Pen-ventory

I love to try and purchase new pens for art, projects or general use. However some of the problems that I come across are:

  1. I forgot what  already have
  2. I forget how it writes (does it bleed?, is it fine or medium point?)
  3. I might have a couple of ‘red’ pens, but not in the shade that I need

To combat these problems, I included an Inventory in my BUJO. I list the types of pens and the colors (written in that particular pen) for any pen collections that I have.

For example:

Tombow has so many options, I tend to get drawn to the same color when looking to purchase new colors. However, by quickly glancing at my Tombow page, I can see what I already have and maybe choose a new color.

Tombow

On another page, I can see that Staedler and Ink Joy have two different shades of ‘light blue’. This helps me select the right pen for the job.

Staedler and Ink Joy

 

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BUJO for Work

I am a big fan of the Bullet Journal. I have used it for my personal life for over a year now and have found it to be immensely beneficial…the creative expression it allows, accountability of task management and the organization of daily tasks! So I thought, why not apply it to my work life?

Here is how I started my ‘work’ BUJO:

  1. I considered the different sections on the standard BUJO: Index, Future Log, Monthly Log and Daily Log. Not all sections were applicable to me, such as the monthly log. My calendar changes so often that it would not be feasible to keep a monthly log.
  2. Next I thought about what information I need to see / check on a daily basis.
  3. Finally, I thought about how do I want to see and add to this information.

After a few variations, I came to this layout:

The first page is dedicated to any important meetings and daily to do tasks.

I list any important meetings so I can see at a glance what I have for the week and I can check off if I am prepared for the meeting.

TIP: Only give yourself 2-4 ‘must do’ tasks a day. This makes it a lot more manageable than staring at a list 20+ items long.

The second page is a catch all section for any general notes or reminders that don’t fit into one of my other sections.

Next I section off the next two pages into ‘Responsibilities’ and the following two pages into ‘People’. 

The responsibilities page is dedicated to areas under my purview. I layout mine for the different teams that I oversee. I enter notes, action items and reminder here. I use the signifiers to help note what is a Note and what is an Action Item etc.

The next two pages are dedicated to people (such as supervisor, assistant) that I interact with regularly. I utilize the same signifiers to help organize any items listed.

The last Section can be considered my Dailys. This is where I take notes from meetings, (including action items that will be migrated to their home in the previous four pages). 

 

As Ryder (the creator of the Bullet Journal), and other BUJO followers suggest, there is no one ‘right’ way of setting up a BUJO. Do what works for you. I offer my setup as a sample…maybe inspiration. Be creative and share!

 

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Dressing up your Envelope

I am definitely a fan of ‘fun mail’. One of the best parts about sending and receiving fun mail is in the presentation.  Here are a couple of ways you can dress up your mail:

  1. Colored Envelopes: Think outside of the norm and use colors you’d might not expect. A simple black envelope can be used as a great canvas for an interesting label or some neon doodles. Tools Used: PaperSource envelope (Size: 4 Bar), GellyRoll Neon Pens, Westcott ruler

 

    2. Confetti: Depending on the occasion, I add a little confetti for a nice surprise.

3. Envelope Liner: Adding an envelope liner is a great way to be creative and recycle. When I come across interesting ads/graphics in magzines I save them to use as an envelope liner. I use my PaperSource template to measure and cut out liners. (Don’t worry if there is a little bit of the ad or graphic left, most often that will be hidden once you tuck in into the envelope). You can also use scrapbook paper, as they come in great colors and designs.

Tools used: PaperSource 4 Bar Envelope Liner template, Magazine clippings, PaperSource 4 Bar envelopes

Note: all thought and options are my own. This is not paid content.

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A little break

Hello,

I took a unanticipated break from the website as work has been busier than normal. This brings about the question that we all ask ourselves at some point…what is my work / life balance? Work is important but so are we!

I’ll talk more about this topic in a future post. For now, I believe I am back on track (posting track that is :-)) Check back for a new post tomorrow. Thank you

 

 

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The Bullet Journal

WHAT

I recently finished my first year using the Bullet Journal. For those of you not familiar with the bullet journal, it is an analog organization system created by Ryder Carroll, a New York digital product designer. The Bullet Journal provides a stuctured yet flexible system that allows you to keep track of important topics, notes, calendar, goals, etc.

