Saturday, November 23, 2013

Testing out a new setup...

Hello my fabulous ones!!

Lately I’ve noticed that even with my lovely Filofax and all her decorations and things, I’ve been feeling scatter brained and forgetful. I’m going to the doctor to check up on my health and see if there’s any reason there for the way I’m feeling….I am in my 40s, after all. So I also decided to do some research based on what I’ve been feeling and cross-checking against people with planners and such. I found that a lot of people use either a GTD (Getting Things Done) or a ZTD (Zen to Done) type setup.

Have you heard of these?

At their cores, they are both basically the same with the main principle being getting your tasks under control to be productive and effective in your personal and professional life. ZTD however, seemed to speak more to me as a SAHM where GTD seemed to fit a professional type person. ZTD was more focused on goals and doing the tasks linked to those goals. At the same time, I appreciate how GTD forces you to review your tasks and actions to make sure they are lining up with your goals. I ultimately liked both and I decided to blend the two together for a sort of “Getting Things Zen to Done” remix.

How did I do it? Heeeeeeere we go….

I still use my Malden as my wallet and the flyleaf with the pic of my mom will never go anywhere. I also still have the Filofax card with all the stickies on it. I used a binder clip to bind together some of pages at the very front (registration, year at a glance, personal info, etc.) and hook my Frixion pen to it. I had this in the back originally but it was causing my pen to press against the sides of some the pages and messing them up.

After all that is where my remix begins. Now, the ZTD principles would call for me to have nearly 10 tabs in my planner if I were to section off everything. Same with GTD. My remix here is the consolidation I did to keep the number of sections to a minimum. No more than 6, even though I think that’s too many. Hell, what I was doing wasn’t working so I tried to stick to the plan as much as possible, but the OCD in me got it down to 4 main sections. They are as follows:

INBOX. This section is my brain dump and doodle area. There’s a cotton cream to do list for those 1-liner thoughts, ideas, questions, what-not’s, a couple of sheets of lined HK paper for those more detailed thoughts, and a couple of sheets of blank paper for when I need to draw it out. Every day I check these to see if I need to make them an action, project, goal, appointment, or routine adjustment. Once that has been done the item gets checked or crossed out and moved to the appropriate section.

@ACTIONS. This section houses my context lists. There’s my Master @actions list, @actions, @waiting, @someday, @blog, @finances.

PPGs (projects, plans & goals). This section begins with a list of the projects I’m currently working on only, then my Master Goals list and blog goals. After that is my Projects section that holds the plans for my blog, notes from a free graphic design course I’m taking, and a couple of things I’m doing.

LISTS. My final ZTD section holds all my other lists like my bucket list, my wish list, gift lists, movie list, and stuff like that.

Those sections are divided off with the Hyundai dream car dividers I made and Martha Stewart tabs I was RAKd with. Following the GTZTD sections is my Diary. I don’t have an MS tab for that section because I use 3 Today rulers. The 1st one is for the daily section, the 2nd one is for the WO2P section, and the 3rd is for MO2P section. I also have a future planning section that is separated behind the Filofax calendar dots sheets. Those have a little tab at the top so future planning is easily accessible. The future planning section consists of 2 fold out year planners. One for 2013 and one for 2014. When this year is over I’ll add my 2015 planner and take out the 2013. I use the FF dots on these and they work great.

After my diary I have my most cherished section and that’s MVPs…Most Valuable Priorities. This is where my color code gets its life from. My MVPs are: Hubby, Kids, 131/2.0T, Finances, Me, Projects. Each subsection only contains information pertaining to its name and it’s mainly for reference. Anything that needs to go on a calendar about one my MVPs gets a daiso dot in the same color. Projects and goals are treated the same way. That allows me to only need to carry one Frixion pen instead of 6. J

Finally is a card holder with some needed but seldom used cards, a zip lock pouch (with no zipper) I got with the very first planner I had a million years ago that has some old coins, labels from my Erin Condren Life Planner from last year and some other doodads. In the notepad pocket I keep a couple sheets of ‘whatever’ paper, my MS dew drops, also RAKd, and extra to do sheets. In the full length pocket I keep a stash of my stickers from my daiso dots to my bear paws. In the pen loop I have a goofy, thin ‘government’ pen. I’ve stretched the pen loop with a sharpie and some lotion, but my Frixion pens still won’t go in without the grip interfering…boo!

So that’s the setup I’m testing out now for next year. I’ve been using it solidly for about 3 weeks now and it’s really nice. I like how ZTD allows me to adapt one of habits at a time instead of GTD sort of ramming it all down my throat at once. This month I’ve been working on collecting and since my husband started going to school this week, I’ve been tasked with keeping his class schedule and I’ve been able to incorporate it into my system with no hiccup at all. Even though he has a Filofax of his own, he likes it when I use mine as sort of a “back up” to his….ok.

