Personal Planner First Impressions

Personal Planner 'You Are Capable of Amazing Things' Cover

I have kept considering getting the personal planner the past year or so and back in January I finally decided to order one, my current diary goes write up to Febuary 2017 but I am going to keep that solely as a blogging planner and this one as my personal planner. So to try it out the first time I decided to go March 2016 to March 2017, that’s one of the best things about personal planner you can pick any 12month period you want.

There are a hue range of front covers available, block colours, patterns and even your personal pictures if you desire, I went for the ‘designs’ which have new ones for 2016. It really is a case of creating your own planner and making something you’ll use and like. The cover you pick semi influences the colour scheme inside, like top bars etc. But this can easily be adjusted if you prefer something else, I adore these cute little touches.

They are a number of different layout available and I chose for the slightly more unconventional vertical columns this is because I am a list maker so this layout works best for me. You can also have custom things in the columns which include workout, work and weather. I added in the weather as I linked that small touch but didn’t want anything bulky and thought it might be nice to test the additional options. You can also customise the bottom of the weekly spread there’s a huge range of choice and in the end I went for the weekly dinner list (only downside is its Monday to Friday) but I am a meal planning person so it’s perfect. I then went for a check list, there was a to do list but I preferred the checklist lay out, then I can put down weekly tasks that I need to do and tick them off once they are done. For the last area I went for lines and I’ll just use it as and when although I am tempted to put lyrics there or quotes just to fill the space.

There is also 3 sections in the back which you can chose from a list of options. To start with I went for a 2016 and 2017 overview where I can note important events over the year and dates for the following year, there was also an option for 2017-2017 which seemed a little redundant for me. My second option was colouring pages (random I know) this bit gave some more choices around activities etc. from the world map to Sudoku, or the same old lined paper, I never use lined paper in diaries and I thought the colouring pages were a super fun idea, as I keep thinking about buying an adult colouring book. My final part I chose a month by month view which also includes ruled paper. I love the idea of having a month spread at the start of the month so you can see big events, or for bloggers etc. you can plan your months posts, either way super useful and it is a new option for this year.

Personal Planner Packaging

I ordered my planner on January 6th wanting one to start in March but allowing for plenty of time for delivery, as they tend to estimate two weeks. On the 14th January I received an email saying my planner had been dispatched and it should be expected in the next 2-6 days, which is a huge window but it fits in with the expected delivery for the planner. When it arrived I was super happy with my choices and customisability of this planner yet still not being too expensive compared to others being £22.90 total including delivery. You can also choose to add bonus items although it comes with a plastic wallet and ruler etc. although you can add more if you want to such as pens and extra wallets in a range of colours. I also love the quality of the planner, it looks beautiful the paper is of a high quality and its thick comprehensive planner so if you love organisation, list making and note jotting its ideal. I’m super happy with the lay out and cannot wait to use it.

A few things I’m not so keen on but I can definitely learn to live with them, they are definitely sitting on the nit picking side. The main issue I have is that the back cover is hard card, with lines printed on it. This is not practical to write on, and in my opinion looks untidy, I would prefer to have a plain white blank page to end the diary. I also feel as though there is not a logical place to put in the plastic wallet and mine has gone in the front, due to the lines on the back page it looks weird there and every section has starts with two pages facing each other so although it is tidier I can’t work out where to put it. These are my two biggest gripes at the moment and in reality they aren’t a big deal, simply personal preference.

So that’s my first impression, I am super excited to try it out properly and see if it is practical when I want to use it day to day. Let me know in the comments if you would like a follow up review. Also are you a stationary/organisation junkie?

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Day 106: Making Your University Room Your Own

So I’m back at University for my third and final year, in just under two weeks and I may do a follow up post when I’m there to show you how I’ve done it this year but I thought I’d show you how to do something with what you’ve got and make it a home away from home for th 6-8 months you live there.

No matter if its halls or a student house, the rooms you get are drab, plain and boring, no longer the comfy perfect space that was your bedroom back home. So here I’m going to share some tips on how to make it comfy cosy and feel a little bit more like your own personal space. I honestly long doing these posts, any excuse to look at home stuff and all the pretty bits I want.

1) Brightly Coloured Bedding


Tesco: King size only :/ £18.00 ♥ Dunelm Mill: From £9.59 ♥

Okay, so it doesn’t have to be bright coloured but definitely patterned just something that really adds to your room, as its plain, simple its best to add to your room with bedding which will be the main thing in your room. My first two years I had a bright pink and purple one and a plain one and my room definitely had a brighter happier vibe to my room so give it a go.

2) Take A Rug


♥ Iowa Homestead Rug, Dunelm Mill £14.99 ♥ Red Shaggy Rug, George Asda Home £30.00 ♥ Chantilly Rug, Dunelm Mill from £24.99 ♥ Oriental Rug, Tesco £12.91 ♥

A rug will tie in your room and cover the horrible carpets you generally get in the rooms. You don’t have to go expensive something that covers the floor and thats colourful or brings it all together. As I had a smaller room second year and I was unsure about the size of my room first year, I had a bath mat which is a smaller size and come in a large range of colours plus they are in huge range of colours to suit what you want.

3) Poster and Picture Walls


This is obvious and is seen in practically all rooms in halls, whether you use the pin board in your room or stick it to your wall with white tac its an ideal. Print out photos from great times with friends, family or holidays or select some posters and be as creative as you want with sticking them up.

4) Cute Decorative Items


♥ Silver Phone Ornament, Asda £7.00 ♥ Blomster Vase, Ikea £7.00 ♥ Teal Crackle Vase, Dunelm Mill £1.99 ♥ Plum Pudding Bird, Dunelm Mill £1.99 ♥ Hanging Birdcage Tea Light Holder, Matalan £8.00 ♥ Ruby Collection Wicker Hear, Dunelm Mill £1.99 ♥ Butterfly Clock, Wilkinsons £5.00 ♥ Orchid Glove, Next Home £10.00 ♥ Vintage Green Floral Collection Wooden Dream, Dunelm Mill £1.49 ♥ LED Love, Matalan £10.00 ♥

These just make your room your own get as few as many as you want there are loads of cute things on the market. Although not pictured you could also buy a diffuser as very few student residences allow you to have candles, basically add any little touches to make it pretty or find pretty items that also have uses.

5) Blankets and Cushions

 z9♥ Owl Knit Cushion, Matalan £10.00 ♥ Love Dogtooth Cushion, Wilkinsons £6.50 ♥ Faux Mongolia Cushion, Wilkinsons £6.00 ♥ Applique Heat Cushion, Dunelm Mill £9.99 ♥ Snuggle Throw Pink, Wilkinsons £8.00 ♥ Blackcurrant Winter Blanket, Dunelm Mill £9.99 ♥

Just make the room cosy with the pillows and blankets, as well as make it pretty and comfy up a chair in your room. Worst come to worse, you can cover it with the blanket tie it in nicely and make it more comfortable that it was before. Essentially add anything that makes the room cosy and a blanket is great addition especially in winter when it can get chilly.

Unfortunately you can’t paint the walls, change the floors or curtains you have to deal with what you’ve got, so just add these few bits and make it a little bit more homely. Here is what my first year halls looked like after I moved in not much and I’ve learnt what works best over the last two years and I will update you what this years looks like.

VLUU L100, M100 / Samsung L100, M100

VLUU L100, M100 / Samsung L100, M100

VLUU L100, M100 / Samsung L100, M100

See what I mean about the bright bedding it really brightens up the room and brings it together.

What are your tips for making student accommodation homely and your style?

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