Monday, July 21, 2014

All About My Planner

My planner, around $10 from Target

I've been hunting for a decent planner for what feels like months (And gone through 3 or 4 of them in the process) but I think I finally found a planner I'm going to stick to. I'm extremely picky about my planners, so sometimes I have to make certain compromises to get one I like.

What I love about this planner:
  • Landscape orientation for easy viewing
  • Colorful interior!
  • Professional Planner layout (as opposed to Academic) to easily keep track of my "appointments"
  • Room for customization

"Tools" I use in My Planner:
  • Extra small, stickers for color coding
  • Multi-Colored Pen
  • Highlighters for crossing out finished events
  • Blue .5 mm rollerball pen
  • Colored flags (bookmark from Barnes & Noble) 
  • Post it notes (kept on the back inside cover) for on the go notes taking

You can see in more detail how I use my planner in the video below! For an overcap, I like to use the "Notes" section on the far right for my weekly running "To-Do List" and which blog posts I want to feature that week. Flags keep track of deadlines, special events, bills etc. The main daily area of my planner, I use to keep track of appointments, calls, conferences, things at specific times, to-do's for the day etc. If you noticed, I use a highlighter to cross out things that are done. Anything crossed out in pen means it's been canceled.

**Update: 7/22 @ 9:55 AM PST . . . Planner video now re-uploaded**

**Update: 7/21 @ 1:19 PST .  .  . Planner video is currently corrupt. New video will be processed and uploaded later tonight. Follow @ollivandermo on Twitter for updates**

What kind of planner do you use and how do you use it? 
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

How Blogging & Vlogging Got Me A Job

My mess of a desk in my office at work. A direct reflection of what my day was like that day.

When I first started my online endeavors, it was something that I'd never share or talk about. If anyone brought it up to my face, I'd get embarrassed and changed the subject. Over the years I've learned to open up about it, and it seems that it's starting to pay off. I've been vlogging for 4 years now, and I've had this current blog for over a year now. 

Right now, I'm working as a Social Media and Reputation Coordinator for a local, family-owned company in my city. It's new, exciting and I get to do all the things I love doing when it comes to digital media! I'm constantly telling myself how lucky I am to have found a 9 to 5 that I actually love!

When I was offered this position, I was told that one of the reasons that I was high up on the company's list is that I obviously had tons of experience and understanding in the world of vlogs, blogs and digital media. I was pretty shocked (and also momentarily embarrassed that my employers had seen my vlogs).

I was ecstatic! They saw me as an amazing asset that they just had to have. Through my blog and YouTube channel I showed that I was innovative. I was a risk taker. I worked hard and chased after things and I actually got them done. I was a visionary, and I was just what they needed to not just fill, but define, this newly created position. That is what blogging was able to show them.

I have an endless list of talents and skills that shine through my blog, and if you're blogger, I'm sure you have a list too! I understand feeling shy and embarrassed about your blog. I've been there. At some point I told myself, "You've gotten this far! You've already put yourself out there to strangers on the internet, why not put yourself out there to people up close and personal?" Over the years I've learned why your "comfort zone" should never be somewhere you want to stay (post on that coming soon). I stepped outside of my comfort zone and have been transparent about my online life...and eventually it paid off.

In what ways have your online projects helped you? Leave a comment below!

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