The clocks have gone back and it’s the cosiest time of the year. Take a breather before you fling yourself into the upcoming festive season and enjoy the nip in the air, the colours of the leaves and the warmth of an extra blanket. Here are 5 links for things we’ve been reading this month.
November snippets for you…
- Carla and I love a good productivity technique. Pomodoro rates highly with us because it gets us started! But what do you do during your breaks? Happily Xandra at Heroine training has given the matter some thought and come up with these 21 ideas for Pomodoro breaks.
- The extra hour in bed when the clocks go back is lovely. However getting up in the morning is never fun and that snooze button is way too tempting. What’s the best way to break a snooze button habit? It’s all about sleep cycles people!
- We never tire of reading about how to set up a bullet journal and this illustration from Journal Sanctuary is so perfectly formed.
- Listening to a podcast of the radio while you do some other task (washing up? Oven cleaning? filing?) is something I’m continually guilty of (but there are worse things, right?). On my ‘Listen to’ list is this 14 episode history of the postal service from the BBC.
- And finally check those last posting dates for Christmas and add them to your planner/bujo/calendar right now.
This month our stationery/life questions have been answered by wedding and lifestyle photographer, mother of 2, and dreamer Tash Jones. We love the sound of her approach to desk organisation but reckon we’d need a really big basket!
First things first, what’s your name?
What’s the best thing you’ve ever received in the post?
What’s your current favourite stationery item?
Rose gold/copper basket for all my bits and pieces on my desk space
Are you a diary writer? Tell us about your journal habits if you are (and don’t worry if you’re not!)
I regularly keep a manual diary of my weekly plans. I also keep a gratitude diary, where I write what I am thankful for
And are you a list maker?
I make to-do lists at least once a week. There is no better feeling than crossing off the lists!
Favourite ink colour?
Your favourite place to write?
At my desk or in the summer outdoors
Last thing you posted?
A little package of gift prints to one of my clients
Find out more about Camera Tash (did you know she’s obsessed with Lush bathbombs?) and have a look at her lively and moving work.
Want to join in the fun? Fill in our My Life in Stationery quizlette and prepare to share your life via stationery with the world!
P.s. Did we mention that Ink Drops just turned 5 and that we’re celebrating by offering a surprise selection of goodies from our quirky back catalogue and guerrilla buses?
We’re FIVE today!!
As promised, today we’re releasing a special edition surprise box – a bundle of goodies from our first five years 🙂 You can get your hands on a selection of 5 items for £10 or 10 items for £18 – treat yourself & your desk as winter sets in!
Celebratory guerilla buses
(not a heading I’d ever imagined writing!)
In celebration of being a UK business, we’ve found some gorgeous London bus erasers – that actually race each other. During November and December, we’re going to be leaving these for people to find – a stationery treasure hunt and random act of kindness all rolled into one.
We’re based in Essex, so you’re likely to find some in Colchester and Chelmsford, but we’re also planning a trip to the Stationery Museum in London, so if you’re visiting the capital city, keep an eye out for little red buses…
Thanks for being with us this far – here’s to the next five years!
Carla & Annastasia xx
Somehow, five whole years have snuck past and Ink Drops’ 5th birthday is on 1st November – eeeek!
From that first fateful phone call, it’s been an intriguing ride… from letter writing salons to trade shows, trying out different planners to creating new daily practices, discovering our beloved bullet journals (with some tweaks) to shrieking with glee at our suppliers.
And of course, all the gorgeous stationery from 60 monthly boxes and all our one off & mini subscriptions to date!
To celebrate five years of stationery subscription deliciousness (that’s definitely a word), on Wednesday we shall be releasing a super special edition – a surprise selection of goodies from our first five years. Watch this space…
And here’s to the next 5 years – I wonder where they will lead us?
Stationeryfully yours, (maybe we’ll write a dictionary of Ink Drops word tweaks?!)
Carla & Annastasia x
It’s confession time. I’m a terrible penpal and as with so many things in life it’s because I mean well.
When a letter arrives from one of my penpals I open the envelope (with a letter opener, of course). I then devour the contents while my brain buzzes with excitement at what my reply will say. I’m overwhelmed by discovering new information, finding new connections and putting pen to paper to reply.
Basically I like to write longer letters. The type that fill up quite a number of pages, and as a result take longer to write. While I love the idea of putting aside an evening or afternoon for letter writing it’s amazing how often plans change, distractions occur and letters are not written.
So the letter and paper ready for my response gets carried around (getting tatty) with me while I fret guiltily about finding time to respond and how long it’s taking me.
Time to consult my toolkit…
I decided it was time to resolve this pesky issue so I consulted my ‘virtual’ toolkit for for moving on tasks. I tried writing before I went to bed but only managed one night when I wasn’t too tired. Plans to write in the morning didn’t come off either until I recalled my best technique for attacking evasive tasks.
I find the best approach (but clearly one I don’t always recall) is to break the task into bite sized pieces and then nibble away day after day until it is done. Whilst I could have opted for writing a paragraph a day I decided to capitalise on the flood of idea that came to me while reading the letter.
I noted these down on a postcard while reading through the letter. Then I added a few notes to make them flow (it’s all in the planning people!). I assigned myself a section to work on each morning after brushing my teeth but before I did anything else.
Once I got writing and knew what I was covering each day writing my response was easy. The paragraphs flowed in a way they didn’t before.
And your bonus is…
As a bonus the postcard with the brief notes about my response (a sticky note would work well too) reminds me what I said in the letter, questions I answered and topics I raised.
How quickly do you respond to your penpals? any tips for letter writing procrastinators?
P.S. Our ‘Get Writing‘ bundle is perfect for letter writing enthusiasts and even includes some blank postcards for making notes.