The holidays are over, company has gone home, and the decorations are put away. The house is cleaned, my refrigerator is cleaned (I very much dislike an overly full or messy fridge), and it’s time to think about what we want to accomplish this year. I don’t make resolutions, but I do make “plans”. I think it’s easier to accomplish something that I’m “planning” to do rather than something that I’m “resolved” to do. It’s just a matter or wording, but…
One of the things I do at the beginning of each year is choose what kind of planner/calendar (the kind I take everywhere with me) I’m going to use for the year. I had purchased an inexpensive two-year calendar a month or so ago, but after careful consideration decided I would really rather have a Franklin-Covey spiral bound weekly planner. I chose the “Textures, Wire-bound Weekly Planner” and I purchased it from Franklin, although I could have also gotten it from Amazon. The reason I chose to purchase from Franklin instead of Amazon is that it was less expensive to begin with and it was also on sale. Besides that, I had to pay shipping whether I purchased through Franklin or Amazon (it’s not available with Prime from Amazon), so in the long run it saved about $10 or so.
When choosing a planner, it’s important to consider how you will use it and what size will be best for you. For example, when I worked retail and also had kids at home, I had appointments with sales reps, vendors and clients as well as doctors and schools. I needed a planner that allowed me to schedule hourly during the day as well as giving me room for notes. Now, I only need to schedule a few things like which days I’m working, appointments, dinner engagements, reservations, flight information, etc. I mostly need room for my notes, lists, ideas, and other things like that. The Textures Wire-bound Weekly Planner is the ideal one for my way of life right now. Plus, I already have a nice leather cover for it (you don’t have to use one, but I like them), so it was a good choice for several reasons.
One important note about having a planner is that if you would like one but aren’t finding an ideal one for you, or if you don’t want to spend the money for one, there are plenty of places online where you can find free printable planner pages. I have a three-ring binder (not my everyday planner) that I use strictly for my blogs, Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest. I have sheets in there for scheduling posts for Slater Creek Cabin and for Cripple Creek Ace Hardware. I also have pages in there for ideas for posts, feedback, and anything related to my internet endeavors. In other words, you don’t have to spend money to get something that’s perfect for you!
If you’re the type of person who doesn’t want to carry around one more thing, than don’t!. Jack uses a note app on his phone for listing things he wants to do and stuff he wants to buy. I also know a lot of people who use their phones for keeping track of appointments and other things that are “scheduled”. If that works for you, then great! Go for it! The point is to stay on track any way that it works best for you. If you’re like me, however, you want to have it where you can pick it up, write on it, and flip the pages. Call me old-fashioned, but that’s the way I like it and what works best in my life.
The best thing for me about having an actual planner is that it keeps me on track with life in general. I can easily see when I’m working (my days change every week), what time we’re supposed to be somewhere, confirmation numbers for flights and hotel reservations, and when we have company coming. I can also look back and see when we last went to the dentist and when we saw the eye doctor. I can maintain lists of home improvement projects we would like to do, items we want to purchase when they go on sale, places we would like to visit, books we want to read, and many, many more things. Even Jack (who used to tease me about having everything in my planner) has learned that my planner is good for both of us. He knows that if it’s important, it’s going to be written down. In general, planners keep all of the information I need at my fingertips and frees my mind for other things.
Whether a paper planner, an app on your phone, or another method that works for you, having important information written down somewhere that’s easily accessible will help you keep your year organized and will make you life simpler. So, get a good start to your year and find the best way to keep yourself on track. You’ll be glad you did!
Have a wonderful 2016!