It’s time for a new Inspiration post!
I’m still wondering how it is September again… I’m in the working world for a little while, but can still feel the back to school fever around me: my Instagram feed is packed with beautiful school spreads, and the back to business season is hitting me hard.
And that’s ok, because I’m ready! I took advantage of the summer to look into new organization methods and test new stationery supplies. Here’s a summary of what the last 2 months have been made of here!
Leuchtturm & Scribbles That Matter B6 notebooks
My current bullet journal is a B6 notebook. I crafted it myself, with the help of Sea Lemon’s book binding tutorials. It’s now coming to an end and I’ll soon need to change it for a brand new notebook. Since I started to use a B6 notebook at the beginning of the year, I fell in love with this size.
So I’m pretty happy that Leuchtturm decided to release a B6+ notebook this summer. It’s on the top of my “potential next bujo” list. It’s a bit wider than an actual B6, and features only 123 pages. But I think that’s the closest option to what I expect from a B6 notebook now as it’s a true Leuchtturm notebook with pages number, back pocket and all the “details that make a difference”.
Leuchtturm is not the only brand that just released a B6 notebook. Scribble that matter just added a B6 book to its line. I haven’t ever tried STM notebooks, but as far as I can tell from the reviews I read on blogs, Instagram and Facebook groups, it seems that the STM paper is much better than the Leuchtturm. The Scribble that matter B6 notebook features 201 dotted pages, which is a plus compared to the 123 pages of the Leuchtturm B6+.
Oh and I can definitely recommend to browse the Bullet Journal in Miniature Facebook group for B6 bullet journals inspiration. And in case you’d like to have a look at all the supplies I’m currently using, you can find all their references here.
[picture is from https://www.jennibick.com/]
As I release this new post, I’m working on a new Soumkine x Minimal.Plan planner that will be available on September 14th on Soumkine e-shop. I’m already proud of our common work, and I’m always amazed by the creativity of Fiodor, the founder of the brand.
As we were working on this new collaboration, he was also in the process of creating the Soumkine Universal planner, and it’s been love at first sight!
The Universal planner is a notebook with a squared grid. But it’s not quite it. The layout features some marks that make it very easy to draw a monthly or weekly layout within minutes. It’s as if the spreads had an embed row and columns guide. Perfect for bullet journaling!
The notebook features 64 pages and is available on Soumkine’s e-shop.
I already knew Stephen Covey’s “7 habits of highly effective people” from my previous job as a project manager but really decided to give it a try after Yukiko Sakamura mentioned it as one of her top inspiration in her guest post.
The “7 habits of highly effective people” book goes far beyond organisation.
I actually wouldn’t really call the guidelines Stephen Covey shares “habits”. In my opinion, they’re closer to life principles. The book is also (and even more) about values, self growth and how to create balance in your life. Stephen Covey goes very deep in the subject and gives a lot of examples from his own experience to illustrate his 7 “habits”.
I was expecting something more concrete and down to earth to be honest, but loved the book anyway. It made me rethink some of the mental schemes I’m used to follow in my everyday life, either for business or personal purposes.
For the first time, I didn’t read a book, but listened to it. I found the book on Audible and gave this all audio book thing a try. Let me tell you that I loved this new experience! Don’t get me wrong: I love reading. But listening to a book such as Stephen Covey’s was perfect to keep my hands free and take loads of notes along the way.
It also allowed me to create a bubble of focus even when I’m in a very noisy environment (like public transportation or coffee shop). If you haven’t tried audio books just yet, I would definitely recommend the experience!
Ok, not really bullet journal related, but a good backpack is key for my daily organization. I was sharing the first months of my freelance experience in this post, featuring all the tools I use to stay on track, but hadn’t find the perfect backpack at that time.
And trust me, the choice of the backpack is a real thing: I wanted something black (because I have a slight fear of colour – working on it), light and not too big (to match my Hobbit short stature).
I eventually decided to buy this Eastpak backpack that is helping me to make everyday of my digital nomad life a bit easier. I LOVE it. It’s just missing some small pockets in my opinion, but it’s perfect to carry my laptop and all my papers when I head to the library to work (and to enjoy its air conditioning system – one stone two birds).
Last, but not least (NOT AT ALL). I’m closing this post a super exciting news!
I’m currently working on designing my own planning system. If you’re a member of the Secret Planner Society, you’ve already received some info about this… And if you’re not, it’s the perfect time to subscribe. More details are coming very soon!
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