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Life As-Pland

A helping hand.

...From Chaos in Kent to a Life As-Pland

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Life As-pland

A helping hand.

From Chaos in Kent
....to Life As-Pland

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If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting it off.
Quotivation

Putting it off – making an easy job a challenge

Why do we do it? We have these jobs we know we need to do but we keep putting them off. By doing this, we make the job appear even more difficult than it is. We give it a power and then even more amazingly, we start to believe the hype we have created.

Taking care of myself doesn't me first, it means me too - motivational quote
Quotivation

Self care: Me too not Me First,

Self care isn’t about making you the number one priority and ignoring the needs of everyone around you. Self care means “me too”.

Hello!

I'm Debs, and you've found
my little corner of the internet

I am a happily married mum of three. Our house is home to myself, my husband, three children and a huge variety of special educational needs and disabilities (ranging from severe visual impairment to autism, from speech and communication issues to dyspraxia and from osteoarthritis to vertigo) and it's also home to one very very nutty dog.

Life is never ever dull!

I hope you enjoy reading my posts, please
feel free to leave your comments and thoughts.

Debs x

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Quotivation

Eat the ugly Frog first

If we eat the frog, (ie get that awful job done out of the way), then the rest of the day has got to be a breeze but what if you have more than one frog item on your list?

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Teen Calm Box
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Review – Teen Calm Box

The aim of Teen Calm is to help young adults develop a routine that builds self-regulation skills so they can cope with those annoying doubts and insecurities

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Getting organisedQuotivation

To Do List, Planning and Scheduling

“a plan Is what, a schedule is when. It takes both to get things done” Pubilius Syrus Lists Are you a list writer? Do you have lists everywhere? Or maybe even lists organised in one lovely book – yes I’m talking about you – or maybe you have amazing mind maps that you’ve spent hours …

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Quotivation

Incomplete Compassion

Compassion – a strong feeling of sympathy and sadness for the suffering or bad luck of others and a wish to help them” Cambridge English Dictionary Everyone, with the exception of perhaps some psychopaths, has the ability to feel compassion towards others. Studies have shown that some psychopaths have the ability to feel compassion but …

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To do two things at once is to do neither
Quotivation

Focus, focus, focus

If you are anything like me, you are possibly involved in several projects. Maybe you’re not involved in lots of projects, but you are trying to juggle work, home, me-time, keeping fit, being a mum/dad, and somehow trying to find time to write that book or redecorate that room. or learn a new skill I …

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The only way you are going to have success is to have lots of failures first
Quotivation

Failure, then success

Fear of Failure Why are we so afraid of failure? Failure means different things to different people; due to our upbringing, beliefs, values and obviously the standards we set for ourselves. Failure for one person may not be a failure for someone else. First of all, you need to really be clear about what failure …

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Start where you are, use what you have
Quotivation

Do what you can

Start where you are Do you put things off because you are thinking of the end result too much and it seems so far away? Want to run a marathon? Want to lose a few stone? Want to start a podcast? Want to change career? You know what you have to do, don’t you? Start! …

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Self care allows you to give the world the best of you, instead of what's left of you
Quotivation

Give the world the best of You

Self Care – Not a priority, sorry! How often do you put you first? How often do you do something that is just for your benefit and no one else’s? How often do you make time for yourself, to have a pamper, go for a run, meditate, write, read, watch a movie, paint, crochet, go …

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7 days ago

Life AsPland

When your @apple HomePod mini arrives - just as you’re planning a weekend of chilling!

Podcasts, audiobooks and more will be played this weekend as I recover from 26 days of isolating due to Covid in the house.

Please stay safe everyone. This has been a really difficult and challenging time, feeling very isolated.

Thanks to those who have checked in on our patients throughout the last month, and a huge thanks to those who have checked in on me.

Lovely to have all my family in the same room for the first time in almost a month.

I now have a raging ear infection so a weekend of rest for me. Very much needed.
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1 week ago

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“Williamson urged parents to report teachers they thought were failing to meet the government’s new targets for three to five hours of remote learning each day, and said inspectors from Ofsted would be called in"

May I suggest that parent and teachers do their own reports about Gav’s failures to their local MP:

Let’s make it fair and look at the things our children are judged on (because we of course cannot judge him fairly on being able to deliver quality education because his background is selling fires and he’s not qualified to teach).

