Get Organised for Christmas with your Planner

Get organised for Christmas with your kikki.K Planner

Planning is the first step to achieving. Welcome the freedom that organisation brings and enjoy the holiday season by planning ahead. Your kikki.K Planner is the perfect place to start. Use it to set yourself goals, create handy to do lists and organise your time. Having all of your tasks and reminders in one easy-to-reference place will do so much to relieve stress, not to mention the joy that comes from reconnecting with the simple pleasure that comes from putting pen to paper.

You’ll need…

Leather Personal Planner
DIY Sticker Book
Paper Lover’s Book
Printed Notepad
Metal Rollerball Pen
Adhesive Dots
Printed Paper Tape
Star Ornament
Glitter Tape

Get organised for Christmas with your kikki.K Planner

Count Down the Days

To decorate the inside cover of our Planner, we placed a Pop Up Card in the front pocket and then used our Advent Card to help us count down the days in style. This cute and simple idea is perfect for helping you to slow down and appreciate each moment in the lead up to Christmas.

Create a Planner Charm

This holiday season, why not get truly into the spirit by adding a festive charm to your Planner? We simply used a Metal Ornament and Ribbon to create ours, adding it to our rings to keep it in place.

Get organised for Christmas with your kikki.K Planner

Organise your Gift List

This fun page marker is the perfect way to keep track of which gifts you still need to get for your loved ones. We used a page and stickers from our Paper Lover’s Book to make ours.

Get organised for Christmas with your kikki.K Planner

Plan your Christmas Menu

If you’re getting the family together during the holidays, why not use a section of your planner to keep track of recipe inspiration, shopping lists and menus? We used an envelope from our Paper Lover’s Book to hold ours, using a DIY page marker made from Glitter Tape to finish.

Practise Gratitude

While the festive season is often a busy time of year, there’s always time to express gratitude and focus on the wonderful things in our lives. Spend a little time reflecting on what matters by adding a Gratitude List to your Planner. We simply used a sheet from our Printed Notepad to make ours.

We hope these ideas help you to plan a fun and stress-free festive season. Be sure to share your ideas with us using #kikkiKPlannerLove.

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Our Interview with Arianna Huffington: Part II

Have you read Part I of our inspiring interview with Arianna Huffington, author of the international bestsellers Thrive and The Sleep Revolution? We are so excited to have collaborated with Arianna, and are so inspired by her words and work.
Here’s Part II of our interview with her…

Kristina x

Kristina Karlsson
kikki.K founder & stationery lover


Kristina Karlsson: Do you think the constant barrage of technology we now all face — text messages, emails, social media — make it harder to live a mindful life? Or are there ways we can use technology to our advantage when it comes to mindfulness?

Arianna Huffington: The barrage of technology certainly creates challenges when it comes to living a mindful life – and that includes making it harder to get the sleep we need. The unquestioning belief that work should always have the top claim on our time has been a costly one. And it has gotten worse as technology has allowed a growing number of us to carry our work with us— in our pockets and purses in the form of our phones— wherever we go.

The good news is, more solutions to this crisis exist now than at any other time in recent history. That includes an exploding market in wearable technology has emerged that tracks our sleep and overall well-being, and a range of smart products — from smart mattresses to smart headphones — has entered our lives.

So yes, we can certainly use technology to our advantage when it comes to mindfulness. To give just one example, at The Huffington Post, we’ve always made it very clear that no one is expected to check work email and respond after hours, over the weekend, or while they’re on vacation. But in spite of this, as we all know, it’s very common for people to go on vacation and put up an out-of-office message, but still respond to incoming emails – often seconds after the sender receives an out-of-office email! Why? Because we are addicted, and because once we see an email, we feel obligated to answer it.

So, inspired by the German auto company Daimler, we decided to create a tech solution that would eliminate the temptation. With our new vacation email tool, all emails sent to you during your time off will be automatically deleted. The sender gets an auto response asking them to resend their message when you’re back or to contact someone you designate if it is urgent.

KK: Tell us about your experience with doing a digital detox. How often do you think people should do something like this?

