I wouldn’t be able to get through one day if that day didn’t involve some sort of planning. I have 4 kids and everyone who knows me should know that if I get off schedule or what I’ve planned mentally in my head doesn’t pan out, my day will literally unravel before my eyes. Trust me, no one wants to be around me when that happens.
I’m not saying that every moment is meticulously planned or that I don’t leave room for error. I leave plenty of room to just “see what happens.” But if the youngest doesn’t get his nap in time, or an appointment goes over when I really needed to head to the grocery store before we are stuck at soccer practice for 4 hours, then yes, my day explodes!
I use Google Calendar for everything. Mainly because it’s synced, I get automatic alerts, and my phone is with me 24/7. What I do love about paper planners is that it’s the best way for me to creatively catch my ideas, jot down notes I’d like to remember, and pencil in something that I’ll later transfer to my digital calendar. I need a physical spot where I can write down a fun idea or remind myself to do something later that week. There are so many planners I love and I’ve tried, but I had to create my own to give me the perfect space to really use for my blog, business, and family life.
I love the horizontal feel of this planner because I can write longer notes and appointments. It gives me plenty of room to doodle and just write random words for the day if I need to. There is space to plan your dinner for the week. Most importantly, there is spot labeled “Me Time.” This is super critical because in our busy planning day, we (meaning me) can easily forget about ourselves. This little box here reminds me that I have to plan something special for me. Whether it’s to catch up with my favorite show or book, or to schedule that very needed mani pedi. You can’t forget about yourself here. This planner is perfect for home and work!
The Monthly Brainstorm page is something I’d always just use a blank piece of paper for. This one, neatly organizes the goals I want to hit for the month and breaks them down to Actions Steps that I need to take to make that goal a hit. These monthly goals can be anything like “Lose 10lbs” or “Make 5 Sales” or “Organize the Kitchen Cabinets”, whatever it is, this sheet will help you stay on top of it! Plus, it’s a great way to look back on the month to see how you are doing and see what you accomplished already!
You can download these printables to use for yourself here —> Download Printables.
Depending on how I’m feeling I will print out 4 sets of copies for the month, or just put them in a sheet protector and use a dry erase marker so that I don’t have to waste paper.
I hope you find these helpful and can help you manage all the things that you try to balance in life!