Planner Things

Quick disclaimer: I am listening to Josh Groban’s new album Bridges as I write this and it is so freaking beautiful. If this post seems random, it’s because I am distracted by his angelic vocals.

I am doing something I almost never do today: planning the next two weeks at once in my Plum Paper Planner. I usually do the upcoming week on the weekends as one of my relaxing routines, but since I am going on vacation the first week of October, I am breaking that habit and doing that week as well (and the October monthly pages).

I technically have three planners including the one LA Fitness gave me for my personal training. My main day to day one is a Plum Paper horizontal planner, and then I have the Happy Planner mini fitness to keep track of steps, exercise, meals, etc. They make up my life, and I really could not function without them.

And when I said decorate earlier, I meant it. My planners are full of stickers from Etsy shops. Checklists, boxes for events, savings trackers, non-functional decorating stickers… You name it, I have a sticker for it. It’s wonderful.

While it is mainly relaxing for me, I use planning to stay focused during the week. I can keep track of goals I have and what I still need to do at work and at home. Checking things off a list makes me feel like I’m on track, like I’m accomplishing something. It may sound weird, but that’s just who I am.

Anyone else a planner? What do you use?

Does Hogwarts Teach Accounting?

So, after seeing my failing score yesterday, I cried. I cried a few times, both at the office and at home. But then I got pissed off. And I started thinking how to better my study habits and my time. I put on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix for some good angst fuel, and I made a thing in Word Online:

Oh, yes. Harry Potter themed tracking and notes. I am actually super proud of this, even if the color printer at work is not working so I’m stuck with a black and white copy for now. It actually took a few hours to format the way I wanted it, mostly because I started making it on a tablet that did not want to cooperate the way I wanted it to. But the end result is beautiful.

The goal is to make studying more fun. Now I can pretend that I am studying for an auror’s exam rather than the C.P.A. exam. I just need to channel my inner Hermione Granger and pass this thing.

Since I do have it in Word, I can customize this to fit any exam/ school setting. I am more than willing to share this with anyone who wants it. It is a two page document, so you’ll need to make copies as you need them. Students, teachers, whoever. Just let me know if you want a copy and I will send it to you.