Monthly Check In-June 2015

  1. As I look out my window…the sun starting to rise, peeking over the pool deck wall.
  2. Right now I am…Journaling.
  3. Thinking & Pondering…about my weekend To Do’s
  4. On my bedside table…my 1 year bible (grossly behind on) and knitting meditations book
  5. On my TV tonight…going out tonight, so no TV
  6. On the menu this week…who knows. MIL is here and she sometimes decides to make dinner.
  7. On my To Do list… laundry and errands.
  8. Happening this week…getting ready for 4th of July party.
  9. What I am currently crafting…just finished a kitchen set that was custom order.
  10. My simple pleasure…listening to all the birds waking up for the day, while sitting outside.
  11. Looking around the house…I need to tidy up.
  12. Random picture from camera…


  1. What I am listening to…morning traffic on the road and the birds chirping.

The Planner Addict Tag

  1. What planner are you currently using?

A bullet journal system housed in a Mead Shopping OrganizHer notebook.

  1. What planner(s) have given you planner peace?

This bullet journal system is the closest I’ve come to planner peace. My ability to manipulate the contents like a binder and the flexibility of a spiral notebook are my two big concerns.

  1. Filofax, Midori, or Erin Condrin?

None of the above. Mead.

  1. Pocket, Personal, A5, or binder size?

Personal size.

  1. Where do you get inspired the most? Instagram? YouTube? Pinterest?

Don’t have an IG account. But I watch a lot of YouTube videos and I have a Pintrest account, so I get my inspiration from those two sites.

  1. What’s your go-to pen?

Sharpie Fine Tip pens. I love the way they write and don’t bleed through paper.

  1. What are your favorite inserts?

I don’t use traditional inserts in my bujo. I did repunch my FC Blooms monthly pages to but in my bujo.

  1. Stickers, post-its, or page flags?


  1. Keep it simple or decorate it out?

I’m not one to keep my pages of To Do lists, so I don’t decorate that much. I prefer to decorate my journal.

  1. How many sections do you have in your planner?

6: shopping lists, calendar inserts w/ daily pages in between, shopping tabbed divider to hold coupons when shopping, categorized To Do lists in alphabetical order, coupon tabbed divider that holds random pieces of paper not coupons, brain dump section.

  1. Did you use a planner for school?

Yes, I used At a Glance planners as assignment books during school.

  1. Rings, spiral bound, disc bound, other? Why?

Rings. I like that I can rearrange things on a whim.

  1. Do you use a Dashboard? How?

Sort of. I use the laminated cardboard that came in the OrganizHer to stick post-its too.

YouTube video link:

© Cori Large April 26, 2015

Ideal Exercise Class

My doctor recently told me I needed to start exercising. With the way my life is right now, walking on the treadmill is the least objectionable and more convenient way for me to exercise at the moment. But the instructions got me thinking. I prefer Dancercise to actually exercise, so I came up with a program list of what I would like to see in a 1-2 hour class.

Warm Up:


Ballet moves

Broadway: choose 1-2

Dancing Queen (Mama Mia)

Voulez Vous (Mama Mia)

One (A Chorus Line)

Time Warp (Rocky Horror Picture Show)

Hand Jive (Grease)

Spanish Panic (Once Upon a Mattress)

Jigs/Country Dances:

anything similar to River Dancing

Pride & Prejudice dances from the Meryton Assembly and the Netherfield Ball





Cha Cha Slide

Electric Slide

Cotton Eye Joe


Cool Down:

More ballet moves

I’m considering putting all these links into a playlist on my YouTube channel and actually using it as an exercise class.

Updated (6/25/15): I went ahead and created the playlist:

© Cori Large January 1, 2015

Getting Things Done: the art of Stress Free Productivity by David Allen

These are my notes I took down while reading David Allen’s book. Nothing is my own, all my notes are paraphrased.

  • Typical to do list don’t work!
    • Partial reminders don’t show you what your next step(s) is/are.
  • 5 stages of mastering workflow
    • 1. Collect all things that command your attention
    • 2. Process what they mean & what to do about them
    • 3. Organize the results
    • 4. Review options to complete task
    • 5. Do one of the options to complete task
  • I recommend copying the flow chart on page 32
  • 5 main types of lists:
    • 1. Projects (all big and little things that are vying for your attention)
    • 2. Calendar (appointments, birthdays, holidays, and due dates for specific appointments
    • 3. Next Actions (these can be subcategorized; these are the next steps to complete each project)
    • 4. Waiting For (a list of who you are waiting to hear from regarding projects or needed information)
    • 5. Someday/Maybe (a list of all the things you’d like to do, kind of like a bucket list
  • Once you’ve gathered every single item for your To Do list, try to break them down into these three categories: trash, delegate, and next actions.
  • There are 7 primary types of things you may want to keep track of:
    • A Projects List
    • Project Support Materials List
    • Calendared Actions & Information List
    • Next Actions List
    • A Waiting For List
    • Reference Materials
    • A Someday/Maybe List
  • Pg. 179 “Get comfortable with checklists, both ad hoc and more permanent. Be ready to create and eliminate them as required. Appropriately used, they can be a tremendous asset in personal productivity.”
  • Pg. 194 “I recommend that you always keep an inventory of things that need to be done that require very little mental or creative horsepower. When you’re in one of those low-energy states, do them. [Examples are:] casual reading, telephone/address data that need to be inputted onto your computer, file purging, watering the plants.”
  • Long-term project vs. Someday/Maybe:
    • Long-term ≠ Someday/Maybe
    • Long-term means “more action steps are required until it’s done”
    • Someday/Maybe means “no need to decide next actions because the days of reckoning is so far away” (pg. 247)
  • What is the next action?
    • Always ask this question
    • This is the question that will drive you forward