Anyway…I think this may work! And I think I will talk each of the 10 ZTD Habits and how I’m progressing with them in future posts.

Stay Fabulous!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Another FREE Printable!!

Hello my Fab friends!!

I told ya I’ve been busy with my new hobby….so much so, I’ve decided to share another freebie! This one is a WO2P from my Metro design line J It has a Monday start with Mon thru Fri on page 1 and Sat, Sun, Tasks & Menu on the page 2. It’s cute and colorful and fun to look at & use so please….enjoy!

Stay fab!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Guess who's back??

Hi my Filo Fab friends!!

Oh how I’ve missed you all so much!! First I want to thank you for checking in on me during my absence and supporting my little blog. Luv & Hugs!!

It’s been a wild month I’ll tell ya! From my husband and I both getting sick at the same time with nasty, nasty head colds, to my father-in-law being admitted to the hospital with life-threatening symptoms (he’s much better now), now this STUPID government shut down…..I’ve been pretty busy trying to keep my house together and healthy. Did forget to mention I had a birthday too?? Looks who's getting old!! :) 

So while I’ve been away from my blog, I have been keeping up with phILOFAXY and my fav groups on Facebook related to planners and I’ve noticed a trend of people designing their own inserts. Great! My last post was about my newest hobby and believe me….I’ve been busy with my hobby! I’ve designed some super cute inserts for a personal sized Filofax (or any planner that can accommodate 3.75” x 6.75” inserts) and for y’all being such FABULOUS people….I am going to share!! My absolute favorite insert right now is my DO1P. I love it!! I’m using it every day and loving it more each day.

Now I can hear some of you…..didn’t you already share a DO1P? Yes I did. It was one that was inspired by FLYlady with her wonderful routines. As much as I liked those inserts, they just didn’t “do it” for me. So I put my daily routines on sticky notes and stuck them to my Today ruler that goes in my weekly section so I could see them every day. My weekly pages got so convoluted with information they were becoming a headache to look at. I needed daily pages! But I didn’t want dailies with times on them…that’s too structured for me since I am a stay at home mom as well. 

I thought about my Erin Condren Life Planner and how much I appreciated that there were no times in it, but AM, Day & PM instead. So….with that I took off with my plight to create a DO1P that would appeal to my need for the daily page and keep me wanting to use it. This is what I’ve come up with; an undated DO1P that has a loose structure. Along the top is space for the date, a place for you to circle the day of the week, and a spot to write the temp for the day. On the left side of the page, a box with AM, under that a box with PM, and under that a box for Notes. On the right side of the page there is a box for What’s for Dinner, under that a box for Don’t forget, and under that a list for your current Todo’s. I’ve been using them for about a week now and since I love them so much I thought I would share them with you. I still use my weekly pages, but for stuff like what’s on TV that night and football games. It’s also where I do most of my decorating (for now).

I hope like them as much as I do. I am in the process of designing an entire insert set so stay tuned for that. Your input would be greatly appreciated!

Stay fab!

DO1P Metro insert

Friday, September 6, 2013

A Brand New Hobby!

I’ve only had my Malden since April this year. In that time I’ve tweaked and changed my system, dismantled and reassembled my setup, and that included finding different inserts to use. As I’m getting my life and priorities in order, my Filofax reflects it. My sections are coming together because I started designing inserts that were tailored to my needs. Sometimes I would find that my days would be so busy that my cotton cream WO2P couldn’t handle all that I needed to write and they looked a hot mess! I didn’t want Ebony full of random sticky notes that had information that should have been on a form of some sort and I’m not that chick that can have random notes just anywhere….I need my Filofax to sort out all the crap in my brain. 

Once I began incorporating FLYlady into my life I have really found the WO2P to be inadequate for my daily routines. It just didn’t work! Boo! So what did I do? I created my own FLYlady inspired DO2P inserts. There’s a pic of one in my setup post and a couple of fabulous readers have already asked if I would make them available to print.

Well….Here it is!

The top half of the 1st page is dedicated to your daily routines. I’ve broken them down into 3 sections: AM (7 tasks), Midday (7 tasks) & PM (6 tasks). There are already tasks filled in (random things) but it’s a Word document so if you save it under a different name you should be able to edit and change them to whatever you’d like. On the bottom half there’s a place to write your appointments for the day and your to-dos. On the 2nd page there’s a place for you to track your water intake…@ least 8 glasses! A place to write your daily inspirational quote or bible verse, a how was your day space, and a place for notes. I ran out of printer ink so as soon as I get some more I’m printing these babies out and trying them out for a week or so. I can’t wait ‘cause I love the look. I even kept everything pretty shades of purple :) 

So for you readers that asked for them I really hope you like them. I also included the DO1P original FLYlady inspired inserts I first designed. Let me know if you like ‘em!

