Things to do on a Sunday for a More Productive Week

Sundays are a blessing. A day to relax, or get things done- it’s a day for us. Sometimes Sundays are best for catching up on sleep, or that new Netflix show you started. But other times, we need Sundays to get a kick start for the week. It can be stressful deciding where to start or how crazy you should get- that’s why I’ve compiled a list of a few simple things to do every Sunday to help you ease into each week.

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1.) Wash Your Sheets!

The oils on your face + hair get all over your pillowcases. Plus- if you sleep with your makeup on (I hope not) that will be added onto that as well- yuck! Washing these will help you have healthier + happier skin as well as make you feel more fresh!

2.) Sit Down and Plan

Actually sit down and plan your week. Find time- even just 15 minutes for just you, and plan everything out. Whether it’s in a planner (I recommend this one, and it’s on sale right now!) or just writing it down on a sheet of paper to carry in your purse or leave on your vanity. Doing this every Sunday will help clear your mind.

3.) Set Your Budget

If you’re like me and get caught getting Chinese food everyday, this one will be very important for you. Keeping track of how much you’re spending and how much you WANT to spend, is extremely important. Budgeting can get tedious, confusing, and aggravating really quick- so just make a brief overview for the week. It can even be a spending goal. Maybe pick one day each week to not spend at all, or make it a goal not to impulse buy! (I struggle with this one!)

4.) Do Your Laundry!

Sundays are the perfect laundry days. Wash all of your clothes. Sometimes we’ll just do one load because we don’t feel like it- but starting the week with a full closet is a great feeling!

5.) Wash Your Makeup Brushes

This is so important! This goes with my first thing- dirt and bacteria will get locked in your brushes, and your skin will pay the price! Take care of your brushes to preserve them and your skin!

6.) Study! Study! Study!

Spending the weekend away from classes will mess up your flow, so spending even 15 minutes to review will make Monday classes so much easier! I thought I would be fine without doing this, but then Monday mornings would come and I would swear I hadn’t learned any of what my teacher was talking about. Finding 15 minutes to review will help your brain refresh and keep processing that information!

7.) Make a List of Calls/Errands

Even if it’s just on a sticky note, making a list of people you need to call and places you need to go, will save you those embarrassing moments after you forget! Be punctual and show people you care by getting these things done before you forget or have to procrastinate.

8.) Clean Your Room

Having a clean environment will change your entire mindset for the week. Walking into a messy area will only distract you and stress you out more. Taking just 10 minutes of concentrated clean up, will immediately drop your stress levels. (Make your bed, put away your clothes away, vacuum the floor, etc.)

These are just a few examples of some things you can do to lead yourself into a more productive/stress free week. I hope this helps give you some new ideas on how to be more proactive!

Xoxo, Jen

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How to Goal Plan Like a #GirlBoss

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As promised from my last post, here is my 2018 Planning/Goal Planning routine! This routine is inspired by the youtuber Kalyn Nicholson from her “Plan With Me” video (I highly recommend watching this!)

To start off, I bought a new notebook from Michael’s (that matched my planner of course!) This notebook’s sole purpose is for goal planning only.

In Kalyn Nicholson’s video, she used the first page in her notebook to write her “Resolutions, Goals, and Priorities”. She made the point that resolutions and goals and different in the fact that resolutions are more so habits we are trying to install into our everyday lives whereas goals are something we reach once and then they’re over. This is why it’s important to separate each of these. My page looks a little something like this:

I listed my goals on the next page since there are quite a few! I created this page on January 1st before I made my full routine, so this was just a few things!

After creating this page, I’ll admit I had no idea where to go with it. Honestly- all of January consisted of me installing a few healthy habits into my life; which was helpful and a good start, but didn’t really correlate to any of my actual goals.

Now that February has started, I have worked out a goal plan routine that ties everything together perfectly!

How to Goal Plan Like a #GirlBoss :

Step 1: List Your Priorities

Pick 3 things that you really want to focus on this year. What big projects do you have? What needs improvement? For me I chose Education, Career, and Health.

Step 2: List Your Goals

After listing your 3 major priorities, make a list of goals for each priority. If your priority is health, the maybe some goals would be to workout 5 times a week, or make the change to go vegan or vegetarian. If your priority is education, getting a 4.0 gpa could be one of your goals. List as many as you can, and be specific!

Step 3: Make Your Resolutions

Think: what things could you do daily that would help you reach your goals? Try to find one resolution to fit each goal. If your goal for health is to wake up energized each morning, make a resolution to go to bed by 10pm every night, or get 8 hours of sleep.