This book came recommended by many of the Facebook planner groups. Here are some things I took away from it. I do think I’ll have to re-read it at some point. In truth, it took me 4 ½ months to read it.

New Journal Set Up

 So after some careful consideration and journaling about my feelings, I decided to go back to how I used to journal: filling up notebooks with personal diary entries, fiction/nonfiction pieces, book reviews, decorations and the like.

I have so many blank journals that I cannot wait to use, and I feel this is one way to fill them up quickly. I’ve been using this particular diary for just over a year, and have 62 pages left to fill.

To keep track of what’s in each journal, I’ll be putting Index pages at the back. I start on the very last page and move toward the front of the book. I’m also trying to fill up any half-started journals too.

New Journal Set up (1)

New Journal Set up (2)

New Journal Set up (3a)

YouTube link:

© Cori Large April 28, 2015

Kitchen Binder Set Up

Everyone who has small kitchen appliances has the Users Manuals that come with them piling up in a drawer or somewhere getting lost.

When my husband and I lived in our apartment, we didn’t have a lot of space in general and only had four drawers in our kitchen.

I took an old three ring binder, a permanent marker, some top loading page protectors, and gathered all the users manuals.

Kitchen Binder (1)

Each page protector was labeled with each appliance type: deep fryer, cutlery, cake pop maker, etc.

Kitchen Binder (5)

The manuals were then inserted into their respective sleeves, alphabetized, and put into the binder. It has done wonderfully and keeps everything sorted and in one spot. I keep the binder with all my cookbooks.

Kitchen Binder (4) Kitchen Binder (3)

Where the binder lives:

Kitchen Binder (2)

Please feel free to use this if you think it will help keep you organized.


© Cori Large January 2, 2015

Jill’s Journal Questions Tag

I’m answering the Jill’s Journal Questions Tag.

YouTube video link:

  1. How many journals do you currently have?

Real journals/diaries: 22

Story notebooks: 33

“Other” notebooks: 7

Blanks, waiting to be used: 27

Grand Total: 89


  1. What does your current journal look like?

Current JournalNext One

Next Journal

  1. How many pages do you have left in your current journal?

24 pages

  1. What is your favorite journal that you have?

A lighthouse one with Jill Wolf’s poem “Don’t Quit” on the cover.


  1. How long have you been journaling?

According to the date in my very first diary, I’ve been journaling since 1995.

  1. What does your first diary/journal look like?

It is a small pink journal with small multicolored hearts. It has a lock that’s hard to open now, so I leave it open.

First Diary (1) First Diary (2) First Diary (3) First Diary (4)

  1. How do you date your entries?

Day Month Year 31 December 1999

  1. Show us a glimpse of your handwriting.

Cursive: Jills Journal Tag (2)

Print: Jills Journal Tag (3)

  1. Do you ever rip out any pages from your journal?

Nope. It all stays. The good, the sad, and the crazy.

  1. What do you usually write about?

For years, I would write when I had to unload emotionally. But lately, I’ve been working through some reflection questions. They’ve helped me work through some craziness.

  1. What inspired you to writing in the beginning?

I honestly don’t remember. My first diary is dated 1995, twenty years ago. I’ve always like having a place when I could work through things privately.

© Cori Large May 21, 2015

My Journey to Find Planner Peace

*This is a long one!*

This post is about the journey I’ve taken to find Planner Peace. And what is Planner Peace? It is a term I first heard when I discovered a Facebook group by the same name. The group’s description states: “What we are: a place to discuss in depth what is working and what is not, with respect to ‘planner peace.’”

I have been a sort of Planner Crisis for about two years now. If you recall in my post Cori’s Planner Review, I switched things up quite a bit trying to figure out what I truly wanted.

Well, I started jotted down what I thought I would like and during 2015 made notes about what I wanted out of my planner.

Here is my journey:

December 27, 2014

(Okay, my journey started before 2015.)

  • Definitely need month at a glance.
  • Maybe get undated week at a glance pages for really busy weeks.
  • Want more a Project Management book, but without the big binder; maybe one of those smaller three ring binders.
  • I like the idea of daily tasks chart Weekly Layout 1
  • If I want to design my own inserts, use Philip’s AutoCAD program

January 7, 2015

Went a little nutso and printed out two of the weekly layouts I had made up, as well as manipulated the free Passion Planner ® pdf to do what I wanted.

