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the sunday currently | it's been a while

Sunday, June 14, 2020


oh, it's been awhile since the last time i did a sunday currently entry of some sort. i am not sure, though, if a sunday currently type of entry is even currently visible in this blog 'cos i still have most of the entries here in private. the past entries are from tumblr, so they need some few fixes still (i am manually transferring them from there to here), then i can put them in public soon. no one cares anyway, but i just have to mention that.

so currently, i am....

READING

i am reading my old blog entries when i was still in tumblr, and some of the stuff... i can't believe i have written them. as i was reading through, i can feel how comfortable i was to share to no one in a particular what i actually felt back then. it seems to be so freeing. i remember how tumblr saved me back in those days. i've learned so much from that platform. i discovered a lot in myself. i gained friends, and that's where i got most of the motivation and inspiration to create, to write, and to share my two cents.

on another note, i am trying to finish the atomic habits by this month. i don't read it everyday, but when i do, i read it actively. by that, i mean, i have my pen and notebook in hand to write down notes. it's a great read, so far. i only have the pdf copy of it since i don't want to splurge on a physical book right now (i'm trying to minimize  my spendings as well as the things i own), that's why i'm writing down notes on a separate notebook.

WRITING

admittedly, i have been in a writer's block for sooooooo long now. i haven't recovered since. i'm trying to write stuff every now and then, but i don't find them to be one of my ~writings~. most of the time, i'm only writing to get things off my chest. and actually, writing down this blog post is just another shot at it.

LISTENING

at this very moment, i am listening to the karaoke sesh of the guys from the neighborhood, but pretty recently, i have been replaying taylor swift's song, "ours," over and over again. "so don't you worry your pretty little mind, people throw rocks at things that shine." i have this last song syndrome over that song for weeks now, particularly that very line. lol. also,  my heart is in a good place right now, so i might as well share this playlist i've created in spotify to spread some happy hearts in the atmosphere hehe =)

THINKING

i have been thinking of a lot of things lately. so much has been happening. i wonder where this current situation could take us. how long would this pandemic last? what's in store for us in the future? this world is gradually changing. we are now in a "new normal." also, i am not in  my fullest potential right now. what am i gonna do? where will life take me? how far will my recent decisions would go? aaahhh, there's a lot inside my head right now. too many questions with answers that i am yet to find. i need to remind myself to stop overthinking, talk to God, trust and have faith in Him. i need to talk to God.

HOPING

i am hoping for strength and courage -- strength to go on and courage to fight. 2020 has been a difficult year for all of us by far. we're only in the first half of the year, and it's been too much already. i hope the coming days will be better. i hope we will all be more understanding and cooperative. i hope the good will overweigh the bad. i hope. i really do hope so.

NEEDING

i need to talk to God and i badly need to pick myself up once more. quite frankly, my weekends have been so lazy these days. i've been living inside my head while my actual life is quite in a mess. i haven't even had a  money date in a while now, and money date, for me, is basically just a time i spend with myself to tackle my finances. i actually talked about how i do it in this entry. so right now, after i publish this one, i need to do my weekly reset (i might talk more about this in one of the blog posts that are yet to come) and write in my journal. these are my first two steps in picking myself up.

FEELING

can't deny that i am currently feeling ~meh~ as of the moment, and i actually just gave myself a little more push to start this blog post in hopes to find some drive to do a few things that i've been needing to do over the weekend. also, at the same time, i am feeling grateful and blessed for having a mom who cooks so well. she cooked batchoy for us earlier today and aaaahhhh, i’m not being biased, but it's one of the bests! it's been years since the last time she cooked batchoy (she used to sell them back in the days when she had a little carinderia for a living) and i actually didn't expect that it would taste so good! okay, i think, i can now stop getting/eating batchoy outside. yes, i'm serious.

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this sunday currently entry is actually a life-saver whenever i want to post yet don't have any draft ready to publish. lol. who else can relate?

so uhm, how are you? how did your sunday go? have you had a long weekend? what are your plans for this coming week? what are you currently feeling on this sunday night?

i hope you're having some decent rest over there, wherever you are.

