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Commonplace Book: What It Is and Why You Should Keep One

Commonplace Book: What It Is and Why You Should Keep One

Lately, I have started keeping a commonplace book again. When I was very young, I kept one for years (and would that I could figure out whatever happened to it!), but fell off the practice when I started high school back in 2005 and haven’t really done anything like it since then. Now, don’t think a commonplace book is like a journal or a diary, because it’s not. A commonplace book is not the place for introspection and personal reflection – rather, it is “a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits.

What this basically means is it’s a catchall for anything you might see or hear in the great wide world that catches you eye and makes you think, “Hm. That was good.”

You write it down in your commonplace book for future reference.

My commonplace book is currently being housed in my No. 5 Autumn Rose traveler’s notebook from The Foxy Fix, and is a collection of many things, to include:

  • quotes
  • poetry
  • lists of books I’ve read this year
  • books I want to read in the future
  • a reference guide for Sarah J. Maas’ bibliography
  • definitions of words I did not recognize
  • complete passages from books I’m reading
  • brief research on topics I was unfamiliar with
  • a list of poets I’d like to read

All of this is kept in no particular order. I write on the next blank page, in whatever style and ink suits me. Right now, there’s a ton of passages from Libba Bray’s Lair of Dreams (part 2 of a series, which you can buy here and here if you so desire – it’s YA fantasy set in 20th century NYC and I highly recommend it, Libba Bray is a wordsmith of the highest caliber!) because I swear to all the high heavens that woman is a silver tongue if I’ve ever seen one.

As mentioned, it also is a place to collect vocabulary words (I know – you thought vocabulary words ended in middle school. Let me be the first to tell you it is never too late to expand your vocabulary!). For example, here are some of the words I’ve recorded:

  • pneumatic
  • copacetic
  • sycophant
  • crepuscular
  • nihilism
  • bromide
  • incandescent

No, I won’t tell you the definitions. Look them up and add them to your own commonplace book!

But why should you keep one?

Well, to start off with, nearly all of history’s greatest figures (and many of your normal, regular citizens) have kept a version of a commonplace book. A la Wikipedia, “[Commonplace] books were essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: medical recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces were used by readers, writers, students, and scholars as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they had learned. Each commonplace book was unique to its creator’s particular interests.”

It’s a place for you to refer back to in the future, should you find yourself in need of inspiration. It makes reading and writing inseparable activities – while you’re reading, you’re taking notes. You’re writing in the margins. You’re underlining passages and dog-earing pages and making exclamatory statements next to particularly surprising passages. Then, when you’re done, you copy it over into your commonplace book. In this way, reading is no longer a passive activity – it is active, intellectual, and engaging. You are given the opportunity to reflect upon what you’re reading, rather than to just absorb it and move on.

Granted, not all of us are readers, and that’s fine. For those of you who aren’t, a commonplace book is simply a handy depository for things you find on the line that might be inspiring or thought-provoking. How many of us screenshot things we see on Facebook or instagram because we thought it was particularly indicative and representative of something going on in our lives, only to have that screenshot lost forever in the depths of our camera rolls, never to be seen or thought about again?

With a commonplace book, you copy that screenshot over, which in and of itself will make you reflect upon what about the passage or the quote or the meme that inspired you in the first place. Then, it’s readily available for future use and reference, whatever that use or reference may be. You will no longer have to scroll through endless selfies and dog photos to find the screenshot you’re looking for.

If you’re into this kind of thing, a commonplace book can also serve as a record for the future. In this digital, electronic age, few things are written down by hand anymore. But the longevity of our digital files is currently unknown – will this blog post survive the passage of time? Will anything we do online survive?

Sure, provided future generations continue to have access to electricity, computers, and high-speed internet.

We know, however, that the written word, pen-and-paper, notebooks, are all able to survive through time, albeit in various states of disrepair upon their discovery. In fact, we have used commonplace books from both the greats and the normals to get an idea of what people were thinking about and reading and doing and writing and feeing for hundreds of years. They have provided us with so much insight into the past and have proven to be an invaluable resource for historians all over the world.

It may be a little ambitious to think that my personal recordings of things that I like might be found one day in the future and serve as the logbook of a generation (ha!), but I still like to record these things as much for posterity’s sake as for my own.

And that’s totally fine!

