Staying Organized in Quarantine: Why a Good Planner Makes All the Difference

One thing that has stayed a constant in my life the last 59 days of quarantine is how important structure is. Whether it’s just having a small to-do list or actually having blocks of time set aside for tasks. I just find that I feel more validated and put together if I have some sort of task to check off the list; I’m sure a lot of you can agree!!

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I’m not always in the “mood” to be organized and all that jazz. Not gonna lie, quarantine has been hard for me. That’s why this external source of validation (oops I go more into validation here) helps my day to day life.

If I could recommend one product to help you get not only your work or school life organized, but your mental and emotional self too is the Savor Life Planner. I’ve actually done a whole post on this planner already and how much it really applies to my daily life.

I’m big into planning, what a surprise!!

Love the style of mine? The style I am currently using is their Executive Planner in black. ***not a sponsored post but these are affiliate links***

Love that cute little cup? Check that out here it’s by Honey & Roses Coffee.

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Why having a planner can be beneficial to you

  1. Complete tasks faster: Think about it, all of your tasks are written in one common spot. You’re more likely to see them and think about what you have to get done. As a result you’ll slowly do each task one by one and all of a sudden you’re done! woo!!
  2. Set priorities: Visualizing your tasks also helps you prioritize tasks and see which ones are more important over others.
  3. Lower stress: All of your important information is in a common spot. You will spend less time worrying about if you forgot something because it’s all its all written down together.
  4. Increase self awareness: It’s no surprise that when you write things down it’s easier to organize your thoughts and piece things together. This planner has a section at the beginning of every week that I love called “Detox your brain”.

Delving more into self awareness for a bit, you will also learn more about your personal behavior and situational correlations (I love science). Being able to piece together how you’re emotions are in relation to your behavior can be super beneficial. Understanding why you’re acting a certain way can help you come to terms with it in the first place.

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It’s also important to remember to not rely on planning and take things more so with a grain of salt. I struggle with this a lot. I get attached to what I think “should have” happened.

Planning is super important, but you should only be dedicating a fraction of your day to setting things up and checking things out. If you are spending hours upon hours building structure and you are frustrated, please stop!

taken from planningmindfully.com

One of my few quarantine goals is to try and let go of things more easily. I have a habit of getting attached.

I hope this was at least a bit helpful! It was kind of a mini rant but honestly planning has really helped me find a purpose during these last couple months. Hope all of you and your loved ones are safe 🙂

If you’re on the look-out for more content head over to my instagram or check out some similar posts I’ve done:

The fear that no one will read your blog

How to find validation in yourself: part two

The Quarantine Tag: how I’ve been spending my quarantine

Thanks so much if you’ve read this far. I appreciate it so much.

Lots of love,

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Instagram Aesthetic 101: how I edit, plan my feed and make spaced captions.

I am no expert but this is my take on how I make my instagram content look pretty.

For reference this is my current feed over on coffeeenut (my coffee blog). I’ve been meaning to put something like this together and there’s more room to do it on here over instagram so lets get into it!

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Photo Editing: I use the free app Adobe Lightroom. I purchased a lightroom preset over a year ago from a friend and have been obsessed with it ever since. But!! If you aren’t looking to spend anything its still a great app to get a consistent feed.

For example, when you upload a photo on the app and go into to editing it click on the three circles on the top right. This menu will pop up. As you can see there is “copy settings” so if you have a photo and you like the way it was edited you can copy all the edits to another photo within the app (or 48443 photos if you really want)! There also is “create preset” which basically means you’re creating your very own filter that you can copy the settings on in the future.

In my case since I purchased an Adobe Lightroom App filter, I would copy my preset’s settings and then go to a new photo and click on “paste settings” and this would then paste that preset onto my photo.

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Normally I would then go and adjust settings (like light, color hue & saturation) to get it the exact way I’m envisioning it. Here is just an example of some settings I mess around with.

The app is free to download and also has their own filters to use.

Okay so you got the photo, whats next?

