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Planner+GTD Series Ideas / Happenings

June 28, 2016

Wow everyone!  I have to say I was thrilled at the support of my new planning/organizing Insta.  In the spirit of organization, I think I will do a GTD/planning series.  Topic ideas:

✰ Inboxes and collecting
✰ Daily planning
✰ Favorite tools: PENS
✰ Favorite tools: PAPER
✰ Planning weekends & leisure time
✰ Playing with habit trackers
✰ Long-range planning: the year
✰ Mid-range planning: the week
✰ Project lists
✰ Vacations
✰ Wardrobe planning
✰ Nutrition planning/logging
✰ Next Action Lists & Management
✰ Collections
✰ Someday/Maybe
✰ Planning fitness
✰ Thoughts on Inbox-Zero
✰ Weekly review
✰ Favorite bullet journal sites/instagrams/resources

Bullet journaling / planning is currently having a moment (google image search “#bujo” if you don’t believe me) and I feel like it’s a moment I have been waiting for.  I do feel like I have developed a finely honed planning system over the years (combo of obsession + necessity) and would love to share more of it with the world.  Please let me know if you have additional ideas/questions you would like me to cover!


In other news, I am hosting book club today.  AGH!  Yes, I’m nervous.  I’ve only been a member of the group for a few months and don’t know everyone well, so I’m just hoping the the conversation flows . . and that A&C stay in bed (we start at 8 pm!).

We read Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible — which I chose.  It was an easy read, but I didn’t love it, which I guess might actually be a good thing as far as book club banter is concerned.  I just started A Man Called Ove on Ana‘s recommendation — it’s so good already, and wish I had come across it when I needed a book club pick!

Finally, I am proud to display A’s completed sticker chart for staying in bed all night for 9 days (THANK GOD) and her chosen prize (princess sunglasses WITH A CASE, the case apparently being the most important part).

Hooray for sleep!


  • Reply Griffin March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I love it! Between work, home, and personal goals, I have a load of information to process. My system needs fine-tuning, so I’ll be watching yours closely to see if my own can evolve. Like you, I work in a client-based environment with people needing answers, long-term projects, and some things that don’t have an end in sight. The inflow is more than I can get to, so feeling organized reduces overwhelm. I need to see multiple worlds in one view and like your 4-square system. I do something similar with my planner. I also love the close up because I think one of my problems right now is thinking I can do too much, which is fostering an unhealthy stress level and sleep issues. I’m about to go on a 20 minute run (in ENC heat) just to reset my brain even though I was up from 2-4 am last night with two kid wake-ups and unexplained mind churn. The bullet journal would allow me to note that I functioned on less than desired sleep and made the choice to run anyway.

  • Reply Griffin March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    P.S. In my perfect world, you and your husband would have come to Vidant/Brody Med school so that we could be in the same book club and even start a planner club. These are the things that child devotees of the Babysitters Club grow up to do!

    • Reply theSHUbox March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

      PS – oh i would love it 🙂 and i’d even join you on those hot runs – i’m definitely acclimated 🙂

  • Reply Sarina March 10, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    I have just started bullet journaling but looking forward to reading how you integrate GTD into this. Actually, it is a little embarrassing just how much I am looking forward to reading your upcoming posts:) I am especially interested in the summer wardrobe capsule/wardrobe planning…Most mornings, I am grabbing something out of the closet and running out the door. I tried to pull outfits at night but felt it was too cumbersome and took me too much time…perhaps a capsule collection that changes q3months or so is something I should look into…

  • Reply Brittnie March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Can’t wait as I am a planner/organizer/to do-er at heart. 🙂

  • Reply Alison March 10, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    I do not understand how inbox zero is even possible! I have tens (hundreds?) of thousands of unread emails in my personal account (mostly marketing or newsletters that have added up over the years) and honestly no desire to do anything with them. I unsubscribe to ones I never ever open, but a lot I actually don’t mind just reading the subject and maybe opening once in a blue moon. I realize I would be less likely to lose emails and things would be easier to find if I cleaned it all out, but it has gone on like this for so many years that the thought of even attempting it is paralyzing! Maybe I just need to start a new email address with better habits…hahaha. Anyway, I’d be curious if you have any tactics for going from inbox insane to inbox…not as insane (won’t even pretend zero is realistic).

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