If nothing else, it leaves a physical record for future generations of my own family to look back and see what I, personally, was doing and thinking and feeling. I have a series of journals my mom kept when I was a baby, nothing important was said in them, just documentations of my day and my first words and my first steps and the foods I liked and things of that nature, but those notebooks are precious to me because they were written by a member of my family and because they provide insight into a time of life that I don’t remember (being that I was an infant at the time, obviously).

It’s a little awe-inspiring to think that someone from my future may look upon my notebooks in the same fashion.

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Foxy Fix Southwestern Santa Fe No. 5 Single Set

Foxy Fix Southwestern Santa Fe No. 5 Single Set

Yesterday, I came home to a HUGE happy mail haul!!! I had a golden envelope from the BST that contained my Mystery Sale Sugar Coconut (!) with white stitching and white elastic. The sweet lady who sold it to me included A METRIC SHIT-TONNE of extras from a The Planner Society kit, to include:

  • floral washi tape (!)
  • floral vellum (!!!!!)
  • like four new B6 inserts
  • a vinyl dashboard w/ adhesive top-loading pocket attached to it
  • some kind of glitter card that is cool but I have no clue what to do with LOL
  • AND (my personal favorite, because I’m into this shit) a sweet hand-written note from the seller (I get off on hand-written notes so hard – I still send physical birthday cards in the mail to all my friends)

I ALSO got my orders from KatyLusCreations (the adorable burlap bow clip) and TabbyCatClips (OMFG the elephant planner charm!!!!!) on Etsy

AND LAST BUT MOST CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, THE ONE WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR:

NO. 5 SOUTHWESTERN SANTA FE SINGLE SET FROM THE FOXY FIX OMFG!!!

Aforementioned adorable elephant planner charm because elephants are my all-time favorite animal ever

Let me just take a minute to say that I absolutely love structured leather that ages and patinas with use so if you’re not into that, this leather is almost certainly not going to be your style. 

Ok. Moving right along. The Foxy Fix blog describes this leather collection as being “a full grain leather with all natural range markings that include scars, color variation, light and dark markings as well as markings that are not natural and are from the tanning process and production. A beautiful high end vegetable tanned leather that develops in character. Made in the U.S.A.” I have had this FN in my possession for exactly 10 hours and 34 minutes, and I can already see scuff marks and scratches on the cover. THIS IS NOT A BAD THING. In fact, I love it. I’m still kicking myself for having sold my old original Rowena 6.5 (even though I literally would have no use for that size FN) just because it aged and gained character so well.

This is not a floppy leather. It is very thin (think 1.8 – 2.0 mm), but very structured, and it molds around my inserts just fucking beautifully. The outside is very smooth and is kind of reminiscent of maybe some kind of horse tack (?), while the inside is almost scratchy feeling (definitely not the soft, suedey feel that you find inside the Boss Babe or Sugar collections). I can already tell that the Santa Fe is going to hold up beautifully over time and just get better and better as she ages, so I’m super stoked to start putting her to use.

I’ve already waxed sentimental in the past about the glory of the single-strap FN, so I’m not really going to go into that here, except for to say y’all stop bitching about getting your single-straps in the Mystery Sales if you can’t take the heat stay out of the kitchen there are so many people who have literally never got anything in the Mystery Sales because y’all are all snatching up four and five and six FN per size and then complaining when they all come in as singles even though Foxy Fix is very blatantly saying the Mystery Sale price is 50% off the price of a single in that size and why the hell would anyone expect Foxy Fix to load up their Mystery Sales specifically with fully-loaded couture items WTAF y’all are killing me over here.

Phew. Okay. Got that off my chest.

Now for the minor changes I’ve made on the inside.

As I said before, the lady who sold me her Mystery Sale Sugar Coconut single-strap included a ton of extras. This precious floral vellum was one of the extras. I’ve never used vellum before and would never have purchased any on my own, but it is so nice and adds a little extra ~pop~ to my FN. This particular vellum actually says “Finances” on the back, but because I don’t use a finance insert I just turned it upside down so the blank side was on the front and rolled with it lol.

Vellum! Who knew?

She also included this 2017 calendar insert from PaperPenguinCo, a shop I’ve already raved about in the past, but I’ve never purchased one of her calendar inserts. I really like the intention behind the monthly calendar I’ve been using for the past few months, but I am such a visually-minded planner that I need to see this layout to really make sense of it all in my mind. I’ve already ordered my 2018 calendar insert from LightsPlannerAction and it’s a traditional calendar insert, so I had planned to make the switch in January but when I saw this in my golden envelope, I immediately sat down and filled it out and moved right in. Featuring the aforementioned floral washi tape (I fucking love floral anything).

