When School Gets You Stressed

College with EmmaGrace: Part 12

It’s officially the third week of classes for me, how about you guys? I think my school started a little late so you may be even farther into the semester. With that in mind, I am SURE the homework/quizzes/exams are all starting to come. I would LOVE to help you out, so today I am going to give you a few tips on how to “reset” when schoolwork is really piling up!

Step Away

The first step when you have a million things on your plate is to take a step away. If you are staring at the computer screen just trying to finish a paper when everything else is pouring down on you, you will not get anywhere. Trust me, I have tried to do this in the past. I thoughts “just push through this last set of problems, finish that last page, etc.” However, if you step away, you can come back with a fresh mindset. Not only will it help your mental health, but you will work more efficiently and probably get a better grade. I would give this at least fifteen minutes. You can do anything you like, but I would recommend a hobby that brings you happiness. Maybe draw, read a book, or go for a little walk. Something that has NOTHING to do with your school work. You may want to get it all done RIGHT now, but I promise that just fifteen minutes will be worth it. When you have done this, move onto making a list.

Make a list

Make a huge list of everything you need to do. Include all the big assignments as well as the small ones, even if you are almost done with them. It should feel overwhelming at first. Even if you only have two pages left to read for chapter one, write down “finish chapter one.” I will tell you why I do this: you feel like you accomplish more when there are more tasks you can cross off. When you feel like you accomplished more, you WILL accomplish more. If you have a lot of little assignments written down, even if they only take three minutes to do, it is something to cross off the list. I also have a special way to organize the list;

  1. Either get your bullet journal, a notepad, or just a sticky note.
  2. Write down all the subjects you have to do work for. This can be all school subjects (like math, science, or education) as well as anything else (work, chores, etc).
  3. Begin to write what you have to do for each. I usually organize this in order of top to bottom priority. Like I said, EVERYTHING you need to do.

Create a timeline for that list

Now that you have written down everything that needs to be done, you must decide when to do it. Sometimes you are so behind that you might not be able to get everything done by the due date. And sometimes that’s okay. If you can just get yourself caught up, you can make sure you never get to this point again. Take your first subject, and write down the due dates for everything on the list. Even if it is past the due date, still write it down. Then, do this with every other subject. Next, come up with a time you want to complete everything by. If something is already late, you might want to get everything else done first. Unless there is a time limit on late work. For example, in some classes you get a 50% off no matter how late you turn it in. For those, I would start to prioritize everything else first since it doesn’t really matter when it gets done. For other classes, you may get 20% off each day past the due dat. In that case, I would prioritize those assignments a bit more.

Now that you have a date for when you want everything done, rewrite the list as either a daily or hourly schedule. For example, maybe you want to finish one chapter in biology and one page of notes in math by tomorrow. Write both of those assignments down for tomorrow. Or, maybe you want to finish an assignment before noon. If you don’t want to rewrite everything, you can just circle all the items you want to finish by the end of the day/hour, then keep doing that until everything is done.

Prepare your work area

Before you can even think about starting work you need to have a clean space. Start by organizing all your papers and assignments. Make sure everything is in the correct folder, with the correct notebook. When you go to work on an assignment everything should be in one place. Then, take EVERYTHING off the desk: pens, phone, notebooks, candy, whatever you have. Organize all that stuff. Put away everything in the correct spot so you don’t have to do it later. If you just throw everything off the desk it will still be a mess, and a distraction. Now, you should put only what you need for your next task on the desk. As many pencils and pens as you need, a notebook, your computer, etc. Nothing more than what you need because you don’t want a cluttered workspace.Trust me, if you have a million things on the desk, all you will want to do is mess with them or work on them. If you only have stuff for that one assignment, there will be nothing else to do but the assignment! I would recommend getting a glass of water as well so you can stay hydrated. Now, you can back to work!

PS: this means work from a desk, not the couch!!

