Has your brain even been so overwhelmed that you couldn’t think straight? Out of sheer desperation to quiet the chaos, have you ever just grabbed a notebook or sticky notes or a legal pad or ANYTHING to spill you guts onto via pen or pencil? Some call it Brain Dumping, others may call it Quieting the Chaos (okay, I haven’t heard anyone but myself say this). We’ve all been there a time or two. Here’s how I experienced and dealt with brain dump desperation.

Since returning from England, I was having a rather difficult time getting back into my blogging groove. I had been so organized in September and at the beginning of October, once I was back state-side it was hard getting blog posts up. Hang in there, lovely readers; I will be circling back around to brain dumping soon.

I had all these thoughts, to do’s, must do’s, blog post ideas rolling around in my head, and I couldn’t think straight. Legal pad lists didn’t help. My EDC (Foxy Fix Marina #5) wasn’t appealing to me for spilling my guts.

Out of desperation, I searched my office for a notebook, post its, ANYTHING that appealed to me. I wasn’t expecting to do this, but I grabbed my Mini Flex…

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Now, I had not used my Mini Flex in a LONG time, almost a year. I don’t know why it was calling to my but it did.

Still set up when I last used it, I flipped to an empty page and let go. Page after page of whatever came streaming down from my head, down my arm, and out through my hand via the Pen.

Now, this does not mean I’m back in the Mini Flex as my planner, or I’ve suddenly abandoned my Marina. Farther from the truth!

Karine Tovmassian, of The Streamline Life, Thinker Extraordinaire, and Plannerology, said it during one episode of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Plannerverse: “Planner peace is whatever is working for you at that point in time.”

And apparently my brain needed the Mini Flex. Fellow planner addicts who’ve seen Carie Harling’s videos have heard this before. Sometime’s your brain just needed something different. My poor, confused brain needed a book full of disposable pages, ones I could rip out and recycle when all the tasks were done, not a bound book.

Have you ever experienced this? What manner of brain dumping (legal pad, sticky notes) helped you?

Links to Past Mini Flex posts:

Original Cover

Product Review: Mead Shopping OrganizHer

My Love of Mead Flex Binders

More Mead Shopping OrganizHer Findings

Mead Flex Binder as a Travel Notebook

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Customizing Your Flex Binders

3rd attempt-desired design 2nd attempt-fall themed 1st attempt at new cover-fall themed

Mini Flex Covers

Flex Binder Collection

Product Review: Regular Flex Binder

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Obsessed? I prefer the Term Enthusiast

Flex Binder Organization

Mini Flex Hoard in Use

Mini Flex Fridge Notepad (1)

Travel Flex Binder

© Cori Large 15-17 November 2016

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Two months ago, I learned that a product I love was on clearance. That product is the Mead Shopping OrganizHer notebook. I ordered 50 of them and have started to use some of them. And by some I mean 7. I have given 4 away. So I’m down to 39 still wrapped up and waiting to be used.

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Here is the list of how these are being used so far:

  1. Given Away—Philip
  2. Given Away—Mom
  3. Given Away—Ann
  4. Shopping Lists & Coupons (the original intent of this product, separate post coming)
  5. Knitting & Crafting Notes
  6. Fictional Work: Theatre Troupe
  7. Fictional Work: The Ultimate Recycling Machine
  8. Fictional Work: NaNoWriMo 2015 piece
  9. Fictional Work: National TTMM
  10. Became my new EDC-refillable notebook. I retired the original one I bought a year ago, because it was starting to fall apart.
  11. Given Away-Inlaws

This is how it’s going at the moment.

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YouTube video link: https://youtu.be/_hjy4oyd8wM

© Cori Large March 4, 2016

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This post was requested by one of my YouTube subscribers. She wanted to see a walk-through of my ringed planners/binders.

Day-Timer Personal Size Malibu in Rose Gold

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This one was pretty much my EDC (Every Day Carry) until recently. It contains pretty much everything. The dashboard is a paint card I picked up at Walmart. Post it’s for quick notes.

Quick breakdown of the guts: numbered dividers are #1: grocery/shopping lists; #2: workout/health tracker; #3: categorized To Do lists; #4: editorial calendar; #5: blog chart; #6: finance ledgers. Calendar top tab is my calendar: MO2P for future planning; WO1P for at a glance; and DO1P sheets for dailies. I only keep a month’s worth of dailies in here at a time. Project top tab has my Nutritional Anthropology class information in it. Information top tab is a catchall.

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The front cover pockets haven’t changed much. Blank deposit slips, mailing labels, receipts that need to be dealt with.

The back cover pockets have changed slightly. The big pocket still hold extra notepaper. But the two smaller pockets are now one big pocket. I used my seam ripper to cut through the double seam. This bigger pocket is more useful to me that those two smaller ones. And since I don’t plan on selling this binder, I don’t care how that would affect (effect?) resale value.

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Mini Flex (aka the Mead Shopping OrganizHer)

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My original pink on started coming apart on me, so I replaced it with one of the 50 that I bought. You can read about that here [insert link]. My Mini Flex has always been a sort of catchall for me. I use it mainly as a refillable notebook and brain dump book. I do keep a list of blog post topics in it, in case I’m somewhere and I can write for a few minutes. I’ve also started a story in here. There are two dividers. The first divider has my blog idea list and some personal information. The second divider is where I keep paper for writing and brain dumping. I do have post its on the dashboard in the front and I refill those as needed.

