My Everyday Bag Essentials

I don't know about everyone else but my bag weighs an actual ton. While this is likely not the best thing for my back and general health and posture, I can't help it! I love all my stuff! In the spirit of being super productive this year I decided to minimize how much I end up carrying with me daily. I was able to get rid of random junk I don't need, destash my wallet and even throw out random makeup I had weighing down my on-the-go makeup bag. With that said there are a few things I could never go without (which explains why those cute miniature purses have never worked for me). Without sounding even more like a hoarder, I present to you my top everyday bag essentials. These are the items that I will actually turn around and go back for if I should happen to forget them at home. Separation anxiety much?

My Top Tips for Increased Daily Productivity

Well before I got into planning I was on a never-ending search of being more productive. I wanted to get more done and with a purpose but I didn’t want to spend my days organizing my life. What ended up happening (a lot) is that I would start a task, be over the top into it, then forget about it and finish it whenever I had a chance, or never. This obviously wasn’t working.

After discovering the planning community on a whim to look for a cute planner (to attempt yet another productive streak) I realized that a good start to any productivity support system are the basics. Below are some of small actions I do daily and weekly that help me stay on top of my life and ongoing to do lists.

Planning on a Budget

Guys! I recently went through my planning supply receipts and it wqas actually a shocking and fairly embarrassing experience. I spend way too much on planning!!! 

I decided that one of my goals for 2018 is to save money and after seeing the amount I dump into my planners, this is my main focus for the year. While I'm definitely never going to give up the idea of planning, I know it can be done on a budget. I have made it my main focus to only buy things I absolutely need and to get the best deal possible for those things when I do in fact need to buy them.

Personal Planner Flip Through (with the Planner Society)

I have spent most of last year on the Planner Society train and have setup my planner using the kits pretty much every month since I've started subscribing. With the start of the new year, I thought it might be time to try a different subscription box (reveal post will be coming up once I get it!) so I figured this is the perfect opportunity to share my favorite setup of the last year.

PBC Sale Sticker Haul Series

I did a thing and bought WAY too many stickers during the last Planner Boss Collective Sale. Instead of patiently waiting like a normal human for everything to arrive and filming one big haul video I absolutely had to use everything that came in immediately when my grubby hands were on it. As a result, here is the mini series of the PBC haul (watch out HBO! hahaha) in the order in which the happy mail arrived. I'm sticker drunk you guys!

Oversized Sticker Storage Using MAMBI Rings

I've been organizing all of my Etsy stickers in this file folder system I made using bins and mini folders but I honestly had no clue what to do with all of the MAMBI stickers I have. I find that when I keep them as is in the flip booklet they come in I never actually end up using them. Something about having all the separate booklets lying around makes me forget they're even there...

I saw a tutorial on someone using an old MAMBI planner as sticker storage and since I had extra expansion rings and a whole wack of craft paper lying around I decided to make my own from scratch.

DIY Traveler's Notebook feat. April Planner Society Kit

After a lot of debate and budget checking I've finally taken the plunge and enrolled in the Planner Society Kit subscription box and I'm so excited! April of this year was the perfect time to enroll for me. I was of course most excited for the cute, spring patterned, floral sticker book that was the size of a pocket TN. Since I have way more tickers than can fit in a small sticker book I've decided to turn my booklet into a pocket sized traveler's notebook while I waited for my Foxy Fix inserts to come in. Having a million planners already I didn't need to use this TN for planning so I turned into a little station to track my reading. I have not been reading as much as I'd like to lately so this should be a good kick start!

April Planner Sticker Haul

Finally got around to filming April's sticker haul. Not all the ones I ordered in April have arrived yet so this is just a portion of them. Also first time filming in natural light and didn't see the shadow forming as the sun set... YouTube fail! hahahaha