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2017 Planners – This is what I am using

Hi there! I hope you’re enjoying the last few days of 2016, which has been an outstanding, fulfilling and interesting year, to say the least. But, tell me, how was this year for you? For me, if I can describe it with one word it would be “GROWTH” in many aspects of my life. It has been crazy at times but also, a great year overall. I can’t complain, I really can’t!

From here on I move on with gratefulness in my heart, but also with high hopes that this year will be even better. Where I will continuing growing spiritually, mentally and also, emotionally. But anyway, a great tool to help us move forward and stay focused is our planners. Whatever it is that inspires you to write it down, set goals, subgoals and write about your progress, I encourage you to do it! Use paper and pens, use your planners, look at them every day, read your notes but most important, capture what sparks creativity, reflection, and ideas. These are great ways to stay in spired and on track.

Now, I would love to show you the planners and journals I will be using for 2017. This is a collection of planners, but also notebooks that I find necessary for me to work on the different aspects of my life. Especially the ones I have decided need more work.

Now, while I definitely recommend you to buy a planner for this upcoming year, you don’t have to — at all — have as many planners or notebooks as I am. This is what works for me and these are the planners that I have carefully selected among a plethora of binders, books, notebooks, new planners and much more. I will show you the pictures I have taken and also describe their purposes one by one. I hope this is helpful but please, let me know your thoughts and also, let me know what planners are you using this year?

My planners are:

  1. Hobonichi Cousin in A5 – This will be the meat and potatoes of my planner system. This is a planner that will house all my future plans and day to day activities pertaining to my personal life — as individual, wife, mom and pup-mom –, my work life, and will help me keep track of everything I need to keep in mind, do, foresee and plan on a daily basis but also in the future. This will serve as both, a life and work planner.
  2.  My hobonichi techo in A6 – This will be my art journal or creative journal. Everything will go for this planner. I used to have a notebook that I used for this purpose but it was getting chunky and I ended up not using it. This small but mighty planner will do better and it is more portable.
  3. Hobonichi weeks — When you are a mom, you realize that there are a few things that are important to keep at hand, such as doctor’s appointments, doctor’s phone numbers, dates, vaccines, school dates, and everything that comes with the lives of little ones. Because I realized that at times I was losing track of what vaccines my child had had or what phone numbers belonged to who — yes I have them on my phone but it is easier to have them written, at least for me — I decided to use a hobonichi weeks, especially to keep memories, milestones and other highlights of my son’s life. This will be a planner that I can take with me on a quick trip to the hospital if need be.
  4. My pocket moleskine — This will be a place for me to write, write, write and write. It helps me stay sane to write things down, when I am overwhelmed, happy, sad, to reflect, to meditate, to ponder, to just let it go. This will be a great way to write things and have this small notebook with me. I can’t wait to use it!
  5. My Filofax pink fluoro in A5 — With inserts from yellow paper house and miscellaneous, this will be my financial planner.
  6. My kikki.K cute daily diary in A5 — This planner, honestly, I bought it because it was cute! It was a complete impulse purchase but I still plan on using it. We might be relocating to another country so I decided to keep this planner as a way to write down things that must get done and keep track of our timeline, especially to know that all things related to our move are in there.

This is it! I am ready to tackle 2017 and make it a year of rennovation, growth and happiness! Next time I will cover how to find your word of the year. I have not found mine yet but I am looking!

Thanks for reading and happy planning for 2017!

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This is my 2016 A6 Hobonichi, it has been with me through all this year. 

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Meet Mrudula Reddi – Traveler’s notebook user

Hi all — This is the last installment for 2016 of planner lovers from around the world. Today, I am introducing you to Mrudula who is located in India. I have seen her videos on You Tube and I thought that her ideas and proposals for us, planner people, were amazing. I am here featuring her story and her planner ideas. I hope you enjoy! Thank you for reading and happy end of the year.

Who are you? What is your name –it can be your name on Instagram if you want to– where are you from and where do you live?

My name is Mrudula Reddy, I am a landscape architect in India. I’m known as journalingmylife on You tube and journalingmylifehere on Instagram.  I was born is a small town call Narasaraopet, which is located in southern India. I am a south Indian and have had the pleasure of traveling quite a bit around the world with my parents. Currently, I work for the Government of Andhra Pradesh as an In-house landscape architect which involves a lot of traveling too.

What notebooks do you currently use, what for and why these particular notebooks?

I am using quite a few now,

  • I have a Taroko shop FN size TN that I use to house my bible and a notebook for Sunday church.
  • Another is a standard Midori Traveler’s notebook in brown which I use onsite when I have to travel and record site markings.
  • I have my EDC which is a pocket wide from Naked cow in the flapjack leather that  I use the MOST, It has a few inserts but the heart is a pocket  moleskine planner which I cannot live without..;)

I also have two beautiful brown mavericks, one FN size and one Extra wide for my husband, who I roped into travelers notebooks too..^_^

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Why do you journal and why did you decide to open your YouTube channel?