I chose 5 resolutions for each category. If you saw my last post which I’ll link here, I showed my 2018 goal planner, which includes a habit tracker!

This is the key tool to goal planning success- track everything and hold yourself accountable! See visually what things are working for you, and what things you’re slacking on. You can find habit trackers anywhere online to print off or you can easily make your own. Coincidentally, there’s 15 spots on this habit tracker, so I split it off into 3 sections of 5 to split up the resolutions for each of my 3 priorities. In addition to this, I also used different colored highlighters to help me better separate the categories.

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This system has helped me accomplish so much in the past few weeks, and I’m so excited to continue shaping this routine and my goals. I hope this post was helpful in leading you towards personal growth and success!

Xoxo, Jen

Plan With Me 2018

Welcoming 2018 was such a relieving feeling. Knowing that a fresh start was among me was nothing short of inspirational. To cope with my excitement, I spent hours looking at new planners and watching YouTube videos on different techniques. Every year I try to buy a different planner, as I’m a firm believer in change; even seemingly simple change.

As 2017 ended, I had to retire my Happy Planner. Honestly I was excited to start fresh. My happy planner was a good creative project, but just ended in more stress for me. Instead of spending time planning I was spending that time decorating- not a productive use of my time.

After watching Kalyn Nicholson’s “Plan With Me” video on YouTube (I’ll link it right here) I was inspired to incorporate her system into my own this year. In addition to using her planner, her system involves using two different notebooks to goal plan and sort out basically everything in her life.

Although her set up is genius, obviously not all of it applies to me specifically. SO- I installed some of her ideas into my own system to hopefully sort out my life as well.

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The first step was getting my new 2018 planner! (which is always my favorite event of the year) So I stopped at the holy land *Michaels* and picked up the Recollections Creative Year 2018 Goal Planner (unfortunately I could not find a link anywhere) Instead of being a simple monthly planner, this one is specifically centered towards planning your goals. I love this planner because it gives me no way to procrastinate ANYTHING.

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The first page you see in the planner is a short and long term goal page. Since I am currently in the process of choosing where I want to go to college, my first set of goals are to help me make that final decision and break it off into smaller pieces.

Achievement Tracker

The second page I use to just track how the year is going and what big things are happening. The following page I do not have a picture of- but it has a box for each month to list your top 10 goals for each month. I absolutely love this to help split things up monthly- it definitely helps to have a goal timeline with deadlines!

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Something I’ve always been obsessed with since I was little is having little morning and nighttime routines, so seeing this page made me super excited! The best part is that this page reappears at the beginning of each month so I can always change up my routines if something I tried to incorporate into my daily routines doesn’t end up working.

Here is a snapshot of last week’s plan. I had three college visits so I missed a few days of school! At first I was apprehensive about the horizontal planning layout (opposite of The Happy Planner) but I realized that everything seems to fit just fine. To the left side of each box I list my daily events/tasks, and on the right side I write in my shifts for work and anything school related. The entire right column is dedicated to my weekly to-do’s. I decided that instead of picking three tasks a day, that I would use the column for my weekly tasks altogether.

The monthly calendar is pretty basic so I won’t show it- on there I put birthdays, major events, and just anything important going on for the month!

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Because my new system is a bit complicated, I’m going to split this post up into two posts- one for just my planner set up, and then next week I’ll post the goal planning part specifically because that will be a longer post. After next week I will link these two posts together so that they are easy to find. Be on the look out! 

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xoxo, Jen

Creating Your Morning Routine 

Morning routines are looked at as an endless list of to-do’s and waking up at 4am to do yoga or plan, but there’s a REALISTIC morning routine that can work for you! 


Let’s be real here- we’ve ALL tried some crazy routine at some point that lasted for one day and we hated every second of it! But it doesn’t have to be a huge change, or something you’re dreading. In fact, you’ll barely have to change anything about your morning! 

So most “How to Create the Perfect Morning Routine” posts usually start off with tell you to wake up super early, and give you a list of 20+ things to do before you make it out the door. If you’re like me, and you can barely think in the morning and let alone even remember your own name, then I have the perfect morning routine process for you! 

