We have at least one wedding invitation in our mailbox, and we’re sure it’s only the first of many we’ll receive in the coming months. It’s official, event season is…
Every year we buy a planner at Barnes & Noble or are gifted one during the holidays, and we always promise ourselves to utilize it in the coming year. Unfortunately, every year we fall short of our planner dreams. It doesn’t take much to be a great planner besides making a physical copy of events and appointments, establishing a routine for updating and reviewing the planner, and having a social life to account for! Here are some ways we are taking planning to a semi-professional level.
Pencil It In
All pro-planners recommend having a set time of the day to review and update our planners. Whether it be every morning while drinking coffee, on our train ride home from work or in bed during commercial breaks, it is important to be consistent. The planner does us no good if we don’t take the time to fill it out!
All In One
Some people (like us) are what we call “messy planners,” meaning we try to make note of our plans, but it might be using different mediums. For example, we possibly will have a save the date magnetized to our refrigerator, a post it with a written reminder stuck to our desktop frame or a doctor’s appointment on our digital calendars. Our best advice? Don’t be like us! Keep your appointments all in one place. It makes it easier to reference schedule conflicts and makes it more likely that we will actually update our planners.
Break It Down
Sometimes when we think of our monthly – or even weekly – goals it can get overwhelming. Try breaking big plans down into little ones. For example, say a New Year resolution is to implement meal-prep into our dietary routine. Assign a general meal-prepping goal for the month of January, then in the weekly section make a point to schedule grocery shopping, come up with meal ideas and block out one to two hours for meal prep. This makes it possible to add “Meal Prep: Grilled Chicken, Roasted Asparagus and Brown Rice” to our Monday night between 6-8pm.
One thing that can make keeping a planner more fun is to customize it. Select random pages and write a secret desire or fun memory. As we go through the year it is fun to encounter our own notes. If possible we try to select a smaller size planner that is easy to carry around. It travels with us in our purses, backpacks and luggage making it easier to access when penciling something in. We love to accessorize with decorative stickers, a cute fur ball or a chic leather tassel. Decorate the outer edges of the pages, tape in polaroid photos or leave dried flowers in the page margins. And, having a special dedicated pen or set of markers allows us to get in touch with our creative side.
We know with all the technology at our fingertips it can be easy to forget good old pen and paper. Even so, once we get in the habit of updating our planners, we love how they morph into a time capsule/scrapbook of the year’s adventures.