Stick to your plan and stay on topic

First of all, you made that timeline for a reason! Stick to it! If you were supposed to finish something yesterday, you need to finish it today along with the rest of what was scheduled for today! I know it sucks… but that leads me to the part of staying on topic. Everyone always says to focus and put the phone away, which is so true. I hate to say it, but if my phone is near me, all I do is watch Tok Tok for hours… I just can’t help myself. Besides that, I have a tendency to switch back and forth between all my subjects at one time. I will write one sentence for English and move on to making notes for another class. Try try try to stay away from this! Only bring out your notebook and supplies for the one assignment you are working on. Also, close all your other computer tabs. If I have my blog open on one tab, I can’t help but start writing, even when I should be studying. Even though I need to do both things, it takes a lot more time to go back and forth and try to get my brain reorientated every time. However, if everything else is closed, I only have one notebook, and my desk is cleared of all distractions, I will get so much done!

Take mental breaks

I mentioned this in another college post, but it is too important not to mention again. If you work for hours on end, you will get absolutely nowhere. At least once an hour, give yourself 5-10 minutes to stretch your legs and relax your brain. It may not seem like you have the time to do this, but you do. Along with a mental break, you need a food break too! If you are so behind that you have to spend the entire day doing work, the do it, but make sure are hydrated and fueled. Make sure you eat some great meals and snacks along the way. If you feel your brain starting to wonder off too much, and you just can’t do it anymore, just take a little break. Come back to it in five minutes with a fresh mind.

Go to bed when you need to/wake up early

Do not stay up until 4 in the morning to do your work. This will make you feel horrible the next day and you probably won’t do well on the assignment either. When I write papers really late at night, I wake up the next day and can’t even decipher what I wrote. That being said, every once in a while, it happens. You just have to keep working and I get it. However, if you can help it, get your sleep and wake up early the next day. If you wake up early, you have the power of daylight (and coffee) on your side. I know waking up early sucks, but at least your brain has some more “fuel” and you have a fresh start.

Most of the time, online assignments are due at midnight. If you are working on it after midnight, then it’s already past the due date. So, you might as well finish it in the morning when you have recharged your brain.

I hope this helps! Please reach out to me if you have any suggestions on future miniseries posts! And, let me know in the comments what you do when school is really bogging you down!!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Halfway there!

We’re halfway through the week. The homework has officially started to flood in? A little coffee is MUCH needed to get me through (and of course some deep breathing/relaxing). How are you guys getting through the week??

Another Update About Me!

Hello again and welcome to another update on my life! Today is another really exciting update, and I hope you agree with me. I love the support of all my followers and hope you appreciate being able to learn a little more about me. Most of the time I just post about my bullet journal spreads, the mini series, etc., so I like a little change in topic once in a while! I should have posted this a few weeks ago, but I was working on telling all my family before I posted about it on the blog.

So… what is this post even about?

As many of you know, I am going to school to be an elementary teacher. You have to choose one subject to focus on, and mine is math. If you haven’t read any of this before, I would recommend going to the “Update” from November. I am in my second semester of college and have been trying to help other college students through my miniseries. Also, when I blog about different tips and tricks, it reminds me to focus on them as well. Practice what you preach, right? Anyway, last semester I went to a small college about an hour away from home and lived in the dorms, but I didn’t love it. At the end of the semester, I began to think about transferring. I will talk you through all my options, my choice, etc!

My options

Where I live, there is a community college along with a big university. This gave me a few options:

  • Give my college another semester and then think about transferring
  • Go straight to the university in my hometown
  • Go to the community college in my hometown, then transfer to the university

The big decision…

I thought about what to do until the very last minute. I decided to go to the community college, but will transfer to the university in the future. I can only get an associate degree at the community college, so I have to transfer at some point no matter what (you need a bachelor degree to teach). I may or may not get the associate degree at the community college because it requires a few extra classes the university does not need. That means I would have to pay a bit extra to do this. Instead, I could just take the general education classes at the community college, and just receive a bachelor degree from the university.

There are quite a few elementary education courses that transfer easily from the community college to the university, which is a really nice way to save money. I can also dual enroll next year depending on what classes are available!

