Day 12: Plan well, work hard, play hard…then rest!

For the first time in a week, 4:30am wasn’t so painful.  Well, that’s probably because I hit the snooze button until 5:00am.

Today, I would like to focus on planning. As you sit down to plan this year, each month, week, and day, ask yourself a few key questions:

*What is your planning goal? To be more organized? Create a record of your time? Goal setting? Keep track of family appointments?
*Will you use a paper or digital planner?
*What categories do you need?
*Will you color-code the categories?
*How often will you sit down for a planning session?
*How long will you need on average per planning session?
*Have you made time in your plans for rest and rejuvenation? Time for play?

Yesterday was Sunday and I made sure it was a day of rest. That is one of my goals this year. Finding time for rest and rejuvenation.  If you were to ask anyone of my family or friends,  they would tell you I don’t rest. I go go go until I drop from exhaustion. So rest I must, and I have to plan time for rest.

So, back to the main focus of today’s post…planning. I am absolutely in love with my 2015 Erin Condren life planner. As someone who loves planners, I find this to be the cream of the crop.

If you are interested in an Erin Condren planner and are a new customer, use the following link for $10 off
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I don’t know about you, but I prefer a monthly layout with the weeks following each month. Regardless of your preference, you need to be able to reference a month at a time, and a yearly glance for long-term planning and weekly views (or at least a weekly to-do list) for short-term planning.

I also like to use different colors for different areas of my life: work is blue, personal (home) is orange, financial is green, and blog/project is pink.

At the end of a month, I like to sit down with a nice cup of coffee (or glass of tea) and plan out the next month as much as I can. In my monthly view, I note when bills are due, doctor appointments, special occasions, and any major work events. I don’t get too specific on the details on the monthly view. I save the details of items for the weekly view.

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On my weekly pages, I transfer items from the monthly page and add the details. I also use the weekly spread like a to-do list and journal of happenings. The planner I use has each day divided into morning, day, and night as well as a small notes block at the bottom.

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I have repurposed the daily block into work, personal, and project/blog and log items accordingly. I especially love being able to check on to do items as the day unfolds. If someone journal worthy happens, I log that as well. My weekly spread serves as my to-do list and a diary/journal of sorts.

Planning is important and yet so personal. Perhaps my style would not work for you, or maybe you prefer an electronic version. Yes, I have tried them all and always come back to my same old ways. What is your style?

I also love lists! I know that is my Type -A personality exerting control. I have lists for almost everything. For me, list serve as a brain purge. It’s hard to remember everything, so lists are my life saver!

Here are just a few of my lists I keep in the Notes section of my planner. What types of lists make your life run more smoothly?

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Yearly Vision & Goal Planning
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Debt Snowball & Minimum Savings Plan

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Meal Planning
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Routines & Weight Loss Tracking
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Project Planning
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Monthly Special Occasions
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Monthly Budget Planning

So, there you have it. Just a few thoughts on planning. What are your favorite methods? Feel free to share your tried – and – true ways of planning and time management.

Oh, don’t forget to plan time for play, rest, and rejuvenation!

Blessings,

Jennifer

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