AH: A few years ago, I decided to do something radical and take a weeklong unplugging challenge with my friends Cindi Leive and Mika Brzezinski, which meant no social media, and limiting myself to two email check-ins a day with our HuffPost editors. Instead of being constantly connected, I spent Christmas in Hawaii with my daughters, my sister and my ex-husband, not photographing beautiful sunsets, not tweeting pictures of my dinner, and skipping Throwback Thursday on Instagram in favor of, you know, just talking about things that happened in the past, and being immersed in things happening right now.

There’s no one way or “right” way to do it. To be effective, a detox doesn’t have to involve travel, or go on for a certain length of time. Even taking moments to recharge throughout the day –a short walk or some time away from your work – can be incredibly effective and allow you to return feeling refreshed and reinvigorated.

KK: Since making the decision to lead a more mindful, present life, do you ever catch yourself going back to your old habits? If so, what do you do when this happens?

AH: I consider myself a work in progress – and I always will — but I find that creating a routine and building habits are what really help me stay on track. That said, on some days, life intervenes or we get off track. And when this happens, I try not to judge myself or let it negatively influence the rest of my day. I’m a big proponent of silencing the voice of self-doubt in our heads, which I call the obnoxious roommate. It’s the voice that feeds on putting us down and strengthening our insecurities and doubts. I have spent many years trying to evict my obnoxious roommate and have now managed to relegate her to only occasional guest appearances in my head! I’m a big proponent of silencing the voice of self-judgment and self-doubt in our heads.

KK: Why do you think so many people think it’s necessary to burn themselves out in order to succeed? Where does that idea come from?

AH: For far too long, we’ve been operating under the collective delusion that burnout is the necessary price we must pay for accomplishment and success. Recent scientific findings make it clear that this couldn’t be less true. Our golden age of sleep science is revealing all the ways in which sleep plays a vital role in our decision making, emotional intelligence, cognitive function, and creativity. Not only is there no trade-off between living a well-rounded life and high performance, performance is actually improved when our lives include time for renewal.

Still, the glamorization of sleep deprivation is deeply embedded in our culture. Everywhere you turn, sleep deprivation is celebrated, from “You snooze, you lose” to highly burned out people boasting, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” The combination of a deeply misguided definition of what it means to be successful in today’s world—that it can come only through burnout and stress—along with the distractions and temptations of a 24/7 wired world, has imperilled our sleep as never before.

It goes back to the Industrial Revolution, when sleep became just another commodity to be exploited as much as possible. Indeed, sleep became not just devalued but actively scorned. After all, every hour spent sleeping was another hour spent not working—therefore another wasted hour. And despite a growing awareness of the importance of well-being, so many of our modern attitudes still reflect this.

KK: In the Thrive Journal, we have multiple sections where people are asked to do a ‘life audit.’ Can you tell us a bit about how you did your own life audit and what you learned from it?

AH: I did a major “life audit” when I turned forty, and I realized how many projects I had committed to in my head—such as learning German and becoming a good skier and learning to cook. Most remained unfinished, and many were not even started. Yet these countless incomplete projects drained my energy and diffused my attention. As soon as the file was opened, each one took a little bit of me away. It was very liberating to realize that I could “complete” a project by simply dropping it— by eliminating it from my to-do list. Why carry around this unnecessary baggage? That’s how I completed learning German and becoming a good skier and learning to cook and a host of other projects that now no longer have a claim on my attention.

KK: I think it’s a common feeling to think that we don’t have time to take care of ourselves because we all have too many more ‘urgent’ things to do. How would you suggest someone begin to break free from this mindset?

AH: It is definitely an all-too-common feeling. To break free from this mindset, remember what we’re told on airplanes – to “secure your own mask first before helping others,” even your own child. One of the fundamental truths of well-being is that the better we are at taking care of ourselves, the more effective we’ll be in taking care of others, including our families, our co-workers, our communities, and our fellow citizens.

KK: We both know that making the choice to live a healthier, more mindful life is an ongoing process. What would you say is the best first step for someone who has just decided to go on this journey?

AH: The first step is understanding that it’s within our power to make the changes we need in our lives. Once we change our minds, we can begin to change our habits.

KK: Who are some of your heroes and role models when it comes to the idea of thriving and living your best life?

