Posted in Getting Things Done, Planners

G.T.D for Studying Including Free Planner Checklist

Hey!
Everyone who has read my blog knows I am a huge fan of David Allen’s Getting Things Done. I have previously discussed this topic many times before.

However now I am due to start studying again I thought it would be a great opportunity to see how GTD will work with my studies to maximise efficiency and productivity.

There are many aspects that are completely irrelevant from the original GTD premise however there are still many helpful tips that can be taken on your educational journey.

I have included a checklist that can be printed. It is available in A4 and A5. It is the first time I have ever attempted to attach a file so if there are any errors please let me know and I will attempt to fix them:)

So before I link the checklists I will explain the way I will be implementing and adapting the techniques I have learnt.

These are the Categories: Inboxes, Calendar, Reviewing, Projects, File, Next Actions, Vision board/Future Log. I will also breakdown the assignment projects method to.

Inboxes. By this I don’t just mean your email inbox, what this refers to is anywhere you have incoming information. This could be your email or during a lesson from a teacher. You will find that these are the places that items will get stored until properly processed. When you are processing your inbox make sure you first of all ascertain whether the item requires any action, if so what? Note down at least the first 3 actions required and add them to your calendar. If not, discard or file the information.

Calendar. This is where you will note any time sensitive assignments, essays, exams, events etc.

Reviewing. This should be done on a daily, weekly and term basis.

Daily reviewing should be a time to review items in the inboxes, review date sensitive tasks and run through and edit next actions.

Weekly reviewing should be when you process all outstanding items, review and edit the week ahead next actions, review project lists, add any new weekly tasks from your project list and file items no longer required.

Term Reviewing should be where you reflect, upon the previous term and the upcoming term. Assess what is needed for the immediate future and plan ahead for the next term. It should also be a time to assess educational goals and file away previous modules work.

Projects. This covers Assignments, Research and Exam prep.

File. This is the place for key notes, module information, support material and research and old assignments

Next Actions. This is where you write down a list of all the tasks which need to be completed as a priority. Usually start with the one which requires the most urgent response. It is best daily to remove the completed ones and add new ones.

Vision Board/Future Log. This is where your ultimate goal is. What do you want to achieve, how do you get to where you want to be, what steps are needed to be taken. It is helpful to have this to look back to so you don’t lose you way or get overwhelmed.This helps to maintain focus and motivation. It also serves as a reminder of how far you have already come.

Assignment project list breakdown. I find it best to breakdown my assignments into steps. I think this helps motivate and prevent overwhelm. It allows you to easily check progress and have a solid plan which means less procrastination later. First I brainstorm ideas surrounding the assignment, then I look at what keywords I need to focus on and what my research aims are, for this I usually break down the question into smaller parts. I then organise what I have and assign deadlines to each part so I know what to move onto when. I then gather all the information I need and start my first draft. Once I have finished this step I go through my work and edit for a final draft.

So there we have it. I really hope that this works, the true test will be once I actually start but if i find anything else that does or does not work I will edit the post accordingly.

A5 GTD for Studying Checklist

A4 GTD Checklist for Studying

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

 

 

Posted in Confessions Of A Plannerholic

Confessions Of A Plannerholic: Disappointing Purchases 

Hey Everyone! 

So as you may have noticed there was not a Confessions Of A Plannerholic post last week. Us ladies have decided that we will switch to fortnightly posts from now on.

Today’s post is to discuss disappointing purchases we have made in our planner journey.

Surprisingly this was something that I struggled with a bit as I can’t say I’ve been overly disappointed with anything I have tried. I have however found myself less keen on things that I thought I would.

First off would be the Purple Malden. This was my unicorn and I finally bought it, I used it for a few months however as it turned out I preferred the Ochre. The purple is amazing quality don’t get me wrong but it didn’t feel as nice in my hands and the colour was slightly different to what I’d seen. This is apparently quite common with the purple style. 

My 2nd would be the happy planner. I loved the inside but it felt to flimsy in my hands, I wouldn’t have dared actually take it out of the house. The plastic covers while pretty did not feel functional at all.

The 3rd is the Lamy Fountain Pen. Now to be fair I did win this and was really excited by it but I just didn’t like writing with it. I don’t know if it was because of the medium nib or what but it just didn’t wow me at all.

I think that’s it really, I am lucky compared to some who have had very unfortunate situations happen.

​For other instalments of Confessions Of A Plannerholic please see the following Blogs and Vlogs and join our Facebook Group to stay up to date:)

Soggy Musings 

Pennygate Crafts

Beautifully Broken Vicky

A Beautiful Plan 

UglyBugDoes 

Katy Evans Plans YouTube

UglyBugDoes YouTube

The Stationery Geekette x

Posted in Picks Of The Week

Picks Of The Month August

Hello Everyone.

