How Planning Has Saved My Sanity

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Hey!  My name is Amy Milcic and I am a planner addict.  (Whew!  I said it!)

 I swore that I wouldn’t jump on the planner bandwagon.  I like to do things my own way with a unique twist.  I don’t follow trends and will swear to my dying day that Converse is the best brand of shoes out there.

When my friend, Jenn (a.k.a.Jenn-A), told me about how planners have helped transform her busy life, I became intrigued.  As a homeschool blogger and soccer mom to 5 boys, I have quite a few plates that I need to keep spinning at once.  (To get an idea of all the cray-cray in my life, head over to my blog, Busy Boys Brigade.)  I felt frazzled and overwhelmed with my growing to-do list.  I had to find out more-but was still resistant.

Where was my resistance coming from?  Well, like I said I tend to buck trends.  Also, to be honest, I didn’t want to throw down a chunk of money on something that I wasn’t sure that I would ever use or that would help.  

Jenn (and other friends on Periscope) encouraged me to check out different planners and sales.  Finally biting the bullet, I headed to my local Michael’s with a coupon.  I set a budget and told myself that I would go for it if I could find anything that I liked.  (Yeah, I get a good chuckle out of that now!)

I was told the Happy Planner from Me & My Big Ideas would rock my world. I was told that there were super cute variations and I would be hooked at first sight.  I was told that once I started, I’d never look back.

Planner friends, everything I was told was completely right!

I found a Happy Planner kit that was super affordable with my coupon.  I loved the cover and everything about it.  Plus, it was way under my self-prescribed budget.  It was a no-brainer and game changer.

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Happy Planner=Happy Momma

As soon as I got home and the boys were in bed, I spread my new planner goodies about my desk.  Instantly, I became immersed in setting up my Happy Planner.  I found myself smiling as I started my first spread. I had dabbled in scrapbooking back in the day, but this was just out of this world fun!

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One of my favorite Happy Planner Spreads, using craft paper and punch outs

And just like that, I was hooked.  Planners (yes, that’s plural.  When I love something, I’m all in!) have transformed my life just like they have Jenn’s.  How could I have been missing out all on this sweet goodness for so long?

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How Planning Has Saved My Sanity!

  1. family appointments
  2. meal planning (still a work in progress but at least it has started!)
  3. family reminders (birthdays, special events)
  4. homeschool happenings (I have a separate homeschool planner that I will share soon!)
  5. sports practices, games, & events (with 5 boys, we have a lot to manage)
  6. soccer coach reminders and schedules
  7. Church events and volunteer roles
  8. Blogs
  9. Periscope schedules and groups
  10. Creative outlet + Me Time

My head spins when I think about all that my family and I have going on in one week.  Prior to using planners, important (and not so important) tasks and commitments were frequently slipping through the cracks.  I knew that I could organize and manage it all but my index card to-do lists were not cutting it.

I can’t thank Jenn and my Periscope planner friends enough.  Planning has helped this busy mom regain her sanity-and carve out some precious me time that serves a purpose.

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My Arc planner with custom cover

 

I look forward to sharing how I use my planners (Happy, Carpe Diem, Arc, and Blog Planner) on-the-go (oh wait until you see my on-the-go planning bag!). I will also be sharing how planners have helped this sports mom tackle all of our schedules, games, and sports-related events.  Another area that I will be focusing on is using planners to coordinate and manage volunteer work.  

One of my biggest interests is planning on a budget.  Planning just rocks-but all the sweet goodness can quickly add up!  I will be sharing my planning on a budget tips and printables.  I also plan on creating some fun planner quotes and memes.

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If you are a busy mom and have a special way that you use your planners to rock your world, please share!   We moms need to share the love and help each other maintain our sanity while tackling mommydom!

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Amy Milcic is a mental health therapist turned homeschool soccer mom to 5 boys. She knows the importance of having the right planner that fits your needs. Amy specializes in planning-on-the-go, homeschool, and sports family planning. Amy blogs at Rock Your Homeschool to share positive and creative approaches to {homeschool} family life.

Comments

  1. I’m so excited Amy! Can’t wait to see your on-the-go planning bag! And I had been thinking all week long, “I need to ask Amy about her system and how she does it all.” Well, now we get to peek into your world and learn your secrets! I’m so honored to be here with you all and look forward to reading hour posts.
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  2. Planners are a great way to stay focused in my day in the week. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

    I confess I have multiple planners as well… And I’m OK with that.

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