Today is THE DAY! The Launch of the 2017-2018 Simplified Planner… I find a lot of joy in planning ahead. It makes me feel at peace and helps me to prepare for what’s coming up. It helps me stay on top of my responsibilities and it holds me accountable for the things I don’t enjoy (like cleaning the floors!). Four years ago I attended The Inspired Retreat where I was honored to have met Emily Ley. She was a speaker at the conference I attended and she gifted each of us a Simplified Planner. I’m completely obsessed… The colors, patterns are amazing. But, most of all the pages have plenty of space to write. Today, I’m sharing the newest options available.
Step 1 | Plan dinner and blog posts
On Sunday evenings, I always sit down and meal plan for the week ahead as well as schedule out my blog posts . Above is an example of how easy it is to write in the planner. In MY planner- I write in purple the title of a blog post that I need to write, in the dinner box what we’ll eat that night, and in the notes section what post is going live that morning and which social media platforms I need to broadcast it on.
This way of scheduling out these two things at the beginning of the week saves me so much time and energy. It takes me over an hour to decide on five blog post topics and five meals, so packing that into Sunday evening has proven to be significantly more efficient than wasting time each day on those decisions.
If you’re not a blogger, consider planning dinner and something (or somethings) else in your life that take you a lot of time to decide on. For example, perhaps it would be wise to decide ahead of time what you’ll eat for breakfast or lunch, too. Or when you’ll go to the gym, or what type of exercise you’ll do each day. Maybe you need to decide ahead of time what outfits you’ll wear based on your schedule. By spending time on Sunday night thinking through these decisions, you’ll save lots of time during the week.
Step 2 | Plan out day and tasks
Then, each night, I spend about 10 minutes planning the following day’s schedule and task list. I check to see if I have any appointments scheduled and then plan the rest of my day. As I go, I add in the chores and tasks that I want to get done. I also look up the recipe for the following evening and make a note of how long it takes to cook each meal. With the kids back to school… this is a must have for every Mama. Do something great for yourself and GET ORGANIZED!
I also wanted to share with you the DapperDesk Planner, this planner is a leather cover planner.