Here’s my advice on how to find a morning routine that you know you can actually stick to:

  • Have a light routine. Do not try to plan your morning down to the second. No one wants to wake up and follow a list. Your morning routine should be natural, something you won’t have to think about; that’s what makes it a routine! 
  • Work off of what you have. If you aren’t a huge morning person, don’t try to wake up at 4am. If you hate yoga or reading, don’t force yourself to do those things just because! 
  • Set some goals for yourself. On the flip side of things, you should still pick 1-3 things you want to try out/incorporate into your morning routine. These can be anything you’ve been wanting to start like working out, or showering in the morning instead of before bed. 
  • Start with a beginning and end time. Knowing how much time you have is the biggest factor in creating a successful morning routine! 
  • Make a list of what you already do. Here’s a good place to start. Make a list of what you do immediately when you normally get up. For me, I go straight to the bathroom to brush my teeth so that’s my number one on my routine. 
  • Group Similar Tasks. If you’re like me and make your way to the bathroom first thing, then complete whatever other tasks you have to do in there, or wherever you start. If you don’t make your routine flow, your chances of it sticking with you are slim. So since I’m already in the bathroom brushing my teeth, it’s easy for me to just hop in the shower quick, and then get out and do my hair and makeup since I’m already in the bathroom. 
  • Incorporate a meal. It’s so easy to just skip breakfast because you have “no time” but it’s so important! How can you take on the day if all you can think about is how hungry you are? Plus, nothing motivates you to get out of bed in the morning more than the thought of a nice hot breakfast and cup of tea (or coffee!) 
  • Know not all mornings will be perfect. If you are inspired to be really productive in the morning and get stuff done before your day even starts, know that it’s okay if you aren’t always up to that! Sometimes we don’t always wake up inspired or motivated. Be flexible with yourself and your needs! 

I hope that this helps you to create a productive/realistic morning routine for yourself! 

More printables will be coming soon so stay tuned! 

Xoxo, Jen 

Picking out the Right Planner 

All the time I hear people telling me “No planner ever works for me so I just don’t use them!” NOT TRUE!! There’s so many types of planners out there , it’s practically impossible to have no type work for you! From the color, to size, to inner layout, there’s something bound to fit your needs. I won’t lie, sometimes it’s hard to find the right planner, but once you find it, it’s life changing!! After I tried out countless types of planners, I finally found my match! Hopefully now through my experience I can help you all better find your specific planner type to fit your needs. With my help, you won’t have to quit on anymore planners!


The first type of planner that I’m going to mention is the bullet journal. The bullet journal has grid-style pages that are completely blank, which yes, means you do all of the work. For some this is good if:

  • You have the time to create pages every week
  • You have specific needs for a planner that you feel only you can create
  • You prefer to do your own designs/colors


I will admit from experience that for me personally, it was hard to keep up with after awhile because I would forget to make the next week’s pages and I would get frustrated and just stop using it! If you’re like me then this is probably not the kind of planner for you! If you’re interested in this planner and want to know more about it, you can read my other blog post dedicated to bullet journals here.

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The second type I want to talk about is the paragraph style. This is an open style that just shows the date, and then a bunch of lines creating a “paragraph”. This is good for some if:

  • You are just starting to use a planner
  • You enjoy simplicity
  • You just want to jot a few things down


This is one of the most popular styles that most people use. If you’ve read my past blog posts where I’ve spoke about the two planners I use, one of them is a paragraph style planner which I use for school. It’s good for school because I just jot a few assignments down throughout the day and I’m good to go!

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The third type of planner I want to talk about is the day planner. These planners have vertical columns displaying each day so that you can better separate your day. Some have hours listed on them, and others are just blank, it’s up to you! This is good for you if:

  • You have a split up schedule
  • You need a planner for work where you can list meetings/appointments/etc
  • You have a very busy life
  • You need a planner that will keep up with you


For me personally, I’ve found that this planner works the best for me! This is the Happy Planner and I’m in love with it. I always have a lot going on and staring at so many words in one spot gets distracting and overwhelming so this is the best because it splits everything up to where it makes sense to me. I used to think that all day planners were labeled hourly which I didn’t need because a lot of my plans and to-do’s don’t have specific times so I never bought one until recently when I realized all of this time I was wrong!

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I hope this post has helped you in some way to understand the style of planner that fits you best! If you still are unsure what would work or you’re torn between two styles, try printing some free pages online each for one week, and test them out! That way you aren’t wasting any money and you can have a little test run with it!

Xoxo,

Jen

Why I Use Two Planners 


Besides my beloved Happy Planner, I also use a Lilly Pulitzer 17 month planner. It may seem like a lot to have two planners that I carry with me everywhere, but they both hold two different purposes! 