I struggled!!

I had a really hard time trying to get into classes because I made the decision only a week before the start of the semester. There are MANY problems associated with this. First off, the university I want to transfer to in the future has a four year plan for the education program, and I wanted to follow that. I couldn’t follow it exactly and here’s why…

  • A class was full: when you wait until the last minute you get the last of the classes
  • I needed a prerequisite: a lot of the classes I wanted needed a basic “English 100” class. Even though I got the credit for that in high school, they wouldn’t be able to send my transcript in time for the semester.
  • Classes were only offered in the fall, meaning I will have to wait until next semester to take them

Why??

As for why I transferred, I honestly didn’t love the other college. I struggled a little bit with dorm life and COVID. Just the thought of going back made me sad. However, the bigger reason is the education program. I began to compare the programs of the college I was at with the university I will now go to. The university has many more classes that are interesting to me, and that I think will help me more as a teacher. Not only are the classes more interesting, but they actually pertain to teaching. As you know, I am focusing in math. Here is a comparison of the math classes I have to take…

UniversityCollege I was at
Number Concepts for the Elementary/Middle School TeacherCalculus (1 and 2)
Teaching of Elementary/Middle School Mathematics Math for Elementary/Middle school teacher (1 and 2)
Statistics for Elementary/Middle School TeacherStatistical Methods
Geometry for Elementary/Middle School TeacherApplied Statistical Methods
Number Systems/Proportional Reasoning for Middle School TeacherMultivariable mathematics
Functions and Modeling for Middle School TeachersBridge to Higher Mathematics
Teaching Middle School MathHistory of Mathematics
Computing for Middle School MathCollege Geometry

At the end of the day, this was a HUGE factor for me. Before deciding where to go to college, I didn’t really look into any elementary education programs specifically. Thinking back on that, I probably should have. One college may seem amazing, but it all comes down to the program you want. As you can see, all the classes in the university are for teachers specifically, while the college only offers “higher” math classes. I feel much more prepared with the university’s classes.

How do I feel now??

You may be wondering how I feel about the decision a week into my new classes? My answer is; amazing! I love all my new classes and all the professors. Even though I don’t love all the subjects (a couple of them are pretty boring to me), each professor makes it worth it. Here is a list of my classes:

  • Intro to Anthropology
  • Number Concepts for The Math/Elementary School Teacher
  • American Government
  • Geology: Maps and Media

I love math so I obviously love my number concepts class! I am interested in geology, even though it’s a little difficult for me. However, government and anthropology are definitely NOT my favorites. In fact, government was my least favorite class in high school. However, the teacher is really funny and makes the class much more intriguing. As for anthropology, it is completely online. There are no scheduled Zoom classes, only due dates. You are expected to follow the assignments and have them turned in anytime before it’s due. This was a bit daunting to me at first, but I am learning to appreciate it. It really puts me in control and makes me be responsible for ALL my work. All in all, I am loving it so far!

Do what makes you happy my friends ❤

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Semester 2 Bullet Journal Spreads

College Life with EG: Part 11

Hello everyone and welcome back to College Life with EG! I paused this mini-series in November when semester one ended, but now that school has started back up, so will the series. I love to relate these posts to what is going on in school, so today I will show you some bullet journal spreads to get you prepared for the semester ahead! I hope you enjoy the second “round” of my mini-series, and please do not hesitate to give me some suggestions on what you want to hear about!

Grade Tracker

This first spread is perfect for keeping track of big assignments in all of your courses. It isn’t meant to track every grade, just the major ones: essays, tests, and quizzes. It’s a pretty simple design but can keep you on top of all your classes. With just a glance, you see what classes you are doing well in, and what classes might need some help. To make this spread, just write grades at the top of the page along with the semester name right below. I said winter/spring because it goes through both seasons, but you can call it anything you want. Next, divide your page into however many classes you have. After the title, my page was 48 boxes tall, and I have 4 classes, so each class takes up 12 rows. Then, make a box for each class, leaving one row for the class name. For example, mine were only 11 boxes tall. Once you have the boxes, write the names of your courses on top; you can either write the entire name (like American Government) or just the department and course number (PSI 101). In each box, I made sections for what the assignment was, the date, the weight/value of the assignment, and what grade I received. You can section these off however you like. Then, draw vertical lines to separate each section, and you’re good to go!