AH: Ever since I was researching Thrive I’ve had great deal of admiration for a group of writers, thinkers and role models whose work has laid the scientific foundation for so much of the conversation about mindfulness and its benefits: Richard Davidson, professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin; Mark Williams, professor of clinical psychology at Oxford; Jon Kabat-Zinn, founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School; and Adam Grant, professor of management at the Wharton School and author of Give and Take.

We hope you enjoyed our interview with Arianna Huffington. Don’t forget you can shop our gorgeous Thrive Journal in store and online now.

Our Interview with Arianna Huffington: Part I

To celebrate our exciting collaboration with Arianna Huffington, author of the international bestsellers Thrive and The Sleep Revolution, I sat down with her to find out what inspires her, how she ‘thrives’ and more.

Here’s Part I of our interview…

Kristina x

Kristina Karlsson
kikki.K founder & stationery lover

Kristina Karlsson: In Thrive, you wrote about how you collapsed from overextending yourself and how the experience served as a personal wake-up call for you. Can you tell us a bit about that experience and what you learned from it?

Arianna Huffington: On the morning of April 6, 2007, I was lying on the floor of my home office in a pool of blood. On my way down, my head had hit the corner of my desk, cutting my eye and breaking my cheekbone. I had collapsed from exhaustion and lack of sleep. In the wake of my collapse, I found myself going from doctor to doctor, from brain MRI to CAT scan to echocardiogram, to find out if there was any underlying medical problem beyond exhaustion. There wasn’t, but doctors’ waiting rooms, it turns out, were good places for me to ask myself a lot of questions about the kind of life I was living.

I wrote about my wakeup call in Thrive, and as I went around the world talking about the book I found that the subject people wanted to discuss most—by far—was sleep: how difficult it is to get enough, how there are simply not enough hours in the day, how tough it is to wind down, how hard it is to fall asleep and stay asleep, even when we set aside enough time. And since my own transformation into a sleep evangelist, everywhere I go, someone will pull me aside and, often in hushed and conspiratorial tones, confess, “I’m just not getting enough sleep. I’m exhausted all the time.” Or, as one young woman told me after a talk in San Francisco, “I don’t remember the last time I wasn’t tired.” By the end of an evening, no matter where I am in the world or what the theme of the event is, I’ll have had that same conversation with any number of people in the room. And what everyone wants to know is, “What should I do to get more and better sleep?” So I decided I wanted to take a fuller look at the subject because it’s clear that if we’re going to truly thrive, we must begin with sleep. It’s the gateway through which a life of well-being must travel.

KK: We had so much fun creating these new products with you at kikki.K. What was most important for you in making these?

AH: I’ve loved the opportunity collaborate on all these products. At The Huffington Post, our goal is to add value to people’s lives in everything we do, and I love that these products strive for the same thing – adding value to people’s lives by helping them live with more well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving.

KK: I get so inspired by hearing other people’s daily rituals. Can you tell us about yours? What helps you personally live your best life?

AH: 95 percent of the time I get eight hours of sleep a night, and as a result, 95 percent of the time I don’t need an alarm to wake up. So on most days, my daily ritual begins with waking up naturally – which for me is a great way to start the day.

A big part of my morning ritual is about what I don’t do: when I wake up, I don’t start the day by looking at my smartphone. Instead, once I’m awake, I take a minute to breathe deeply, be grateful, and set my intention for the day. Then I do 20 to 30 minutes of meditation and 30 minutes on my stationary bike, on days when I’m home, and 5-10 minutes of yoga stretches.

Most nights I’m in bed by 11, and my goal as we joke in my family, is to always be in bed to catch the “midnight train.”

KK: How do you define “thriving”?

AH: Living the life you want, not the life you settle for.

KK: Why do you personally feel so passionate about sleep?

AH: As my 2007 collapse demonstrates, I learned about sleep’s importance the hard way. Becoming a sleep evangelist was my way of trying to make sure others realize sleep’s importance before – not after – having their own painful wakeup call.

