5 things I do before school starts.

Hi there!

I just finished a list, you know what I’m talking about. Then I looked at the list and realized that it could make a fine blog post, because I’m sure someone else has a similar list. If you do, please share yours in the comments! Anyway; here’s my list and I will specify further down, because why not? Enjoy, and I hope you find something useful!

  1. Buy new supplies
  2. Pick an outfit for day 1
  3. Pack a personalized ‘first aid kit’
  4. Get back into the ‘wake up at 6 am’ rhythm
  5. Set up planner for school

And here we go.

1. Buy new supplies


I already have all the pens I need, or, I have way too many pens that I need to use before they dry up. I have planned on using the Staedtler Triplus Fineliner for my review and reflecting note taking, whatever ballpoint pen I can find for note taking during lectures and I will probably alter between the Pilot Frixion Light Highlighter and the Ballograf Friendly HighLighter when reading. I got myself two pen cases, one to grab during class and one to only take out of the bag when around people who know me. Wouldn’t want to scare people away with my crazy stationary addiction right away. Guess which one is which?


I did, however, order some new notebooks, A4 for in class note taking and A5 for review and rewriting. Nothing fancy, just those cheap ones that do the work. I already have tons of post it’s, as you can see, so I will try to use the ones I have before ordering new ones. I actually prefer the original yellow ones, weird, right?


I marked my notebooks and maps with my two colors. Since I will have two classes at the same time for the majority of the next four years I thought I could make things easy for me. I think I saw this tip on some YouTube video, to make it easier to find the right notebook in your backpack.


2. Pick an outfit for day 1

I do believe I have this one figured out. How about this;

The text says; I can fit my TN and one personal sized planner in here!

Maybe not those exact clothes, but that is pretty much how I look every day. And the bag I do need, I have no black bag in a smaller size, you know, the personal planner size. I have a backpack, but I don’t need that on day one.

3. Pack a personalized ‘first aid kit’

I bet you can think of at least a few things that you always forget at home. Or is that just me? Those are the thing I will put in my first aid kit. I always forget painkillers and band aids. So that’s some of the things I will put there.


The thing about this kit is that once I take something out of it I have to put it back or refill as soon as I’m at home. Not everything is pictured, I will try to put everything on this list in the kit, not sure how it will fit though. I will probably have to put the chewing gum in a and some other things in a separate place in the backpack. I think I picked up a few extra things when shopping the other day…


4. Get back into the ‘wake up at 6 am’ rhythm

Yeah… about that…

No, just kidding, I love waking up at 6 am even on weekends. That fist cup of coffee in the morning, preferably all alone so I don’t hurt anybody, priceless.

5. Set up planner for school

Check. I’ll share more on this in September, since I’m not sure how the current setup will hold up. But I will have all the important information in my A5 Malden in Ochre and the planning part in my Personal Malden in Crimson. Don’t they look perfect together?


I hope you enjoyed this post, please leave a comment if you did! Or if you have any questions or suggestions, on pretty much anything.

What five things will you do before school starts or before going back to work?

Have a great day,


My every day Mobile Office

I don’t know about you, but I tend to keep a lot of the things I use in my bag all the time. When I get home I always place my bag next to my desk/the space I use for planning and creativity. I have a pretty simple bag from H&M, and I have vowed to stay in it until I find The Bag. (I have a pretty specific picture of how my Perfect Bag will look like and work. I am pretty sure it will blow up in my face someday, but hey, a girl’s gotta dream?) Anyway, in my current bag I always keep my mobile office, the things I carry with me at all time, and the base consists of the three P.

1. Planner


I NEVER leave home without my Personal sized Domino. Never. Ever. I want to be able to scribble down anything anywhere and I do use my DIYfish LMI v2.2 Do2P for a thing I call “A List” as well as daily planning. And I can’t get through a day without my List.


If my bag is not too heavy I like to bring a notebook for writing on the go, you never know when inspiration hit you. I received my very first Traveler’s Notebook the other day, a fauxdori made by Ray Blake over at mylifeallinoneplace.com. And I’m loving it. I think it has replaced my regular notebook, but I’m not entirely sure yet. I feel like it’s not flexible enough as I like to tear out pages if I’m not satisfied with them (this does not apply to my BrainDump, BlogDump or other list based notebooks, and they stay in my Raydori).

2. Pens


Every time I leave home without my pen case I get the perfect opportunity to sit down and do my color coding or I get and idea where I need to do a mind map (color coding is essential here). So now my Stabilo Point 88 is a part of my Mobile Office and they stay with me at all times. Besides the Stabilos I also bring my Sharpie Pen and my Pilot Hi-tecpoint V5 Grip. I realized they were my favorite gel pens when my black one ran out of ink the other week. Now I’m planning on stockpiling.

3. Post-its

In a transparent zipper pocket I have a lot of sticky notes, preferably of the Post It brand. I wouldn’t last a day without post-its, and you can imagine the happiness I felt when I realized that their 3 in notes fit perfectly on my DIYfish inserts in Personal size. 😀


So, yeah. That’s my Mobile Office, or the things I always have in my bag. Besides my three P I also carry a variety of paperclips and some highlighters. The highlighters are mostly out of habit, from when I studied at the teaching program a few years ago, and since I’m hoping to get into the business program in the fall I feel like it’s no use taking them out. Now I just need to find The Bag.