I’m super happy to be back with another Picks Of The post. This is my first one since i switched to monthly and boy have I got a load of great posts to share with you.

I have decided to split it into categories to help you look at what posts I have picked.

Lifestyle

A Beautiful Plan – Strategies to ease a busy life with kids

Soggy Musings – Gift Ideas For The Chronically Ill

UglyBugDoes – My 5 Year Plan

How To GYST – A Simple Goal Setting Exercise When You Don’t Know Where To Start

How To GYST – Setting Goals: What You Might Be Missing

Strange & Charmed – The Essential Guide To Social Media Etiquette

Stationery

A Beautiful Plan – Planner Society July Box and Planner set Up

UglyBugDoes – Papergang August Subscription

Philofaxy – The Hitch Hikers Guide To The Plannerverse 25

Food and Drink

Frying The Nest – Penne Arrabiata Chorizo Prawns

Books and Movies

Ginger-Fox – Literature Q & A Blog Tag

Home and Decor

How We Walk – Shells Decorative Planter

Health and Mental Wellbeing

Modern Day Girl Blog – 7 Powerful Ways to Turn Negative Thoughts Into Positive Thoughts + Workbook

Modern Day Girl Blog – Beating The Blues and Ways to Overcome Them + Checklist

Modern Day Girl Blog – How To Deal With Anxiety Day to Day and Break Up With It + Swipefile

Modern Day Girl Blog – How To Have a More Positive Outlook On Life + Workbook

Travel

Distinguished Diva – Barcelona Travel Diary

Ginger-Fox – Travel Essentials

Thank  you for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x

Posted in Books/Kindle

Book Review: After You

Title: After You
Author: Jojo Moyes 

Publication Date: 30th June 2016

Page Count: 416

Publisher: Penguin

Rating: 4/5

Plot Overview:

This novel follows on from Me Before You and highlights the struggle that Louisa has trying to find a place in the world without Will.

It feels like the more she feels she is letting him down and not honouring her promise to him the more she in turn lets him down.

Louisa is reckless with her life and while not intentionally trying to kill herself she dances on the brink. Doing things which are dangerous without thinking of the consequences.  This is until she falls from her building and could easily have died.

The accident forces Louisa to face some of her problems head on when she has to return home to recover from the accident.

When she returns back to her own flat it is only done by promising her father she would attend grief counselling.

Louisa attends and at first doesn’t open up, she feels like a fraud, like she doesn’t belong. Over time however the group she meets actually turn out to be great friends.

Louisa’s life however takes the most poignant turn when a girl turns up at her door only 16 yrs old, a girl that as it turns out is Wills daughter. A daughter he knew nothing about.

Lily, Wills daughter is actually very much off the rails. Causing trouble, drinking, stealing, smoking and has little respect for anyone. Her mother is a selfish woman who doesn’t seem to give two hoots about Lily, and as you find out over the course of the book everyone who has ever meant something to her has turned her away for other family or commitments. This is why Lily is the way she is, she is defensive and while she is crying out for affection she sabotages herself often.

Eventually after Louisa’s jewellery goes missing she kicks Lily out, telling her to go back to her mothers and believes she has. After a few days, Louisa goes to visit Lily to make up after discovering a tranquil garden Lily had set up. However upon arrival at Lilys home her mother tells her Lily hasn’t been there and assumed she was still with Louisa. The mother doesn’t care that Lily is missing because she has disappeared before however Louisa feels something is wrong and searches with Sam (the ambulance man who saved her) to find Lily.

Eventually they find Lily in a hospital not badly hurt. Lily then tells Louisa what’s been happening.

Initially Lilly had been getting blackmailed by a boy she slept with as he had a picture of them together. After she’d had enoug she told a collegue of her step dads who manage to stop the boy balckmailing her only to start blackmailing her himself.

Louisa and Sam hatch a plan to stop the blackmailer which works successfully. After this Lily has the confidence to start building a relationship with her grandmother and eventually goes to live with her at weekends and goes back to boarding school during the week.

Louisa’s love life takes a dramatic turn when Sam tries to talk to her about being in a relationship,  but Louisa is afraid of getting hurt after Will and doesn’t open up which causes Sam to call time their time todays. Louisa tries to talk to Sam and ends up riding in the ambulance with him which ends up in a bad situation and Sam gets shot almost dying.

Louisa tells Sam then that she doesn’t want to loose him, she also receives a job offer in New York that she turnes down a few months previous.

After talking to Sam she takes the job and they agree to make it work long distance.

The story ends with Louisa boarding the plane after mouthing to Sam she loves him.