Semester Overview

If you read my other post on college bullet journal spreads, you have seen this one before. I mixed it up a little, but I think this spread (or something like it) is crucial when beginning the semester. On this page, I write down all the dates of my major assignments throughout the semester. You can use it for any assignments you want, but I only use it for tests, quizzes, essays, and BIG assignments (anything I should prepare for far ahead of time). I did this in two pages for the last spread, but I wanted to conserve room this time so I condensed it into one. It shows what the assignment is, the date it’s due, what class it’s for, along with mini calendars for each month so you can visualize everything at once. To make this spread, start with a fancy title, as always. I used my favorite brush markers, the Tombow Dual Brush Pens! Then, I divided my page into four equal sections by dividing it down the middle vertically and horizontally. For each month, I started by writing the name of the month in the middle of the section and a calendar below. Each day of the calendar took up one box in my spread. For the rest of the space, I made a big box (which ended up 19 by 16, so I can write down 16 assignments). At the top, I made one legend to show what each assignment was and one legend to show what class it was for. For example, sociology is orange, and tests have a box around the date. I use the shapes (for what type of assignment it is) in the mini calendar around the date. Then, I write the assignment in the box below and highlight the assignment (based on the legend) for whatever class it is. If you want to make another section in each box for the due dates, you can do that as well.

Before the Semester Starts (.5 pages)

This is the perfect spread for getting last minute items checked off your list before the semester starts. If you’re like me, you want to be overly prepared by the first week of classes. If you start off ahead of the game, it boosts your confidence for the rest of the semester. It make seem like a lot of work, but trust me, it really helps. I wouldn’t copy my spread entirely (obviously) because I am doing things that pertain to each of my classes. However, you can totally use the layout AND this can help give you an idea of what you might want to get done. I would start doing the items on this list a week before your first class, so you don’t have to rush anything.

If you noticed, I don’t have a space to buy any binders, notebooks, or folders on this list! That’s because I like to buy everything like that in the summer, when everything is really cheap for back to school. I buy all the supplies I will need for both semesters so everything will be ready to go when winter semester starts. Here is a list of my favorite school supplies (I did these off of Amazon because I know a lot of people are more comfortable doing online shopping right now).

Anyway, here is how to make the spread! I started off by writing “what to do before class begins” at the top of my page. I would choose a different color combination because mine doesn’t really match. Then, I made sections of different categories of what I need to do. For example, I do need to buy a few things. Then, I want to customize different items, prep for my math class, etc. However, you can make any categories you would like! The one I would highly suggest is prep work fir each class. Sometimes professors send out an email of a few things you can do to get ready for the first day, and I would always do that so you can start the class ahead of the game. As you noticed, this spread is only a half page, and the other half is a broken down description of each class schedule, so I will discuss that next!

Class Schedule (1.5 pages)

I made this spread into one and a half pages because I had extra room on the bottom of my “Before the Semester Starts” page. However, you can make it as long (or as short) as you like. This spread gives a layout of the entire course schedule, from course topics to due dates. This is different from the overview spread because it focuses on just one course at a time, and it shows exactly what I will be doing for every class period. For this spread, I pulled the information right off the syllabus. I just copied any information with dates onto here, which is why the sections are different for each class. This page will change a lot based on the class, but I will break down each of mine for you. To begin, I wrote the name of the course, the time, and the Zoom ID and password. Since all my classes are online this semester, I figured it would be a good idea to have all the Zoom information in one place. Below this information, I made a big box and started to section it off.

