What’s In My Schoolbag 2020 | How I Stay Organised

Hello!

Welcome back to the blog. I don’t think I have shared on here (but if I have you may have forgotten) the new upload schedule: Tuesday and Friday! That’s two posts a week over here on the blog and two posts every week on Instagram too (also Tuesday and Friday).

Anyway, you probably just want me to hop straight into the post: What’s In My Schoolbag 2020. Typically these posts come out in early September, but I was on my mini hiatus. I still wanted to spill the ins and outs of my bag, and how I stay organised with my school work. I hope you enjoy!

Le Sac

Most importantly, we have the bag itself. This one was on sale from Cath Kidston a couple of years ago and I have used it ever since. It has a handy laptop compartment and, although I don’t take a laptop to school, it is useful for keeping papers and books straight, neat and not crumpled!

In the main compartment we have:

My Academic Planner

I bought this planner from Ink Outside The Box a few weeks ago – admittedly not at the start of the academic year. They were on sale for much cheaper than the original price, with profits going to charity, because during production some of them went kinda wrong! The main planner is still completely functional however the monthly dividers weren’t in the correct order (I quickly rearranged them though). So yes, ta-daa!!!

A Book

You never see me without a book, and I take one to school with me every day. Currently I’m reading The Magpie Society by Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch. I’ll report back once I’ve finished and post my full review to Goodreads! (my username is @cathjaneblog so please don’t hesitate to add me as a friend 😉

My Pencil Case

This one is bigger than last year’s, however it fits my calculator which is really handy. Having the extra space means I can put sticky notes in there too (a student’s dream) and, of course, some snazzy highlighters. I have got into the habit of emptying it out every weekend, sharpening all of the pencils, throwing away the random loose bits of paper – we all collect them – and making it fresh for the following week. It’s a lovely little ritual and motivates me to spend more time studying. Definitely the best part of my school bag!

Bag of Random Things

I also have little drawstring bag that is home to the loose articles I take to school ‘just in case’. That’s a tin of Vaseline, spare mask, extra hand sanitiser, and a little packet of tissues!

Other Stuff…

The front pocket of my bag is home to a pair of socks with non-slip soles for drama. On cold occasions (aka Autumn-Spring) I put my gloves in there too. I don’t keep anything else in the front pocket despite there being space.

A blazer is one of God’s gifts. In there I can put my purse, hand sanitiser, face mask, the planner school provided, phone, bus pass… It’s a fantastic organisation method XD

Sorry if this post is generic and boring, but I’m very happy you stuck until the end!

If you were a school teacher, what subject would you like to specialise in?

Leave your answers to this question below, I can’t wait to read and respond to them! I’m almost certain I’d teach English. Although Geography is by far my favourite subject ❤ 

Thank you for reading,

Catherine x

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5 Ways To Stay On Top Of Homework + Revision | Collab With Emma Blether

Hello everybody! Welcome again to my back to school series. I am very excited today to bring a collab with one of my most admired bloggers: Rachel. Rachel is a creator based in Scotland, who produces YouTube, blog and Instagram content under her alias ‘Emma Blether’. We have previously worked to each other on a few posts, which I will link here. More recently I became the first official customer of her new online business: Emma Blether Prints. I’ll link all of her social medias at the end of the post (so keep reading!)

Today’s collaboration is on a study based topic! I absolutely love sharing tips on how to be more productive. I’ll be sharing how I stay on top of homework, studying and revision. Rachel, on the other hand, will be sharing How To Stay On Top Of Revision. I will link that post here to you can head over and read it!

School is approaching, and may have resumed for you. After 6 long months of online school, it’s definitely a shock to the system to have face to face teaching and… homework. The devil’s word. But homework is a necessary tool to help you improve with your subjects! This post applies to revision too, although revision is definitely organised by the pupil more so than the teacher. Anyway, let’s get into it, shall we? 

Start As Soon As It Is Set

As soon as someone sets you a task, get started on it. No, I don’t mean get it all done in one night. If it’s a smaller task, of course go for it. However with bigger tasks and projects the largest obstacle is getting started! As soon as you can, get started. I usually do this by…

Plan, Plan, Plan

Planning! Rather than ‘go with the flow’ I like to outline the key points of discussion before heading into a task (I do this for blog posts too). You might be asked to carry out research on… Piet Mondrian – he was the first person that came to my head. Write out the questions you would like to answer in your research, then get started! But DON’T just simplify a Wikipedia document. Write down a few key points or mini to-do lists you would like to complete in your homework.

I have a sense that last paragraph made no sense. Sorry for confusing you! 

Sticky Notes

I might have rugby club directly after school, which interferes with my ability to get started right away. So in my planner, next to where I’ve written down the homework criteria, I will place a sticky note with my initial ideas. This is especially useful for creative subjects that require brainstorming! Or even with sciences, jot down what textbook you think might be useful to complete the homework.