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sincerely,
riz


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P.S.

the sunday currently is originally a blog link-up by Lauren of siddathornton (only i removed a few bullets hehe)

things i did and haven't done in quarantine

Sunday, June 07, 2020


i'm typing this down from scratch for the second time around. the first time i did, i lost everything after accidentally clicking a wrong button. i really do hope we can retrieve draft history here in blogger. who else shares this same hope? after all, we are humans who make mistakes (lots of it) and being quite careless sometimes to end up clicking a wrong button is one of those. lol. i should have used google doc to type down a draft, but i didn't and right now i'm doing it. i can't get a little frustrated again for losing a draft that is already almost done. let's just hope i can word things out a little better this time around.

anyway, i'd just like to pick things up from where i left off two months ago. if you were here, i made a list of things to do to calm my nerves amid this chaotic world that we are currently in, and i thought, maybe i'd better make an update on how i'm doing with it -- which of them i have achieved and to which i quite fell off. let's see!

#1 i’m going to journal. freely. i’ll let my heart out. i’m frustrated, mad, sad, worried, insecure, lost. i’ll let these all out before they consume my entire being.

i did. i wrote down my frustrations, my anger, my fears. i finally put them down on paper. i might have not put them all out, but i wrote down most of them. i wrote a number of letters to God. i cried my heart out on the once empty pages and filled them in. it somehow saved me. it gave me an opportunity to physically see those thoughts that has been consuming my entire being. i quite pondered upon them. i allowed myself to feel. i let go of the judgment. i realize i have to stop repressing my emotions just because they ain't positive and don't seem right. i am human after all and it's okay to feel. i always have to remind myself, it's okay to feel.

#2 i’m gonna brain dump. write down every to-do list that i can think of, groceries list and all other things that i should buy after this whole lockdown. i’m gonna list down sub-tasks for my bedroom makeover project. i gotta create tons of lists, they may be necessary or not. i just need to put them down onto paper to free my head. i need to free myself.

i haven't done this one. i mean, journaling was already some sort of brain dumping, but i still have a lot of to-do's, to-buy's and to check-out's hanging at the back of my mind. my head still ain't clear. maybe after i publish this entry, i have to grab a piece of paper and put them on a list. i just have to. my mind ain't a tray that can collect and collect and collect. or it could be, but i have to empty it out somehow to have some room for some new stuff.

#3 i’ll disconnect and go on with my days without checking instagram, twitter, and facebook. i’ll temporarily cut everyone off. yes, emphasis on "temporarily." i’m basically tired of everyone else’s shizz. i need some time off. just a week and i’ll be back. i just need to save myself.

i did this only for a week. i quite have some time for myself. i enjoyed some quiet nights where i don't have to get bombarded by the junks on social media. it felt good. i have always been the kind with some love/hate relationship with my social media accounts that my friends are not anymore surprised if i disappear and they already know where to reach me. i've been back in this crazy and chaotic hole of social media again and i actually found myself more active now than i was few months ago, but don't worry, i think i can't hesitate to leave once things get a little too poisonous for me again. after all, there's nothing to miss out. things will still be there later, and if i can never see the things i haven't seen, then maybe i am not supposed to see them anyway. and if you, yes you, have been pondering whether to take a little break from social media or not, then you may take this as a sign. here's me reminding you to  not be afraid to take a break. it's good. i promise you, it's good.

#4 i’ll go a week without checking my phone first off in the morning and will also stop bringing it to bed. i’ll stop checking my phone. i’ll stop waiting for a text. it hurts my eyes. it’s unhealthy. i don’t want it to continue screwing me off (or maybe just for a little while at least).

this became much easier when i stopped going through social medica for awhile, so yep, tried to simultaneously do this along with number #3 above. it actually makes a big difference when i don't start my day with my phone in my hand. i don't eventually get reactive, i get to have more done in the morning, and i tend to be a little more productive throughout the day. also, i can get more sleep 'cos i don't have to stay up so late at night with my phone in my hand while the lights are already off and everyone has fallen asleep already. i'm trying to make this a habit already, but i must admit, it's difficult because i easily get tempted to just lie down with my phone after a long day until i fall asleep, but i'm working on it. i really am trying to work on it.

