If you are like most people that I know, you are busy. I realize that “busy” has become a word associated with negative connotations. That we need to slow down and prioritize our lives.
While I don’t necessarily concede that being busy is a bad thing, I do believe that it is important to slow down enough to get organized and plan. If you are a member of the 2.3% “non-busy” population (I made that stat up so don’t go and do a Google search for it!), this post will still apply to you. It’s all about managing your time and setting planner goals.
You are here at Planner Squad because you have some sort of interest in planners. You may fall anywhere along the continuum of planner newbie to planner addict. Planners are cool, you think. Planners are helpful, you nod. But, setting up and using planners takes time!
I was very resistant to joining the planner fad. My first thought was, “But I’m already super busy! How in the world am I going to have the time to figure out what planner to get and then what to do with it?” (My next thought was about cost-and I will be sharing about planning on a budget very soon!)
After I got bit by the planner bug (thanks Jenn!) and sat down with my first official planner, a light bulb went off. Aha! Taking time to sit down and organize my to-do lists, appointments, and real life was going to help me maximize use of me time. Sweetening it up with a bit of accessories was just icing on the cake!
I also realized that my planner time was MY TIME! I am always putting my needs and wants aside for my family and friends, volunteering and blog. Now, I had a time for myself that was beneficial to all (because organized mommy=happy mommy)!
Homeschooling 5 boys and blogging sucks up a lot of my time. I have very little free time to spend with my planners. I knew that I would have to plan to plan.
No-Guilt Planner Time
You may be hesitant to set aside time to plan. Perhaps your family doesn’t quite understand the fun or need of all that washi and stickers. To them, it may look like you are merely having arts and crafts time.
Maybe you feel guilty because you could be doing any of the 153 items on your to-do list? Or there are “more important” activities that you could be doing?
I am here to tell you-hogwash! Girl, you need to plan to plan! Carve out that time and get your plan on!
The act of planning is beautiful. It is inspiring. It reduces anxiety and induces a sense of peace and well-being. (I am quite sure that all of these planning benefits are recorded somewhere in some ancient text buried deep. Until it is unearthed, just take my word for it! I give you permission to quote me to any who question the need to plan.)
Tips for Planning for Planner Time
Unless you have a personal assistant or secretary, you are going to have to set aside time to plan by yourself. All of these ideas are practical but, if you are anything like me, you need a reminder. Take an honest look at how you are managing your time each day. You may be amazed to see all the time that you can gain for better use-like planning!
Here are my suggestions to help you with Planning for Planner Time:
- List of Priorities—
Consider both current and future priorities. Of course, essential responsibilities must come first (like food and family care).
My list of priorities looks like this: God >> Family >> Friends >> WorkI also believe it is important to prioritize home management tasks. Once you have an idea of what must be done, you can schedule times to do these critical tasks yourself or to delegate.
- Honest Talk with Your Family (or who you live with)—
Sit down and talk to those you live with about how important it is for you to have planner time. Share with them why you enjoy it and how it can benefit all. (Tip: Point out how your planner time will benefit them! What will you have extra time for now that you use your time more efficiently?)
- Honest Look at Use of Down Time—
When you actually have a moment or two to sit down, how do you use your time? Are you surfing Facebook? Maybe zoning out with a Netflix marathon? Planners, wake up! This could be your planner time! Using some type of time tracker can be an excellent way to assess how you are truly using your precious time. (scroll down for a simple time tracker that I created for my Happy Planner-and you!)
- Brain Dump—
Have an ongoing list (or lists) to record your planner ideas, as well as responsibilities. Keep this list in the back of one of your planners (or in each planner). Use as a reference when you get your planner time.
With an organized and clean planning area, you will have more time for planning. Supplies will be easier to find and enjoyable to view.Bookmark favorite planner resource sites. Print out sticker sheets and file. ( I will be sharing an inexpensive way to that I keep my stickers and free printables organized next week.) Create Pinterest boards for inspiration and places to find resources. To help with planning your monthly and weekly planner themes, I created these inserts (in Happy Planner size).
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We would love to hear your ideas for how you create precious planner time! Share your tips and tricks below.