Author: Carie Harling

Writer, YouTuber, Planning Nerd, Book Addict, Hockey Widow, Mom to Seven Boys.

About Carie Harling

Writer, YouTuber, Planning Nerd, Book Addict, Hockey Widow, Mom to Seven Boys.

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April 2018 Planner Setup

April 2018 Planner Setup

I’ve definitely been growing into the Hobonichi Weeks as part of my Every Day Carry, and I’ve enjoyed every moment of it! I’ve changed and added a few things since the initial setup video as I’ve gotten more comfortable. Since my weekly inserts always get more mileage than any other, the Hobonichi Weeks has proven itself perfect for flexibility in weekly planning and record-keeping.

 

Chic Sparrow Weekly Calendar Cover in Odyssey Calypso

Taroko Design Tomoe River Regular Size Dot Grid Inserts

Hobonichi Weeks on Amazon (There are a handful; this is just one) (Also, if you’re purchasing, be aware of the start date as they have both a January and an April Start.)

Hobonichi Weeks on Etsy (lots of listings)

Rosabebe on Etsy

My favorite page flags from Semikolon on Amazon

Planner Kate on Etsy (I usually use the Pocket TN or Personal Kits)

Digital Designs by Jodi on Etsy

Kinleigh’s Doodles

BrunellaBiStore on Etsy

ChochoAndMimi on Etsy

SpiritBin on Etsy

KelsiePlans on Etsy

SVGBoutique on Etsy

 

Six Steps to Deep Planning

Six Steps to Deep Planning

What is Deep Planning? To me, Deep Planning is the flow state that occurs when I am truly living in and working through my planner. Last fall I started to feel a huge shift in the way I interacted with and utilized my planner, and I realized it was because I was feeling this Deep Planning Flow more and more often. In addition, I noticed a significant increase in my productivity and a shift in my self-esteem.

Deep Planning Yields Deep Results

I’ve identified six things that make planning and my planner itself conducive to this Deep Planning Flow State. There might be more, and they might be different for you, but here is what has been working for me.

 

  1. Create and maintain a consistent system that works for you.
  2. Write. Everything. Down.
  3. Create and maintain a consistent review system.
  4. Organize projects in such a manner so that next actions are readily available.
  5. Spend the first four minutes every day with your planner only focusing on positive things.
  6. Flexibility is not Failure.

March 2018 Hobonichi Weeks Setup

March 2018 Hobonichi Weeks Setup

Let me start by saying how much fun I’m having playing with this setup! In the past, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Tomoe River paper, but right now I’m absolutely loving it!

This is currently what I take with me when I’m out-and-about, unless I know I’m going to have time to sit in the car and work; in that case, my B6 comes with me.

 

And, of course, the links! 🙂

Chic Sparrow Weekly Calendar Cover in Odyssey Calypso

Chic Sparrow Dot Grid Weekly Size Insert

Digital Designs by Jodi on Etsy

Chic Sparrow Personal Size Dashboard Insert

Hobonichi Weeks on Amazon (There are a handful; this is just one) (Also, if you’re purchasing, be aware of the start date as they have both a January and an April Start.)

Hobonichi Weeks on Etsy (lots of listings)

— Planner Kate on Etsy (I usually use the Pocket TN or Personal Kits)

Kinleigh’s Doodles

BrunellaBiStore on Etsy

ChochoAndMimi on Etsy

 

March 2018 Planner Setup

March 2018 Planner Setup

Finally, the March 2018 Planner Setup is up! Over the last few months I’ve tried several times to record a setup video, but, invariably, I accidentally left things showing regarding the trip to Chic Sparrow; since that was supposed to be a surprise, I decided to simply wait on doing the setup video until I returned from Spokane!

My main planner is currently a Chic Sparrow B6 Golden Maverick with 30 mm rings added and using all Personal Size Inserts. All of the links are below the video!

(ALSO: Big forewarning! For a little while in this video, you can hear the kitty making all sorts of crazy racket. She’s a stray who found us, and she went into heat right before I recorded this video. I edited it with the sound fairly low, so I didn’t realize how loudly she’s howling until after I posted it. She’s absolutely fine, and will be getting fixed soon as no one has claimed her and she’s decided we’re her people. 🙂 )

And here are alllll of the links!

 

Fast-Draft Your Memoir | Frat House Reads

Fast-Draft Your Memoir | Frat House Reads

My favorite nonfiction books are about writing — the craft, process, style, and the authors’ stories about their writerly ways. All of these books are dear to me, but there are some that rise above the rest, some that would be on my Favorites Shelf.

Fast-Draft Your Memoir by Rachael Herron tops all of them. No joke.

Let me start by saying that this book is absolutely not exclusive to writing memoir. This gem of a book is slam-full of writing process advice that pertains to any genre. I can not sing its praises highly enough (nor would I want to subject you to my singing… I like you too much to punish your ears with such a heinous assault).

Rachael Herron instructs in such an easy, funny, conversational style that I didn’t realize how much I was learning while reading. I highlighted the heck out of this book… my Clippings and Readwise accounts should have enough to keep them busy for quite a while! I read through nearly the entire book in one night, and have since read it again more closely and taken copious notes.

Rachael walks the reader through the entire writing process, from getting ideas, tackling self-doubt, and getting words on the page consistently, all the way to editing and publishing. The exercises are fun and highly informative, and the advice is practical and truly easy to implement. I now feel empowered and well-informed enough to even vanquish my mortal writing enemy… Editing. You’re going down, Editing.

For the first time, the thought of actually publishing a book feels doable. (Oh, I’ve written plenty, but editing and publishing knock me on my arse every time.)

Additionally, Rachael Herron distributes a writing newsletter and has a writing podcast called How Do You Write, in which she talks about practical writing advice with various authors. Both are wonderful weekly writerly treats.

If you’re even considering writing anything, regardless of the genre, regardless of your doubts and fears, grab this book. Seriously. My entire outlook on writing has been dramatically shifted because of it.

 

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