Thursday, January 14, 2016

#thursday3 [14.01.2016]

I can't believe it's Thursday already and it's time for #thursday3. So many things happened in the last week. My obsession might still be the same but I am picking up another things to be obsess with. 


1. I am obsess with Getting Things Done this week. I need to take control of my life - work and personal.

2. Hanif starts his pre school this week. Getting him ready and out of the house early in the morning is challenging for me. One more thing to add to my morning routine.

3. Clean up mailbox and keep it to zero is my goal for this week. I have four emails to clean up. Why do I have so many emails?

Think about it this way…If you take one picture and write down three facts each week — at the end of the year you’ll have more than 50 photos of yourself and 150 facts about what life has been like. It would make such an epic All About Me book — and most of the work is already done." -

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

16 Goals in 2016

It's January and it's usually the month when most people make a resolution and goals for the year. I love making lists and I love goals. This technique helps me to focus and see what I wanted to achieved clearly.

I saw youtube videos going around about goals and resolution, I decided to write a blog post about it.

This year I choose FOCUS as my one little word for 2016. What better ways to stay focus other than making lists.


1. Be more active
I would have like this year to be the year that I take action in terms of my health and fitness. I want to move more, stand more and do more physical activities that I enjoy like dancing, running and window shopping (hehehhe)

2. Read five books from my to be read pile
It's about time I do something about those to be read books that has been piling up my stacks. On top of my head these are five books that I want to read this year [ Magpie, one of the JD Robb In Death series, NYPD Red 3 ** I totally forgot I bought this book ***,  Pretty Girls by Karin Salughter and The Here and Now by Anne Brashres]

3. Read two non fiction books
This year I also want to improve and sharpened my skills for work. What better ways to do that than read a book. I intend to finish Getting Things Done by David Allen and the life changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo, two books that have been staring me in the face every time I walk in my room.

4. Implement Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology at work and at home
I have heard so many great things about the GTD systems and how people used them to be more productive. I already have the tools like Evernote, Dropbox and planners to help me be on top of my game. I just need to improve my workflow system and process so that nothing slip through or no open loop.

5. Recite Quran at least 40 verses a day
I am so determine to finish reciting Quran before half of the year. I just need to make it a priority and make the habit has part of  my lifestyle. What better ways to do then set a goal for myself on a daily basis. If I can achieve 40 verses per day in a month then maybe I can start to increase from 40 verses to 60 verses per day. 

6. Utilise the planner that I have. Keep the current planner to three
I have accumulate a lot of planners in a year and sometimes I felt overwhelm with all the planners out there. I wanted so much to collect all those beautiful planners out there. So this year I am going to choose only three planners (including the digital planner) for 2016. 

7. Choose photos from last year and print them out
Photos  are very important to me. I like taking them and I like looking at them. Keeping all those memories tuck away in my computer or on my phone is not going to work for me. I took a lot of photos and printing them all out might not be cost effective solution. I need to spend some time (at least once a week) to go through them and choose which one I want to print out. My goal is to get all those photos out and put them in my Project Life album or make a photo book. 

8. Backup my digital photos and documents at least twice a month
I know I know I should backup photos every day or maybe every week but I found out that keeping a regular schedule for back up has been a problem. I can't commit. I already set an automatic backup to flickr ( they gave 1TB of free space) I still need to sort and process all of my photos, organise them in a way that I can find them again in the future. And I also need to have another backup site for my photos a.k.a MyCloud storage

9. Go for quality
With all the products out there it's easy to collect stuffs. So instead of buying stuffs just because it's cheap I need to focus on quality. That means no impulse buying. I need to do lots of research, read review and compare prices before buying stuffs. I want to be surrounded by stuffs that not only pretty and enjoyable to use but will last longer. 
I am not sure if I can apply the same principal at work just because the current situation focus more on quantity and fast result. 

10. Save up for macbook air 13"
I have been eyeing a macbook  air for a really long time. I find it very hard to justify the purchased  This year I am going to indulge myself with this beautiful laptop by setting aside a budget a.k.a saving up for macbook. I set my goal for September 2016.