I love stationary, let me start off there. I have started my planner journey in 2016, but found out about  the planner community a few months after that, I felt so inspired by the setup videos I saw and felt there weren’t any Indian planners on youtube so I thought as a hobby I will go ahead and try putting up a video, and after that I just enjoyed doing it so much more than I expected, I love the way everyone in the planner community are so kind and positive.

Why did you decide to start journaling or using planners? and why do you like it?

My grandfather visited my family once in Texas and the first thing he asked me was for a diary, I was a little girl and I went with him to a local dollar store and bought a book with him. He wrote everything we did during his stay with us, shortly after leaving back to India, he passed away. I decided to keep that diary he kept as a memory, and every time I look through it I feel closer to him. I’m sentimental and forgetful, I needed a planner and putting pen to paper feels so safe, and long lasting.

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What drives you to continue writing things down on paper instead of using technology?

There is a person called Bulletjournaljoy on Instagram, she posted a picture of a stack of her finished bullet journals. That picture is so motivational and compelling to me. I wanted me own stack of books that I could flip through and relive my memories.

What is your dream and what would you say to people who are working to achieve their own dreams?

My dream is to simply have no regret. That sounds so simple but so hard to achieve. Looking back at my life thus far, I revisit a few of my pivotal life changing decisions I made that brought me where I am. I can say I have no regrets thus far. Take the chance and do what you want to, live life with no regrets, that’s the best gift you can give yourself.

What are your favorite stationery shops?

What a tough question to answer! I have OCD, (my husband believes that) I liked MUJI, I went there recently with a friend and I enjoyed how interesting the stationary there is and how well organized it was. Definite OCD porn. Haha..! I picked, but a few things that I use every day.  I like stationary with more of a function than an aesthetic.  I need to go to more stationary shops to add to my love for MUJI.

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Who are your favorite journalers, entrepreneurs or people that you look up to?

Bulletjournaljoy is my kind of people, I also like Desiree from mommyreporter, Siopaopei, Byabya, and of course jose naranja.

How did you learn to journal the way you do, and what keeps you inspired?

I have a simple motto, function above aesthetic. I like washi and stickers but I prefer them to have a reason which is greater than just an aesthetic value.  I sometimes sit in front of the tv and enjoy using washi, but for day to day, the fact that my planner helps me with my work and life is simply what motivates me. I love being organized enough to not forget birthdays and plans. Instagram always helps. 😉

Tell us about 2017, what are the next steps and how do your journals help you get there? Where do you want to be next year with your YouTube channel?

I’m so excited to answer this question! I have added to my EDC for next year, and I hope to put out more content which is relatable to others and also fulfilling to me personally. I would like to get more exposure to India and Indian planners.

Thankyou for having me on your blog, I appreciate it. Have an amazing day

With regards from India.

Mrudula Reddi

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Thank you so much Mrudula, for being my guest this month and for sharing with us all your insight into your planner system and your favorite stationery. I appreciate the time you took to answer my questions.

Have a fantastic 2017 you all!

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¿Qué es una agenda Midori?

¿Qué es un cuaderno o agenda Midori?

Hola amig@s — me llamo Exa, soy MypaperedWings en instagram y en my blog “Mis alas de papel” o “Mis alas empapeladas” y escribo artículos y piezas de información relacionadas a todo lo de papelería, agendas y todo lo relacionado con la organización de nuestro tiempo pero en papel.

Casi no escribo en español pero de hoy en adelante estaré publicando más cosas en mi propio idioma. Soy mexicana y vivo en Estados Unidos. Llevo una agenda desde que estaba en la escuela primaria, me encantan y me encanta organizar mi tiempo. Cuando era estudiante también llevaba una agenda y fue así como aprendí a organizarme en mis tareas, proyectos y en mis clases. Espero que con éste Blog yo te ayude a ti a organizar tus ideas, a aprender cómo organizar y crear tu propio sistema de planeación de tiempo, tanto para la escuela o trabajo como en tu vida personal. Mi lema es “trabaja de forma inteligente”. Por medio de las agendas podemos saber cuánto tiempo tenemos disponible para trabajo y cuándo podemos tomarnos una o dos horas para hacer tareas o sacar adelante algunas actividades que hemos estado postergando. Yo te ayudaré a poner tu propia agenda, elegirla y aprender a organizarte.

Déjame tus comentarios y dime qué temas te interesan más. Espero que la información que publico te sirva mucho.

Hoy el tema es las agendas midori, qué soy y para qué son. He visto muchas You Tubers, incluyendo Julieta Jareda quién ha publicado varios videos relacionados a las agendas japonesas midoris. Aquí te explicaré para qué son, qué son, cómo se llevan, cómo se forman y cómo tú puedes llevar una.

¿Qué es una agenda Midori y para qué sirve?

