Happy Friday! We are so close to the end of January, and hopefully you are all a bit more organized, and are still feeling motivated.
I know that sometimes we can “lose a little steam” when working on big projects such as cleaning out your house. Give yourself a day to take a breath, regroup, and sort the tasks you need to do in order to finish. Once you power through the last of it, you are going to love the feeling of accomplishment!
Today, I want to talk a little more about getting our lives together; mainly about PLANNERS!
I’m sure we have all been there, we buy a planner with grand intentions of using it, then after a month, it’s collecting dust or is stuck in the back of a drawer. Well not this year it’s not!
First, I am going to be bluntly honest when it comes to choosing a planner. All you need is a planner set up how YOU would use it, and a pencil. Yep, that’s it.
I personally see these “DIY planners” full of stickers, colorful additives, etc. as a waste of time and money. Now don’t get all up in arms at me; if you find that these extra pieces truly help you to actually use your planner, and keep organized, that is wonderful!
Just know, if you think that going out and spending a bunch of money on a planner, stickers, and colorful pens is going to help you to actually use it, you’re most likely wrong. You are going to spend more time trying to get all these stickers in there than actually scheduling out your week and month.
When I say you need a planner set up how YOU like it, I mean the way the layout is printed. I purchased my planner from Barnes & Noble, and while it did come with stickers, I cut those pages out and gave them to my daughter.
Personally, I like tabs so I can flip to months quickly and easily, I also like that each month starts off with a full month calendar, then is broken down into weeks/days following that page.
On my monthly calendar I can see all of my various appointments, events, etc. As for the weekly/daily pages, I can easily list out the tasks I need to work on for that specific day or week. As I navigate this year with my planner, I will be using it to also focus on the social media and blog posts that need to be completed, as well as my family’s day to day schedules.
Now, how will you make sure to use your planner? That’s what Sunday’s are for! A couple weeks ago on Instagram I shared what “Self-Care Sunday” means to me. For some it may mean laying on the couch binge watching TV. For me it means sitting down with my planner, my 52 Lists Journal, and setting my intentions for the week.
I have found that starting off every Sunday has kept me so much more organized and prepared! I am able to start my week off with such amazing positivity, and it helps me to keep my motivation up.
This doesn’t mean that I only look at my planner on Sunday’s, this simply means that I plan everything out. I also make sure to add needed appointments and events to my iPhone calendar.
Being able to see all of your engagements will help you to better prepare for you week mentally, which is a great way to get your life organized! Having a better sense of clarity in our minds will help us to ease stress and feel more calm.
Take a deep breath, and get to your planner!