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Starting to plan or journal? Here’s what you should focus on.

My friend, Patty, recently decided she wanted to start using a planner for future planning and journaling, and this is a little list I managed to organize for her in order for her to begin her planning path.  One of the things that I love doing is to ensure that I have all my planning and journaling supplies ready when I’m about to start in a new planner. I will gather my planner, my favorite pens that must be include dark ink, preferably fine tip gel pens, pretty stickers, washi tape, deco tape, pencil and eraser, and colored markers with a fine tip.  I also like to keep these all in one place because I typically use these over and over again, so I have a stationery wallet big enough to handle all my things. Now if you’re lucky, you can even purchase a portable printer, one of the tiny ones that are out these days so that you can take a pic of something on your phone and quickly print it out to insert in your planner. That’s if you want to keep a memory handy. I have an LG one and LOVE it!

  

Here’s a side note about picking a planner. It’s just my personal preference, but I love planners that have stitching as opposed to glued. The reason behind this is that the planners lay flat and pages don’t fall out. If you’re a binder planner person, which I was for years (and still use), the benefit of this is that you can take your pages out and work on them one at a time.  Just make sure you understand what you’re getting before you spend a boatload of money on these.

This is a picture of our Macaron Planner that I gave to a friend of mine who posted this picture. Didn't she do a great job?

Once I have all these items together, I ensure my planner has the following information:

  • Monthly Planning Calendar
  • Dedicated daily planning section
  • Notes section

Here’s what you’ll do:

  • Fill in all your important dates, such as birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, or anything else that you know will never change.
  • Block off vacation time you already have scheduled for the next year, so you accidently do not plan something during that time.
  • Write in appointments or events you know are coming up. For Moms, this means going through your children’s school schedule and jotting down days off, half-days, field trips, and other events coming up. In addition, this also means any lessons or practices should be automatically listed as well.
  • Is there something you absolutely do every year? Christmas activities, visit to the pumpkin patch, or a trip to the beach? Write this down. Reserve that time.
  • Also, add to-do’s and goals to your planner. For example, at the beginning of the month, I will look to see whose birthdays are coming up and take a trip to the store to purchase cards or gifts for that person. If I know Christmas is going to be expensive, I start saving $100 each month to cover this expense when the time comes to go Christmas shopping.  The idea is to write it down to hold yourself accountable because otherwise it will be difficult to accomplish.
  • It’s also super important to reserve me-time or even a special date night. Jot these down.
  • To-do list. You’ll want to utilize a little section of your planner to list all the things you need to do on a daily basis. Whether that is your daily section or your notes section, start out small – listing big things you need to start taking action on. As you begin to use your planner more, you’ll notice that you’ll begin to get more and more detailed on these. To show that I’ve completed an item, I highlight my completed items so that it makes me feel accomplished. I love seeing highlights now. Others like to put check boxes next to their tasks and check items off as they’re complete. And yet others like to just cross their items off. Use whatever works for you.

One of the important things to do as you go through this process and begin planning in your own style is to ensure you have time set aside every day to glance over, revise, or jot things down.  Reconcile your planner once a week, check for revisions, and check your to-do list.  Good luck starting your planning!

Congratulations to our April Totoro Giveaway Winner: Micah Padre Juan!

We are so excited to announce our April Totoro Giveaway Winner: Micah Padre Juan! Micah received a Totoro package from MIMO which includes a Totoro Pencil Pouch, Totoro Gel Pen, Totoro planner stickers, and a Totoro double card case. Want some of the same? Come take a peek at our Totoro items at MIMO Pencil Case Shop!

 

April Giveaway: Win a FREE Totoro Package from MIMO Pencil Case Shop

#APRILGIVEAWAY: Win a FREE #TOTORO PACKAGE from MIMO Pencil Case Shop to include a cute Totoro Pencil Pouch, a fine tip Totoro Gel Pen, a Totoro Card Case, and a cute pack of Totoro Transparent Planner Stickers!

Here’s how to win:

  • LIKE this post on MIMO's Facebook Page
  • Comment with the name of the person that would love this package as much as you!

You’ll need to do these 2 things in order to be eligible. The #winner will be randomly selected on 4/25/16! Make sure you share this with your friends!

To see these items in our shop, simply go to MIMO Pencil Case Shop now!

Winner: Ultimate Stationery Organizer Wallet

A FAVORITE of our shop, you must see this - it's the "Winner" Ultimate Stationery Organizer Wallet. Yep, you heard right - this is a beauty!