Las agendas midori nacieron en Japón y fueron creadas por la compañia Midori que hoy en día se llama Traveler’s company, son japonesas y fueron creadas con la idea de utilizar una cubierta de piel o cuero, a la que le puedes agregar tantos cuadernillos como tú quieras. Ésta cubierta es de diferentes colores y originalmente sólo existían dos tamaños el tamaño regular que mide 11 cms x 21 cms y el tamaño pasaporte que es la cubierta más pequeña y que mide 9 cms x 12 cms. Hoy en día existen muchísimas compañías en Estados Unidos, Japón, Taiwan, Europa y Asia que hacen estas cubiertas y que las venden por medio de tiendas en línea tales cómo Etsy.com

Las cubiertas Midori o cuaderno de viajero como se conocen hoy en día, sirven para llevar cuadernillos dentro de ellas. Las cubiertas tienen varios elásticos en las que pueden insertar varios cuadernillos del mismo tamaño.

¿Cuántos cuadernillos le caben a las cubiertas y dónde los compro?

Las cubiertas originales de la Traveler’s Company solo cuentan con dos elásticos en los que por medio de ligas puedes agregar hasta cuatro cuadernillos juntos. Hoy en día hay compañías en tiendas de Etsy en dónde puedes crear tu propia cubierta y agregarle hasta seis elásticos. Por ejemplo Foxy Fix y Pellestudio tienen muchas opciones para que tu crees tu propia cubierta y las hagas incluso más anchas o de tamaños más pequeños o más grandes, dependiendo de lo que tu quieras. Estas cubiertas de viajeros, hechas por compañías alternativas o pequeños empresarios son de tan buena calidad o mejor que las agendas originales.

Los cuadernillos se venden en Amazon, Pellestudio, FoxyFix y otras compañías pequeñas pero también hay muchas opciones que tu mismo puedes adaptar. Por ejemplo la compañìa Moleskine que se vende en muchos países vende cuadernillos de varios tamaños que le caben a estas cubiertas de piel. Por ejemplo, si compas un tamaño Fieldnotes, de 5 cms x 3.5 cms, puedes compar los cuadernitos de Moleskine que se llaman “mini”. También la mejor opción y más barata es que tu mism@ puedes hacerlos. Incluso puedes usar varios tipos de papel y crear cuadernos que te acomoden mejor.

61y5uvvr2sl-_sl1000_¿Cómo uso una agenda o cubierta de Midori?

Las opciones para usar este tipo de cubiertas son infinitas. Comprando los cuadernillos que tú necesites para organizar tu tiempo, por ejemplo si necesitas cuadernos en dónde tengas un calendario mensual, o semanal o de diario, puedes tú organizar tu agenda como mejor te acomodes. Si utilizar más la vista de una semana en dos páginas, puedes comprar un inserto o cuadernillo con éste formato. Incluso tú mism@ puedes dibujarlo usando una regla y un bolìgrafo.

Mucha gente también usa estas agendas o cubiertas para hacer diarios artesanales, diarios artísticos, para escribir historias, anécdotas, para usar como Bullet Journal, para decorar, para llevar consigo como cuaderno de cabecera o reflexionar, en fin! hay un montón de opciones y aquí en Instagram puedes encontrar muchas ideas.

¿Cómo puedo aprender a usar una agenda Midori?

La mejor forma de aprender a usarla es usándola! en YouTube puedes encontrar muchos videos en dónde puedes aprender pero también no es necesario enrollarse tanto. Simplemente utilízala como una agenda normal y usa cada cuadernillo cómo una sección distinta. En lugar de tener las páginas separadas con un divisor, puedes usar un cuaderno para cada tema o cada sección. Por ejemplo, mi cubierta midori tiene seis cuadernos y los uso para las siguientes secciones: Planes, listas, diario personal, diario artístico, anotaciones de libros que leo y cosas por hacer cada día.

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Yo decoro mucho mis páginas porque me ayuda a relajarme pero si a tí no te gusta, simplemente puedes usar tu agenda como tu mejor te acomodes.

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Yo compré mi agenda, y aunque no es de piel real, me gusta mucho. Está hecha por una compañía que se llama Webster’s Pages. Son baratas y son mucho más anchas que las Midori originales, pero me gusta mucho porque cuenta con tres elásticos en dónde agregué seis cuadernos. Me encanta!

Llevar una agenda así te permite usar tu creatividad, llevar tu recuento de memorias, momentos, eventos, cosas por hacer, recordatorios etc. además es muy divertido y una forma positiva y auténtica de utilizar métodos más personales para escribir, en lugar de hacerlo siempre con la computadora.

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Espero ésta información te haya servido mucho. Por favor, déjame tus comentarios y dime qué otros temas te gustaría tratar y en qué y cómo puedo ayudarte a llevar la organización de tu tiempo de forma más eficiente y efectiva.

Gracias por leer mi blog y si te gustó mi publicación por favor, comparte!

Em,

xox

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