Stay Fabulous!

Friday, August 30, 2013

DO1P FREE Printable....Fabulous!!

Hi All!

One of my fabulous readers recently commented on some inserts I created with my FLYlady routines on them. She asked me if they were available to print and that got me to thinking….

1st – Oh that’s so cool! But….how do I share them?

So I figured out how to use my Google Drive to do just that and now I know how to share my inserts with everyone!

2nd – Will I get into trouble if I share my version of FLYlady anything? She does have her stuff copyrighted and I’m really not trying to get in trouble. So once I’ve done a little more research about that, I’ll know if I can share them or not.

So in the meantime….

I used the personal sized template from and created myown DO1P insert that I want to share with you for being such fabulous individuals! If you like I could do something like this say....once a month??? Lemme know whatcha think!!


ps....please don't sell these or use them for commercial purposes, but feel free to share!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Viruses, Dead Batteries, No Wifi???

So I know I talk about how much I love my Malden, how much I love pen & paper, but I am also very much an electronic gadget junkie. I love my toys!! J But it’s times like these when I am thankful for my fILOFAX. What am I talking about? This…

#1 – My laptop got infected with some stupid virus earlier this year. I had the virus removed but it caused so much damage I have to scan and defrag my computer before I can even use it….every time! And sometimes that can take more than an hour. Who has time to wait?!?! Defragging my Malden? That equates to re-arranging my sections and archiving old pages. Done!

#2 – Something is wrong with my tablet….it won’t charge! I’ve had it more than 2 years and I didn’t get the extra warranty coverage (shame, shame). It doesn’t have a replaceable battery so I’m screwed there. Charging my Malden? Nah, just unpop the popper and she’s ready and waiting for me!

#3 – My laptop and tablet are almost useless without internet… wifi necessary for my Malden!! I can play games, look at pics, get in touch with my friends, manage my home and plan my life….no internet needed!

Even with all my complaints about my electronic goodies, I would be lost without those too! My latest issues have me wanting for something new….like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Have you seen those? They’re so cool! And a new smart phone too. I want the Samsung Galaxy 4-Active. My birthday is coming up pretty soon so I keep dropping hints here and there (wink, wink). Hehehe, I just felt the need to rant about my electronic stuff before this laptop dies or freezes on my again! Overall I still prefer my Malden for my life planning and my gadgets for alarms, gaming, email, school, and Facebook.

Do you have a planning preference? Would love to hear about them!!

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Back to School!!!


I can't believe how fast the summer is going by!! Honestly, I'm glad it's almost over. For me, summer isn't my favorite time of year (gasp!) No, I am not a summer fan....I don't like being hot (migraine sufferer) so when school starts around here, I know the weather is about to cool off and we're headed into my absolute favorite time of year....AUTUMN!! I love seeing the change in the leaves and feeling to crisp, cool air. I love my sweatshirts, hoodies, skinny jeans and boots and I would die trying to wear those in the summer here!! (ha! ha!) It also means the return of football!!! Yeah!!! Go Chargers!! (alright I'll calm down....) that my kids have been back in school for the last 2 days, I've had to make some changes adds to my Ebony. In my priorities section, under my kids' tab, I added their class schedules, teacher contact info for both, club info, extra activities, volunteering and projects. Whew! All that in just 2 days? They don't play around here and I love it! My kiddos were so excited to get back to school! It just reminded me of how excited I got when I was a kid getting close to back to school. New clothes, new hairdo, new supplies, it was all good!

My kids' excitement was also a little contagious, okay, a lot contagious. They got me thinking about the direction I was going with my own school career and I've decided to make a change! This is my nth attempt at getting a Bachelor's degree and I've decided to take that on with everything going on in my life is just too difficult for me. I still want one, but I've decided to get back into my original career field (clinical data management) and I just need an Associate's degree to get my foot back in the door.....more on that later....

Back to my Ebony....

I also created some daily inserts with my FLYLady routines on them now that I have my house back. Now that the kids are safely in school all day I can get the house back in order, not worry about one of them tearing through, and begin to get ready for the change in season. Changing out summer wardrobes for fall/winter ones....changing our bed linens to cold weather linens... I surprise myself every year with this because I grew up in southern California where it barely rained! I didn't touch snow for the first time until I was 23 and built my 1st snow man at 35! I still don't like blizzards, but I love a white Christmas and I think I'll get one this year!

Anyway...enough of my rambling :)

Have any of you made changes to your setups since school has started or is about to start for your kids?

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