#5 i’m gonna finish a book. i’ve never finished even one book so far this year and it’s already the end of the first quarter. maybe it’s now time to do so. just one. only one.

alright, i finally finished a book this year so far. it's good vibes, good life by vex king. it's a light and easy read and i love the insights. i actually made the committment to finally finish it when i was having some hard time dealing with my emotions and was enduring a bruised heart. can't deny that i'm having some difficult times these days when it comes to managing my emotions which, in return, has taken a toll on my productivity. i am still in this internal battle, but i am trying to work on this. slowly. one step at a time. anyway, the next book i'm trying to finish right now is the atomic habits by james clear.

#6 i’ll go out and spend some time under the sun. maybe climb a hill nearby. take photos. leave my phone. reconnect with nature. it’s much needed.

yey! i was actually happy when we climb the hill nearby with my sister, my cousins, and my mom. it felt good to have been able to sweat so much and exposed my morena skin under the sun. perharps i gotta do this one a little bit more. once a month will do for now, maybe.

#7 i’ll create something. that may be a blog post, a video blog or whatever, i just have to create something.

okay, i think i can consider this as something i haven't done. i was planning to finish a video which is basically just a compilation of short and random clips i took during the first quarter of the year. i have started it already but i stopped working on it while not even halfway through. hmm... maybe i'll try to finish it by the end of this month. let's see!

#8 i’ll cook at least one dish. i’m twenty-four and i still don’t know how to cook. maybe it's now high time to learn.

hmm. i never have done this and i don't think i will anytime soon. i included this one in the list because it feels like it's something i really need to learn because that's what people say, "girls should know how to cook." and that it's pretty much what everyone else is doing and trying to learn while on lockdown, but i suppose i gotta put it off for now. cooking is not something i personally enjoy. it feels so much of a chore for me. i am not a fan, but nope don't get me wrong. i am still very open to learning it, of course, who wouldn't be, but maybe i just wouldn't do it too soon -- not when i just thought of doing it just because everyone else has been doing it. a random fun fact, though: i won a cooking contest during a nutrition month celebration when i was in fourth grade (those who grew up in a public school could probably relate). i cooked my favorite dishes, pinakbet and ampalaya with egg! my mom is a good cook and she was my coach at that time. i did it for the grades. lol.

#9 i’ll dance. even if i don’t know how to. even if i look crazy. i’ll dance. i need to move my body. i need to enjoy some quick moments with myself and be crazy. freely. with no judgment. at all.

oh gosh... it feels so good to just dance my nerves away when no one's watching and with no judgment at all. lol. i am pretty much doing this every now and then, whenever i want to, and every time i feel like i need to cheer myself up. you must try it out! don't judge yourself =)

#10 i will take time for myself. reconnect. recenter my values. it’s been a while and i feel like i don’t know myself anymore. i need to befriend her once again and make her feel loved and appreciated. i need to be secure even if i'm just by myself. i can’t depend my security on someone or something else, because that, my friends, is not security. never it will be. things and people are temporary. we’ll never exactly know when is their time to leave. now, i gotta learn how to do all these without building my walls too high -- without distancing myself too much. i’m not yet sure how, but i will. i need to.

huh, nope, i haven't done this yet. it's a little too difficult to start. i basically just don't know how and where to begin. but i know, i shall do this the soonest possible. i am quite losing who i actually am. if i won't do this, i might find myself easily gets swayed by the beliefs and opinions of other people, and that, my friend, is quite alarming. may i know how often you do this one? how do you do it?

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and yeah, i'm happy that i am able to check back on this list. how about you, how are you? like really how are you? how have you been doing these days? how are you coping up? i hope you don't forget to take care of yourself and make yourself a priority.

also, i just have to mention that i am pleased and blissful of the current look of my blog. okay. this is the last time i'm changing my blog's look this year (i hope lol).

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sincerely,
riz

reconnecting...