The Feed: does it match your feed? do the colors go? do you even care if it goes? does it flow? am I overthinking this? probably.

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I’m sure there’s multiple apps to plan your instagram feed but I use Planoly.

It’s also a free app to download (gotta save that hard earned cash!!). The only thing is with this app there is a limit to the posts you can add and it refreshes every month (i think its 30 posts…). But if you’re after planning more you can pay to get some sort of premium membership.

To be honest I’ve never posted directly from the Planoly app, I just like to use it to visualize.

Okay so now it goes with your feed, what’s next?

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The Caption: Again, I’m sure there’s other ways to do this but this is the way I choose to! It took me a while to find a website/app that worked for me to get the clean spacing in my instagram captions. It’s definitely not a necessary thing but especially when I’m doing a lot of ranting I find the post much easier to read.

I use hashtagie. I found this website by googling ways to get the spaces in my captions (gotta love it!!). I’m pretty sure the website has a couple different offerings but I go here. Super straightforward to use and super easy to copy and paste over to the instagram app.

The Extras: A more recent thing I’ve gotten myself into is using extra symbols and cute fonts throughout my captions and stories.

This is another free app but you can purchase more fonts within the app. Once you open it, it’s clear with how to add the fonts to your normal keyboard. Again, not a necessity but a fun little touch!

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Once I go through these steps I would then post, cross my fingers and hope for the best!

Let me know if you’d be interested in a part two or if you have an tips yourself! Also check out my instagram here.

Lots of love,

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Planning: finding a daily structure while stuck at home

Why a good planner can be so important (especially to add structure to your daily life right now):

At the beginning of this year I really struggled to find a planner that I liked. So many of the ones I saw in the store were either academic (so I would’ve already missed a chunk of it) or filled with a lot of space I would never use. Not only a waste money wise, but also time.

I do really enjoy planning my days and getting a better outlook on what’s coming ahead. Even if planning normally isn’t your favorite thing, right now some sort of structure can ease your mind. I find that the weeks I do choose to use my planner I feel more secure (crazy how that’s a thing?). Especially right now, with the ample amount of time just sitting home, it gives me a sense a purpose.

Now, something I want to manifest right here, especially to my future self, is don’t rely on the aspect of planning. It’s awesome to look ahead and see what virtual workouts you’re going to do and all that but I need to remember to not get attached. I have a tendency to get my hopes up pretty easily and then get butt hurt that everything doesn’t completely go to plan.

okay back to the planner thing

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My planner of choice is the Savor Life 90 Day Planner. I have thought about trying the Passion Planner as well, but this one has a lot of room for mental reflection.

The Highlights

  • There is something comforting about only having to commit to it for 90 days. You have about three months to try it out, reflect and grow. The planner starts with a couple pages to set your 90-day vision: “Create 90-day goals for a fresh start four times a year”.
  • You can start this planner at any time. Yes, I mean any time. You fill in the start date, the dates of each week and what day you want to start each week with. This is the ultimate customization factor.
  • At the beginning and end of each week there is a space to reflect on your current state of mind and how you could flip that around to doing better next week.
  • There is an ample amount of room to literally dump your thoughts.
  • The planner highlights self care: not only mentally but physically too. There is weekly and daily spots to delve into that. The planner mentions how prioritizing self-care can “help you function at your highest level, boosting happiness, well being, balance and success”. It is the ultimate investment into yourself!
  • The “Pull Weeds Plant Seeds”: This part I really really love. The “Pull Weeds” as in the unsavory tasks that we have no want to do and the “Plant Seeds’ are those savory tasks that are more proactive and can grow into something much greater (a new opportunity, a job interview, or for me: working on my coffee instagram ha) I find it more worthwhile for myself to categorize my tasks into one of these two categories.
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If you’re interested in learning more head to Savor Planners website here to get your own!

*some links do contain affiliate links*

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Questions for thought:

  1. Do you enjoy using a planner?
  2. What do you look for in a good planner?

Lots of love,

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