Friday Freebie: “Fairy Tales” + Shop Announcement

Hi friends! It’s another Friday Freebie~

This week’s kit is fairy tale themed, replete with dragons, a pouty little princess, crowns, and a verdant castle landscape.

Click HERE to download! You’ll be taken to my shop where you can add and checkout with the set for free! Just be sure to print the PDF at 100% scale or it won’t be sized correctly. Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @paperhoard if you decide to use these stickers! 💖

In other stickery news, I’ve officially gone into business! I’m making functional stickers that are perfect for daily use. Because they’re simple but eye-catching circular icons, they can be used with any type of planner (from Erin Condren to bullet journals). If you’re like me and you prefer to keep a clean spread for work planning, I think you’ll get a lot of use out of them!

Oh, and did I mention? You get an additional 12(!!!) glitter dot stickers with each order.

I also have a fitness icon set available and I’ll be adding on more functional icon stickers to the line, including sets specifically for studying and for work, in the coming days!

You can purchase them HERE in my shop. Use code: DIXIESEOUL for 10% off your entire order, it’s not restricted to just stickers. If you decide to purchase a jewelry item your shipping is free! (But do excuse the mess because I’m doing some major remodeling on Sunset45.com right now 🙊)

As always, happy planning! 😘

 

Obeying Your Planner

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The first rule of planner club is: Obey Your Planner. The second rule of planner club is—well, you know where I’m taking this dated pop culture reference. 😋

In all seriousness though, obeying your planner is THE cardinal rule of effective planning. A planner is a tool and like all tools, it’s only as effective as the wielder is. You can have the best planner in the world and more washi tape & stickers than you can shake a stick at but if you don’t use it correctly, you’re in the same boat as you would be with a Dollar Tree planner (not knocking those, btdubs, I used a $1 planner all last year to track social media work I did for a client and it worked fine).

So let’s chat a little today about how to obey your planner!

1. Your planner is your boss.

For me, it helps to think of my planner as a work log I need to present to my boss. If I don’t finish something that was scheduled, I literally punish myself. Whether it’s by cutting my “fun” budget, running an extra half mile that night, or skipping dessert, I need to experience a tangible repercussion. Especially because I’m my own boss, it’s too easy to roll tasks over to the next day without immediate consequences, which is a dangerous practice to indulge in.

2. No excuses.

When you have a difficult boss, you either quit or bite the bullet to get the job done. Even when your boss makes demanding requests, you do the task at hand. As long as it’s not impossible or damaging to your well-being, you should stay committed to your planner like it’s your job. My personal planning mantra (–is that a thing? Let’s make planning mantras a thing) is: “If it gets written, it gets done”.

3. Make it a habit.

I’m a flaky person by nature. It’s not that I mean to be, I just tend to get distracted way too easily. Over time, however, I’ve developed the habit of committing to my planner. It’s the first thing I look at when I wake up and the last thing I look at before going to bed.

Habits don’t develop overnight. Mine is the result of keeping a planner since the 3rd grade. If you’re just getting started with planning, or if you haven’t been able to stay dedicated your planner, force yourself to open your planner at least once a day. The more you look at it the more you’ll find yourself using it. Over time, checking in with your planner will become a daily habit.

4. Make it fun.

Because I treat my planner like it’s my boss, sometimes I resent it. On super stressful days I become irritated simply looking at the endless to-do lists and project notes. Your planner shouldn’t be a source of misery and if you constantly feel hassled by your inanimate planner, try to make it fun!

This is the part that you’re probably most familiar with. Decking out your planner’s pages with stickers, motivational quotes, or even writing down a gratitude are all ways to make planning an activity rather than a chore.

5. Never forget your Reason.

Why do you go to work/school? Why do you put up with a difficult boss or teacher? It’s because you have a good reason. The same applies with using your planner. If you’re committed to your reason, you’ll stay committed to your planner. Some planner girls like to create vision boards or write down a list of goals to stay focused. Both are great ways to get inspired and stay motivated.

Do you have any tips or tricks to getting the most out of your planner? Or maybe you’re having some difficulty staying committed, I’d love to hear from you too! What kind of planning problems are you running into?

Friday Freebie: “True Love”

Hi friends! I hope your weekend is off to a great start 😄

This week’s free planner sticker set is my favorite to date. I’m a happy camper any time there’s glitter involved and this weekly kit has it by the ton. How adorable are the little hot air balloons, btw? I liked them so much I decided to use them as blank date markers and sprinkled throughout the kit.

Click HERE to download “True Love”. You’ll be taken to my shop where you can add and checkout with the set for free! Just be sure to print the PDF at 100% scale or it won’t be sized correctly. Happy planning!  💖

& don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @paperhoard if you decide to use these stickers! I’d love to see your spread. 😊

The Myth of Planner Peace

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I recently wrote a guest blog post for Diarying.com, an adorable stationary store that sells affordable planning supplies and cute stationery with FREE(!) global shipping on every order (use my coupon code PAPERHOARD15 to save 15%). It’s the tale of how I was the worst bullet journaler in the history of bullet journals, if you wanted to read all about my fails.

