This semester has been quite challenging. I’ve had a lot of trouble keeping up with the work and focusing. This has been mostly due to the worsening depression at the start of Semester 2. I felt like I was on top of my study and was waiting for the mid-semester to catch up with my written notes. And then…Lilah and I got the flu. Lilah’s progressed to a chest infection and mine became asthmatic bronchitis. I discovered it’s really hard to concentrate of PHP and process synchronization when you can’t breathe properly.
I tried to get my assessment work in by the due date. But, by lunch time of the due I had accepted I was just too unwell and got a medical certificate for an extension. I was advised to rest and not push myself until the asthma had eased and the antibiotics had kicked in. With no energy to do anything beyond watching YouTube videos and browse Instagram, I discovered planning (via my friend trixacola). I’ve been using a planner since I started High School; my school provided student diaries each year, as did my first few universities. For all my IT prowess, digital planning doesn’t work. There is something about writing things down that cements it in my mind. I have found the same with my study.
Planning combines scrapbooking and paper craft with organisation. A match in Keira heaven! I had a go at decorating my horizontal Kikki-k diary.
I have some stamps that I tried to use but without an acrylic block, they didn’t turn out as expected. So, I’ve “borrowed” some of Ethan’s Finding Nemo stickers to hide the oopsies. As you might be able to see, it’s great for organising my study and any appointments. But, I also need to plan housework, meals, and exercise. I looked at three different types,
- The Kikki-k Time Planner (here)
- The Erin Condren (EC) Life Planner (here)
- The Me and My Big Ideas (MAMBI) Happy Planner (here)
Ultimately, I decided on the Happy Planner for a few reasons. The main being the ability to remove the sheets to write on them. I am left-handed and find the spiral-bound and ring binder styles annoying to use. Additionally, I like the vertical design of the EC and MAMBI. I am now anxiously awaiting my shipment from amazon. As I write this post, the tracking information says it’s at the Carrier Facility
I really think this is going to help me organise my busy life: kids, housewife, study, and personal. I have a few things I want to start implementing in my life so I need to keep tabs. The decorative element will act as a creative outlet. I find paper craft soothing for my anxiety. So, setting aside some time for something crafty will act as a nice mindfulness activity. I might cross post them up here each Monday from my instagram page.