Today I am linking up with Lauren at Shooting Stars Mag and Alexandra from Simply Alexandra for their Keep It Together series. It always goes live on the 3rd Thursday of each month and encourages bloggers and readers to post about scrapbooks, planners, or anything memory keeping and then link up our posts with theirs. So here I am, sharing the tools I am using to try to keep me together! A BIG job.
My Goal Blackboard
If you were thinking this post would be about safety pins, super glue and twine, you’re probably already disappointed. It may seem that I am barely keeping it together by a thread but it takes a whole lot more than that!
About 18 months ago, I started using a blackboard to keep track of my seasonal goals. Deliberated between putting it in the kitchen or in the bedroom. Wanted it to be visible. Decided that having it in the bedroom would mean I would see my goals first thing in the morning as I jump (yeah, right…crawl, slide, stumble) out of bed and at night as I am ending my day.
Decorated the board to go with our bedroom and shared a post about it here in a link-up with Carrie at Curly, Crafty Mom. In the past, I have set seasonal goals but this year, partly because my new planner encourages it, I am going with monthly goals.
Here are the goals I have set for January.
- Work out 4x a week. One of my wellness goals. Includes meeting my daily step target, walking, working out at the gym, lifting weights.
- Clean and purge bedroom. Go through my closet with a fine toothed comb. Be discriminating. Same with dresser drawers, shoes and boots, items in my nightstand, and in storage bins under the bed.
- Enjoy…yes, enjoy, quiet time 5x a week. Ideally, this should be 7x a week. But my schedule goes out the window on Saturday and Sunday. My quiet time is really important for setting the tone of my day.
- Write 3x a week. Blog posts, Morning Pages, work on my story, memoir writing through It’s Never Too Late to Begin Again by Julia Cameron.
Doable? Absolutely doable!!
My Living Well Planner
What kind of a planner do you use? Are you an Erin Condren gal like my friend Katie at The Mishaps and Mayhem of a Solitary Life? Or like Sarah at Foxy’s Domestic Side who uses 2 – yes, two Franklin Covey spiral planners each year. One for her daily life and one for blogging. Believe me, Sarah is so busy that she needs a planner just for her daily life. And she blogs so much (she must have more hours in a day than I do), she needs one to keep up with that.
After reading how Katie loved Erin Condren planners, I started using them. Loved the idea of the cute stickers and ways to decorate it. But when I was trying to scribble in my appointment while on the phone with the dentist’s office, I didn’t have time to find the cute little sticker for ‘dental appointment’.
Then I began listening to Ruth Soukup’s “Do It Scared” podcasts as I embarked on my own Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone posts (last day of each month). When I learned she also had a planner, I decided to give it a try. That is what I am using this year. The Living Well planner.
So much more than just a book of blank calendar pages. I am just beginning to realize all this planner has to offer. Have a look inside.
This planner has a place for:
- Do-it scared planning- for the stepping outside my comfort zone activities
- Long term goals
- Important dates
- Important info
- Notes and ideas
- Monthly goals
- Goal crushing plan of attack
- Project planning
- Monthly budgeting
And comes with 2 pages of bright stickers.
I still have much to add to my planner and hope to work on it while I am at my mom’s. She loves planning, to-do lists, following a budget, keeping track of expenses. See the cow, see the calf!
My Daily To-Do List
Sometime last year, I started using a blank notebook I had to make my to-do list each day. It worked so well. I took both it and my planner to Kentucky in December and had them with me for every one of my mom’s appointments, our consultations with doctors, the people at her retirement community, Senior Helpers. My brother and sister called me the secretary because I was always taking notes about everything.
With the new year, it was time for a new notebook. I found this cute little blank book at Barnes and Noble. During my quiet time each morning, I make my to-do list, adding to it throughout the day. I get a big kick out of ticky boxy (as they would say in Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman) or checking things off my list.
And, as you can see, I put ‘givens’ like make the bed, feed the kitties on there just so I can check them off! Feels so good!
Those are the tools I use for keeping ME together. To keep track of my life and to ensure I do the things that I mean to do, want to do but might otherwise forget to do or let slip by the wayside. If you are interested in learning more about the Ruth Soukup Life Planner, click here. Then stay tuned, and I will do an update on the planner in a few months.
What kind of a planner or agenda do you use? My mom always had a big calendar hanging on the side of the stove in the kitchen. On it, she kept track of our appointments, schedules and even our monthly periods! Yikes!! TMI? If you have a planner you love, please tell me about it in a comment below or take a pic to share on my blog FB page, here.
Off to bed. I have overshot by 24 minutes my wellness goal of unplugging by 9:00 pm. Ooops. Baby steps, though. Right?
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