More vellum. This one worked out because I do have an insert that I use specifically for note-taking throughout my day (outside of my regular rapid-logging insert). Super cute. Love vellum. Ugh. Also on the left are some freebie stickers that came in the package from KatyLusCreations – definitely will be ordering from her shop again, if only because her mascot is an elephant and she sent an elephant sticker and everything has elephants on it and I am obsessed with elephants. <3

This is the back of my last dashboard, with an adhesive top-loading pocket attached. These are some little stickers from The Planner Society. Not too sure yet what I’m going to do with them, I’ve never used stickers in my planning before, but I’m sure I’ll figure something out.

Outside of everything featured here, I also got a No. 5/B6 dot-grid insert from The Foxy Fix. I haven’t tried it yet, and I’m not sure what kind of use I’ll put it to, but when I figure something out I’ll definitely let you know.

Plan With Me: October 2017

Plan With Me: October 2017

We have officially entered the fourth quarter – where has this year gone? Yesterday it was January. Is this what getting old feels like?

I heralded the new month with gluten-free pancakes, coffee, and this brand-spanking-new-to-me no. 5 Wanderlust Butterscotch single that I found on the buy-sell-trade boards on Facebook. Wanderlust Butterscotch has been a unicorn Foxy of mine since I found Foxy Fix in June 2016, and I am so thrilled to have finally got my hands on one!

As you may or may not have come to expect at this point, I’ve made some minor changes to my FN system as we move in to October. I couldn’t keep my hands off the Butterscotch once she came in, so I’ve moved Autumn Rose to the shelf for the time being. The good part is that because I only use no. 5/B6, I can switch out covers whenever I like!

I also found three separate $5 Etsy gift cards in my email last week – the only catch was I had to use them on three separate purchases, so I bought a bunch of paper clips and a planner charm that all totaled under $5 with shipping and ended up with free accessories! The dot clip and the bow clip pictured here are from PugPaperCo – my other clip and charm haven’t arrived yet. 🙁

Haven’t made any changes to my monthly going into October – just the addition of that cute little clip. Lots of birthdays this month but school has slowed down so I’m super stoked about that! Insert, as always, from PristinePaperie.

Weekly inserts have had one minor change – the addition of washi tape! One stripe of tape across the top of the page to add a little color – ha! I’ve also dropped down from two classes to one for the rest of the semester, and that is a welcome change! Insert found at LightsPlannerAction.

Dailies are still found in the Muji B6 grid notebook, but are now marked with that cute little bow clip from PugPaperCo (link above). This layout just works for me, so why would I change it?

I covered the Muji notebooks with some scrapbook paper – looks cute on the outside, less cute on the inside. 😀 But I’m still happy with how it turned out! The left insert above is still where I write my non-date-specific notes and keep my grocery lists and other miscellaneous information. The right insert is a new addition for the fourth quarter, something I’m trying out to see how I like it. More info below!

I saw Leuchtturm’s Some Lines A Day notebook on the Goulet Pens website a while back and loved the idea. I’ve always liked the concept of journaling but have never been able to be consistent with it. I didn’t want to buy a whole new notebook just for this, especially when I’m not into A5 size at all anymore, so I popped an extra Muji insert into my FN, titled it Some Lines A Day, and am going to try my hand at just writing a sentence or two each day about what happened. I think it will be a neat thing to look back on later, provided I can keep up with it!

Gratuitous photos of the Butterscotch because OH MY GOD look at that texture and pebbling I just love it so much. Pine tree gold-embossed on the spine. Ignore that weird smudge on the desk.

Ancora Imparo gold embossed on the cover – this means, “I am still learning,” which I think is appropriate given my current stage in life. If you were on the fence about buying a Butterscotch (or any of the Wanderlust leathers – I have a Wanderlust Licorice micro wallet that has held up beautifully to the beating it inevitably takes as a wallet), let this be the nudge that pushes you over!

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Plan With Me: Foxy Fix No. 5/B6 Bay Blackout

Plan With Me: Foxy Fix No. 5/B6 Bay Blackout

So here’s the thing. I’ve made some major changes to my planning system over the past week. I thought I had found the elusive *~*~*~planner peace~*~*~* with my no8/no4 set-up but then I got my hands on this no5 Bay Blackout from a BST board on Facebook (I traded my no8 Sugar Cookie for it) and it was literally love at first sight. SO, I’ve had to make some modifications to the way it all works (and I’m still tweaking things like my monthly habit tracker and gratitude log – looks like they may turn into weekly trackers instead) but as of yesterday I have officially moved into the no5 Blackout 100%.

