How to Use Your Own Planner Layout Ideas to Create a Perfect Spread

If you are reading this post it means you are searching for your own planner peace. There are planner layout ideas in your head that you know will cause you to have the most productive year in the history of ever. Well, I’m here to tell you that there really is no such thing. GASP! No, really. There is an ongoing joke in the planner community about how many planners different people buy each year and how often people switch. Have you read my post about checking your systems? It is normal to change planners and planner layouts (within reason) […]

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How the Notion App Can Really Increase Your Productivity

As someone who LOVES learning about how to be more productive and how to refine my systems, I take notice of recurring tools. One tool that kept popping up in my feeds on Instagram and Facebook was the Notion app and web-based platform. I looked into it and immediately dismissed it because I already had a system in place that worked for me. Here’s the deal though, if you’ve read my post about checking your systems, you know that you really do need to check your systems often. If you don’t know what I mean by systems, check out this […]

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Canva For Educators: Why I Love This Free Tool

When I started on my blog journey this year, I discovered a POWERFUL tool that I’ve added to my arsenal: Canva. Holy crap is this thing a powerhouse of awesome. For my blog stuff, I use it to create my pins, Instagram posts (btw, don’t forget to follow me if you don’t already: @creatingtimeforlife), and more. After learning of its power and ease, I then turned it loose on everything in my classroom as well! The best part: as an educator, you can use all the awesome features for free! Canva for educators is FREE. So this post is going […]

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My Why and How Asking Tough Questions Can Help You Reach Goals

I recently read a book called “Start With Why” by Simon Sinek and it really drove home something that I’ve been working on a lot.  Since reading that book, I’ve read several others that all come back to the same idea. We should really be asking ourselves why a lot more than we already do. Actually, we should wake up and really be thinking about what we are doing in the day-to-day instead of just doing the same thing day in and day out. Want to reach goals? Ask yourself the tough questions! I want to be transparent with my […]

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Ideas for How to Use the Skinny Classic Planner by the Happy Planner

Skinny Classic Monthly Layout

Oooh boy! I was a little too excited about getting a haul of fun things from The Happy Planner over Memorial Day weekend this year. They had an awesome sale and I got a lot of fun things. One of the things I’ve been back and forth about getting was a Skinny Classic Planner. I loved the idea of it but I had no purpose for it. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted it… because isn’t that how all of us are? Fast forward a couple of weeks to the sale and I found myself searching […]

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7 Things Teachers Can Do During Summer Break to Ensure a Stress-Free Fall

Person sitting on iPad at the side of the pool

Let’s be absolutely honest here… teachers work during summer break. Yes, we don’t have to teach children, but all teachers do things for school over summer break. If you didn’t, it would be like a freight train was hitting you that first day back. Now, I’m not saying that you need to log a million hours instead of hitting the pool. There are a few things, however, that will help you start the year without stress (or as little as possible).  Reflect on the year before. Figure out any automated or simple running lists/items that you can regularly contribute to. […]

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Which Planner Layout is Best For You to Get Stuff Done?

Digital Planner Layout with Coffee Stickers

One of the things I mention all the time is that you have to make things your own. If something isn’t working for you, change it. Don’t keep using it because you think that everyone else is doing it. Everyone is unique and the planner layout that works for you, might not be the planner layout that works for me. So, let’s dive into the different standard types of planner layouts. Then, I will share my own personal planner layouts and how they have evolved even in these past few months! Standard Planner Layouts If you were to look at […]

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My Absolute Favorite Productivity Tools: What I Grab For Every Day!

When I sat down to write this post, I legit just thought through my day and what I use. In doing so I realized something very interesting about myself… I have a lot of stuff that I don’t really use. No, seriously, I have so much stuff, but when I think about it, I use these few things all day long. When I’m talking about productivity tools, I’m talking about the things I use every day to get stuff done! Yes, there are various things that are specific to certain tasks, but I pretty much stick with these. This led […]

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10 Ways Digital Notebooks Can Improve the Way You Work

When I discovered digital planners and digital notebooks, I was instantly hooked. Seriously, this opened up a whole new world of awesome for me. I sing the praises of going digital all the time. Let’s check out some different ways that digital notebooks can improve the way you work. All of these are experienced by me on a regular basis in my business, teaching, and personal lives. Personal note: I still also use traditional notebooks as well. For all of you holding out because you just love the feel of pen to paper, I hear you. You CAN use both! […]

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How a Time Diary Helped Me See Where I Was Wasting Time

Time Diary Wasting Time Clock

If you read my last post, you will know that I tried keeping a time diary for a week. This has been eye-opening! If you haven’t read the initial post, check it out here. This time I’m back to share what I learned and where I was wasting time! Sitting down to analyze this log was awesome and humbling. There were a lot of things that I learned. I am putting it all out here for you today in hopes that you will try this for a week too.  Let me tell you my main takeaways from my personal time […]

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