Planner Hunting

It’s October and October is always marked as the time for me to start planner-hunting! 3 months away to New Year it’s not too early to start thinking and preparing for new resolutions, new goals and new you because we’re already in the last quarter of this year.

This time I am so captivated. I found sooo many planners being produced by local entrepreneurs! Actually since last year I’ve seen this trend was coming but this year it’s just like booming. Well done, people! I wished I could buy all of them because each one is unique and come to think of the effort to create a product; a book that is untypical, pages of different layouts with focal details is not easy. I fancy all of them but I’m also restricted by certain budget so I really have to choose.

Next year, I decided to execute a Bullet Journal – a customizable organization system; which simply means a planning or journaling method using two old-school tools: a pen and a blank note book. Blank! No calendars, no boxes, no dates ready-made for you. There’s a certain system taught on the blog by the person who initiated this technique and it’s evolved by many more planner-people. But all in all, after I’ve done some research on this particular interest, what I can conclude is it’s all up to you!

The layout you want to spread, the symbols you want to recognize are all up to your own creativity or non-creativity. Haha. The point is to make it work for you and even if a single way doesn’t suit you, you can instantly change it in the next period – week / month. You can keep it simple to the simplest or you can pour your creative juice all over the pages. Ideas shared on blogs, Pinterest, Instagram’s #bujo hashtags are plenty you can just copy and enhance.

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Photo Source : Tea and Twigs Youtube

 

Why do I choose to Bullet-Journal? Ok I gotta write this. There are loads of fancy planners out there ready-made with fantastic layouts and designs but why am I choosing this type of planners for next year? BuJo requires a bit more manual works and demands more of my time and attention so here is me acknowledging my reasons so when the time I feel so tedious with all these, I’ll continue to keep up. Hope so!

 TO DIG CREATIVE ELEMENT IN ME

Everyone is born with some sort of creativity within themselves – everyone is creative and I want to believe that. Because that means it includes me too! Haha. The difference is that some people are just so gifted while some others have to be nurtured for their hands to flow and I’m in this category. With Bullet Journal, we have to create the layout on the pages all by ourselves so this is where I’m giving myself a chance to try this and that. My interests are mainly on letterings and doodles.

TO ELIMINATE PERFECTIONISM FROM ME

Perfectionism kills creativity and even productivity. I’m not a total perfectionist but there is a perfectionist spot in me that withhold me from going further, from trying to do new things in life just because I am always not happy with my newbies imperfect outcomes. With BuJo, I have no choice but to just do it and there surely must be smudges and flaws here and there that will distract my eyes. With these, I will train myself to be cool with that, keep going and learn to turn errors into fine corrections.

TO DEVELOP HABITS

And eventually change myself to become a better person. How? By applying Habit Trackers! Habit Tracker is basically a rapid log to record your repetitive doings. It’s a great way to compile the same activities all in one spread rather than re-writing the same tasks multiple times per week in each day-section. With this, you also can instantly view in summary on how well you’re doing with the habits you’d like to develop and also projects you’re working on. It also works as a reminder when you see many boxes are not marked so that’s why it is called habit-tracker and it’s easily applicable through bullet journaling. I have practiced a few trackers this year; some work well with me some need to be improved so I’m gonna continue more for next year. It requires a lot of work in the beginning of constructing the trackers but along the year, it’s gonna be really helpful!

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I have purchased a LEUCHTTURM1917 Metallic Gold Dotted Medium A5 Notebook as for my 2018 Bullet Journal. Usually, I will start setting up my planners in December but this year this activity begins early as everything is DIY!

This is my special agenda every single year when New Year is approaching. What about you? With or without a planner, do have something in mind for you to set as your goal. Look forward to it but don’t forget to still enjoy this year as we have two more months remaining. Seize every moment!

Till the next post,
SALZY

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Confessions of a Planner Addict

Guys! Do you realize that Ramadhan is only 38 days to go?? Yes, it’s true and I’m sooo excited about it! It has been like 2 months people keep sharing the countdown update to welcome the holiest month again. Suddenly today I realized that it is just next month! 27th May 2017 to be exact.

And do you know why I am suddenly so excited?? Haha. Yesterday I went to this Silver Linings Talk by Ustazha Yasmin Mogahed at the Federal Mosque with my buddies. There were a few booths opened outside of the hall selling her new book and also other Islamic products such as Ramadhan Planner. Ramadhan Planner guys?! A planner specially designed for us to carry the month wholly? It’s sooo cool I bought it straightaway! Even the fact that I already have an all-year planner.

Just so you know, I’m a Planner-Addict. I loveee planners so much I mean physical planners not digital. I can’t welcome a new year without one and in fact I always have more than one, mind me. Each for different purposes. Not to forget the accessories like colorful pens, stickers, note pads, washi tapes and clips!

Knowing me and my interest, people around me always associated me as an “organized” person. Planner – planning – organizing – organized. Particular, meticulous, proper, detailed and not to forget the most of an overstatement one; “OCD”.

The truth is? I AM THE MOST CLUTTERED PERSON ON EARTH.

My life is cluttered, my brain is cluttered, my desk is messy, my things are everywhere. I am lazy, a big procrastinator, unproductive especially in the mornings, a slow decision maker. I have so many things in mind and they’re stringing to each other. And while they’re pulling and twisting in my head, a panic-ball kicked in out of nowhere just to get lost in the crowd and makes the whole system jammed!

Now you are jammed too? Sorry for the negative vibes. Haha.

That’s how I am the total opposite from what people thought I was. Reality is I am struggling with my slothful self to get my things done. This is why I always need a planner to keep me going, to keep me sane. But that still does not mean I am an organized one. Sometimes, I can’t or just don’t want to even make time to sit and think of the day. And so I go on live unprepared.

Things get messier, new priorities coming, multiple postponement finally becomes urgent and in the end, I get stressful myself. To make it worse, my body reacts to stress in a way that makes me sick and emotional. Worst? When it’s accompanied by that P.M.S!

Up to this point I will get back to my planners and restart my life. Re-arrange things in order based on the importance and urgency, re-motivate myself, meditate moments, clear my mind and there I go. And the cycle goes on and on in a high frequency. I mean, staying organized can last for just like…a week or two? After that, “drama” begins again.

You see…such a big deal myself is. And you’re telling me I am orrrganized?? That is just an annoying sound I can’t process. I feel like have I been faking myself all my life?? I don’t! I just do what I love to do and I do it my way. But why are people seeing the other side of the coin?

If only they knew how disturbed I am with the random good comments they make on me, they’ll know how funny I am. Or maybe they don’t even mean it? Thinking too much. Haha. I remember when I travelled to UK, a friend of my friend called me “Ms. Inventory” when she saw my multiple pages of packing list.

And she said “Oh My God! Your house must be sooo systematic, right?”

You said my houseeee?? I crumpled my 10-page packing list with rolling eyes and sigh! No, I’m kidding. Hehehe…

That’s how perceptions are killing me softly. And so I made this confession that I am not an organized person that you thought I was. I struggle with myself daily to be a better person, to appreciate time that I have because “By time, indeed mankind is in loss.” [Qur’an, 103 : 1-2]. And planners are my little helpers and I’m doing it also due to my true love for stationery so much! My childhood obsession that never fades as I age. The end of my confessions.

Oh yeah, the Ramadhan Planner. I can’t wait to officiate it as it’s dated starting from Sha’ban month to start preparing for Ramadhan, and Sha’ban is just next week, guys! Ya Allah, may we all utilize the month wholeheartedly and gain as much compounded rewards as we hoped for. Let’s try our best.

Till the next post,
SALZY