How do we think he is doing with the following areas:

- Attitude to learning
- Not backing up work with evidence
- Listening & attention
- Understanding
- Speaking
- Behaviour
- Making relationships
- Health & self care

I look forward to hearing your views, but somehow I don’t think Gav is going to be as happy.

Would love to see your thoughts on how he is doing in each area.

In case there is any doubt, let’s just say my thoughts are possibly not printable. We cannot create chaos and then expect calm. Oh and just to clarify, I am not a head teacher, a teacher or a teaching assistant. I am a mum who has spent the last month trying to explain this man’s numerous nonsensical decisions to my children.
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“Williamson urged parents to report teachers they thought were failing to meet the government’s new targets for three to five hours of remote learning each day, and said inspectors from Ofsted would be called in

May I suggest that parent and teachers do their own reports about Gav’s failures to their local MP:

Let’s make it fair and look at the things our children are judged on (because we of course cannot judge him fairly on being able to deliver quality education because his background is selling fires and he’s not qualified to teach).

How do we think he is doing with the following areas:

- Attitude to learning 
- Not backing up work with evidence 
- Listening & attention
- Understanding
- Speaking
- Behaviour
- Making relationships
- Health & self care

I look forward to hearing your views, but somehow I don’t think Gav is going to be as happy.  

Would love to see your thoughts on how he is doing in each area.

In case there is any doubt, let’s just say my thoughts are possibly not printable.  We cannot create chaos and then expect calm.   Oh and just to clarify, I am not a head teacher, a teacher or a teaching assistant.  I am a mum who has spent the last month trying to explain this man’s numerous nonsensical decisions to my children.

1 week ago

Life AsPland

I moved a set of my Xmas lights from the front of the house to our garden. I only did it because our garden light has died and husband is isolating so can’t fix it.

However, the joy this brought me last night has made this one of our best decisions in 2021 and my eldest who helped me string them up is feeling very pleased with himself too.

I now want to buy more and make my garden a garden of light

#making2021agoodyear
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I love them 👏👏

we moved our Christmas lights to the garden last year. They make me so happy. We’ve been talking about getting more. 🥰 yours look fab xxx

Not just for Christmas x

😍😍😍😍😍😍😍

Love it! X

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1 week ago

Life AsPland

This arrived yesterday. Perfect timing.

A handbook for when things go wrong. I sat up late totally engrossed. Every page offered me something new and something I needed.

This is definitely the book for Lockdown 3.

If you don’t follow @elizabday and her podcast (How to Fail) then let me suggest you head over and remedy that quickly.
You will not be disappointed.

#elizabethday #howtofail #failosophy #currentlyreading #lockdown3

PD - “Failosophy” book by Elizabeth Day.
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This arrived yesterday. Perfect timing.

A handbook for when things go wrong. I sat up late totally engrossed. Every page offered me something new and something I needed. 

This is definitely the book for Lockdown 3. 

If you don’t follow @elizabday and her podcast (How to Fail) then let me suggest you head over and remedy that quickly.
You will not be disappointed.

#elizabethday #howtofail #failosophy #currentlyreading #lockdown3

PD - “Failosophy” book by Elizabeth Day.

2 weeks ago

Life AsPland

Happy 4 Jan - the first Monday of the year.

For many it’s the time to really start on those goals. Oh the pressure this brings to us. I talked the other day about how I detest that “New Year New Me” sh*t. I think after the year that was 2020, we need to approach 2021 in a different way.

Over in my membership group, we are focussing our goals on how we want to feel at the end of January. We have each chosen three words. When we want to eat that chocolate, skip that workout, skip that hour of planning, skip that hour of writing content or being productive at our desk, we can ask ourselves “will doing this help me achieve how I want to feel?” As the month progresses, we may realise that we only want to feel one way and the other two words can wait.

How do you want to feel at the end of January? Choose three words.
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Happy 4 Jan - the first Monday of the year.
 
For many it’s the time to really start on those goals.  Oh the pressure this brings to us.  I talked the other day about how I detest that “New Year New Me” sh*t.  I think after the year that was 2020, we need to approach 2021 in a different way.

