An old slogan for a popular shoe company, “Just Do It” seems to fit well in my current circumstance. Since I’ve quit work and have no real schedule, I find myself not managing my time well. I tell myself that I can do it tomorrow, knowing fully well that it probably won’t happen tomrrow either. I have decided that I may be just a little lazy sometimes too. I’d much rather be bible journaling or napping. I’m determined to change things up a bit and get myself on track. My prioritites are just a little off-course, but with a little tweaking, it’ll all be good as new.
Using A Planner
I’ve used a planner for as long as I can remember. My first planner was the pocket style 2-year planner that came in a kit for a school fund-raiser when I was just a teenager. That was a long time ago! It worked pretty much as a diary for me back then. I wrote down everything in it. I came across that very one the other day and it was amazing to read my story from 1984.
Planners have come a long way since them. Today they are being used across the world. Most are decorative books that are quite pricey and you can get all the cute stickers to match. Stickers for every event imaginable. I love stickers so I have a really good time planning my weeks out and decorating each day.
Use What You Have
If you don’t have a pretty planner, no worries. It’s not about how it looks, that’s not the important part. The thing we’re aiming for is to be more organized and staying on track. An ordinary notebook or journal will work. You can draw on it or use sticker tape to make it pretty if you’d like, but using it plain works just as well. I use colored pencils or markers in mine. Color coding blocks for different activities is a great idea too. This means less writing. You’ll know by the color of the day what activity is happening. But if you’re a busy person, this may be too much. You’re blocks may look like rainbows.
Planners For All Things/ Everything In One
Currently I have two planners. I have a financial planner and an everyday planner. My goal is to incorporate one into the other so that I only have one. I’ve read where some people have many different ones. My problem with that is I wouldn’t be able to keep up with all of them. Ha! A household planner would be great! One for the entire household and everything within. Tabs for calendar, bills, kids activities, work schedules, etc. I don’t have it all figured out, but that’s my goal. Everything in one.
Planning is a great way to get organized and keep up with your daily activities, chores, appointments, etc. I’ve found that if I write it in my planner, I’m more likely to “just do it”. I don’t procrastinate as much. Maybe it’s because I want my planner to be neat and in order. It drives me crazy if I have to mark through something just because I didn’t do it. Give it a try and see if it works for you. Share your ideas in the comments below. I’d love to see some of your work!