Since one of my focuses this year is on getting organized. In an effort to help me in my endeavor I am working my way through the book “One year to an Organized life.” One of the first things that is addressed in the book is the need for a useable calendar. I’m sure you are aware a calendar is vital to keeping your days and activities straight. With two kids and a two working adults in this household, we use our calendar frequently.
In our house a huge whiteboard kitchen calendar has been a life saver. It looks like this. Ok, it is a bit sloppy for January but it works for us. (Yes, that says Daddy’s Birthday Eve. My husband trying to ekk out an extra day to his birthday) Since one of us works a rotating schedule it helps to keep track of days on and off of work. Likewise, we also track the kids chore schedule here. It has been so helpful remembering birthdays, school events and planning for holidays.
The only problem I have is that my children keep stealing the colored dry erase markers and I am down to only one. Have to remember to get more. Hey, maybe I should add that to my calendar!
In addition to the family calendar I also use a daily planner. However this is the first year I am trying this out. I have a tendency to be inconsistent when it comes to daily tracking of things. I have tried several calendars, planners and to-do list apps on my phone and have failed to keep up with them. So for me a phone planner just do not work.
I heard on a recent podcast by Chalene Johnson she has had the same issue. She stated that there is something about writing your intentions for the day down with pen and paper that makes you remember them better. I totally agree. I have found that if I write down my plan for the day, on paper first thing in the morning, then I tend to accomplish more of what I set out to do.
I have tried to use other planners before but since I tend to track my food, activity, things to do, water, and various other items these small pocket planners and calendars did not leave me enough room to fit it all.
I guess I was not the only one feeling this way. Chalene Johnson came up with a fantastic, useable planner that is available to download for free from PUSH Goal Worksheet. I receive nothing for saying this but feel this is such a fantastic free resource she has created that it was important to spread the word.
The planner several printable pages that start of with some goal setting exercises. These are quick and easy in helping to narrow the focus of your goals. However, for me the daily planner has become invaluable.
It has plenty of room for me to account for all my activities and tracking. One of the things I love is that there is an area to write what you are grateful for each day. Practicing gratefulness is another focus of mine this year and I love that this planner also acts as a gratefulness journal as well.
The planner is designed for 90 days instead of a year, but extra sheets can be printed and added to a binder to create a year planner. I actually only printed the month since I plan of reviewing and assessing my goals monthly. (I have a short attention span.) But it is customizable for your needs.
So yes you could go out and get an expensive or more stylish planner from Staples or Target, but this one totally works for me and it is free! All you have to do is print it.