Over in my membership group, we are focussing our goals on how we want to feel at the end of January.  We have each chosen three words.  When we want to eat that chocolate, skip that workout, skip that hour of planning, skip that hour of writing content or being productive at our desk, we can ask ourselves “will doing this help me achieve how I want to feel?” As the month progresses, we may realise that we only want to feel one way and the other two words can wait. 

How do you want to feel at the end of January?  Choose three words.

2 weeks ago

Life AsPland

Well, last night brought about the lockdown we’d all said was coming.

Today I wanted to make you smile in the middle of the “WTF” and 😢.

This is my favourite photo on the internet. It always makes me laugh and last night as I sat thinking about how, due to the self isolating, it will have been 11 weeks at home when my crew go back after half term and the chaos this will bring, I searched my photos for this.

I hope it makes you smile today.

PD - two middle aged chunky men with t-shirts lifted, leaning their stomachs against a wire fence to create a six pack effect.

#justsmile #itiswhatitis #cantchangeit
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Well, last night brought about the lockdown we’d all said was coming.

Today I wanted to make you smile in the middle of the “WTF” and 😢.

This is my favourite photo on the internet.  It always makes me laugh and last night as I sat thinking about how, due to the self isolating, it will have been 11 weeks at home when my crew go back after half term and the chaos this will bring, I searched my photos for this.  

I hope it makes you smile today. 

PD - two middle aged chunky men with t-shirts lifted, leaning their stomachs against a wire fence to create a six pack effect.

#justsmile #itiswhatitis #cantchangeit

2 weeks ago

Life AsPland

Happy 4 Jan - the first Monday of the year.

For many it’s the time to really start on those goals. Oh the pressure this brings to us. I talked the other day about how I detest that “New Year New Me” sh*t. I think after the year that was 2020, we need to approach 2021 in a different way.

Over in my membership group, we are focussing our goals on how we want to feel at the end of January. We have each chosen three words. When we want to eat that chocolate, skip that workout, skip that hour of planning, skip that hour of writing content or being productive at our desk, we can ask ourselves “will doing this help me achieve how I want to feel?” As the month progresses, we may realise that we only want to feel one way and the other two words can wait.

How do you want to feel at the end of January? Choose three words.
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Happy 4 Jan - the first Monday of the year.
  
For many it’s the time to really start on those goals.  Oh the pressure this brings to us.  I talked the other day about how I detest that “New Year New Me” sh*t.  I think after the year that was 2020, we need to approach 2021 in a different way.

Over in my membership group, we are focussing our goals on how we want to feel at the end of January.  We have each chosen three words.  When we want to eat that chocolate, skip that workout, skip that hour of planning, skip that hour of writing content or being productive at our desk, we can ask ourselves “will doing this help me achieve how I want to feel?”   As the month progresses, we may realise that we only want to feel one way and the other two words can wait.  

How do you want to feel at the end of January?  Choose three words.

2 weeks ago

Life AsPland

When you’ve been feeling quite low and your daughter unexpectedly orders you some new pens to cheer you up.

I love this girl ❤️

She totally understands my BuJo passion and knows I’m still in set up mode. Love these, the colours are perfect.

#bujoinspiration #bujopens #daughters #luckylady
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When you’ve been feeling quite low and your daughter unexpectedly orders you some new pens to cheer you up.

I love this girl ❤️

She totally understands my BuJo passion and knows I’m still in set up mode. Love these, the colours are perfect.

#bujoinspiration #bujopens #daughters #luckylady

Comment on Facebook When you’ve been ...

clever daughter ....

Well done Rosie ❤️❤️

I’ve got these ... I love em x

2 weeks ago

Life AsPland

Yesterday was a day of mixed messages and confusion.

Track and Trace rang because we’re contacts of husband.

First call for daughter, I mentioned she’d already had Covid and she said “still isolate.

Second call for son #2, again mentioned he’d already had it. Said “no need to isolate now, household rules apply. Ten days from first case unless you have symptoms”. Pointed me to chart on Gov and PHE site.

Yay!