Set up all of them for this week (Jan 5-11) to see which one I liked more. Passion Planner ® started to win out, but after chatting with a friend about my craziness, I calmed down. Passion Planner ® isn’t off the table completely. I fell in love with the concept in November 2014, but I had already bought my 2015 inserts.

After only a week of using the Franklin Covey ® Blooms columnar inserts, I was becoming frustrated by the small spaces in the Daily Tasks columns. While chatting with the same friend as before, I came up with two solutions:

  • Use the Sharpie pens, because they have fine point tips.
  • White out the Daily Tasks headings and write my own headings.

Calm has been restored for the time being.

January 12, 2015

Calm only lasts so long before my mind starts going a million miles an hour again. I’ve actually been journaling for the past four days, and have had some very introspective entries. The latest of which reflected that I’ve been trying to reinvent the wheel and wasting money doing it. In reality, the only containment unit I am truly content with is the Mead ® Flex binder. I believe my true problem has been my dissatisfaction with inserts. So I started designing my own inserts. Being summoned to bed, I’ll explain more later.

January 15, 2015

So two nights ago I sat down and turned my pink Mead Flex binder into a planner. Actually it’s more of a project manager with my calendar in it. I’m really hoping this one sticks. My FC Sierra is still set up, but I’m not using it for the time being. I have a whole other blog post ready to be written about it. I said it before and I’ll say it again: Calm has been restored for the time being.

Mead Flex

January 31, 2015

Still loving my set up. Even fixed up another flex binder for work! I think the only thing that could be any better is if there was a small one that took 5 ½” x 8 ½” paper.

February 3, 2015

While I was perusing the Mead website, I came across the Mead Shopping OrganizHer notebook. IT’S A SMALLER VERSION OF THE FLEX BINDER!!! OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG! But it only has two rings. I ordered one of course, and it’ll be here in 7-10 days. Philip is very spatially minded and he believes that the rings are spaced the same way the top two rings are on a full size Flex binder. I’ll know more when it arrives. I’m very excited!!! At this moment, I have no plans to downsize again because I like having lots of writing room. I’m more excited about finally having a smaller REFILLABLE notebook.

Mini Flex (1)

March 6, 2015

So I had this crazy notion that I should turn the mini flex (Mead Shopping OrganizHer) into my planner by putting my Franklin Covey Blooms monthly inserts into it. But I’d have to washi tape over the holes and repunch them.

I have since moved past this feeling and realized that I need the big weekly layout for work in one area and my other To Do lists. My biggest thing to remember is that I shouldn’t fill up each square like I did this week. Loving my color coding system.

March 11, 2015

Yeah, so that didn’t last. Surprise. Surprise. I’m currently experimenting with the bullet journal concepts in my current diary. Set this up Friday, March 6, in the afternoon. I started with the monthly list and my segregated to do lists (personal, CBC, writing/blog, YouTube, house). I’m still using it as a diary. I have added some weekly layout and a daily chart. I’ve drawn up two other potential set up—and just thought of a third—BRB. Okay, now that that’s sketched out…

I’m starting to wonder if my entries in this piece aren’t subconsciously spurring my changing habits just so I’ll have stuff to keep writing about…

May 29, 2015

I thought my journey to planner peace was completed. I found a smaller version of the Mead Flex Binder that I thought only existed in my dreams. But alas, for another planner came along, and all it cost me was shipping my DayTimer desk size Avalon. This new planner, Raika (brand and name I refer to her as), was the result of a swap. She will have her own introduction post soon enough.

I have had Raika for about a week now, and she has become the companion to my mini flex. The mini flex is my primary “planner” in that it fits a bigger calendar insert, is flexible, and acts mainly as my brain dump notebook. So what is Raika’s role? Her’s is the more organized one. I have my blog post chart, my knitting project charts, and book projects in there.

I’m going to end this post now, but I keep changing my mind, but one thing is clear: the Bullet Journal daily layouts work for me.

Raika 1 Raika 2

© Cori Large December 2014-May 2015

June 2015 Bullet Journal Set Up w/ Video

Hi everyone,

I shot a quick video showing what I changed in my bullet journal for June. I didn’t change much, just combined this brain dump and dailies section.

Here’s the YouTube video link:

I hope everyone has had a nice day. If you have any questions, comments, or content requests either leave me a comment below or visit my new Facebook page where you can post questions there. Have a nice day!

Mead Flex Binder as a Travel Notebook!

If you’re a regular subscriber to my blog, you’re not doubt familiar with my love of the Mead Flex binders.

I’ve come up with another potential use: travel notebook.

One flexible, refillable binder that can travel the world with you.

Some people like having a field notes style set up, in a thin bound notebook or one of those fancy coil bound ones, but think with me for a minute:

  • The binder is flexible.
  • The binder is refillable if you run out of paper.
  • You can rearrange entries if needed.
  • Thanks to the creation of the Mead OrganizHer book, you have size options.
  • There are small three hole punches that are light, portable, and don’t take up a lot of space.
  • And because the holes punched in the paper for the OrganizHer notebook line up with regular notebook paper, there’s no repunching and you can put these pages into its own three ring binder once you are home.

Consider your options!

© Cori Large April 28, 2015