Look at the way it shines in the sun OMG

I had been toying around with the idea of trying a no5 for a while, but I never wanted to actually make the jump because I had finally got all my inserts together for the no8 and had also just gotten the no4 in and set up, as well. But when my trade partner contacted me on Facebook and said she had a no5 setup complete with inserts and dashboards that she could trade me for my no8 Sugar Cookie, I jumped all over that!

That structure tho

The Bay Blackout leather is considered a “vintage” Foxy Fix leather, as it was only in production for a short time in 2016. The entire Bay line has since been discontinued (although DID YOU SEE THE NEW SANTA FE LINE OMG I AM OBSESSED). Out of all the leather types I’ve had from Foxy (original Rowena, Sugar, Boss Babe, and Bay) the Bay leather is absolutely my favorite. It is supple and pliable but soooo structured. It holds it’s form like a dream and stands up to abuse (E.G. being tossed in my bag and taken everywhere I go) beautifully.

I had been on #baywatch for a while on the BST, so when my trade partner contacted me with an offer for a no5 AND a Bay leather (especially the Blackout, which is one of the hardest variations of their Bay leather to come by, given its extremely small production window), I literally couldn’t say yes fast enough. Because she was kind enough to include a ton of inserts and even dashboards (which I had never used before but OMG I am sold now), she has revolutionized my entire planning system! THANK YOU!

Look at that contrast between the dyed outer leather and the natural inside cover

The inside of the Blackout is set up with left horizontal card pockets and right secretarial pockets with added card pocket and pen loop (aka my ideal set-up, as it always has been). I especially love that sparkly dashboard insert included from my trade partner – it adds a little something special for me to see when I first open up my notebook, and makes me smile every time I see it!

My little Dot Nugget, Dot the WonderPup, tucked inside the pocket of the dashboard
Monthly planning

This is where the changes really begin. I have always been a traditional monthly calendar layout kind of future planning gal but I LOVE these undated monthly inserts from PristinePaperie on Etsy. I can color-code all my events with my mildliners, and it has space to reflect on what I want to focus on for the month and what’s on my mind in just a few words. Monthly tasks, birthdays, and events all have spots to be logged, and there’s still a traditional calendar layout for my visual future planning needs.

Weekly planning

Another change that came with the inserts from my trade is this undated weekly planner. I don’t need in-depth near-future planning every week, so I love that this is undated and I can only use it on the weeks that I absolutely need to, and skip others without feeling like I’m wasting pages because it’s undated! I’m using the little dot grid portion to try out a weekly habit tracker, and am toying around with the idea of writing my daily gratitudes in the daily boxes, but I haven’t 100% committed to that yet because I want to finish out my August gratitude and habit trackers that are still in my no8 (I hate the idea of unfinished or incomplete spreads!). Unfortunately, I don’t know which shop this insert came from so if anyone has seen it before LET ME KNOW Y’ALL!

Back cover of the first dashboard w more sparkly paper, front cover of the second dashboard featuring Dot the WonderPup again
Rapid-logging for daily planning will always be my go-to

The third insert is a square-grid insert from Muji and is where I still do my daily rapid-logging. This is the heart and soul of the bullet journal system and will forever be how I handle daily tasks, appointments, and notes. I searched for years to find a daily planning system that would work for me, and once I stumbled upon bullet journaling I knew this is where I would stay. Obviously, some things have been modified from the true, original bullet journal system because I’m not one for drawing up spreads and stuff (anything to be less artistic – more on that later) but rapid-logging has been the greatest planning discovery I’ve ever made.

This insert is also where I keep long-term collections (gift ideas, lists and dates of USPSA matches my husband competes in, online order tracking, etc.). They are working back-to-front, but since I don’t have a ton of long-term collections and since I can usually fit about a week of daily rapid-logging on two pages, I should be able to get several months worth of use out of each insert.

The fourth insert is a 31 day health tracker from AOR Journals , which is a really neat company that I’ve never heard of before I got this insert that allows you to pick the cover you want and then has literally a TON of different insert options to choose from, also. This is a company I’m definitely going to be going back to for inserts in the future, once my current ones run out, because they have everything I would need for about $5 apiece!