KK: A lot of young entrepreneurs and business-owners can wear it as a badge of honor that they work incredibly long hours, don’t sleep, and don’t take care of themselves in the pursuit of success. As someone who has built a hugely successful business, what advice would you having for people stuck in this mindset?

AH: There is this founder myth that if you are starting a company you can’t afford to get enough sleep. But in reality three-quarters of start-ups fail, and perhaps if these founders were getting the sleep they need they’d have a higher likelihood of succeeding. Sleep is nonnegotiable, and it will improve every aspect of your health, productivity, and your chances of having a successful business.

KK: Technology is obviously now a huge part of our daily lives. What are your technology tips for sleep health and thriving?

AH: My main technology tip concerns devices in the bedroom. Blue light, the sort given off by our ubiquitous electronic devices, is especially good at suppressing melatonin— which makes it especially bad for our sleep. In fact, a 2015 survey showed that 71 percent of Americans sleep with or next to their smartphones.

So the tech tip I most highly recommend – because of the impact it’s had on my own life – is a key part of a larger tip, which is creating a healthy transition to sleep that begins before you even step into your bedroom. I treat my own transition to sleep as a sacrosanct ritual. First, I turn off all my electronic devices and gently escort them out of my bedroom. Then, I take a hot bath with epsom salts and a candle flickering nearby—a bath that I prolong if I’m feeling anxious or worried about something. I don’t sleep in my workout clothes as I used to (think of the mixed message that sends to our brains) but have pajamas, nightdresses, even T-shirts dedicated to sleep. Sometimes I have a cup of chamomile or lavender tea if I want something warm and comforting before going to bed. I love reading real, physical books – especially poetry, novels and books that have nothing to do with work.

KK: What went into the design of your own ‘sleep haven’? What would you suggest others do to create a bedroom that complements healthy sleep?

AH: We should keep our bedrooms dark, quiet and cool – between 60 and 67 degrees. And there are so many small steps we can take to make our bedrooms more conducive to good sleep. I have blackout curtains, a nightstand with things that help me relax and unwind like flowers, an analog alarm clock, and a picture of my daughters. As mentioned above, don’t charge your phone next to your bed – and even better, gently escort all devices completely out of your bedroom. And remember, your bed is for sleep and sex only – no work!

KK: Exercise is a vital part of living a healthy life. What advice would you give to someone who has problems getting motivated in this area?

AH: There’s plenty of science confirming the direct relationship between exercise and sleep. A study from Bellarmine University and Oregon State University found that “regular physical activity may serve as a non-pharmaceutical alternative to improve sleep,” at least for those who meet the basic recommended guidelines of 150 minutes per week of moderate exercise. And researchers at the University of Pennsylvania showed that those who walked for exercise got better sleep and that, as lead author Michael Grandner put it, “these effects are even stronger for more purposeful activities, such as running and yoga, and even gardening and golf.” In other words, move your body! Even when you have a jam-packed day, try taking a longer route to your subway stop, or take the stairs instead of the elevator, or park at the outer edge of the parking lot. Or if you can, set up a walking meeting at work. When we were launching The Huffington Post, some of our best ideas came up while hiking in the hills of L.A.

KK: Do you personally journal? How often and how long have you been doing it if so?

AH: In my twenties, fascinated by the work of Carl Jung, I started keeping a daily dream journal. The majority of my dreams were garbled, sometimes surreal versions of my daily life, but there were also flashes of genuine insight.

Another practice that my older daughter, Christina, has been using, and that I’ve borrowed, is making a gratitude list part of our bedtime routine. I find that it focuses my mind on the blessings in my life— large and small— rather than on the running list of unresolved problems. For all of us, every day has its blessings and its setbacks, but it’s the setbacks and stresses that seem to take center stage in our minds once our head hits the pillow. They are the preening, attention-seeking, spotlight-hogging divas of our bedtime hours, ignoring the stage manager begging them to exit. And if we don’t stop them, they’ll drag the whole production down with them. A gratitude list— whether written in a notebook, spoken aloud, or just recited silently— is a great way to knock them down a peg, shift the spotlight, and make sure our blessings get the closing scene of the night.

Don’t forget you can shop our gorgeous Thrive Journal online now. Look out for Part II of our interview with Arianna coming soon!