Saturday, March 28, 2020


this is my third attempt at writing down something. i’m empty. i feel disconnected, but i’m trying to write this one as calmly as i can. i mean, i’ve always looked calm on the outside... so there’s that.

a lot has been happening lately -- not with my life but with the whole wide world. it’s crazy. terrifying. i can’t believe we are in this era. who would have thought that we’ll all get compelled to stay at home for weeks and keep ourselves at least a meter away from anyone? when did we ever wash our hands and sanitize everything around us as often as we do now? when did the last time we saw  the roads emptier than they are now?

honestly, things haven't sunk in that much yet to me. is this real? is this actually happening? i don’t know how to feel.

i’ve been locked at home for a little four days now and it doesn’t feel new to me. i’ve been a home buddy ever since and this is what i actually wanted -- staying home, working from home, but not this way that i am totally locked up that i can’t go out just like that if i want to.

it’s been awhile since the last time that i actually sat down with myself alone -- with no phone in my hand and with no distraction at all. such alone time is personally something of high value right now, something that is very much needed for me. i need to check on myself and do some re-assessment. am i living life the way i’ve always wanted to? am i becoming the person that i’ve always wanted to be? are my habits still aligned with my values? looking at it quickly, 90%, my answer for all of these is no and that’s a little frustrating.

what do i do now? i’m drowning, but the only person who can save me from this dilemma is myself alone. no one else.

so what  now, that i have all my time in my hands? ponder? reflect? contemplate? yes, i’ll try.

so what’s the plan? how am i gonna make use of this self-isolation period? how am i going to flip this crisis into something i could take advantage of? well, maybe...

  1. i’m going to journal. freely. i’ll let my heart out. i’m frustrated, mad, sad, worried, insecure, lost. i’ll let these all out before they consume my entire being.
  2. i’m gonna brain dump. write down every to-do list that i can think of, groceries list and all other things that i should buy after this whole lockdown. i’m gonna list down sub-tasks for my bedroom makeover project. i gotta create tons of lists, they may be necessary or not. i just need to put them down onto paper to free my head. i need to free myself.
  3. i’ll disconnect and go on with my days without checking instagram, twitter, and facebook. i’ll temporarily cut everyone off. yes, emphasis on "temporarily." i’m basically tired of everyone else’s shizz. i need some time off. just a week and i’ll be back. i just need to save myself.
  4. i’ll go a week without checking my phone first off in the morning and will also stop bringing it to bed. i’ll stop checking my phone. i’ll stop waiting for a text. it hurts my eyes. it’s unhealthy. i don’t want it to continue screwing me off (or maybe just for a little while at least).
  5. i’m gonna finish a book. i’ve never finished even one book so far this year and it’s already the end of the first quarter. maybe it’s now time to do so. just one. only one.
  6. i’ll go out and spend some time under the sun. maybe climb a hill nearby. take photos. leave my phone. reconnect with nature. it’s much needed.
  7. i’ll create something. that may be a blog post, a video blog or whatever, i just have to create something.
  8. i’ll cook at least one dish. i’m twenty-four and i still don’t know how to cook. maybe it's now high time to learn.
  9. i’ll dance. even if i don’t know how to. even if i look crazy. i’ll dance. i need to move my body. i need to enjoy some quick moments with myself and be crazy. freely. with no judgment. at all.
  10. i will take time for myself. reconnect. recenter my values. it’s been a while and i feel like i don’t know myself anymore. i need to befriend her once again and make her feel loved and appreciated. i need to be secured even if i'm just by myself. i can’t depend my security on someone or something else, because that, my friends, is not security. never it will be. things and people are temporary. we’ll never exactly know when is their time to leave. now, i gotta learn how to do all these without building my walls too high -- without distancing myself too much. i’m not yet sure how, but i will. i need to.

i hope after this quarantine, i’ll step out of the house with more security. more self-love. more confidence. with a peace of mind. with enough patience to understand things around. with an open mind and an open heart. 

i hope the woman that i am now will get out of this much more grounded than ever.

i hope y'all are well.

stay indoor. stay safe. stay healthy.