On this insert I can track my water intake, what exactly I’m eating on a daily basis, exercise, a spot for a daily quote (or possibly a daily gratitude? I haven’t decided yet), and then a space for writing a few lines a day about how the day went/how I felt. This is a really fun insert that I’m enjoying, so I will definitely be purchasing another!

My final two inserts are from YellowPaperHouse on Etsy and are technically sized to fit the no4/personal TN instead of the no5/B6 TN, but since I already had them I wanted to use them, so they’re just a smidge shorter than my other inserts but it still works. This is a plain square-grid insert that I’m using for my grocery lists and to keep ideas for posts I can make on the blog. Basically it’s so I can keep all my non-date-specific, non-task-specific lists in one place, without having to flip back through all my dailies looking for something specific.

Last but not least is my book review insert. This is where I can collect my thoughts about a book in short form before I expand upon it all here on the blog. Once this is full, I’ll buy another in B6 size so it actually fits!

Back of the last dashboard featuring my tiny precious Gidgimon

So, that’s how I plan in my no5 EDC Bay Blackout! Not pictured is a transaction register that I keep tucked in the back pocket to track my finances. If you’ve been considering the no5/B6 size but were on the fence about it, let this be a sign that you should JUST GO FOR IT! This is truly the perfect size for everything. Not so big that it isn’t portable (which is my main issue with the no8) and not so small that it isn’t functional (which is my main issue with the no4). B6 FOR LIFE!

 

***Also, the no4 Boss Babe Madison Ave featured previously on the blog is for sale. Let me know if you’re interested!

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Setting Up September

Setting Up September

I don’t do much in the form of collections and spreads in my bullet journal. I know lots of people have spreads for books they’ve read, books they want to read, TV shows they are watching, trackers for their pets, trackers for their significant others, trackers to remind them to track things in their trackers…… You get the point. There’s nothing wrong with any of those things, I just don’t have time to keep up with all of that in an analog form when all of it is already tracked in digital form somewhere (thanks, Goodreads and Netflix!).

There are, however, three spreads that have been a staple in my bullet journal since the very first month I started bullet journaling: an expense and spending tracker, a habit tracker, and a gratitude log. All of these have become absolutely essential, and updating them is an integral part of my daily planning routine. Here’s how I set them up:

First up is always the expense and spending tracker. I know that my bank account obviously tracks this stuff as well, but I find I’m much more accountable to where and how and when I’m spending my money if I have to write it down and color code it each day. To set up this spread, I just used a single Zebra Mildliner and a single black Staedtler Triplus Fineliner, although really any single pen would do. In the past I’ve used just the fineliner for the whole thing.

This is a two-page spread at its completion. On the left page, I have columns for deposits, transfers, and bills. On the right page are two columns for tracking purchases/debits from my account. I track deposit amounts and dates, and write down my bills, the date they are scheduled to be paid, and the amount they are scheduled for. Once the funds have cleared my account, I go back and highlight the line with a Mildliner, so I can keep a running account of my balance and what’s still left to clear out of the account. On the purchases side, I log every debit from my account and color-code the purchases with Mildliners. My spending categories are:

  • Household/pets (pet supplies, anything purchased for home maintenance)
  • Groceries (weekly trips to the grocery store)
  • Food/alcohol (outside of groceries – things like eating out, picking up snacks at the gas station, running by the liquor store on my way home, etc.)
  • Medical/personal (doctor’s copays, medical bills outside of my normal expenses, anything we purchase for personal or physical advancement, etc., clothes/shoes)
  • Miscellaneous/hobbies (bullet journal purchases, books, anything that doesn’t fit into one of the above categories)

Tracking my bills and expenses keeps me honest, on time, and accountable to my bank account. It requires me to review the bank account every day, that way I always know how much money we have and what is still pending.

Next up: the habit tracker. Now, I don’t know many people who keep a bullet journal and don’t also keep a habit tracker. It’s such a fantastic tool to have to hold myself accountable to my personal health-and-well-being goals, like making sure I’m drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, staying on a consistent sleep cycle, etc. I also have an autoimmune disease, so I use my habit tracker to keep up with any symptoms I may be having that would signal whether I’m in a flare or whether I need to change something in my diet/may have eaten something I shouldn’t have. My habit tracker layout is about as simple as it gets. It’s just a series of straight lines with a Mildliner label and a column of dates and days down the far side of the page. At the top is where I’ll write in the habits and symptoms I want to track, but I won’t do that till later in the month. I usually track about the same thing each month, with some minor variations depending on my goals for the month. This has been an especially useful tool in my bullet journal arsenal, and if you haven’t tried a habit tracker, you should give it a shot in September!