  • MATH 140: I made three sections: week of, Tuesday, and Thursday. Under the week of, I simple wrote the first day of the week we have class (Tuesday), Under the Tuesday and Thursday sections (the days I have class) are the planned topic for the class. Then, I highlighted every time we have an exam.
  • PSI 101: this class only meets once a week, so there is only one topic for the whole week. My sections were: week of, subject, quiz?, assignment, and read. We have a quiz every couple weeks, so in each box I either write what quiz it is or a simple line if there is no quiz. We have mini papers and discussions that go in the assignment section, and I write what chapters I have to read and take notes on in the read section.
  • SOC 101: As you can see, there is no meet time for this class because it’s truly all online. For each week, we have assignments, lectures, etc., and we are expected to get them done by the due date. So, my sections were: week of, topic, and due date. To save paper, I put two weeks into each row (meaning I wrote each of those sections twice). When there was a paper or exam, I didn’t section off the columns but instead kept the row as one whole section.
  • GEO 102: the outline of this class is a little different because each topic takes a couple weeks. Instead of breaking it down by individual weeks, it is in sections of a couple weeks at a time, which is why I just wrote the date range under the “week” category. My other categories were: topic, read, disc. (discussion), and HW (homework). Under read, I just write the chapter that we have to do for that topic, and under discussion and homework are the due dates of each.

Office Hours

This spread is nothing more than the office hours my professors posted for each class. I wrote it down because I had a little space at the end of the class schedules!

Thank you for looking through my spreads! I hope these can be helpful to you all as we start the semester. If you are not in college, I appreciate you just taking the timne to look through this and support me:)

As always,

wtih love,

EmmaGrace

Supplies

  • InkJoy Gel Pens: In “Grade Tracker,” I used this for the accent in the title, the boxes, and all of the pink writing. In the “Semester Overview,” they were used in making the boxes and the legends. I used them ifor all the writing in “Before the Semester Starts” as well as in “Class Schedule.”
  • Pentel Brush Pen: I used these for the calendar and month names in “Semester Overview” as well as the course names in “Grade Tracker.” I also used them in part of the title for “Before the Semester Starts” and the course titles/schedule/zoom information in “Class Schedule.”
  • Tombow Brush Pens: these were the title and the legend in “Semester Overview.” I also used them in the title of “Before the Semester Starts” and to highlight in “Class Schedule.”
  • Paper
  • To buy sticker in “Before Class Begins” (from Happy Planner seasonal stickers)

A Review of 2020

Hi all! First off, I want to say that my entire post got deleted on Sunday morning. I worked so hard to rewrite everything because I know you look forward to the Monday morning posts. That being said, if there are a few extra errors in the post, please understand ❤

Anyway, today I wanted to look back on 2020 (blog-wise) and everything I did/ accomplished! I was thinking about doing this last week, but I wanted to get those bullet journal spreads out so you could start using them right away! Now, there were a lot of things I did in 2020 that I was proud of, but today I just wanted to look at the year of my blog. As many of you already know, I just started this page last January, so it has officially been a full year! When I began, the only people who read the posts were probably my mom and my boyfriend. Besides them, I didn’t really tell many people about it, and I was lucky to get one or two other people off the internet. Honesty, that didn’t really bother me. I started this page to help other people and spread creativity, but I also did it for myself. It gives me something to do and allows me to spread my love of the bullet journal. If people read it, I love that! If there are only a few people reading it, I was okay with that as well. However, my long term goal was (and still is) to reach out to as many people as I can. Even if you don’t do my bullet journal spreads, I would love if you could read my page and be inspired to create anything you please. Or, to just use your creativity in everyday life. Over the past year, my page has grown so much in new followers and views, but also in what I post. I only wanted to do bullet journaling in the beginning, but now I post about anything and everything. I am by no means a “popular” or “famous” blogger. In all honestly, I still have less than 100 followers, but that doesn’t bother me! I have started to connect with more people, and for that I am thankful. For each and every one of you reading this right now, I am thankful that you are here and I would LOVE it if you would reach out to me in the comments! Let me know if you have a blog as well so I can share the love 🙂

Well, I guess I should get into the REAL post now!

