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Now that my mind isn’t a pile of oatmeal, I thought I might share what has been my life raft for the last little while. I’ve always used a planner. For going on five or so years now. It is so difficult to keep things straight between Addie’s school, my work and all the normal life stuff thrown in between. At the beginning of this school year, I tossed around the idea of using two separate planners, but even for someone who likes to be ultra organized, that was just too much. I settled on using my Happy Planner for everything again this year.
I came across these planners a couple years ago when I needed a new planner but could no longer stomach the price tag on an Erin Condren planner. The Happy Planner is set up very similarly. It isn’t coil bound, instead the pages snap in which is actually the only thing I dislike about these. But, saving money is my jam and if that is the only thing that bothers me, I can get over it.
So when I was in the market for another one, I checked Amazon instead of running to Hobby Lobby. I was so excited to find this set! It came with two years worth of planner pages (score) and a whole bunch of other fun stuff.
Seeing as how the end of the year is upon us, recently I’ve been thinking of ways to streamline our life and be a little more put together on a daily basis. When you home school, life tends to get buried somewhere under a massive pile of books or papers and by Friday everyone is swimming through crafts and forgotten scraps of the week before. I want to somehow put an end to this in January. So in the process of getting my life together, I thought of some good tips that anyone could use, not just myself.
- Plan Ahead. I always lesson plan on Sundays. It is just the most common sense day to lesson plan for me. I plan each day of the upcoming week, get everything made (like tests and homework pages) ahead of time so when the day comes, I’m all set. This thought process works for more than just teaching. Using a planner to schedule out your week ahead of time will help you meet goals, be less forgetful and it will lower your stress. I like to make a list of all the things I need to do or remember and then pencil them into my planner.
- Compartmentalize. If you have a planner like mine, you have three boxes for each day. I have mine broken into Work, School and Daily Life. Obviously your labels will probably differ from mine. This kind of helps my brain not get overwhelmed with all the crap I have to keep track of. I typically do things the same way each day. Clean a little in the morning, do school, clean some more, work, finish up school and so on. So my planner is kind of like mini to-do lists.
- Don’t Overbook Yourself. It’s easy when it’s a lazy Sunday evening to get seriously gung ho about your upcoming week. I do it all the time, and every single time I have to end up feeling upset I couldn’t do everything I had planned for myself. Be realistic about what will fit in a days time or a weeks time. Make sure you are leaving time to be a normal human being. Give yourself leeway. I am the worst at this. So bad. I get motivated and excited and then I try and cram a science lesson I am stoked about in the same day as Addie’s art class and my therapy. Not going to happen chum. It’s just not.
- Make it Fun. If getting organized is something that sounds like a huge chore to you, but you know you need to do it, make it an enjoyable experience. Planning seriously zens me out. Not because of the writing of to do lists, but because I use stickers and washi tape and colored markers and pens etc. I make things colorful and I take my time. It seems silly to take all that time and energy to play with stickers but guys, seriously- I love it and you probably will too. One of my closest friends made planner stickers her JOB. I am not a crazy person, people love doing this for a reason. It is relaxing as hell. If you already love stickers like I do, you need to check out Paige’s shop on Etsy. She works her tail off to bring you quality stickers without charging an arm and a leg. Follow her on Instagram for coupon codes.
- Shop Smart. When you are looking into buying a planner, try not to get caught up in the hype of this planner or that one. Shop for your needs! The Happy Planner works well for me and my needs, plus it’s affordable. That said, it doesn’t fit well in a purse or bag because it’s pretty large. If you need something more compact, The Happy Planner I have probably wont work for you, but this smaller version would! Definitely look around and see what’s out there!
I am excited for the new year. I am so beyond ready to put this year behind me! I have high hopes that 2018 will bring so much good to our lives and I hope yours too!
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