Planner Talk

Planner Talk Vol. 1

Even though 2020 is keeping me inside, I actually have several things to keep track of, so I got myself a planner. I’ve had a planner off and on for years, but actually haven’t really used one in the past year or so. My new one isn’t one of the popular ones – Erin Condren, Passion Planner, Hobonichi, or a bullet journal – it’s just a $17 planner from Target I got because I thought it was cute.

Beginning my blog again, owning a house, & trying to get more involved in the community means that I actually have things going on. We’re also trying to clear out the freezers (in case of hurricane power loss) through making dinners, so I’m planning menus out as well. I need a lot of space for lists, too, since that’s kind of my deal.

This is what I settled on. The entire week on one page, and I don’t know if you can see it well, but the days are set up in 3 columns with a very faint line between them. It’s an 8x11in planner, so there’s a lot of room to write. The other page is set up in convenient little boxes, but they also have titles which is annoying. I don’t love that.

I’m not a huge planner decorator, but the pineapple tape over the titles is a winner. I might even be a little extra next week and whiteout the titles as well. Living on the wild side. Anyway, I’m using the first column for personal stuff like days off, when Shane works, church, appointments, etc. Obviously, it’s a little sparse at the moment. Skipping around a bit, the third column is what blogs are being posted this week. Not sure why I put “write” in there.

The second column is housework. This is the first week I’m using this, so I’m not sure how the system will change over time. Every day I’ve put a room (or two) to tidy/clean, along with “laundry” every day. However, I won’t have laundry every day, it’s just to remind me to check to see if I do. Kitchen is cleaned daily. Saturdays/Sundays are for chores that will rotate. I haven’t decided what those will be this weekend. Cat duties means changing all the litter in the litter box, I clean it out every day.

That second page is super helpful for making lists. Things I need to do but not on a specific day, the week’s menu (well, the recipes that might get made this week), and I’m sure I’ll fill in the other parts.

I even like the habit tracker – I’ve been wanting to start morning & evening routines and it’s an easy way to track if I cleaned the kitchen every day.

I’m interested in how my system changes over time, or if I keep using the planner at all, so I’m going one of these Planner Talks every month. That’ll be cool, especially as more time goes by and I don’t have this planner anymore.

Sarah

Goals and Plans · Life & Family

2019 Goals

I’m doing “19 in 2019” this year. It is *exactly* what it sounds like – I have 19 goals to complete by the end of 2019. I know I already made a post on my 2019 reading resolutions, but to be honest, those are secondary goals. Completing the PopSugar Reading Challenge will not further my plan for world domination, now will it?

Goals and explanations below:

  1. Go minimal.
    • Am I a minimalist at heart? Almost certainly not. Does it seem like a good thing to explore? Sure. I need a good & thorough investigation of all my stuff anyway, despite moving every year for the past 5 years, I own too much stuff.
  2. Reorganize the apartment.
    • This one goes with number 1 up there. There needs to be a better way to organize the stuff we have.
  3. No buying books in 2019. I own 110+ books that I haven’t read. I have so many books {that I have read} that I have to store them in bins in the garage.
    • There are 3 books I *do* want to buy next year, so they don’t count.
    • This is probably the goal I’m most likely to not meet.
  4. Respond to my pen-pal letters within a week {two if there are extenuating circumstances – like a hurricane}.
  5. Lose the 20 pounds I gained in 2018. Preferably I’ll lose more, but those 20 need to get out of town for sure.
  6. Keep the blog up all year.
    • I’ve been enjoying it for the past little while and while I think I’ll be making changes, I don’t particularly want to stop.
  7. Read the entire Bible.
    • I’m a Christian and have never read the Bible front to back so that’s probably something I should remedy.
  8. Complete Couch to 5K….finally.
  9. Revamp my wardrobe.
    • This one has been hanging out on my ‘ get to it eventually’ list & I’d like to cross it off.
  10. Make at least 24 new recipes.
    • We’re going Paleo in January, so I’m pretty sure this one will be doable.
  11. Track our spending all year & develop a budget.
  12. Make real progress on my novel.
    • I’m not sure what this looks like yet, so it’ll most likely be updated along the way.
  13. Go tech-free for a weekend every quarter. From Friday after work through Sunday at bed. No phone, no tv, no internet.
    • Phone calls to moms don’t count.
  14. Make a list of things to do in Myrtle Beach and do them.
  15. Be more deliberate in the things that I decide to do.
    • I think most people could handle working on this from time to time.
  16. Pay off my credit card. Obviously.
  17. This one isn’t for sharing.
  18. Neither is this one, don’t be nosy.
  19. Nerp.

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Blogging is Weird

Please enjoy my rambles on starting a blog and finding a niche….

Okay, so in my blogging dreams, Thursdays are for book reviews. In my blogging reality, I should have been reading the books I wanted to review before I even started this shenanigan. I am actually in the process of reading next Thursday’s book, so hopefully I’ll actually finish it & write the review on time. Also, I have about 7 NetGalley eARCs (and an eARC from an author on Twitter) to review, so I’m super behind on that as well. I’ll be putting all of those reviews on the blog because I’m not doubling my review-work-load.

I (re)started this blog on a bit of a whim. Even though I had been thinking about restarting it, I didn’t really plan the ‘launch’ particularly well. I had a vague idea of what I wanted to write about (books & life, primarily) but nothing more specific than that. Everything I’ve read about blogging has basically told me that I’m destined to fail because I don’t have a niche. Putting aside the fact that my failure-bar is if I just randomly quit and not based on if I have readers or not, I’d still like to try that out.

While I’m dedicated to winging it for the next month or two, possibly through December, I’ve been toying with different ideas. I mean, I know it’s going to be books & life, but that’s a huge swatch of topics. I’m definitely not trying to start a lifestyle blog, more just my general life happenings, and I’m not trying to impart deep life lessons (I mean, sometimes I am, I guess) so that’s not going to be a huge focus for the blog. I really just want to post some pictures and recount some life goings-on, to be honest.

As for books, I’m torn. Should I just focus on a genre? Like just YA, fantasy, sci-fi, thrillers, horror, romance, etc? Do I have to narrow it down so far? Can I pick 3? Can I just talk about whatever it is I’m reading? My personality is very much the last option. I tend to do things on the fly, but I’m also liking the idea of having a plan, or at least guidelines. Most of the time I’m leaning towards reviewing books from a few genres – it seems like more fun to mix it up some.

I have questions, guys. This post makes it sound like I’m really super worried about this, but it’s more of a pondering on the topic. I promise it isn’t keeping me up at night.