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A5 Filofax Finsbury

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This binder was a gift from my cousin-in-law, and has a more in-depth post about her history coming.

I honestly didn’t know what I was going to use this binder for. Then I started working on my Filofax and Mini Flex Hacks post, which you can read here [insert link], and my usage issue solved itself. My MIL got me a set of dividers, some paper, and the hole punch to go with it for Christmas. The dividers are labeled as such: Plain Paper, A to Z, Story Stuff, To Be Filed, and To Be Typed. All of these are fairly self-explanatory. Papers move from the Mini Flex to the A5.

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If you’d like to see more, please click on the YouTube link.

© Cori Large February 19, 2016

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FF & MF hacks (1)

I’m really excited to share the Filofax (FF) and Mini Flex hacks I discovered with all of you. You all know how much I love my Mini Flex and my Day-Timer Rose Gold Malibu (RG). I was gifted my cousin-in-law’s 20 year old Filofax Finsbury. I didn’t know how I was going to use it, since I couldn’t wrap my head around the size. Don’t ask me why, I just couldn’t.

When I started using my RG, the ring set up is the same as a personal size Filofax. For funsies (pronounced FUN-ZEES), I wanted to see if the ring configuration for a Size 3 or FF personal insert and an A5 insert would fit the two ring of my Min Flex…

And what do you know!

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Both the personal and A5 inserts can be put into my Mini Flex! And the Size 3 inserts can fit into the A5!

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The holes are smaller in diameter than a normal 3-hole punch, but I can make it work if I want to. I really like that I can move inserts between the three different planners/notebooks/binders.

YouTube Video link: https://youtu.be/gsmn721lnc4

© Cori Large 12/31/2015

 

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Once again I happen upon the Mead OrganizHer Shopping Companion notebook (aka the Mini Flex) on the Mead website and it’s on Clearance. When I informed my husband of this, his response was “How many are you going to buy?” If you’ve been following my blog and YouTube channel for awhile, you know I LOVE my Mini Flex. Some would say I’m obsessed. I prefer the term enthusiast.

I called the Customer Service number to ask if it was possible to buy them by the case. Yes, you read that correctly. I wanted to buy a case of Mini Flexes. The very helpful lady on the phone informed me that they only had the purple cover available (the color I don’t have). 868 of them were available in fact, at $2.99 each.

So guess how many I bought?

50 of them. Not going to lie, I did briefly consider buying all of them, but that was too much money. I got free shipping and used a 20% discount code. Ultimately, I paid $119.36 for 50 brand new mini flexes.

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My friend, Canyon, asked me why. Other than my automatic response of Why not?, the only thing I could come up with is that I love this product so much that if it is being discontinued by Mead, I’m going to need enough to last me for the rest of my life.

Yes, I know I’ve made my own Mini Flexes from full size Flex Binders, but it’s just not the same. To paraphrase, one of my favorite quotes: Some call me obsessed. Over-prepared. Maybe even a little crazy. But I know what it’s like to lose out on a favorite product by missing a clearance sale.

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YouTube link for the Unboxing Haul: https://youtu.be/frJLtxgUb_A

My enthusiasm for this product has not changed. Compare to the initial unboxing video of my first one: https://youtu.be/frJLtxgUb_A

© Cori Large Jan 5, 2016

 

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This post is literally a month late, but oh well! I received two very nice binders for Christmas, and now I’m suffering from Binder Indecision.

My Every Day Carry is my Day-Timer portable Rose Gold planner. It goes everywhere with me.

Other notebooks in use: my Mini Flex and a 3-3 format notebook from my MIL.

Newcomers to the picture: Day-Timer desk size Malibu in Teal/Aqua and my cousin-in-law’s vintage (20 year old) A5 Filofax Finsbury. The Binders I received are A5/Classic/Desk size. So I can use the same size paper in both binders.

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Dilemma? Love the color of the Malibu, but the A5 Filo functions better.

  • Personal inserts fit the rings for the A5.
  • A5 and personal insert holes fit the rings of the Mini Flex.
  • A5 holes fit the holes of a standard 3-ring binder.

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Now that I have the A5 in my hand, I have a better idea of what I’m dealing with.

12/26/2015-morning: Philip has given me the okay to return the Malibu. I’m looking into an Electric Blue A5 Finsbury on Amazon.

12/26/2015-afternoon: After a trip to Hobby Lobby, I believe the universe wanted me to keep the Malibu. I found packs of 100 sheet, 7 hole punched paper, for $3.99 each. So the Malibu will be used for my Spring class.

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1/3/2016: During a trip to Walmart, I found more packs of 7-hole punched paper!!! Why have I know seen this before?

In conclusion, the A5 will be used for my writing notebook and the Malibu will be for class notes.

© Cori Large 12/25/2015-1/3/2016

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Creating a Page Marker for Your Planner

Not every set of inserts comes with a page marker. And not everyone wants to spend money on unpunched plastic ones from Target.

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When I needed a quick page marker for my Mini Flex, I took a paper bookmark I had gotten from the library…

…punched it with the appropriate punch…

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…took my scissors and snipped the holes so that the bookmark could be added or removed like paper in an Arc notebook…

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Now this page marker isn’t going to last forever, but that’s okay. It is a quick fix with materials I had on hand.

And because I have a punch for my portable size Malibu, I can make another on for that planner as well.

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© Cori Large October 29, 2015

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