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sincerely,
riz

organizing my finances

Saturday, March 14, 2020


growing up, money has been a taboo  topic in my surroundings. people avoid talking about it that it became an awkward topic already, even for me. i also grew up in a household where my parents would usually have some petty fights over money, and way back when i was still a little kid, if someone gives me a bill (as a gift), i don't accept it because i used to not be allowed to touch them (yes, that was my parents' discipline and i am not even kidding).

admittedly, money was scarce for me. my parents didn't earn much. it used to be just enough for our necessities, sometimes it was even less than that. and my parents, at some point, didn't bother to actually manage their money. it only comes and it goes. that's just it.

after taking a business-related degree in college and getting a career out of it, i've seen the light to get out of some financial insecurity spiral. and now that i am earning my own dime already, not having to financially depend on my mom or anyone else anymore, i decided to track down every peso that is coming in and out of  my pocket.

the journey to this, though, was never easy. i mean, it took me two years before i finally came up with a system that actually works for me. i have tried tracking my expenses through apps, also did them with excel and google sheet, i also took a shot on envelope system, but all those didn't really work. they probably did but only for a very short period of time. and being a little bit of a perfectionist, i always caught myself starting from scratch every time i fell off.

this year, on the very first day of 2020, i started from scratch once more. this time, i used my handy bullet journal to track my everyday expenses, my bank accounts balances, etc. -- basically  every peso that i have. so far, it's been working well for me. i've been doing minor tweaking in this current system that i have every now and then to make it work as the time passes by. and since i am an accountant, why should i not utilize the handy tools that i have, right? i have some knowledge in preparing a balance sheet and an income statement, and i also have this handy dandy quickbooks where i can make journal entries and can generate income statements in seconds (credits to my current company for introducing it to me a little more than two years ago), so i better use them in my own advantage.

and if you'll ask me, yes, quickbooks did generate this profit and loss statement for me. all i'm doing is, to enter my daily transactions into it whenever possible, or at least, on a weekly basis, based on what i have recorded in my bullet journal.



it's very important for me to write down all my expenses, compute the balance, and count my cash on hand to check if it matches with the computed balance every end of the day. yes, it might sound like a lot of work, but believe me it takes me only five minutes to do that before i hit the bed. all i have to do is to go through what happened during the day and take note of all the activities that involved some cash flow.

i also make it a habit to check my bank balances at least weekly so i am aware of my standing and to arrest any unusual charges, if any.

with this current system that i have, i am now able to see where my money went during the first two months of this year in a glance. and i love the fact that i can easily compare them so i'd know in which particular category i need to spend less. i have to cover my income figures, though, for some privacy, but i can also see which month i earned less and which month i earned more. for this one, particularly, the total paycheck that i received in February is more than that in January, so that makes my net income in February definitely more than the past month, given the fact that i also have less expenses this month than the previous one.

for some supporting background, i am living with my parents still so that saves me from any rent expense, but of course, i volunteered to contribute in the household which include utility bill payments, sometimes allowance for my siblings, and some few knickknacks here and there. also, i've done a very little grocery shopping these two months (none in January even), because my mom saved me from that (yep, the simple joys of living at home lol).

those bank fees include all transaction fees NOT limited to the bank transactions only. if i make any transaction and there's some fees, that would fall into that category.

the beauty expenses include those money i spent for mani-pedi sesh, footspa, etc.

the birthday expenses is pretty much self-explanatory, and January is my birth month, that's why.

the cellphone expenses include those amount that i pay for my monthly postpaid plan and prepaid load to my extra number when needed.

clothing expenses are those clothes, bags, and/or wallets that i've purchased during the month.

dog expenses is also self-explanatory. there's none for february because mom volunteered to shoulder them all. yay!

entertainment expenses are all those eating outs, movie dates, my netflix and spotify expenses, and all the other kinds of entertainment.

fare expenses are, again, pretty much self-explanatory. i commute EVERYDAY, but luckily work is just a jeepney ride away from home which could cost me at least P8.00 per ride. if i spent more for fare than necessary, that means, i went somewhere else than work and home. lol.

i bet you already know what gifts are, but those are not only limited to birthday presents and the like. this could include some sponsorship and donations made for the period.

i take rice for lunch at work and i just buy ulam in a carinderia (wow, this sounds so conyo), so that's what those lunch expenses are for.

other expenses are, of course, those that doesn't fall in any category. more often than not, they are just one-time expenses or those that happen very less frequently.

skin-care expenses are pretty much those that i spent to watsons. not everything is actually skin-care stuff, but i was just too lazy to break it down, so i just put the total from the watsons receipt into this category (nope, don't be lazy like that hehe).

snacks and travel... i don't have to explain them any further.

uncategorized expenses in january are actually the holiday expenses in 2019 incurred using one of my january paychecks.