Writing about my history with planning got me thinking about the idea of planner peace. It’s an elusive concept that many of us in the planner community chase after, and while some claim to have it I think it’s quite telling that the same bloggers who write about “finally reaching Planner Peace” end up writing another post about “finally reaching Planner Peace” a year later.

What the Hell is Planner Peace?

For the uninitiated, the idea of planner peace is simply this: the vague idea that a specific planner setup will bring total harmony and balance in your life. Having the perfect planning system will make you eat better, work better, laugh better… Basically, it’s like achieving nirvana via a planner.

It’s an attractive promise and a compelling one because it’s seemingly feasible. I’m a strong believer in the life-changing magic of keeping a planner and I’m sure many people who start planning quickly realize the benefits of having one. Once the gears are in motion it’s not too far of a stretch to start believing that a planner can perfect, not simply change, one’s life.

Planner Peace is a Lie.

Maybe there really are people who have achieved planner peace. There are certainly many (many, many) better people than myself. But I just don’t buy it. Mainly because I don’t think that temporary planner compatibility = Planner Peace.

Often the excuse for “losing” planner peace is that circumstances have changed, but you shouldn’t have to toss your old system and buy five different planners because you’re going to a different school, switched career paths, or started a family. What’s the point of reaching planner peace if you’re forced to search for it time and time again?

So What IS the Point?

Life is dynamic, constantly in motion, and a planning system should adjust and grow with you. By disavowing the search for planner peace I’m not suggesting that no one should ever experiment with different planners or setups. I just think that it should be a rational search for a functional tool rather than some mythic quest for the Holy Grail of planners.

I make small adjustments to my planner all the time and in the past year I’ve been using three different planners to help manage my increasingly complicated life. I can’t lay claim (and I can’t ever see myself claiming in the future) to achieving planner peace but I get my work done and I never miss appointments. I don’t know about you but that’s good enough for me.

@PaperHoard 2k Planner Giveaway!

Hi friends! I reached 2k followers on Instagram a few days ago and wanted to host a little giveaway as a THANK YOU(!!!) for all of the love and support. I have a pretty stressful work life and the #plannercommunity is my happy place. I can’t imagine being without y’all, I’d probably be on my third heart attack by now 😂 (No but srsly 💕).

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The giveaway IS open internationally and there will be a total of SIX winners, and one Grand Prize winner!

Each winner will receive a curated package that includes:

• 1 personal size ring-bound planner
• 12-month planner inserts + extra dividers
• an assortment of cute pencils & pens
• an assortment of washi(!)
• an assortment of STICKERS, including samplers of PaperHoard stickers*
• a full size Mienn fragrance oil

The GRAND PRIZE winner will receive all of the above AND:

• $10 gift card to Diarying.com
• 6 Innisfree sheet masks
• an assortment of sticky notes
• designer paper clips
• a statement necklace from Sunset45.com

*I’ve gotten a lot of messages about when I’m going to be setting up my sticker shop and it’s happening! Soon, my pretties…🤞

So, here’s how to win:

  1. Follow @PaperHoard on Instagram and leave a comment
  2. Tag a friend in this post AND/OR repost! for extra entries
  3. The above + Follow @Diarying on Instagram to qualify for the Grand Prize!

Pretty simple, non? 😉  The giveaway will run from July 10th to July 31st. Good luck!

Friday Freebie: “Steps”

Hi friend! I hope you’re having a wonderful Friday. This week’s freebie should be credited to @justjuliplanning because it was created as a result of a short conversation we had over Instagram 💁🏻. We had both been using the “Steps” counter sticker that came in the Happy Planner fitness sticker book and ran out–quelle horreur! Of course the most logical thing to do was to make replacements.

I decided to replace the word “STEPS” with a runner’s shoe because I personally prefer to log miles. I also added some scales and fitness icons because why not?

Click HERE to download the stickers. You’ll be taken to my shop where you can add and check out with the set for free! Just be sure to print the PDF at 100% scale or it won’t be sized correctly.

As always, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @paperhoard if you decide to use this planner printable! I’d love to see how you use these stickers in your spread. 😊 Happy planning!  💖

Friday Freebie: “Right Meow”

Hi friends! I’m currently in Memphis and it is a gloomy Friday here, with the kind of gray, drizzling rain that makes me want to curl up in my jammies and hop right back into bed. Luckily this week’s freebie is a bright and cheery cat themed sticket set and it makes me smile just looking at it. I LOVE the sassy little kitties and fun colors in this kit. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!

Click HERE to download the stickers. You’ll be taken to my shop where you can add and checkout with the set for free! Just be sure to print the PDF at 100% scale or it won’t be sized correctly.

Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @paperhoard if you decide to use this set! I’d love to see your spread. 😊 Happy planning!  💖