Isn’t there an app for that? I’m sure there is! However, as much as I am pro-technology, it is more important to use the right tool for the job and not use something just for the sake of using it. Additionally, there have been many studies that show that writing things down can help you remember, coloring can help you relax and organizing can help reduce yuour stress. Having tried the bullet journal out for a year, I found that it has been extremely beneficial and I encourage you to give it a try!

HOW

To get started, I would recommend starting at the source. Ryder Carroll offers great explanations and tutorials on his website The Bullet Journal. Next, I would recommend Boho Berry and Tiny Ray of Sunshine. They have great content and offer great tutorials, samples, and inspiration.

In my journey, I replied heavily on these websites to help me understand the concept, decide what materials I wanted to use and what topics to include in my bullet journal. In future posts I will be sharing my favorite pages, tips, products and tools. In the meantime, there are many Instagram, Pinterest and Blogs that are devoted to this topics, so search, share and enjoy!

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Tame the cords!

When it comes to electronic cords and other items, we generally find there are three problems:

  1. Things are everywhere
  2. Cords are tangled and messy
  3. Don’t remember what goes to what

To get organized lets tackle each item one at a time.

Problem 1, gather your items into one spot. I organized all my ‘electronics’: charging cables, chargers, extra remotes, selfie stick, batteries, etc. into one box. I used this one from The Container Store, but any box dedicated to your electronics will be helpful. The main goal is to be able to keep them in one location.

Problem 2, to keep cords together you can use anything from rubber bands, twist ties, or cable ties like the ones shown here.

Problem 3, the best thing is to label items before you put them in your box. As most cables can be used for multiple items, you can label it the type of cable versus what it can be used for if needed.

These three steps will help you stay organized and find what you need quickly! Good luck and good organizing!

 

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Envelope it

Want to send a note or some fun mail? Looking for a small craft project? Try making your own envelope. Making your own envelope is simpler than you think, and chances are it will be appreciated just a little more too!

-Step 1

  1. Trace envelope shape using a template (papersource template used in picture)
  2. Cut out the envelope, fold the flaps inward
  3. Glue the sides of the bottom flap of the envelope (recommend using adhesive dot roller)

-Step 2

  1. Insert your letter / note. (Depending on what type of paper you use for your envelope, you don’t want to include anything too bulky)

-Step 3

  1. Address your envelope. (If you used a design or colorful paper, i recommend using a sticker for the address so the post office can clearly read it)

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New Year…NewER You

At the beginning of a new year people tend to think about resolutions or new habits they want to begin. One of the topics that gets overlooked is your career! January is actually a good time to revisit items like your resume, skills and knowledge list, and your portfolio or sample work. Before the business of the year starts to gear up, why not do a little updating:

  1. Resume – review your objective, add new skills you have learned. Also consider creating different versions of your resume if there is the potential you would look for jobs in different industries.
  2. Skills and Knowledge – this can be a quick update, simply add any new skills and knowledge acquired to a list. (see previous post on this one)
  3. Portfolio / Sample work – Not everybody will need a portfolio, but it is still a good idea to have a file of samples of your best work or projects you contributed to.

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2017

I started this blog in 2016 with the simple intention of sharing tips I have learned along the way (sometimes the hard way), as well as my creative passions. I am excited to continue this in 2017!

My goal for this year is to continue sharing, encouraging women to succeed, and post more often 🙂 Posts will fall into the following categories: Bullet Journal, Career, DIY, Organization and Stationary / Lettering.

Happy New Year and stay tuned…new post coming monday!

 

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Keeping Track of the Small Things

I have a bunch of small miscellaneous items that would always get lost. I would find a little place to tuck them into but inevitably they would get lost or be scattered across different places. One day I found this small little hinged box that made the perfect home for my miscellaneous items such as stamps, safety pins, sewing needles, etc. Now they live in my desk drawer, neatly organized and easy to access!

 

I have also used some of the bigger sizes of hinged boxes to store business cards and gift cards!

 

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