To plan is . . .

planning – noun; the process of making plans for something

planner

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Ben Franklin

“He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” – Winston Churchill

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” – John Wooden

Planning. I love a pretty planner. I love to plan. However, planning consistently has proved to be a challenge for me. I tend to be a “fly by the seat of my pants” type of girl. I also tend to let my tasks swallow me up and only realize I’ve missed an opportunity or have nothing clean to wear when I am desperately searching for a clean pair of panties 15 minutes before I have to walk out the door – which may or may not have happened within the last week . . .

When I do plan, I feel more in control of my life and feel like I am more effective while wearing each of my different hats (mom, wife, teacher, IB Coordinator, yearbook sponsor, newspaper sponsor, etc. . . . .. . . ) It is important.

Recently, I bought a new planner. For the past 3 years I have faithfully used a Erin Condren Life Planner. This year I am trying a Plum Paper ME Planner and so far it is helping me stay on top of my goal to plan each week – activities, to do’s, meals, exercise, etc. (Granted, I only began on Feb. 1 – but my fingers are crossed!).

My goal is to discover and live my convictions with balance and I believe planning will go a long way in helping me accomplish this goal. What exactly needs balance? When thinking long and hard about this question (like years) I came up with the following list: Faith, marriage, parenthood, health, finance, education, work, and friendships (after all, that is what life is about, right?). These are the areas that need my consistent attention in order to feel complete, balanced, and in true discovery for my convictions.

Step one to accomplishing this goal?

PLAN CONSISTENTLY!

 

Websites @ planning:

http://iheartplanners.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/HowtoColorCodeYourPlanner-17.jpg

http://www.girl-organized.com/category/planners/

http://theswirlblog.com/2015/07/31/planning-for-planners-part-3-the-plum-paper-planner/

http://www.success.com/article/7-habits-of-highly-effective-people

http://tinybuddha.com/blog/9-tips-to-create-a-balanced-life/

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