All posts filed under: Organization

The Health Benefits of Journaling

Do you currently journal? If not, perhaps you should. Based on a study by James Pennebaker, a researcher and psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin, journaling may help strengthen your immune cells (Source). It also has mental health benefits, which is what I’m focusing on today. I don’t journal all of the time, but when I do, I find that it does three things: — It is a stress-reliever — it helps me increase my focus — it empties out the ‘mental clutter’ We women carry a LOT on our plates whether we’re single women, married, or single/married with kids. We’re working towards that GPA, or trying to get the kids interested in creative arts/sports, or meet that target at work, or arrange that amazing weekend getaway with our spouse. We’re trying to juggle all of that in our brains, well, it’s a lot to remember, and it can get overwhelming. And that’s when we’re at our best and just dealing with positive stress. That doesn’t even take into account NEGATIVE stress. As if one type …

Erin Condren Accessories, Part 2: The Unboxing

THEY’RE HERE!!! Yes, my first-ever order of EC accessories arrived — earlier than expected which was a great surprise.  That purple mailer may soon grow to be one of my favorite sights in my mailbox. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with the package itself but as I did the unveiling I found a bunch of bonuses I hadn’t ordered, way cool! There were two stickers with inspirational quotes in Erin’s festive colors, a coupon code for $10.00 off my next order, and a sample pack of their gift label collection, personalized with my name.  Plaids and paisleys are my faves. 🙂  Thanks Erin! The pen holders are really simple. It’s a peel and stick design with a transparent backing so it doesn’t interfere with your notebook or journal’s design. I stuck mine on the inside back cover my Punctuate (B&N) journal and it’s good and tight on there. It fits most pens but my Pilot Precise V5 (extra fine) rollerball pens are too thick for the elastic. Your standard ballpoint is thinner and should …

Erin Condren Accessories

Recently I received a “$10 off your first order” offer for ErinCondren.com so today I thought I would talk about some of the accessories Erin offers to accompany her Life Planner system, and what I’ve purchased. First off, I should clarify that I actually use an A5 Filofax Original which I’m still trying to settle into and I’ve blogged a bit about. Checking out Erin’s website, a lot of her products look to be compatible with what I am using and I love branching out and trying new products. For my first order, I picked up a couple of penholders (img) that I thought would be perfect for attaching to my journal (Punctuate! by Barnes & Noble) and my spiral-bound 2015 planner. I browsed Office Max this weekend and they do have some comparable buys for the elastic bands for your journal, planner, Life Planner, or Filofax, but honestly, zebra stripes and a shocking pink just don’t do it for me. So I picked up a set of elastic bands in coral, teal and a silver glitter (img) that are …

Adapting Your Filofax To Fit Your Needs

A month + after Christmas, I thought I’d post an update about how my new Filofax is coming along. Organizing By Section I am finding that I am not using as many of the sections as I originally thought that I would with my Filofax.  I’ve been shifting things around again since my last posting and can’t seem to bring myself to do the scrapbooking habit that so many women seem interested in (sorry!). Inside the front flyleaf (reverse side), I’ve added a large post-it on which I’ve scribbled a sort of ‘section key’ to help me remember what dividers are what.  So far I’ve got: Filofax registration #, personal information & contacts Weekly agenda Charts (daily, weekly, monthly, also morning and evening routines) Lists (TBR, movie list, bucket list, etc.) My Personal ‘Life Accounts’, which are basically goals by category, based on Michael Hyatt’s system Targets, Milestones & Rewards Extra blank paper and such — I like to keep a little bit on hand, and some at home Ideally, what will work best is …

My First Filofax – 2014 Setup

For Christmas this year, I received my very first Filofax.  As there are already a million blogs devoted to Filofax (I may be stretching the numbers a wee bit), my blog is NOT going to turn into a Filofax addict’s haven, but, I can’t let this momentous occasion of my first Filofax pass without at least a nod at how popular these things have become. This is an A5 Filofax “The Original” in a color that I believe is called ‘Retro Yellow’: There’s branding on the spine of the exterior of the Filofax with an ‘f’ encircled, and a button clasp closure on the front that says “Filofax – The Original – Est. 1921”. Inside the front cover is more of the Filofax branding in the bottom left-hand corner verifying that this is the real deal, made in the UK with real leather.  Although I’ve been reading a lot of blog posts and watching YouTube videos, I haven’t done much decorating yet so the setup’s pretty simple — but evolving. In the photo below, you’ll …

The Scientific Link Between Tidiness and Tranquility

This past week I have been on a staycation, tidying up around the house in preparation for hosting my sister’s upcoming nuptials.  At this point in the week, I am just concentrating on picking things up off the floor, sorting through piles of mail, catching up all of the laundry, taking out the recycling, that sort of thing. In the process of all of this tidying up, I’ve discovered something precious: tranquility. Tranquility: “the quality or state of being tranquil; calm:” (OxfordDictionaries.com) Tranquility is usually the last thing one experiences as a wedding approaches.  For me personally, I have discovered a correlation between the cleanliness (read: tidy) of my home and my peace of mind, ability to take on (and focus) on new projects and general contentment. How can that possibly all come from bins full of trash and full hangers of clean laundry? Over at The Unclutterer, Erin Doland talks about the correlation of physical clutter and our ability to focus, drawing on a survey done by Princeton University Neuroscience Institute. In her article, …