11. Make creativity as part of my daily routine
Creative outlet has been something I crave for a long time. I need things to be pretty and has colors. I love coloring even though I have no idea that I love to color. I usually feel self conscious about my coloring technique and skills but now I don't really care. I color how I want and what looks pretty to me. I am not going to sell them so it doesn't really matter. So this year my goal is to set a side a time for me to be creative either making a scrapbook page, designing something for my planner , decorating planner, organizing my craft area, coloring or even when planning project at work.

12. Write in my journal at least three times a week
I enjoy writing especially when I don't have to worry about grammar or other people reading it. Also I need a place when I can write what I want and what I feel at the moment. It's therapeutic.

13. Make scrapbook pages or Project life layouts at least three times a week
Scrapbook has been a part of life for a really long time. I enjoy it so much but sometimes when life happened I kinda forget to make time for it. So this year I am going to make an agreement with myself to make at least three scrapbook page a week.

14. Doing some exercise at least four times a week - pick something that I enjoy doing
I want to look good and I want to loose weight. It has been a constant battle lately. I used to think that exercise alone I can loose weight. Well not anymore. So instead of being discourage I want to focus more on what exercise brings into my life like I am more happy, and more fit. Choosing something that I enjoy doing is the key here.

15. Listen to Quran recital everyday before bed.
On top of reciting, I decided to listen to Quran recital everyday before bed. I love that Apple music has Quran recital album in their collection. Those Quran verses really calms me down and help me sleep better.

16. Taking control of my monthly or yearly subscriptions.
Oh boy I can't believe that I let my subscriptions get out of control. I need to take stock of my current commitment, assess and make a few decision about them. I can't believe I have so many of them. 

There you have it. My sixteen goals for twenty sixteen. I love making lists but keeping up with the list is a different story. I have learned that I am a visual person. I tend to pay more attention to it if I can see it.

So my next step is to make this list available online and off line for me to see. Like Ali Edwards said made your word visible. And in this case is make my lists visible. Review them weekly and put some action related to it in my planner.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Project Life 2015 Round Up // Volume 2

Project Life™ is a system created by Becky Higgins. To learn more about this approach to saving your memories, click here 
I have been actively involved with Project Life system since 2013. I usually make my layout using Adobe Photoshop on my computer. Since late 2014, I have been using Project Life app on my phone and I was totally hooked! Love the app so much 

In August 2015, I made a photo book out of my project life layouts from week 01 until week 27. ( volume one for 2015). I do not want my photo book to be so thick and heavy so I decided to make two volumes.

I made Project Life 2015 Volume two last Saturday and I received the book today. I have been a customer of Photobook Malaysia for a few years now and I am happy with the services. I usually bought a coupon code when they have a sale and used the code to order my book. It's way more cheaper.


I kept the cover design the same. I just add volume 02 text on the front.

I kept the front page simple.

I did not order the lay flat version. Hemm maybe for this year I should try it.
I think it cost higher than the normal one.

[Week 28 - Week 53]

Week 28aWeek 28b

Week 29a Week 29b Week 30a Week 30b Week 31a-web Week 31b-web Week 32a-web Week 32b-web Week 33a-web Week 33b-web Week 34a-web Week 34b-web Week 35a Week 35b Week 36a-web Week 36b-web Week 37a-web Week 37b-web Week 38a-web Week 38b-web Week 39a-web Week 39b-web Week 40a-web Week 40b-web Week 41 a Week 41b Week 42a-web Week 42b-web Week 43a-web Week 43b-web Week 44a-web Week 44b-web Week 45a-web Week 45b-web Week 46a-web Week 46b-web Week 47a-web Week 47b-web Week 48a-web Week 48b-web Week 49a-web Week 49b-web Week 50a-web Week 50b-web Week 51a-web Week 51b-web Week 52a-web Week 52b-web Week 53-web
(disclaimer: 90% of these layouts were made using Project Life app. The other 10% were made using Project Life template and Adobe Photoshop on my computer)

WOW! What a ride?! So many things happened in the last six months and I am so glad I took the time to record it. 

I hope this will inspire you to cultivate a good life and record it. It's totally worth it. Life is short. Record them.

Are you doing Project Life in 2016? 

What's in your 2015 Project Life? 
Did you print them out and 
store them in your album?

One more thing before I go, don't forget to back up your photos!

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