Last, but certainly not least, is the gratitude log. There are tons of articles touting the benefits of living a grateful life, not the least of which being it makes you a generally happier and healthier person! So, each day for the past year I’ve written down a single line detailing something I’m grateful for from that day. Some days have been bad, and it’s been hard to find something to be grateful for, but if you look hard enough it’s always there, even if it’s just as simple as the sun shining, having a soft bed to go to sleep early in, or having your dog greet you at the door when you come home from an exceptionally shitty day at work. I can’t recommend a gratitude log enough, and it is literally the simplest layout I have. Write your numbers down the side of the page, write gratitude across the top, and you’re done!

Have you tried any of these spreads? What are the staples in your bullet journal monthly spread collection? Let me know what you think in the comments! 

How I Bullet Journal – Foxy Fox Boss Babe Madison Ave #4

How I Bullet Journal – Foxy Fox Boss Babe Madison Ave #4

Anyone who knows me knows that I am an organizational fiend. In high school, I had a pocket calendar that I used to keep up with assignments, homework, projects, and test dates. It was never anything complicated, but it got the job done. In college, I moved on to writing weekly to-do lists and monitoring each class’ syllabus on a regular basis to keep myself on-track and on-task. In January of last year I discovered the “world of planners” that exists on the internet and quickly invested in a Day Designer planner that saw about four months of consistent use. The problem that I had with it was that I have a lot of daily tasks that need to be accomplished, and not a lot of time-relevant tasks, so there was never enough space for me to write down everything that I needed to do. In August 2016 I discovered the bullet journal concept on Instagram and immediately fell in love. I started out in a square-grid Moleskine that I picked up on sale at the local book store – it was filled up by December. I moved into the ever-popular Leuchtturm1917 after the Moleskine was full, and about halfway through the LT is when I found the “bullet journal in a traveler’s notebook” concept.

I was immediately intrigued. My chief complaint about the traditional bullet journal system was that I didn’t like having to draw weekly and monthly layouts regularly – I’m not a creative or artistic person, and my bullet journal is purely an organizational tool and not a creative outlet like it is for many others. When I realized with a TN setup I could have pre-printed monthly and weekly inserts and still have dot-grid inserts for rapid-logging and long-term collections, I knew I had to make the switch.

What sent me over the edge was a Foxy Fix mystery sale. I bought a #8 golden envelope and had my fingers and toes crossed that I would love it (spoiler alert: I did!). From there, I ordered a couture #8 (future post on this to come) that is still where I do the bulk of my planning. I work full time in a fast-paced and challenging environment, and I’m also in school for my MBA, so the size of a #8/A5 traveler’s notebook allows me sufficient room to plan everything I need.

The #4 comes in for on-the-go planning. It’s main use is for when classes aren’t in session. I’ve got no need during these times to carry around an A5 sized planner just for my quick rapid-logging and minimal future planning, so I snagged a #4 off a Foxy Fix Buy/Sell/Trade board on Facebook.

This color is called Madison Avenue, from Foxy Fix’s Boss Babe leather collection. I can’t say enough good things about the Boss Babe leather – it’s glossy, structured, and has an absolutely gorgeous finish.

The first insert in my #4 Madison is a simply monthly calendar. It allows me to see upcoming events and appointments at a glance, and to future plan on-the-go. The only time I need to utilize a weekly calendar is when classes are in session and I have weekly assignments that are due, so this insert’s lack of a weekly calendar is no hindrance for me.

The second insert is a basic dot-grid insert. This is purely for rapid-logging my daily tasks and responsibilities. If necessary, I can refer back to my master planner in the #8, but most of the time I already know offhand what needs to get done each day.

My third insert is a square-grid notebook, which houses grocery lists, quotes I like, and other miscellaneous notes that aren’t necessarily task- or appointment-related.

My fourth and final insert is a book reviews notebook. It allows me to keep up with what books I’m currently reading and what I’ve finished. It has spaces for a summary, quotes, and my thoughts on the book as a whole, and allows me to rate each book on a scale of one to five.

 

This is a quick and easy setup to take with me when I’m running out the door. The personal-sized #4 is small enough to fit in my hand and is not too heavy to carry around without a bag.

 

All inserts featured in this post can be found on the YellowPaperHouse Etsy page!

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