This is my cute Lilly Pulitzer planner! This planner I use specifically for school purposes only. Having everything in one planner is so stressful because it makes it hard to decipher what is what. So if you open your normal everyday planner with everything inside, I think we’d all agree it 1. Looks pretty overwhelming, and 2. It takes quite a few seconds to mentally sort out what’s for school, home, and everyday events. My school distributes planners at the beginning of the year but the setup on the inside just doesn’t fit my planning style so it’s not useful to me. (And besides the fact that it’s just plain ugly!) Even though it sounds stupid, having a planner that LOOKS appealing, will draw you to use it more! Sometimes I just flip through this planner because I’m in awe of how pretty it is!! 

This is the inside of my planner! As you can tell, it is VERY colorful! The bright pretty colors make me feel like I live in a warm pretty place like Florida, and it distracts me from the cruel Buffalo, NY weather. Each day is set up in paragraph style, which makes everything very compact. For school, paragraph style is very useful because everything is all in one place so I can just take a quick glance throughout the day and easily get a good idea of what needs to get done. I’ll write the class, and then a little list of my top priorities. I don’t write anything down unless it’s a priority, because let’s be real here, the last thing I want to be doing is schoolwork! I’d rather be uploading posts and hanging out with my dog while I drink spearmint tea! 

And this as you’ve seen in other posts, is my Happy Planner! I use this for basically everything else! The days are displayed on the page vertically. I leave two boxes open on each day. One for my blog specifically (normally the bottom box) and the other for home/plans with friends/etc. (normally the top box) this is super useful for me because it’s organized in the best way possible for me! This planner is great if you have a very specific idea of what you want your planner to look like because you control it! 

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The main reason why I recommend using more than one planner, is because it helps separate your life more so that in the long run, you’re less stressed! 

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Xoxo, Jen 

How I started my Happy Planner 


Last month, I stumbled across the Happy Planner and immediately became obsessed. I originally found out about it on Instagram on the explore page which then led to me starting a “Happy Planner” Pinterest board! The following week I found myself at my local Michael’s, staring at the planners in awe. The store had a whole aisle dedicated to the line of planners. There’s three sizes: the mini happy planner, the medium happy planner, and the big happy planner. The aisle was loaded in accessories for the planner; and for each sized planner there’s specific sized stickers, pages, and dividers to fit each one! I was astonished by how many there were to choose from, and I’m still shocked I made it out of the store in less than an hour! 

This is the planner I chose! This one is the medium size which is a perfect fit for my purse! I was a little upset because the new set of planners had been released for almost two weeks but Michael’s still didn’t have them yet but I still chose this pretty one! 

The planner looks like this on the inside. Before each month starts, there’s a page dedicated to your current favorites, upcoming birthdays, dates, etc. There’s a monthly calendar, and then the weekly pages. The “notes” sheet is from a pack I bought that I slipped in on each weekly page just for a general list of things I need to complete that week! 

After I added in the “notes” pages, I added in some cute divider pockets I bought to each month (which I made sure to match them to the monthly tabs!) Inside the pockets, I have three little sheets tucked in. They came in a pack but I wasn’t aware they weren’t apart of the Happy Planner collection until I opened them up which was so sad! The first sheet is your monthly spending so you can track everything, which really comes in handy! The second one is for writing down any appointments and times that are important, and the third is about your shopping needs! I put these sheets in each pocket so I can stay more organized but not go too crazy.


I also bought three sticker sets, which I absolutely love! I go absolutely crazy with these stickers! I will admit, they were a bit pricey, so once I go through them, I’ll probably use a different brand. But the sets are so beautiful and they really make the pages pop! 

Normally I start by preparing each week’s pages about a week or two ahead of time just so that I don’t have to spend an hour putting stickers on all in one day! For each day, I leave two boxes empty, one (normally the top one) is for my personal to-dos/reminders, and the second box is dedicated to my blog! On the notes sheet, I compose a to-do list for the whole week for my blog and school, just as a whole so I can glance at it altogether! 

These are my weekly pages from the last two weeks, full of stickers and plans! Even though it looks like it would be really time consuming, it’s really not! Like I said before, I set it up in advance, and then when the week comes up I’ll add in a few more things throughout the week. So far, the Happy Planner has been extremely helpful and I love it so much! I take it everywhere with me and I receive endless compliments on it so I highly recommend it! 
Xoxo, Jen