January 2020

I officially bought my first website! If you didn’t know, you have to buy the website domain (lifewitheg.com) and the “customizer,” which is what I use WordPress for. I had a free Google website before WordPress, but it did not have much to customize so I quickly switched over. I didn’t have any posts that month yet… not sure why!! I did begin to do my daily quotes, however.

February 2020

I still hadn’t officially started my blog in February. I planned on beginning to post then, but I guess other things in my life got in the way. I did have a few people viewing the page during February, and I began to customize the homepage a bit more.

March 2020

The blog began to take off in March. I finally began posting a few different things, but I focused mostly on my bullet journal spreads. I gained my first follower which meant a lot to me because it meant the page was beginning to take off. I posted a monthly spread for the first time and now I post them at the beginning of every month. I had nine different visitors and received my first like on a post.

April 2020

For the first time, I had over 100 views in a single month. 100 is a big milestone and I would love to keep growing that. In April, I posted even more, with a lot of to-do bullet journal spreads. This is because we were in quarantine so I really wanted to focus on getting stuff done. Honestly, I played a lot of video games, but each day I made a list of at least 5-8 things that I wanted to get done. I posted spreads about this so you could be productive as well! It got me to clean out all my messy drawers; I know that isn’s a blog-related accomplishment, but I am still proud. I also created the “Quotes From the Year” tab so you can see all the daily quotes I have ever posted. I still update this now:)

May-July 2020

I actually took a little break from blogging at this time 😦 Luckily, I still had a few viewers!

August 2020

I finally got back into blogging! When I moved into college, I decided to dedicate more time to the blog to give me something else to do. I really missed blogging because it gives me space to get out all my thoughts. And, I hope to be inspiring many people along the way. I decided to start the “College with EmmaGrace” miniseries with a bunch of tricks and tips for college. This was everything from getting settled in to surviving the first week. The miniseries was something completely new for me as I wanted to incorporate a little more variety into my page. I related each post to something that was going on in school at the time. Even though I was posting a lot more, I still didn’t have a true schedule. At this point, everyone coming to the blog was doing so through a search engine.

September 2020

September was by far the best month for the page. I went from about 50 views in July, to 100 in August, to over 300 in September. I am still so shocked by all the support. I also had some viewers from people all over the globe, such as Romania and Germany. I love that I can connect with people outside of my country through something as simple as a blog! I started to post twice a week, every Monday and Thursday. That was the first time I had ever made a set schedule for the blog. I enjoy posting regularly because people can always count on having a post up on a certain day. Even though I only post once a week now, I want you to rely on me in being able to read a post on a set schedule.

In September, I used a photo-editing software for the first time to blur out personal information on my bullet journal spreads. I saw other bullet “journalers” do that before and wanted to try it out for myself. I posted quite a few bullet journal spreads for college, which were really beneficial in keeping me organized, so I hope they helped some of you as well. I also started to use “tags” which is just like a hashtag on Instagram; it shows what the post is about. I think this attracted a lot of new readers, especially other bloggers with similar interests! Finally, I started posting on my Instagram once again. I created my Instagram in 2019 just to show off my bullet journal spreads, but I linked it to my blog in September.

October 2020

October was another great month for the blog! After starting my Instagram back up, I had a lot of people coming to the website from the Instagram page. I also began to post on Twitter and Facebook, so people were coming from those sites as well. When I began the blog, I didn’t know how to promote it at all, but then I realized social media is a great opportunity! It was really awesome to see so many people coming because they were referred from social media! I still posted twice a week and at least one of the posts was always from the miniseries. I received my first comment which was really special to me because it meant people were engaging with my posts. By the way, I always LOVE to hear from you all in the comments. I almost had 100 different viewers, and the number of countries they came from continued to grow as well. Finally, I started to change up the posts a little bit to make them more appealing. I used different blocks (this is what WordPress calls things to organize the post such as headers, tables, lists, etc.). I think a well-organized post is much easier to read, so hopefully you agree!