A Planner/Schedule

Writing down your commitments (clubs, lessons, homework etc) in a timetable is a severely overlooked way to manage time! If you had five tasks set on Wednesday, but your Wednesday evening was packed full of work, write down (on your schedule) an allotted time to complete the homework/revision. Is Thursday night free? Do it on Thursday!

Don’t Pile It All On At Once

Procrastination is not ideal. Neither is expecting yourself to complete millions of tasks at a million miles an hour. Use the schedule, as mentioned above, to spread out your work. A spot of revision every day is better than one huge day packed full at the end of the week. Small, but often! That’s my approach with homework. Always make time for family, friends and pursuing your passions. School is really important, but your whole world shouldn’t centre around it. Take breaks.

These pens are completely plastic free, and the ink is soy based (non toxic) so perfect if you’re wanting to make an extra effort this school year for the planet

Many thanks to Rachel for allowing me the chance to collaborate once again! Writing study centred content is actually so enjoyable for me. On top of that, I have a few ideas planned out! Stay tuned for more study content in my back to school series. If you do really like it, I might do it beyond September! Let me know what you think.

I’ll link Rachel’s part of the collab here, along with her Instagram, YouTube and business. 

What is your advice for staying on top of homework? Which one of these tips did you find most useful?

Have a great weekend,

catherine x

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August Bullet Journal Set-Up 2020 | How I Stay Organised + A Pop Of Colour

Bon matin, mes amis! How are you doing? As I scroll through my published posts (almost 300!) I notice that I haven’t done a bullet journal set-up post since April… oops. I got into the rhythm of filming them for IGTV however, due to the poor wi-fi, I couldn’t edit them. That’s a shame. Maybe the YouTube career is purposely telling me to stay away, haha! So, today’s post is going to be an insight into my August bullet journal set-up. August, if you didn’t know, is my birth month. That’s why I decided on a yellow theme, because yellow is my favourite colour!

This font is new to me; I’ve never tried it before. However I was just experimenting with different ways to write ‘Monday’ and this style stood out to me. For that reason, I have incorporated into the rest of my spreads. I also did some weird squiggly lines, and a bit of black pen here and there. In my opinion, it’s cool. What is your verdict?

Although I usually skip over the quote part of a cover page, this month I thought, ‘why not?’. So here’s a motivational quote by Muhammed Ali.

Continuing on, we have the monthly spread. Here’s my calendar for the month, where I jot down important dates, events and to-dos. I do not use this one for any blog planning, just my personal life. I have 5 friends, two of which birthdays are in August alongside me. My best friend shares her birthday with my brother, on the 31st August. It’s a very busy month in the baking department. However, with a bit of 1D playing, it’s always enjoyable.

As we turn the page, you are greeted by a smaller calendar. This is where I plan what content goes out when. I will not write the titles of each blog post, or the caption of each Instagram post. I use a separate calendar for that on my phone, because my blog schedule often moves around due to collabs. This is just so I know that on Wednesday I need to post on Instagram and my blog, and on Thursday I must write a post for The Positivity Club etc.

Now for my ideas spread! I probably made this one a bit too small, but it’s cute. My problem is that I have so many ideas stored up in my little brain, but I don’t have the energy to actually write the full posts. Can you relate? Or is that just me?

Unfortunately, we have reached the final page of my August bullet journal set up. Sad times, or maybe you’re not sad because you want me to get this over and done with. Since it is my birthday month, I decided to make a page for a wish list. I don’t believe this is bratty, I think it’s very useful. Often we get to the week before my birthday and my lovely kind friends and family pose the question: ‘what do you want for your birthday?’. In that moment, I could choose any random article. That’s why I like to refer to a list.

Plus, a wish list also helps when you are swerved to buy something by an advertisement. You might see a bath bomb, for example, and think ‘ahh, I’d love to spurge my money on this’. Things like that, impulse buys, should really go onto a wish list then be contemplated for a few days before you decide whether or not you truly want it. In the process you may see something else on your wish list that you should prefer to buy, because you have wanted it for longer.

And this set-up only took four supplies, plus a old notebook!

I’m so lucky that I’ll be having a safe birthday this year, surrounded by family. I feel desperately sorry for those who have had to spend occasions, since the outbreak in March, apart from family. Additionally, I hope those in unsafe domestic situations are given the assistance they need. For too many people, staying at home has been the opposite of helpful. 

Wear a mask, wash your hands but don’t dehydrate them. Use hand cream! Please!

What are your goals for August? Do you have any plans?

As always, leave your response in the comments so that I can chat with you! To comment, if you’re not allowed directly from WordPress, you will have to click in the top right hand corner and ‘open in Safari’. It is a bit annoying, I do apologise.