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and that's pretty much it! that's how i am tracking my finances.

if you're like me who's struggling with your finances, not knowing where your money went and always surprise how they're gone by the wind, i suggest you start tracking them. JUST START. count how much money you currently have and treat them as your beginning balances. then from now on, list down every transaction that you make which involves cash flow (every peso that is going in and out of your pocket/wallet). personally, i keep separate trackers for my cash on hand and every bank accounts, it's a little more work at first, but it makes things less confusing for me.

here is the tracker that actually worked for me:


you can track your money whatever way you want -- apps, excel, google sheet, and many more.

by starting with only tracking the ins and outs of your money, it helps you learn more about your finances. by then, you can start experimenting and do some trials and errors until you wake up one day, and you already have your finances organized.

baby steps, just baby steps.

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sincerely,
riz

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the start of 2020

Sunday, January 12, 2020


it’s  been rough, i must admit. i have been in a roller coaster ride of emotions since this year started, the reason why i disappeared from the blogging world for awhile after my last entry, and was not able to publish some posts as much as i wanted.

i was pretty excited for 2020 and was so pumped up to welcome another year and another decade, but that all changed when some huge unexpected things  happened on the last days of 2019 after we lost a dear uncle on the third. i thought i was ending the year right by then despite our family’s loss, but i seemed wrong...

days after the funeral, i got myself too busy with the holidays -- buying gifts here and there and preparing for a small family event that we usually do for christmas until… the event didn’t happen. we had to postpone it when typhoon ursula hit our town and left it highly devastated (not to mention that it happened on the very day of christmas day). it was past midnight when the damaging winds started blowing. they were blowing too strong that we had to wake up in the middle of our sleep to keep ourselves conscious for whatever that may happen.

at around  three in the morning, the whole family gathered in the living room including my late uncle’s family because a part of their roof has already come off that they had to evacuate the soonest possible. we gathered and prayed together. after praying, the roof on our kitchen area started coming off too! that time, i already kinda got nervous because we had nowhere to go, just in case, and it was never safe outside, but then, i trust that we are protected NO MATTER WHAT.

the strong winds lasted for hours. nevertheless, i’m grateful that no one got hurt. currently, the whole town is in the process of rebuilding, and personally, i am also in the process of rebuilding myself for this new year and the new decade. hoping to leave some bad habits behind to give room for some new one.

we actually ended up doing our annual christmas tradition on new year’s eve, and it was fun! also, we had our annual party for the whole community in our place on the first day of the year. then, I celebrated my 24th birthday on the eighth.

i guess, this already sums up all the  days that i wasn’t here.

how am i, at the moment, you may ask? i’m good, not as good as I want to be, but I’m doing good. the first eleven days of 2020 were such a challenge. i was struggling in trying to create the person that i wanna be. it is never easy. i’ve been falling off, but right now, as of publishing this entry, i am trying to get back up and start again. i just have to remind myself that this will never be easy, and nobody has it easy. i may fall off many times, and that’s okay. the important thing is to never give up no matter what. we should always push ourselves to get up and start again.

how is the start of the year for you?

