There are some pretty awesome and inspirational individuals on the internet, and I’ve been lucky to have worked with one of them over the course of the past few weeks.
I admit I have a planner problem. Too many binders, worksheets, and to do lists are constantly scattered across my desk. This messy overwhelm led to missed assignments and a brain that didn’t seem to remember much of anything. I knew that I needed help or a change, so I started working on simplifying. I was drawn to Creative Live, and I started watching courses. From time management to creative photography, Creative Live is an awesome website that streams classes for just about anyone (bloggers, photographers, creatives, and more!). I had recently left my 9-5 gig and was trying to find
I had recently left my 9-5 gig and was trying to find routine with a very unpredictable schedule. I learned that I wasn’t taking enough time in my day to practice gratitude or to take time to care for myself.
One tip that I picked up from one of these courses was The Not To Do List. What a way to change my daily thinking! I was so busy running around doing things that I thought were necessary, but they either drained me or didn’t seem worthwhile. One thing that I needed to change? The way I kept track of my daily schedule. It just wasn’t working. Since it was the start of an academic year, I knew I could find something fresh for my new start. I didn’t think Target would be the answer to my planner problems (I have seriously tried just about every kind of planner on the market!), but it was.
For about $12 I now have a clear view of my month and my major to do lists. No more post-its cluttered my monitor or slips of paper hiding on my desk. I have one place for lists. One place for appointments. One place for blog ideas.
I’m not bound by times or “morning, afternoon, night” sections in this planner. It is just one comprehensive list. My favorite part? If I don’t finish the prior day’s list, I can easily reference it. It doesn’t get hidden by a turn of the page.
And, if it doesn’t fit in this planner, perhaps it’s not important after all. I gave myself grace to start over and simplify. Here’s to a fresh start.
What kind of planner do you use? How do you stay on top of things?
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