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friday || 02 || productivity

Hello, dearies! I hope this Friday morning finds you leaping out of bed, chanting “It’s Friday! It’s Friday!” as you go to prepare your morning coffee and start this glorious day! Let us start off our weekend with vim, vigor, and, if you need a little extra pep in your step, blasting Eye of The Tiger. That will get the blood flowing! *Note: watching my kid do her “push-ups” next to her daddy with that song playing in the background is pretty much the best sight ever.

This week has been a full one for us. Lots going on with work for my hubby, many tasks and projects to complete, and preparations for my parents and little sis coming into town tomorrow. *Hands being thrown into the air. There’s been much to get done and, very thankful for this, it is all somehow getting done. I do love a good productive week. My organization-loving heart takes such delight in crossing things off my to-do list. Last year, my memory apparently decided it had enough so if I don’t write down important happenings, to-do’s, appointments, or plans it is 98% likely that I will forget. So, a planner, to-do app, sticky notes, and notepads are absolute necessities in our little casa.

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J and I both use this to-do app from iTunes and love it. It’s simple, has exactly what we need and is very user-friendly. And if you don’t like that one there’s about 300 other to-do apps in the iTunes store.

As previously stated, a planner and notepad are must-haves for me. They both sit out on my desk, which is in our living room, where they are constant, visual reminders for my ever-failing brain. Along with an Anthropologie mug full of my favorite sharpie pens and mechanical pencils.

I loved the quote below. What a great reminder to do the things that we do well and not rush through them just so we can get to the next thing.

Coffee is a must for any day in our home, and days where productivity is especially necessary always means more than one. We have been loving, oh so much, J’s Chemex my parents gifted him at Christmas.

Comfort is necessary to me when I’m focused on cranking out tasks and this week I’ve been living in my new Gap jeans with a loose, cozy sweater and my converse sneakers.

And I must always have tunes. Depending on what must be completed I will listen to one of my variety of Pandora stations including Classical, 80’s pop, Sovereign Grace, The Civil Wars, Frank Sinatra, or stations based off a soundtrack.

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PRODUCTIVITY

01 || Jeans: 1969 destructed high-rise skinny skimmer jeans (on sale! they are sold out of the wash I purchased) 02 || Notepad: Daily Jotter  03 || Planner: Sugar Paper 2015 Daily Planner – 8.5″ by 11″  04 || Todo App: Todo              05 || Print: Free Printable via Small Fry Blog  06 || Coffee: Chemex Wood Collar Glass Coffee Maker

Happy Friday, lovelies!

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a workspace

I’ve been dreaming up a workspace area for myself. There’s the perfect spot in the living room of our apartment where a small desk would fit. The only negative is that it faces a wall, but it would be so helpful for me to have a workspace in the main area of our home at this point in our lives. And when we have limited space, we make due and are grateful for it all! A place where my computer can sit, my planner can lay open, I can complete a quick task while AK plays nearby, and would be a lovely little “me” space. I have my dreams of a light, bright office with soothing art on the walls, a cozy corner reading nook, and a desk situated at just the right angle to where when I lift my eyes from my work I’m gazing out big windows. I’m eager to flesh out those dreams as best I can in the sweet workspace I’m given now.

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01 // This desk caught my eye in Target one day as it was just the right size for the space we have. I love the angled legs, the simplicity, and the bright white as it would break up our darker pieces of furniture.

02 // This chair has a comfy factor but also a supportive back which I need. I like that the pattern is soothing and when I saw the chair in Target the color had more blue in the gray than I anticipated and I instantly loved it more. There is no color combination more soothing to me than that of gray and blue.

03 // I just feel that a brass table lamp is a must for my desk aesthetic.

04 // The touch of whimsy in this clock is delightful.

05 // Here’s my soothing wall art.

06 // Every desk needs a calendar and the desk calendars from Anthropologie are perfect. Particularly the vintage maps calendar. It would definitely feed my travel bug.

07 // A bit of gold and modern flare added in with this pen/pencil holder.

08 // A candle must absolutely make an appearance on my desk. I’m sold on the color. Now to just go smell it.

09 // My organization-loving soul thrills whenever I gain a new planner/journal. I’m loving this one.

How I enjoy setting up a new space.

 

A Document to Share

I created this little weekly chart for myself as something that I could stick onto the front of the fridge (that big thing I walk past or open about 1500 times a day) to prevent myself from forgetting to thaw, again, the chicken for dinner or forget that we have a doctor’s appointment in an hour that I’m not at all ready for. Now, I have reminders set on my phone and a calendar that I use to plan as well, but as my calendar is too big to leave laid out on our limited counter space, and as I am a very visual person, I needed something that I couldn’t help but look at over and over again throughout the day. This was my solution.

It has been hugely helpful to me! I fill it out at the end of every week as I’m menu-planning for the upcoming week and fill it in with pencil so that I can change anything as the week goes on. My husband had the idea to save the finished ones in a folder at the end of the week and mark next to our meals what we thought as a help to make sure favorite meals are saved and disappointing ones are never thought of again. This can also be a way to refresh your mind on how much the meal cost to make and how much prep time it took if you wanted to be that thorough in your notes.

I’ve shared my chart with a few friends and they have found it helpful as well, so I thought I’d throw it up here for anyone else who might be interested.

Click on the picture below to download the PDF. Hope this serves you well!

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