Review:

The soppy woman in me really enjoyed this book and I felt I could relate a lot to Louisa and Lily. Both of them have had a difficult time and although try to do their best ultimately they are about self preservation.

I really likes the introduction of the new characters with Sam and Lily particularly and the change to the older character such as Mrs Traynor.

It showed the impact that losing Will had on everyone’s,  something I don’t think he really considered in the first book.

I finished the book hoping for another in the series. I want to read about Louisa’s life in New York and her relationship with Sam.

Overall it was a great read even if it did lack the same impact of the first book:)

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 

Posted in TSG Bookclub Box

TSG: Bookclub Box August Unveiling 

The day has finally arrived for me to unveil the contents of the first Stationery Geekette Bookclub Box. 

I was so excited to put all this together. Finalising the Subscriber Houses, Monthly challenge details and all the actual items.

I sourced special ribbon just to tie up the challenge sheet and spent what felt like hours sealing all the letters with a wax seal.

I’m proud of my little box coming together and incredibly thankful to those who handcrafted and worked away creating the most gorgeous things to be included.  

So lets look at the contents;

The Book: Alice by Christina Henry

Stickers: UglyBugDoes 

Bookmark: Quirkyartshere

Postcard: Sushistudios

Charm: Alymarinacraft

Also included was a pen and some ephemera. 

The response to the first box has been really really good. The book also seems to have been a hit.

Here are some of the reviews about the box

LolaPeroni

My Chaotically Eclectic Life

Kirstyanne Ross

SkaLovingGeek

UglyBugDoes Video Review and Unboxing 

Thank you very much for purchasing the box. 

For anyone who wants to have a look. The next pre-order release will be on 1st September in my store here

The Stationery Geekette x

Posted in My Life, Planners

Going Back To College… Planner Consideration! 

Hey Everyone🙂

So as the title suggests today I want to discuss planners for college.

I am retraining into Business in September since Criminology is extremely difficult to work in right now and I have been thinking about my planner options.

I have a Kikki-K Black spotted Pause in large which I plan on using however I’m uncertain what to use it for exactly.

I have no doubt I won’t fit a years worth of studying into it which I didn’t think about initially as I was just going to pop in my academic diary and then dividers for each of my 7 modules.

Upon this realisation I seem to be at a bit of a loss.

I could just pop each module into a different planner when it’s complete and keep a key notes list for that specific module instead, I could just use notebooks and not my planner, I could have multiple planners per module.

I’m honestly not sure. Aside from a diary and module stuff I’m not sure if there is anything else I may also need.

I have studied from home loads but the requirements are always different. I haven’t studied properly though for about 7 years.

So my question to my reader’s today is this. If you study, what do you use a planner for? What am I forgetting?  What are your tips to maximise productivity while staying pretty?

I’d really appreciate the advice of my readers is this matter.

Hopefully next week I will have remedied my issues and have my College Planner Set-Up to show you:)

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

Posted in Books/Kindle

Book Review: The Cursed Child

Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: J.K Rowling

Release Date: July 31St 2016

Page Count: 352

Publisher: Little, Brown 

Rating: 5/5

Plot Overview:

The book starts with Albus Potters first year at Howarts, on the train he meets and befriends Scorpius Malfoy which is much to the disappointment of Rose Granger-Weasley.

The book then skips ahead a few years and shows how the friendship has progressed, peoples growing disappoinment at it and the change in Albus’s attitude. Albus is a very solemn teenager, who has little respect for his father and does not enjoy school. Scorpius on the other hand is a bright, bubbly and enjoyable character.

Albus gets an idea to steal a time Turner, go back in time and prevent Cedric Diggorys untimely death. Albus convinces Scorpius to go with him on this adventure.

However things go wrong as when they change things the first time it changes too much of the future that they then want to correct,  going back again makes things worse as they create a world where Voldemort is now world ruler, Cedric is a Death Eater, Snape is Alive and Umbridge is Headmaster.

On this journey they are also accompanied by Delphi who says she is Amos Diggerys niece.

As it turns out Delphi is actually the child of Voldemort and Bellatrix. Delphi steals the time turner after Albus finally corrects the future and she goes back to when Voldemort attacked Lily and James Potter.

Delphi believes if she can prevent the attack it will eventually lead to Voldemort living and taking over the world. However Harry, Hermione, Ron and Draco manage to prevent her from taking action.

The book ends with Harry and Albus finally seeing eye to eye. Harry has an appreciation for his friendship with Scorpius and will no longer stand in there way.

The world is corrected and goes back to what it was prior to interference.

Review:

I had been waiting for this book for what felt like a lifetime. I pre-ordered it for £10 from Amazon (I was refunded £1) after it’s release.

It arrived on the 31st July and I started reading it on the 1st August after speed reading and finishing the book I was reading. I finished it on the 2nd August.

