One of the key pulls of going freelance has got to be the freedom and control over your own day. I relish being able to set my own working hours and work on my own terms (within reason), and for the most part I find it incredibly easy to do so. I took to freelancing like a duck to water, and rarely struggle with the lifestyle. However there are of course exceptions and in recent weeks, or even months, I’ve felt like I’ve flotsam-ed here and there, just about getting by and making no real progress.
A week or so ago, CGD London sent me a generous bundle of goodies from their elegant, organisation-championing collection and I was delighted to plop them on my newly reorganised desk and get to grips with them. Of course my bullet journal still takes top priority in terms of future planning, daily logs and all sorts of fun trackers, but these larger format pads have been a godsend!
Let me walk you through each of them.
Weekly Desk Pad
First of all, the Weekly Desk Pad (£10) is a brilliant size. I recently added a faux leather desk mat to my, erm, desk, and it’s great for maximising mouse space and being a lovely surface to work from. Plus it makes a great home for this A4 landscape pad. The design is simple but functional: there’s a week-to-view, quote of the week, space for a general week’s plan, and a note section. I’ve used it so far to fill in my clients for those days and gym classes, and will continue to use my bullet journal to log the smaller tasks.
The paper quality is almost unrivalled: not too thick but not thin enough that ink marks seep through. And the pink and gold trim is so pretty!
On The Menu Meal Planner
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of the meal plan. I absolutely refuse to do my weekly shop without a meal plan made (albeit haphazardly on my phone) and a shopping list written.
This similarly sized On The Menu Meal Planner — actually, identically sized — A4 landscape pad features a complete week’s meal planner with space for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a separate, tear-off shopping list. Guys, I’m utterly obsessed. I’m a woman possessed and have made THREE weeks’ worth of meal plans so far. Please stop me!
Many of you ask how I meal plan, but the premise is that I bring out a notebook, or my beautiful new planner(!), select one or two cookbooks from my stash and just flick through. I cook in larger batches to save energy and reduce food waste, so I find typically three recipes is perfect. I always eat lunch out on a Wednesday and treat myself to a Friday breakfast out, along with Friday dinner dates, so these are immediately marked as such. Breakfast is often the same to keep things simple, and then my three recipes can be split for dinner and a ‘leftovers’ lunch through the week.
A weekly plant-based shop typically costs me between £16 and £26, as some weeks I cook for my sister and I or Harvey and I, although when Harvey and I stay together, our weekly shop comes to around £28, so who knows?! Groceries are a continued mystery for us all!
A huge thank you to CGD London for these wonderful planners. Hand on heart, they’re making my working and personal week SO much more functional!
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