This is a premier and beautifully made organizer wallet that can store a number of personal items, from important papers, stationery, tools, passports, i-pad, and even writing and drawing tools. Our 'Winner' Ultimate Stationery Organizer Wallet is perfect for those who want to carry their planner goodies with them, or have all their writing tools at their disposal. The outer material is beautifully made, durable, and in vibrant colors, with sturdy hardware/zippers. You'll love all the pockets and zippers on this organizer to ensure safe keeping of your notes, money, post-it pads, or cards. We LOVE this organizer and hope you do too! This makes the perfect gift for the OCD'er in your life (you know who they are)! Quality, functionality, and beauty all in one! Measures approximately 9.0" x 6.5". Go take a peek!

 

MIMO's Macaron Planner featured on Becky Lock's Kitt N' Kaboodle!

We love having our items featured by bloggers, and one of our items, the Macaron Planner (check it out here) is one of our most popular items. Why? Well, let's go check out Becky Lock says in her blog Kitt N' Kaboodle to get some insight. Becky ordered the Purple (almost lilac) Macaron Planner in the larger desk size and loves it! We're happy she does because we do too! In fact, each one of our staff members love it too. What comes with our planners typically? Well, we like to 'juice' up our planners with (of course) the monthly and weekly pages for the planner. But we also like to make sure you've got a nice pen, some stickers and some fun stuff for your planners too. Order one, and see what you'll get with yours! 2 sizes available, pocket and desk.

p.s. do you notice some of the other items from MIMO's stock? eh-hem love the Kawaii Heart Paperclip!

  

MIMO March Giveaway

Our March Giveaway is still on! We have a bunny themed package for all those that love kawaii bunnies! You'll enjoy our pretty collection of everything bunny this month. To enter, just visit our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/mimopencilcaseshop/

Follow the directions - like, share, and comment!

See you there. Giveaway ends March 30th!!

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December 2015 Printable Calendar

Hello MIMO Fans!

You'll notice our December 2015 Printable Calendar is here (compliments of San-X). This month features our adorable friend Korilakkuma. It's such a pretty little calendar - make sure you print yours out!

Come take a peek at all our goodies in our store this month! You'll love all our new items! Click here for MIMO's store.

November 2015 Printable Calendar

Hello MIMO Friends!

The San-X November 2015 Calendar is now available for you! Print this cute sheet out for your binder planner and let it help you stay organized! November features Sumikkogurashi in a cafe scene which is super cute and free and printable just for you!

Click here to print your calendar!

November Printable Calendar

 

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Macaron Planners now available for purchase!

Our Macaron Planner Sets are now here to purchase. We have limited quantities so please purchase if you're interested! Macaron Planners are perfect for those that want an all in one package to start their organization journey.  These beautiful candy colored pastel 6 ring binders come in 2 sizes. They are made from high quality PU leather and are fastened by a button snap at the front of the planner.

A6 (19cm x 13cm or 7.5” x 5.1”) otherwise known as your pocket planner

A5 (24cm x 18cm or 9.5” x 7.1”) otherwise known as your desk planner

The 20mm ring binders are silver in color.  There are side pockets in this planner and card slots as well. You’ll love that it has 2 pen loops in every planner.

This is a FILLED planner. There is a full year of inserts which includes 1 year (12 months) of monthly calendars and 1 year (52 weeks) of weekly calendars.  As a bonus, we are also including 5 pretty, and colorful dividers to insert into your planner.  The beautiful thing about these inserts are that they are not dated – so you’ll be able to start your planning journey as soon as you receive it.  Like other planner paper? You can use refill pages from Filofaxes and other planners in this planner as well.  Ships from within the U.S. 

LIMITED quantities available. If you like this, please purchase now. Our shop stocks up on this only periodically.

Macaron Planner

Thank you! Like this? Come check out accessories that would go perfect with this planner at MIMO Pencil Case Shop now! We have planner paper clips, pens, planner sticky notes, and stickers and other stationery that will perfectly match your new planner. Come take a peek!

 

October 2015 Printable Calendar

Hello lil' mimos!

San-X has come out with an ultra cute October Calendar you must print out for this month! I think it is just adorable! It features Kutusita Nyanko, our super cute kitties, on a music trail! In fact, you can purchase our San-X Kutusita Nyanko kitty pouches in gray, brown, or yellow right here! They are super soft and make the best kitty friends ever! Click on the below calendar to print out!

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