Third call for son #1. Again mentioned he‘s had it and said we’d been given conflicting advice. Caller went off to manager who confirmed that we have to continue to isolate. The household quarantine chart is no longer in use. Rules have changed. Then raised something very concerning - have to quarantine as husband may have different variant but not clear if that means the kids could catch Covid again?

I expect FB Karen to give wrong info but not the track & trace! Would also like clarity if the new variant means you can catch both types of Covid? I hadn’t thought of that?

I’m not medically trained nor an expert in the spread of virus, just a confused mum.
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Yesterday was a day of mixed messages and confusion.

Track and Trace rang because we’re contacts of husband. 

First call for daughter, I mentioned she’d already had Covid and she said “still isolate. 

Second call for son #2, again mentioned he’d already had it. Said “no need to isolate now, household rules apply. Ten days from first case unless you have symptoms”. Pointed me to chart on Gov and PHE site.

Yay!

Third call for son #1.  Again mentioned he‘s had it and said we’d been given conflicting advice. Caller went off to manager who confirmed that we have to continue to isolate. The household quarantine chart is no longer in use. Rules have changed.  Then raised something very concerning - have to quarantine as husband may have different variant but not clear if that means the kids could catch Covid again? 

I expect FB Karen to give wrong info but not the track & trace! Would also like clarity if the new variant means you can catch both types of Covid?  I hadn’t thought of that? 

I’m not medically trained nor an expert in the spread of virus, just a confused mum.

2 weeks ago

Life AsPland

Do you use a notebook for staying organised and/or productive? What would be your number one tip for people who are just starting?

I’m running a Q&A chat for my membership this afternoon.

How to stay on top of your shit with one notebook. Looking at Bullet Journalling, Get things Done, Eat that Frog and other tips I’ve found useful over the years.

My sofa is covered in notebooks, pens, stencils, stickers, tape and a variety of stationery, as I go through old notebooks checking what I’ve tried in the past and taking photos to share.

I love notebooks and stationery, I think it’s one of the reasons why this system works for me. I also love that I add in what I want to and make it work for me, whereas pre-made planners will always have one or two things missing or sections I never use.

Some months are very creative and others are super minimalist. Again, I love that I can do this.

#bujoinspiration #getorganised #getproductive #getmotivated #planeventhoughplanschange

PD - piles of notebooks, pens and stationery spread out across a sofa.
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Do you use a notebook for staying organised and/or productive? What would be your number one tip for people who are just starting? 

I’m running a Q&A chat for my membership this afternoon. 

How to stay on top of your shit with one notebook. Looking at Bullet Journalling, Get things Done, Eat that Frog and other tips I’ve found useful over the years.  

My sofa is covered in notebooks, pens, stencils, stickers, tape and a variety of stationery, as I go through old notebooks checking what I’ve tried in the past and taking photos to share.  

I love notebooks and stationery, I think it’s one of the reasons why this system works for me.  I also love that I add in what I want to and make it work for me, whereas pre-made planners will always have one or two things missing or sections I never use. 

Some months are very creative and others are super minimalist. Again, I love that I can do this. 

#bujoinspiration #getorganised #getproductive #getmotivated #planeventhoughplanschange 

PD - piles of notebooks, pens and stationery spread out across a sofa.
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  • The Happy DiaryThe Happy Diary Monday, 25th September 2017 It only takes 5 days and is not a diary you complete every evening, forever.  You just do this for 5 days and then when you need a boost, you do it again. (99)
  • Review – Teen Calm BoxReview - Teen Calm Box Wednesday, 17th June 2020 The aim of Teen Calm is to help young adults develop a routine that builds self-regulation skills so they can cope with those annoying doubts and insecurities (88)
  • Visualising SuccessVisualising Success Monday, 19th February 2018 When I first heard about Vision Boards (aka Dream boards), I thought “oh that’s nice but I don’t have magazines and glue sticks lying around and I have no intention of buying them”. I moved on. (85)
  • Me, My Notebook and IMe, My Notebook and I Friday, 9th October 2015 Making the bullet journal wok for me. Me, my notebook and I. (73)
  • Baker Small (BS), what were you thinking?Baker Small (BS), what were you thinking? Sunday, 12th June 2016 This company were not just celebrating a win, they were laughing at the parents who had lost.  Somehow, the child at the centre of this didn't appear to be even considered.   (62)
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