Friday, January 29, 2016

Getting things done // the review

If you only read one book this year, this will be the book to read, to live by and to digest. Getting things done by David Allen is the book for living a stress free life. I can't stress enough how important it is to learn the skills and the art of getting things done especially now where the speed of information created and travel are so damn fast!!!

What the book is all about?

"Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organization. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organizational tools, seminars, and offshoots.
Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come. This new edition of Getting Things Done will be welcomed not only by its hundreds of thousands of existing fans but also by a whole new generation eager to adopt its proven principles. " excerpt from

What do I think?
  • every time I read the book I learned something new
  • the best book ever about organising and getting things done in a system that can be customise to suits your lifestyle
  • listening to the audiobook is also great since David Allen himself narrate his own book. His voice is so pleasant to listen to and I was inspired to try and perfect the system.
  • I might listen to this audiobook every month so that I will get ideas and inspired to be better at home and at work
  • if you love planner and making lists you are going to love this book
I highly highly highly recommend this book for everybody. It's a must have book for everyone after Quran and Hadith. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

#thursday3 [28.01.2016]

I think I missed last week #thursday3. No problem, I am not going to sweat about it. It's a project about me and I can miss a week or two if I want to. Life is pretty hectic lately and it is very important that I hit that pause button and take stock.  

1. I am listening to the Magpies audiobook by Mark Edwards. Loving it so far.

2. I am enjoying digital planner and paper planner at the same time. How am I suppose to choose? I love them both equally.

3. Life at work may not be boring but working with limited budget has it's challenges especially when we are not provided with food during meetings. In a way it's good for my health, no unapproved diet.

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 27, 2016

One fine day

This week layouts are so much fun. I realised that I took less photo this year when did not participate in Project 365. In a way it's a good thing. It pushes me to be selective with what I want to capture and what I want to scrap about. I am becoming more aware of other things other than photos and selfies like images from my daily life like things I ate, typography that I love, posters I am amaze by, movie I watch, things on my phone, audio book I'm listening to, books I read and many more.

I have a feeling that this year is going to be a great year.

"SHE DESIGNS THE LIFE SHE LOVES" -- I really love this quote!


Project Life App

Project Life App + Pic Collage App

Project Life App + Phonto

Pic Collage

Project Life and Phonto

"Be Creative, Show up and Focus on what's important"

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

How I use Erin Condren Life Planner 2016/2017

Last year I bought Erin Condren Life Planner 2016/2017 just because I want to experience what's it's like to use a planner that is so popular. I like coil bound notebook but I am not sure about coil bound planner. I have used a planner like this before. It took me two months longer to oder one. 

I do love the color, the design and the changeable cover. I just don't know how to use this planner to it's fullest potential. It's a bit bigger for me to carry around and it doesn't have enough room for me to ramble and doodle.

So this year I am going to challenge myself to use this planner. On the first page I add my 16 Goals for 2016. I finally have my own laminator machine and I can laminate things for my planner. 

I love how people have been using this planner for memory keeping and for home management system. I am going to setup this planner around that theme - memory keeping and fitness related.

I still don't know what I will use this section for.

At first I try to use the monthly calendar for Blog Editorial planner, then as listersgottalist challenge but somehow around November and December I just can't commit and decide what to do with it. I need more.

In January I setup my one month calendar to host my workout schedule for January using Insanity Max 30 program. I also used this to track my Max Out time. So far I have manage to keep it up and look at the schedule daily.

I am hoping to continue using this for February 2016. As for the weekly layout I focus more on things to do at home and what I think is important outside of work. And I add a lot of photos.

For week 04 I add stickers related to health and fitness. I also made page marker with List of things notepad. I love that I can write my todos with Sharpie marker and I can erase it with soap and water.

I like the idea of writing the highlights of the month at the end of the month. I am using the space provided at the end of month for this. 

I am still searching and looking at some ideas on what to do with the notes area at the end of this planner. 

So far I am happy with how pretty the planner is and how I want to look at it every day.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

5 Ways to save money

The current economy here is pretty bad. I am not an expert on Economy and Financial but as a consumer and citizen of this country I do feel the pain. Either you stay at home or step outside the door, you are going to pay the cost - gas, electricity, water, toll, food and many more. 

The saddest part is there's nothing I can do about it. I am not going to bad mouth anybody because I don't really know what happened like what happened it GST collections, what happened to Zakat Money collected, what happened to all the taxes that we paid and many more. Let the expert do their thing and solve the crisis.

(photo from PenGems)

As a woman and a mom there are ways that I can do to save money or cut cost from daily routine.

1. Reduce personal grooming from twice a month to once a month
I used to spend money on personal grooming like facial, full body massage and slimming treatment monthly. I think it's a good idea to stop going to those spa and only go at least once a month or twice a month. Some how I just can't justify the spending.

2. Eat less
Now is a good time to eat less. This is definitely a great idea especially when there's no food during meeting, workshop or training. Fasting on a weekly basis is so much effective. You will definitely reduce the cost of eating during the day.

3. Get healthy
Taking control of your health is super important now. When you are healthy you will reduce your trip to a clinic or hospital. Cost of curing a diseases is so much expensive compare to preventive maintenance. No more stressing out about office politics, not sleeping well due to unnecessary stuffs and not working out due to overtime at work. I can put all those things in my lists and not worry about it when I am at home.

4. Rotate clothing
Given that most of the stuffs here is at least 6% higher than before, you are going to save a lot of money from not buying too many clothing. Maintaining an outfit on a regular basis cost a lot. The less you have the less money you will spend on cleaning, ironing and storage. Amazingly enough I did not buy any clothes this year.

5. Entertain only one obsession at a time
I have many things and projects that I am obsess with at one time like planners, project life, art journal, stationary addict, scrapbooking, decorating, photography, apple obsession, shoes, shawl, makeup and many more. All of these obsession cost money and to make matter worst it's in US dollar. I need to cut back with my obsession. Only entertain one obsession at a time. This month is going to be planner, stickers and printable. Nothing else. I am going to focus on one obsession at a time. (Hmm maybe I should revise my goals for this year).

I know I can't just go cold turkey with my spending and lifestyle. Reducing a little bit at a time will be a smarted approach. I need to be prepare with what ever the government decide this coming week. I don't have the power to do anything about it. All I can do is make peace with it, pray and ask for Allah's guidances and help. Allah is the all Mighty, only He can help me and all of us.



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