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2020

Christmas Events

Christmas and New Year 2020 in Photos

It’s currently the second of January 2021, and I’m taking advantage of the downtime before school resumes on Monday. I was actually able to finish 2 K-dramas during the Christmas vacation — Sweet Home and The Guest (all horror series, I know) — so I think it was a vacation well-spent haha!

Anyway, belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I was supposed to write at least 2 blogs back last month, but December happened and it just got super busy. I wasn’t expecting that Christmas in the year of the quarantine would be busy, but here we are. Just to clarify, my schedule was busy not because there were a lot of events (there were none), but I was trying to finish all homeschool and work tasks before the vacation. There was also some shopping to be done for Noche Buena and Media Noche as well as gifts for neighbors and family members.

Christmas and New Year this year was admittedly different from others because, aside from the lack of holiday events, we were not able to spend it with our loved ones. Both Job and my brother did not get to go home this year because of the pandemic so it was only the 4 of us at home who celebrated Christmas and New Year. Still, we are blessed to be complete and healthy so we’re happy!

Celebrating Christmas with my 8-year old who’s nearly 9!

Small Noche Buena spread enough for 4

I wasn’t able to take photos while we were opening gifts, but I gave these 2 K-Pop albums of their choice. A Blackpink album for my sister and the BTS Map of the Soul 7 for Yuri (I bought these albums in advance; hindi pa narelease ang BTS Be)

We had Christmas Day brunch at home with my cousin, Kuya Jason Olalia, and his family

On Christmas weekend, we did our yearly tradition of counting Yuri’s ipon (which is actually my Invisible-50 Challenge since he did not receive any allowance this year hahaha)

Happy New Year! This was our small Media Noche spread

I had to highlight this dish, which was the only dish we did not cook. We ordered this Chicken Biryani from a neighbor. Yum!

Celebrating Christmas and New Year as a family — virtually!

Again, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Let’s look forward to a great year ahead!

Lifestyle Planning

4 Reasons Why I’m Switching to a Digital Planner in 2021

Who else is starting to prepare for 2021? I know the future is indefinite (isn’t everything?), but even if it looks bleak, I prefer to be optimistic. I always end a year looking forward to the new year, and because I’m a self-confessed planner junkie, that means window-shopping for a new planner.

My planners from 2011-2020

Something has changed this year, though. Earlier this year, I began to use both a paper planner and a planner app to test out both options. While I have used planner apps for years, I started trying out MacOS planner apps for the first time.

Here’s the paper planner I am using (given to me as a gift by my good friend, Christine), which I love:

My monthly spread in February, pre-quarantine

In the end, I decided to not get a paper planner for 2021 and go totally digital. Here’s why I’m switching to using a digital planner this year.

1. Convenient

I’m on my laptop for probably 75% of the day. I use my Macbook a lot more than I use my phone, and I only get to write on my planner at night. While planning at night is alright for planning weeks and days, it’s much more convenient for me to update my tasks throughout the day using a digital planner that’s on my laptop.

2. Ability to sync

Using a digital planner that syncs between my Macbook and my iPhone is a game-changer for me LOL. Because I can access the planner using all my devices, it’s easier for me to keep track of what I need to do. I am even tempted to get an iPad to complete the ecosystem, but I don’t really need it so next time na lang. 

3. Minimalist

I already have too many paper planners (see photo above), and I don’t know how to reuse or get rid of them. In an attempt to minimize my clutter, I’ll be going digital. (I’m also going digital with journals and notebooks, too!)

4. Cost-effective

A digital planner is the more cost-effective option. I am currently using Elisi and Notion, which both sync between my devices and have completely free personal plans.

Elisi

My Notion dashboard

There are more reasons why I am switching to digital planning (and journalling) this year, such as how it is much easier to track habits and how I can change colors/appearances/systems whenever I feel like doing so. However, those 4 reasons mentioned above are most important to me and have the heaviest impact on my productivity and lifestyle.

What planner are you planning to use in 2021?