My Passion For Paper

In this digital world, there's something to be said for still keeping some things on paper. 

There are some great apps I use for staying organized on the go (Evernote, for starters!). Apps can do a lot of things that paper and pencil can't replace: copying and pasting large blocks of text, photos, pop-up reminders, etc. Many people love using their phone as a calendar and planner as well, but personally I just prefer to write things down. I enjoy putting a pen to paper. I like my handwriting. Keeping track of things on paper is therapeutic for me. It makes me unplug and slow down. #selfcare

Here's what you'll find on my desk these days: 

Left: Journal from Target // Right: Erin Condren Life Planner

Left: Journal from Target // Right: Erin Condren Life Planner

ERIN CONDREN LIFE PLANNER

My friend Brooke introduced me to Erin Condren planners. I was blown away by the unique vertical layout and by the cult following they have on social media. Also, I learned that planner stickers are a thing... and I want them all. 


MAY DESIGNS AGENDA + DARLING DORI

My Erin Condren planner is a little bulky to fit in most of my purses. When I'm on the go I bring my "Darling Dori" from It's Paper Dear. Inside my Dori, I have my little weekly agenda from May Designs

I use my Erin Condren planner for "big picture" and more long term plans, such as social events. My May Designs agenda is more for day-to-day and bloggy things, such as "schedule promo tweets" (which I am trying to get better at making time for!). I love that the May Designs agenda I ordered has blank graph paper between each week. It's a great space to sketch ideas, write lists, or do a journal page.


MY "SELF LOVE" JOURNAL

I've started a "creative self love" journal of sorts in which I celebrate creative projects I'm working on.  In my planner and other notebooks, I jot down every little creative idea that pops into my head throughout the day, so I'm never at a loss for inspiration. That said, these piles of notes can stress me out as they start to feel like a giant to do list. I've started organizing them into my "binder or whimsy" which helps keep all of my little ideas in one place and more focused, though it can still feel like a to do list at times.

To counter the feeling of being so far from where I envision my blog & portfolio, I've started making a scrapbook/journal of my creative accomplishments. I'll print out a photo or screenshot of things I've made, headers I've designed,  etc. I cut around the print outs and attach to the journal pages with washi tape and fill the margins with stickers and doodles. When I'm feeling overwhelmed by how many projects I wish I had the time to work on, I look through the journal and am reminded of how many cool things I've done recently. This helps me to recharge and focus my creative efforts more effectively.

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What are some of your favorite ways of staying organized?

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