Due to the script style writing the content is not as dense as the previous books so doesn’t take long to get through.

I was worried at first that it would take me a while to get into the story as I’ve never read a book that’s a script before but it didn’t take long at all.

I was immersed straight away, getting to learn about the new characters. Scorpius is a particular favourite,  you wouldn’t think he was the son of Draco.

I felt like I had been transported back into the world of Harry Potter the same was as when I read the previous books for the first time.

When it ended I wanted more and I am still hoping that J.K Rowling decides to release it as a full novel or write another.

I liked the way previous characters made a small appearance despite some of them meeting a sticky end in the original books.

During this book you get more of a human feel for Draco, understanding some of his motivations and his way of appreciating Harry and the others.

I really enjoyed the story and it’s progression.

Thanks for reading.

The Stationery Geekette x 

Posted in Books/Kindle

Sharani Series Books 1-3 Review

*Disclaimer: I received Skies (book 3) by Kevin Nielsen free from Future House Publishing in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. The opinions below are my own and are based purely on my experience in reading the book. Edit: I did purchase the book on it’s release date.

Review:

When I was contacted and asked to review the ARC (Advanced readers copy) of Skies, I immediately said yes. However I was somewhat concerned that I would struggle with it as I had not read the previous two books in the series.

I wasn’t sure if this would be the sort of book I could read quickly as it wasn’t something I would have picked for myself.

However I am always surprised when I prove myself wrong.

I started reading Sands (Book 1) on the 10th August and finished the 3rd book on the 19th, between that time I had two days where I couldn’t read at all.

I was blown away right from the start.

Sands was the perfect way to start the series. It gave characters depth and the the storyline was fantastic,  the twists towards the end were brilliant. When I’d finished I literally couldn’t wait to start the second book.

Storms (book 2) continued from it perfectly, it added more depth to the characters and you found yourself really rooting for some of them and questioning others. I felt like I cared what happened to the clans, the characters, the animals.  The end was again brilliant, it sneaks up on you and although you sense what may happen you still aren’t prepared for the scope of it.

Skies (book 3) followed straight on from where we left off with book two. I was intrigued from the start, what would happen to our beloved main character?

The growth in some of the secondary characters has been fantastic,  one which over the course of the 2nd book becomes more of a main character then settling into that role perfectly for the 3rd book.

Every single character that is introduced whether it’s a large part of or small part has such personality,  all unique in there own way.

I am so excited to see if the story will continue and if a 4th book will be released. I feel like I’m invested in the lives of those I’ve been reading about and I want more.

Kevin Nielsen the author writes amazingly well. I feel honoured to have had the experience of reading these books and receiving the 3rd book prior to it’s release.

All three of these books can be found here: SandsStormsSkies

And for a short time only get your discounted copy on Amazon for $2.99 / £2.30 available until 25th August.

You can also willa copy at Future House Publishing Blog.

Rating :

Sands 5/5

Storms 5/5

Skies 5/5

Thanks for reading. 

The Stationery Geekette x 

Posted in Review, Shop/Purchases

Plan With Hannah UK Insert Review

* Disclaimer: I received a sample 3 month copy of inserts from Hannah in exchange for my unbiased review and critique. My opinions are my own and without influence. 

If you have read my blog before you know I love a good insert. In all honestly I’m yet to come across one I’ve reviewed I have disliked however Hannah’s inserts really do raise the bar.

They were delivered within a couple of days of us speaking and were packaged perfectly.

Hannah popped a little note in the front with her business card, thanking me for reviewing the product and offering a code for all my readers which I will pop in later.

The first thing that got me when I took the inserts out of the wrapping was the thickness and quality.
The paper is thick and smooth, 120gsm and has with stood the pen I have used with absolutely no ghosting. Hannah mentioned that she has also done a pen test and found non to bleed through. 

I set about decorating it ready for September as that was my chosen month start and I really enjoyed using them. The lines are dark and thin, perfect for me as I prefer having narrow lines.

I received September to December monthly overview and 3 month week on 1 page with extras.

As you can see there is plenty of room to write in.

Hannah offers various size and designs in her store and charges only 50p extra for a custom design.

The prices are extremely good value and low compared to others I have seen.

I loved these so much I actually placed a custom order for some to be made for when I go back to college in September. I know that Hannah is also working on some seasonal inserts too.

Here are the details on how to contact Hannah and see her work.

Facebook

Instagram 

Etsy – for 10% off please enter the code ELSREVIEW10 valid until the end of Sept.

Stickers from UglyBugDoes and A Beautiful Plan
  

Thank you for reading and if you are looking for inserts I highly recommend making the most of the discount and ordering.

The Stationery Geekette x