Ugh. Monday. Back to real life.
I had the BEST TIME in New York this weekend for a little bit of fashion week action! I only got to experience the very very start of NYFW this year, because I had to have my butt in an 8 AM class on this lovely ( bleh ) Monday morning, but the short trip was FREAKIN’ WORTH IT.
I’ll have a little recap of the weekend up soon & I’ll add all of the new places I discovered to my growing New York City guide.
Okay, so as some of y’all know, I’m an organization freak. I have obsessively planned out my life since I was able to speak, actually.
I can’t help it. #FirstChildProblems.
When I was in elementary school, I used to keep a post-it note calendar ( like Ren from Even Stevens…. LOL & I’m serious. I hope that at least one of y’all remembers what I’m talking about. ) on my wall to plan my very important activities. Just to give you a little insight into my serious over-planning issue, I’ll give y’all a little sampling of what 10-year-old Payton’s calendar looked like…. & this is inspired by actual events and is embarrassingly accurate:
SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2004
8:00 | Wake Up
8:01 | Make Bed
8:03 | Bathroom/Brush Teeth
8:08 | Go Downstairs for Breakfast/TV
8:30 | ‘Work’ on Computer ( i.e. change AIM profile & play Sims )
This would go on-and-on until bed time…. & if someone tried to interrupt my very precise schedule I would absolutely freak the hell out. Sorry family, sorry friends.
I won’t go any more in-depth into my longtime incessant need to stay on a schedule at all times, but you get my point.
As I’ve gotten older, and now have actual school & work obligations ( though I really did believe my 10-year-old obligations were legit & super serious ), to-do lists galore, an apartment to maintain, a dog to take care of, etc, I find that keeping my life ultra-organized helps me stay at least a little sane.
Some people may think that this kind of organization is unnecessary or tooooo much, but to each his own. I need everything written out & in front of my face to feel comfortable with the day’s antics.
If you’re like me, it probably even gives you a weird satisfaction to have each part of the day planned out seamlessly, too.
Hell… I have a ‘planned’ time to do unplanned ( i.e. ‘fun’ ) activities. LOLz. Not a real human.
Also, if you’re like me, you’re prob a freak about your planner’s layout & such. I take planner shopping oddly seriously. I like to have an agenda with a decent amount of space to write in every day’s plans, a place to write notes in for the week, a section for ‘to-dos’, and a page to get an overview of the entire month.
The Happy Planner is a God-send. Basically, this planner is an expandable and bound 18-month planner with a weekly & monthly layout. The planner also comes with extra pages ( for to-do lists, meal planning, keeping track of house work, etc) and lots of customizable decor options like stickers, little inserts with inspo quotes, removable folders, a variety of planner covers if you want to change it up every so often & A TON of other fun stuff. I also really like the lined bookmarks for marking ‘today’s‘ place in my planner & jotting down important tasks that need to be taken care of each day.
I had the time of my freaking life perfecting this planner to fit my lifestyle. I’m not even exaggerating.
Because I’m an absolute freakshow.
To make my Happy Planner perfect for me, I removed a few of the months in the calendar ( so I have August 2015-July 2016 in the planner right now ), set them aside for future use, & replaced that space with the ‘To-Do List,’ ‘Meal Planner’ ( w/ a place for a grocery list! ), & ‘House Cleaning’ sections. I also inserted a few pocket folders & more lined pages for extra notes.
Then, naturally, I went through my school’s academic calendar & all of my syllabi to mark important dates ( tests, quizzes, project due dates, football games, holidays, etc ) through to the end of 2015!
Ahhhhhh. So nice having everything in working order. It makes me feel so…. clean? Is that normal for any of you?
AND GET READY FOR THE BEST PART: I HAVE A DISCOUNT CODE FOR H+H READERS/PLANNER ADDICTS LIKE ME!
I mean, The Happy Planner is already cheap AF, but you can use this code:
& get 20% off of your purchase! This code is active until 12/31/2015. *insert sly emoji face here*
You can follow along to see how other girls are customizing & using their Happy Planners by following The Happy Planner on Instagram. Putting this thing together is like art. HA.
Haaaappy planning your week ladies! xx
PS: I have recently talked about my newfound appreciation for being ABSOLUTELY NUTS & going off-schedule *GASP* once in a blue moon! See how a person as regimented as me takes a mental health day here.
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