30 Jun 2016

(almost) a year with my rifle paper co planner

I used to think bound planners were bulky and hard to customise but I've grown to like the fact that I can't move pages around. Ring planners used to be my go-to because of how easy it was to create a setup that worked for me and I can still see the appeal but I definitely don't miss the weight of them. The one thing about this planner is that it doesn't look bashed about at all! The cardboard cover is fairly thick but I didn't think it would hold up this well after about ten months of use.

My weekly pages have really changed throughout the years and it's now at the point where it is severely minimalistic. Admittedly, I don't miss the many stickers I used to decorate my pages with and instead, I'm content with just a handful. The weekly layout gives me plenty of space to plan my week and also incorporate a daily to-do list.

At the front, I have a few pages and I like to use them to write lists of things. One such list is of tea I want to try:

At the back, the pockets have been really handy. I have a collection of things in there from vouchers to receipts to little pieces of paper with university notes.

Overall, this planner has been well-used. All sections have been used and there isn't a wasted page. What you can't see are my other notes pages which hold a lot of information I may need when out and about, birthdays and other events are written down in the 'important dates' section, monthly pages are used to plan posts for this blog (I may share these later on in the year/early next year!) and at the back, the contacts pages are filled with addresses of friends and family.

I'm now using a different planner for the next academic year and you'll see its first week this Sunday. This Rifle planner has served me well but I need something less bulky to tote around in my bag :)

28 Jun 2016

book: brian o'driscoll - the test

This is a different book post than usual but it's nice to do something a bit different sometimes.

Back in February, one of my friends let me borrow her copy of Brian O'Driscoll's (BOD) autobiography. For those who don't know, I'm a huge sports fan and rugby union has long been at the top of that list. I'm a Scotland fan but BOD was a player I loved watching. Whenever he gets interviewed, he's super humble and just seems really down to earth for someone who was one of the best at his game.

I found the autobiography funny, extremely humble and quite eye-opening at times. It really put into perspective just how far rugby has come as a professional sport and just how serious a career it can be for those playing at a high level. He also explained the worries he had about his career and I guess things are a bit different for sports people as careers often don't last that long.

I don't often read autobiographies but this one was a good one. Even if you're not a big rugby fan but are a fan of humble sportsmen who tell it like it is, this is worth a read. I read it in six days whilst on surgery placement (so 8am - 5pm days!) which is an indication of just how well written and absorbing it was as a read.

26 Jun 2016

my week #219

This is the last week I'll be showing in this planner as I've decided to change to a different one for the next academic year. It'll be revealed in more detail in about ten days time :-)

Not much to say this week unfortunately! Exams are at the forefront of my mind which makes me feel like the most boring person ever at the moment! It will be over in a month thank goodness :)

How has your week been?