Have a lovely week,

catherine x

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My Ideal Nighttime Routine | Journaling, Hygge & Cosiness

Having good routines is essential if you want to make the most out of your day. It can be really hard to maintain a certain sleep pattern if you don’t have a good nighttime routine. In this post I’m sharing with you my ideal nighttime routine. I won’t be able to achieve this exact routine every night but I aim to do it about 5-6 times a week. If there are things you want to incorporate into your daily routine, the best place to but them at the start or the end! Because in the daylight hours we’re all rushing around getting boring things done…

  • Change into pyjamas 

I don’t feel very relaxed until I’ve change into comfy pyjamas! 

  • Have a wash

Taking off the day’s makeup and washing my face is a small luxury. There’s something very satisfying about cleaning (whether it’s my room or my face). Some days take longer than others, but the base of my skincare routine is the same. If you are interested I’ll consider making it into a post.

  • Tidy room

By doing a little bit of tidying every day it means that no mess piles up. I can’t properly concentrate on anything else if my room isn’t clean! 

  • Get clothes ready for the next day

Getting my clothes together the night before means that there’s less stress the following morning. I quite enjoying putting outfits together but if I’m in a rush I usually come out of my room looking a mess. 

  • Set alarm

Too many times have I forgotten to do this… 

  • Make a cup of tea

Though a cup of tea is how I start my day, I don’t think the caffeine in it is enough to keep me awake at the end of the day! The hygge lifestyle you see all over social-media is the sort of thing I do at the end of my day. Making a cup of tea is just the essence of it!

  • Put on some music

I don’t much chance to listen to music at any other point in the day. My usual journalling tunes are some Beatles instrumentals or lo-fi tunes. 

  •   Journal for as long as I need to

Sometimes I only need to write a paragraph or two, it just depends how much has gone on that day emotionally. I try to not journal for too long though – because of course I need to get to bed!

  • Fall asleep


Reading wasn’t included in this routine. My prime reading time is in the mornings and I often don’t have the energy to read after a long day! If you did enjoy this post then I will write my morning routine for you as well. 

Do you have an ideal nighttime routine? Are you are an early bird or night owl?

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2020 Bullet Journal Set-Up | Minimal, Easy & Effective

Compared to the rest of the bullet-journal bloggers I am a bit late with my 2020 bullet journal set-up. But I have got it here eventually and that’s all that matters! If you want to take a look into how I organise my life then this post is for you. It’s an overview of the primary pages in my bullet journal. 

The notebook I am using to journal in is the Essentials Dotted Grid Notebook. Last year I used the Leuttchturm but the pages had really bad ghosting. The Essentials notebook has higher gsm and has so far been better than the Leuttchturm in terms of ghosting and bleeding. For Christmas this year I did receive some more stationary, including Stabilo Boss Pastel Highlighters which I used throughout this set-up. Pink is my accent colour – as you will come to see!

The first two pages of this set-up are my reading trackers. I don’t have enough lines for 100 books but I will probably use two bullet journals this year so it doesn’t matter. Also I will be using Goodreads to record my book-reading! If you want to be friends with me on there my username is kittyjadeblog. I’m never very active on there but I would still appreciate your support. 

I didn’t make a cover page – just went straight into the set-up. My word of the year is Lykke so I included this in the first few pages as a reminder. On the left page is my key. I hardly use it because I know my key like the back of my hand now. It fills space and looks nice though!

Then we move on to my future log. I’ve left as much planning space as possible so it doesn’t look particularly ‘aesthetic’. I kept three months to a page which meant this filled up four pages in total. 

This 2020 page looks useless but it is going to a good meditation. Every time a good thing happens next year I’m going to jot it down on this double page. By the end of the year it will be crammed with my achievements or happy memories. I don’t think it’s arrogant to be proud of achieving something. Even the small things like ticking off my to-do list! 

If you are a regular reader you will be aware of my goals already (I made into a post with Sophie’s Corner) but writing them down on paper makes it feel more definite. I only have 5 main goals but I can use a goals page to plan them out in small stages!

My travel tracker is hopefully going to be very full by the end of the year! I would really like to visit Italy and I’ve already booked a camping trip in Scotland. Even the small destinations, I would like to write them down. The first two columns are the date and place, and the final column will be favourite memory of that day (which I think is more important than the ‘money spent on trip’ category) 

The most used out of all of these spreads will be ‘blog post ideas’. I want to completely cram this page so that when I have no ideas I can take a look at this page and find some! Maybe one page won’t be enough, but the page on the left is blank just in case! If you have any ideas for blog posts you’d like to see from me in the new year, leave them in the comments or DM me on Instagram. 

And that’s it for the set-up! I had so many spread ideas but decided to keep in minimal. I know that I won’t be able to keep up with loads of spreads (even these might be too much aha) I hope that you all have a great year – organised or not!

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