November 2020

I stopped doing my miniseries this month. I usually made the posts about what was happening in school, such as posting “Surviving the First Week” the first week of school. So, when there is no school, there is nothing to relate to. However, I plan on restarting it when school starts back up next week. I also to started posting only once a week. I thought that I could put a lot more heart into it if I only posted once. Hopefully you notice that!! I received a lot of views from the WordPress reader, which means that other bloggers are reading my posts. I love to connect with other bloggers to see what they have to say. Plus, sometimes you get great ideas from other websites on how to improve your own. If you have a blog, please drop the link in the comments because I would love to connect with you.

December 2020

I closed out the year with a bang! I had six people comment on my blog! To some, that may not seem like a lot, but it honestly means the world to me. I never knew how many people would see or enjoy my blog. Slowly but surely, I am getting there! Again, I had a lot of people coming from the WordPress reader. Without the miniseries, I needed to come up with something else to post about. I decided to make a theme for December, so I did a lot of holiday posts. I also posted an update on me, which I like to do every few months. I don’t talk about myself all that much, and I figure my followers should be able to know a bit more about me! I received 46 likes from posts that I didn’t even publish in December. It’s great when you see people liking posts 3 months back because that means they are really exploring your page. So thank you for that!

Thank you all for your endless support in 2020, let’s make it an even better 2021!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Happy New Year!!

Phew! Can you believe is FINALLY 2021!? Everyone keeps saying they hope 2021 will be so much better than 2020. In some ways, I agree, but I don’t think you have to count on an entirely new year for a better life. Yes, there we many many MANY horrible things that came out of 2020. However, that doesn’t mean it was all because of the year 2020, and it does not mean we cannot start recreating out lives before the new year. While the new year is a great time to start something new, I am a firm believer in not waiting when you know you want something. If you want to start living a different life in December, why wait another month? All that being said, I did make a “new year” goal spread and year in pixels spread, but feel free to start them whenever you please. I also made a 2021 “at a glance” page, so let me know what you think!

2021 At-A-Glance

I decided to keep this spread pretty simple, but it’s a great way to see this year’s layout all in one place. As always, I started with the title, doing a little bit of calligraphy that you can make as fancy as you please. Then, I counted my boxes across so I could have even spacing between each month. I did four columns and three rows, but you can flip flop that if your paper is a little more narrow. I divided my paper into four equal vertical sections, starting with January. I wrote all the days out just like a calendar and put “JAN” above it as centered as I could. I used a highlighter to make the month titles pop out. Then, obviously, I did this with the rest of the months. You could make each number of the month a 2×2 box if you wanted the spread to be a little bigger. As you can see, mine only takes up about half a page and it was a little difficult to fit the numbers into just one box.

Next, I made a section for important dates (if you decided to make your days of the month bigger, you might want to make this part its own page). This time, I sectioned my page into 3 vertical parts, and made the months go down four rows. I simply wrote the abbreviation for each month with a line underneath. Next to the title, I have a legend for all my important dates. For example, blue is for holidays, purple is for birthdays, etc. You can create a legend with any categories you would like.

My “Anytime” Goals

The beauty of this spread is that you can start it whenever you would like. The simple design reminds you of all your goals in many categories of your life. I started by writing the title, then sectioned the rest of my page into six equal sections. In each section, I basically just used a brush marker to write the topic, then did an outline in black pen. Then, I made a little bubble around the title and some arrows that will have the goals at the end of them. I only made a few arrows because this page is only meant to have a few of my MAJOR goals. Some of them aren’t really “attainable” in a certain time, but more of a life habit that I want to keep up on. For example, in my social life, a goal might be to reach out to a new person at least once a week. If you would prefer goals you can finish and cross off, do that! A few other categories might be fitness (pretty similar to health), blog-related, creative, spirituality, or kindness.