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sincerely,
riz

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getting organized + blog revamp

Saturday, December 14, 2019


we're almost halfway done now with the last month of this year and surely, 2020 is now all around the corner. in a few days we'll already be welcoming another year, and welp, another decade. and, I'll also be in my 24th year of existence in less than a month from now. danggg. that sounds crazy! 2020 will really be something and I'm claiming it to be my year.

for the past years since i got out of college, i've really been a mess. i've been too confused at life. most of the time, i just didn't know what to do or if i am even doing the things right. i've been trying to live the years one day at a time -- waking up, going to work, getting back home, wasting my time on social media, going to bed late and the cycle goes on. pretty much unhealthy, i know.

i've been stressed too many times and nope, of course, i don't want to go through the same cycle over and over again. thus, i decided to utilize the remaining few weeks of 2019 to observe myself and come up with ways to lessen the stress and change up some routine one step a time to make my life a little bit better.

in november, i took out all the unnecessary pressure and opted to just go with the flow. i allowed myself to be one huge mess for awhile and gave myself permission to make irrational decisions -- decisions that came out of my emotions rather than my sane self. i never pushed myself too hard during this month. i did things as they pleased me. i allowed the monkey inside my head to win this time.

after i have loosen up for a month, in december, i decided to start getting back on track as a way to prepare for 2020. i kicked it off with getting organized and writing things down, and oh boy, it's been making such a huge impact in my life. the simple act of getting stuff out of my head and putting them down somewhere else where i can go back to anytime is such a lifesaver.

i have came up with a system that is currently working for me that i am prolly bringing into 2020. physically, i am keeping a bullet journal that is fairly minimal. it is never fancy unlike anyone else's, but it certainly serves its function. the only pages that i have in there are my monthly calendar, habit tracker, monthly budget page, daily expense tracker, weekly spread and a little space for some random scribbles here and there. that's just it.

i am planning to add a few spreads in 2020 and probably get rid of a few ones since i'll also be utilizing my 2020 planner that was given to me by my cousin. as much as possible, i'd like to minimize my planning to only one notebook, but i just can't not use the planner because the pages were designed for 2020 and not for any other year, and i don't want to put it into waste so I really have to use it. i can't drop my bullet journal either because the planner is pretty restrictive. so yeah, that explains why i'm having both in 2020.

i don't know about you, but i never write anything work-related in my personal planner (as by the word itself, "personal") aka my bullet journal. thus, i don't bring it at work. this really helps me separate work from my personal life, and vice versa, and this means that i don't have it in my bag on a daily basis. does it still serve its purpose? for me, yes, it still perfectly does.

what about if i needed to write something down while i'm on a commute or while at work or basically when i'm out and about, you may ask? well... google notes does the job. since i have my phone with me 99% of the time, i use google notes mobile app as my collecting tray. it collects basically everything -- from the stuff that i need to do to the random ideas that i have thought of, and whatnot. then, by the time that i get my hands on my bullet journal, i transfer them. this is also where i try to copy my to-do list for the day, so i have it handy whenever wherever.

aside from bullet journal, i use an online software called asana to keep track and manage my life. the list that i can make in this software is pretty unlimited and i love the fact that i can separate them into projects which makes everything more organized. this online software is actually designed to manage a team's work and i'm glad i have learned its rope since this is what we use for work. it is definitely of great help! personally, i am currently using the free version and i am pretty much satisfied with it already, but you can always upgrade to premium or business at a cost. nope, this is not sponsored.

my asana contains all kinds of list, including those that i haven't put into my bullet journal just yet. basically, asana serves as another collecting tray for me and is especially convenient whenever i am brainstorming in front of my computer.

in summary, my bullet journal and google notes do most of the work, while asana is there for some backup. mostly, it has the list of those things that I don't need to act upon anytime soon. i don't depend much on it because it is online, and i can never assure that I always have a decent internet connection, but it is still incredibly helpful for me that's why i can't eliminate it despite that fact.

on a separate note, i revamped this blog for a fresh start. please don't ask me how many times i have did so, 'cos i honestly can't count already. there's just something satisfying in changing my blog's layout and keeping some good ol' posts back in my drafts. i might or might not put them back, but as for now, i am sufficiently satisfied of how it is at the moment.

i've done all the revamping whilst i'm sick. i haven't been productive over this weekend because of flu, so i took it as some high time to work on the blog. i think, i'm back! ~for real~


how have y'all been doing? are you excited for 2020 just as i am? how do you get your life organized? do you also fancy using bullet journals?

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sincerely,
riz

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sincerely, riz