I was positively giddy when I spied this in Target (can Target do no wrong?) whilst last-minute Christmas shopping in Arizona. Side note: It was 70 and sunny there. Quite blissful. At the moment, New Hampshire is getting with a “Bombogenesis: the Perfect Storm of Cold, Gusting Wind, and Snow.” Did you know it’s colder than Mars? Isn’t that neat?
Back to the planner. I bought the Blue Sky Planner with the “daily planning sheets.”
The heart rate picks up just talking about this stuff.
Is this normal?
Daily sheets: I do best when I can plan the night before and write down what I’m going to do by the hour. Some events are scheduled, like the class I’m teaching and the gazillion drop offs and pick ups my children require. But there are A LOT of hours in the day that can be frittered away or USED FOR GREATNESS.
I thrive on *accountability. Hourly planners do that for me.
*Learn about yourself. Take the 4 Tendancies Quiz HERE.
I have a shared electronic Google calendar, but largely to only consult outside of the house (and to spy on my husband who does not like feeling tethered).
I’ve tried a dozen planner ideas, from simple notebooks to only electronic.
But year after year I come back to the physical handwritten planner. I make long lists, write using colored pens, draw happy faces, and cross tasks off daily, like “strength work out!,” and “keep your butt in the chair and write for one hour.” It makes me feel incredibly accomplished. It’s positive reinforcement, the key to getting things done.
Let’s move on to 2018 goals.
Every January we sit together as a family as I chirp about progress (I’m SO FUN 🙂 )
This year my goals have become more about maintenance (a sign of age?)
2018, in no particular order:
- I will stop cutting my own hair. PUT DOWN THE SCISSORS, AMY!
- I will stop drinking Diet Coke. JUST KIDDING! Have you tried Lime? Limit to 3/week.
- Start every day by quietly reading the scriptures. Not social media or email.
- Charmin toilet paper. After too many years of cheap, I’ve concluded that cheap actually requires much more usage. Quality, friends, QUALITY! Our backsides deserve better.
- Finish novel. Pitch novel. Sell novel. WE CAN DO IT.
- Read 50 books with the Goodreads Challenge.
- Run at least two half-marathons. Maintenance. I just don’t want to get slower. Not yet.
- House. Tidy daily. Stop dumping laundry on floor and leaving it there. Seriously. Come on.
- One treat a day. NO MORE.
- Strengthen the Family. Daily family scriptures, prayer, and kind voices. It works. I see it.
- Austerity. No, Amy, you do not need that hair product.
“Reach” Goals I dream of…
- Watercolor more with Brynne
- Declutter entire house. Live total minimalism. Maybe live in a treehouse.
Comment please. What kind of calendar do you use? What are your goals? Do you make them?