A Year in Pixels

Again, you can really start this spread at any time you would like, even in the middle of a month. Since it just goes through one full year, if you start in August, it will just end in August! Like always, start with a fancy title! I even added some pixels to the top for some decoration. Then, I wrote the first letter of every month (J for January, F for February, etc.) in a row. In the next column over, I wrote the days of the month going down, all the way to 31. Then, I made the boxes for each day of the year. In each box, you will fill in a color depending on how the day went. I usually do this at the end of the night before I go to bed so I can judge it from my entire day. Plus, it gives me something to look forward to right before going to sleep.

I also made a legend on the side, with 7 different “types” of days. You could make it even more elaborate with many more colors and types, or even less. Here are the descriptions of my days, as well as another example of how you could do this spread.

Year in pixels: my way

  • Angry, frustrated: it wasn’t the WORST day ever but you felt just angry at the world for most of the day. Maybe someone at work wouldn’t leave you alone, or your dog ate food off the counter.
  • Successful, confident: you did amazing and got stuff done! You felt happy with yourself and everything you did that day. Maybe you woke up early and marked off everything on your to-do list before lunch.
  • Normal, average: not an AMAZING day, but also not a bad day. It went by without any major positive or negative events.
  • Tired, bored: you didn’t really do much or everything you did was just boring. Not necessarily a bad day, but no exciting events occurred. Maybe you cleaned the house all day, which needed to be done, but was extremely boring.
  • Sad, gloomy, down: a depressing sort of day. Maybe a few positive things happened but for the most part your emotions just felt like a rainy day. Maybe it really was rainy outside!
  • Happy, pretty good: an above average day. You were in a positive mood and things went your way for the most part. That doesn’t mean NOTHING bad happened, but you didn’t let it ruin your whole day.
  • Exciting, amazing, perfect: the best day you can have! Everything was just how you wanted it to be and you felt great throughout the day! Pat yourself on the back for that one, but remember it’s okay to have bad days too:)
  • No date: this is just when there is not a day of the month, for example the 30th of February.

Year in pixels: using numbers to rate the day

  1. Very above average day: This is just the absolute perfect day. You did everything you wanted, you felt amazing, everything just seemed to fall into place.
  2. Above average: it wasn’t the best day you’ve EVER had, but it was pretty special none the less.
  3. Average: not really a good or a bad day. Nothing special happened but nothing horrible happened either.
  4. Below average: not a horrible day, but it definitely could have been better.
  5. Very below average: this was just a TERRIBLE day (and that is okay). Nothing went your way, you felt down or angry all day, and you just couldn’t wait for it to be over.

I hope you enjoyed these spreads and have an amazing rest of the week. Let me know if you decide to try any out. Also, don’t forget I am putting my supply list for my spreads at the very end of my posts from now on.

Finally, sorry for the delayed post, but I should be back to my normal Mondays next week. Thank you for your patience!

As always,

with love,

EmmaGrace

Supplies

Markers and pens

  • InkJoy gel pens: In my “2021 At-A-Glance” spread, I used these for the black in my title, as well as the titles of each month, and the days of the month. I also used them to write “special days” and the categories for the special days. In “My Anytime Goals” I used these for the black in the title as well. I also used them for the arrows and the outlines of the categories. Finally, in “A Year in Pixels” I used them for the quote at the bottom and the boxes. I believe I used them for the angry and exciting categories as well.
  • Zebra Mid-liners: I used these for the legend and to highlight the months in my “2021 At-A-Glance” spread.
  • Tombow dual brush pens: In “My Anytime Goals,” I used these for the titles of the categories as well as the bubble outline. I also used them for the word present at the end of “A Year in Pixels.”
  • Pentel sign pen: I used these for the word anytime in “My Anytime Goals.” They were used for the title and most of the legend for “A Year in Pixels.”

Paper

Delayed Post

Hi everyone! The scheduled blog post for tomorrow won’t be out until Tuesday, or Wednesday at the latest. Sorry! Have a great start to your week tomorrow ❤

As always,

with love,
EmmaGrace