a reason – I’m really not the best at adulting, but I enjoy making lists and goals to make me feel like I am in control and that I am going somewhere with my life. Now that I’ve been actively writing down goals, setting intentions, and reflecting on them month to month, I’ve found that even though I fall off track towards the end of the month, just the act of setting aside time to reflect on myself helps me stay motivated to keep up my positive habits. I want to do so many things, and it takes a lot of time management to put in the work to improve myself in all the different departments I dabble in – music, fitness, consulting, being in a relationship, and personal time… it’s a lot to juggle, but keeping sight of what I’m doing right versus what’s dragging me down helps me grow. So keep at it! Even if you fail, just writing down your goals will help you get there.

Someone asked me yesterday on my Instagram, “How do you view planning and what does it mean to you?”. I had a hard time answering it right off the bat because it was such a personal question. But after some thought, I realized I love to daydream, and for me, making lists, checking boxes and planning, is my way of building a ladder to reach the stars. #justkeepswimming.

Planner Layout Review: March 2017

Illusions of Productivity

March Madness. It’s never too late to get your shit together.

Happy Friday! March Madness is just about over and I am definitely looking forward to April. Work has been really busy, keeping me up late and out of the house early in the morning. Launching my blog this month has been a fun experience, opening up my creativity. I’ve really enjoyed working with WordPress and the social aspect of their platform. Originally I started this blog on Wix, but then I felt alone in the vast wide web; at least with WordPress, there is a definite sense of community. I also discovered Bloglovin’ yesterday and now I just can’t stop going down the rabbit hole!

Each week as I sit down to layout my planner journal, I never go in with intentions or a theme, I just start coloring, sticking, and taping. Sometimes I really dig where I end up and other weeks, I’m not really a fan, but alas this is all part of the creative process and such is life – I must accept it and continue with what I have…. right?

Here is my monthly review of March featuring sticker artists Sticker Doodle Shop and Pear Tea Stickers. Hope you enjoy! Please let me know if you have any favorite layouts =) I’d be happy to hear what you think.

Looking forward to trying out new goodies on etsy.

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Daydreaming

Creative Writing, Picture Diaries

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I remember this day. It was the best part of the whole trip. It was the moment I finally let go of all the all my preconceived notions.  Jumping on that scooter and having the ability to roam foreign territory on our own, gave me the confidence to strip away the dependencies that made me feel boxed in my own judgement. That moment was what life should be about: floating, feeling – free.

I’ve been contemplating a lot lately. Each day as I come home from work I can’t help but feel a bit of angst and heavy emptiness. My whole day gone, my eyes burn, and my muscles continue to get soft as I sit in front of a computer for 10 hours a day. I try really hard to maintain my work – life balance: I work out 2 – 3 times a week, I play in a classical quartet one night a week, I socialize with friends, I Netflix and chill, I live in an awesome city, I have health benefits, I have the weekends off… the blessings go on and on. But every Sunday night, as I get myself ready for the week, I can’t help but feel a sense of loss. What have I done wrong along the road? I’ve always listened to my parents and my mentors. I finished school, which was a struggle and a half, I really wanted to become a traveling artist – of what, I have no clue…. I took the job that not only would accelerate my career, but one that also helps others. Everyday I think, there has to be more than this, working for the machine.

Why do we work so hard for such a small blimp in time, to come back into the grind, and forget about what truly is mine – time, my day and my night- should be spent as if I own it. Time spent should be for me. I’ve been daydreaming with my boyfriend lately, about this idea of dropping everything and working on organic farms around the world, touching the earth, learning how to survive on our own. We keep toying with the idea, and as much as I want to do it, I am completely terrified. We made a promise to keep pushing each other, the only thing stopping us is ourselves.

We have a goal set for January 2018; and I’m thinking of Portugal.

 

 

February 20 – 26, 2017

Creative Writing

There are a lot of expectations I put on myself. I need to remember it’s ok to relax.

Yesterday I wanted to do so much, but with the rain, I just didn’t want to leave the house. I sat around and went through a wave of emotions, occasionally asking myself if I was OK.

I work hard, 9 – 5, sometimes 7 – 5, Monday through Friday; and I get so caught up in my future plans, which then gets me worked up on my current plans. It’s the Virgo in me to criticize myself harshly, and endlessly. It’s a viscous cycle to get caught up in. With that said, when those waves of emotions hit me, usually when I have down time, I I go through this inner battle telling myself to relax and also telling myself I’m not using my time wisely, and then another part just wanting to say fuck everything, what is all this hard work for anyways? I get so caught up in my dreams, the clouds grow and float so far away, sometimes they seem impossible to reach. Especially in moments when I have time to think about them.

This is why I’m obsessed with lists and planners, it gives me an illusion and remedy to my anxiety. Lately my mantra has been the word “EFFICIENT” what can I do now to ensure I’m setting up a solid foundation for my future plans. Instead of daydreaming about the big picture, I need to fine polish the smaller details. Mindfulness is needed to focus on the here and now.