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So you wanna get more organized?
Maybe you feel like you are being stretched too thin, and you’re running around like a chicken with its head cut off. The simplest of tasks are constantly being forgotten or everything is being done last minute.
There’s sporting events to attend and the chores are falling behind. Let’s not forget to mention the you time that you aren’t getting.
Let me tell you something, you are not alone. I have felt like this before and to be honest, there are days i still feel like this.
I’m here to tell you how i stay on stop of everything. But I’m not one to sugar coat things. I’m going to let you in on my secret to doing it all
And that secret is….(Drum roll please)
Thats right. My entire life depends upon a little book with a bunch of scribbles in it. And i would be totally lost with out it.
#1 Get a planner that works for YOU
When shopping for planners, make sure you get one that is convenient to bring with you everywhere. I used to have a big 8×10 planner and it was perfect. It fit right into my large back pack that i lugged around with me everywhere. Then, as the kids got older, i didn’t need to carry so much with me so i down graded to a smaller purse. I still did my best to bring my planner with me but i kept leaving it in the car, at the office, at home. It was too big. So i got myself a smaller planner that fits right into my purse. Now i’m back to writing everything down and not skipping a beat.
#2 Write everything down
Speaking of which, lets talk about what to write in your planner.
So you just got your new planner home. Now what? What do I write in it?
EVERYTHING!!! When you first get your planner, make time to sit down and fill in the obvious. Birthdays, sports, school events. And just keep writing in it. I keep sticky notes in my purse too. Its super helpful when something comes up and you tell yourself “Oh yeah, I’ll remember that.” Just write it on a stick note quick and you’re set.
#3 Schedule times when you will review your planner
The best times to review your planner is in the morning and before bed.
When you get up in the morning, grab your coffee, your planning and take five minutes you review whats going on for that day. Make extra notes if need be then BOOM, you have an idea of whats going on that day.
Before bed, break out the planner again. Add it to your regular bed time routine. Take contact out, shower, wash face, review planner, brush teeth. This gives you the chance to see what didn’t get done that day and gives you a preview of the next day.
And of course, you can break out your planner any time of day. Make notes all day. Maybe lunch works better for you to review. Just take the time to remember its there and actually look at it. It will help in the long run, i pinky promise.
#4 – Have fun with it
A planner can be what ever you want it to be. Don’t make it another chore that you dread doing. Add fun colors or stickers. Throw an inspirational quote in it. Do what ever you have to do to enjoy doing it. If you don’t enjoy doing it, chances are, you won’t keep using it. So, i repeat, HAVE FUN!
#5 – Keep it simple
I feel like i say that a lot in my blogs but it is soooo true. There is no need to over complicate a planner. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to help you through the chaos of a busy life. A planner is supposed to make life easier. Simplicity helps keep life easier, too. If you’re just starting to use a planner for the first time, or trying it again. Keep it simple.
You don’t have to color-code everything or have special stickers for events. (unless you’re into that kind of thing, then by all means, go crazy.) But if you’re like me, there’s a good chance you don’t have the time, or the patients (or your highlighters always seem to disappear) for that kind of thing. Just do your best, and it will pay off in the end.
That’s all I have for today.
I’d love to hear from you guys what you do to keep a planner. Please leave a comment below. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
Feel free to get a hold of me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you need further guidance on anything!
‘Till next time,