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    Staying organised while you’re at school (ft. my printable student planners bundle)


    I’m 18 years old right now, which means that I’ve been through 16 years of education. From my experience, school is tough, especially when you’re struggling to stay organised (me right now lol because I’ve just started uni). So in order to help y’all students out there, I’ve created a bunch of printable planners! Obviously, it’s not a must to use my printable – you can use your bullet journal, a random paper or a plain notebook to stay organised. I just designed the printables according to what works for me and I hope that this post will help some of you guys out ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    1. Monthly planner

    This is one of the essentials – use it to write down important dates, deadlines, birthdays, holidays etc. Colour code as you want and pin it up 😀

    2. Weekly planner

    Every Sunday, I’d take the time to sit down and plan for the next week. Take a look at your to do list and your schedule, maybe reflect a little bit on what you have accomplished and what you have missed in the last 6 days and plan accordingly.

    3. Daily planner

    It’s better to set a goal everyday, but not too many so that you’d have enough energy to do one well – the same applies to the daily to do list: I’ve limited it to 3 items only so there will be no ‘OH NO I HAVE TOO MUCH TO DO WHAT AM I GOING TO DO maybe watch netflix first…?’ situation happening ever again. There’s a meal planner, which I find really useful when I need to cook for myself (sometimes you just don’t want to eat in the cafeteria). And a daily schedule of course, for meetings, classes and whatsoever.

    4. Assignment tracker

    This. is. a. life. saver. Especially in secondary school because the deadlines tends to be in the near future (while in university, professor gives out syllabuses with assignment that may be due in a few months later (in that case, I’d put it into my monthly calendar)). BUT I still have a list of ‘immediate’ assignment so I don’t forget anything 😛

    5. Brain Dump

    Ideas come and go, and it’s really difficult to remember them unless you note them down. I’d usually use my phone or my pocket notebook to store my random ideas, and then when I’m working on a project or something like that, I’d go over my page of random ideas and see if any of them fit, put them all down in the brain dump paper and select which to use and which to ditch.

    6. Class schedule

    Pretty self explanatory – I have one pinned up on my cork board so I’ll see it every morning and know which class I have to go to.

    7. Courses & Contacts

    Pretty self explanatory as well – it’s a place for you to store all your professors’ info so you can access it with ease.

    8. Exam Planner

    Who doesn’t hate exam? (ughhhhhhh) Hopefully this will help some of you guys – breaking it down into sections and tackling it bit by bit is prob a lot easier than cramming the night before right?

    9. Grades Tracker

    Yeah sometimes I just don’t wanna look at my grades but having a grade tracker helps with knowing where you’re at so that you can maybe make a plan on how to improve?

    10. Formula Sheet

    If you’re a science student like me, then you’ll know the pain of having to memorise all the formulas TT

    11. Project Planner

    Same concept as tackling an exam – it’s less daunting (and you’re less likely to procrastinate) if you breakthe project down into manageable chunks

    12. Group Project Planner

    A project planner but for group projects! Not sure about you but I quite like group projects (if everyone is hardworking enough lol)

    13. Habit Tracker

    (please ignore my gross colouring skills) Habit tracker is a great way to keep track of daily goals – it must be really satisfying if a line is completely filled!

    14. To Do List

    Last but not least – the to do list! I like to have a general to do list and then I’ll select some of them to put into my daily planner.

    So that’s it! (It’s quite a lot tbh phew) Hopefully you’ll find it helpful and don’t hesitate to contact me if you want me to create any specific printables!

    P.S. I dont know why the lighting is so bad D: I took the photos in the morning…

     



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  • InEtsy

    10 things I’ve learnt after making 10 sales on Etsy


    I’ve recently made my 10th sale on Etsy!!! (internally screaming eeeeeek). My Etsy shop was launched about 2 months ago and although 10 sales is not that much, it still means the world to me!
    Here are 10 things I’ve learnt after making 10 sales on Etsy:

    1. Getting your 1st customer is difficult but you’d feel like you’ve hit the jackpot when you got it

     

    I’m really thankful for the one who bought my product even though I had no reviews and sales. It must be a lil bit terrifying to buy from someone who’s totally new :S

     

    2. Patience is really the key

    Yeah I see this tip everywhere when I search for ‘how to make your first sale on Etsy?’ – it must be true though, since everyone is talking about it. You can’t really do much after you’ve launched your Etsy shop – surely you can advertise, blog about it, share it on instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and all the social media platform you could think of, but you can only wait patiently for your first sales to come. Meanwhile, relax and don’t google too much ‘how to make your first sale on Etsy?’!

     

    3. Your product matters  

     

    Not just the quality, no, but also the category. At first I only listed hand lettering printable poster (which no one bought any of it, not even up till now haha). However, once I started to upload printable planners, sales come rolling in. In fact, I had my first sale a few hours after I’ve uploaded my first printable planner (17-18 monthly calendar). So while my lettering print remain untouched, my planners are doing quite well.

    4. Having reviews help with sales

     

    This is quite obvious – I mean you’d want to purchase from shops whose reviews are great vs those that have none, right? And I know, getting your first review is difficult too, and you can do nothing but sending follow up emails to the buyers and wait patiently ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

     

    5. List a lot of products when you just started, and get into a schedule later on

     

    When you google ‘tips on starting an Etsy shop’, everyone tells you to ‘list tons of products’ because empty shops are not what you want to have. It’s true in a sense that having about 10 items make your shop looks ‘legit’, however, you don’t need too many – in fact, save those ideas for later on and schedule e.g. how many items I want to list every week. Uploading and updating regularly is also very important.

     

    6. Bundle, Bundle and Bundle

     

    People love to buy bundles. I do have a some listings with just 1 sheet of planner (but people rarely buy them lol) so create bundles more and single items occasionally.

     

    7. It takes up a lot of time

     

    During summer I would pour most of my time in developing products but now that I’m back at school, most of my time are used to go to class, do assignments, revise blahblahblah. I finally realise now how time consuming Etsy is.

     

    8. Schedule set time blocks during the week to do Etsy stuff

     

    If you have a full time job, or you’re a student like me, your schedule must be pretty packed. Sometimes you just get overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you have to, but if you can schedule a set number of hours for Etsy during the week and incorporate them into your schedule, you’d feel much less stressed and there’d be no more ‘oh no I just don’t have enough time to list a product this week!’

     

    9. It’s difficult but rewarding

     

    Starting an online shop is difficult. Getting views is difficult. Getting sales is difficult. Getting reviews is difficult. Sticking to an upload schedule is difficult. Everything is difficult (#life). But I thoroughly enjoyed every part of it and so should you (if you’re not then why are you still doing it?)

     

     

    10. But it’s fun!

     

    Running a side business is a really nice experience. You get to learn stuff from organisation, planning to creating products, marketing, communications, taxes (still not entirely should how I should handle that oops) etc. It’s hard, but it’s worth it #YOLO