If you love Pinterest like I do, planning, organizing, and scheduling pins are the rage. Whether you’re a seasoned planner, a total newbie, or somewhere in-between, setting up an organized planner is one of the most helpful things you can do for you and your family. It can be a challenge, but it’s well worth your time.
My kids call me the “sticky-note” mom. If it isn’t on a sticky, it’s not getting done! But the reality is I have my sticky-notes, a planner, plus a calendar on my phone. I truly LIKE being organized, and with 5 kids, 1 son-in-law, 1 granddaughter, 4 cats, 2 dogs, and a bunny, it’s necessary for my mental health.
OK, the two oldest kids, the son-in-law, and the grandbaby don’t live with us, but they live less than an hour away, and we get together often. Of the three that are still at home, two are leaving for college in the fall. (That opens up a whole other world of planning and organizing!)
[tweetthis]Plans are nothing; planning is everything. ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower #quote[/tweetthis]
Even if you have a smaller family (and smaller pet load!), planning your day/week/month/year helps. Some of the benefits I get from planning are:
- Calm out of chaos – I know where I’m supposed to be and what my family should be doing.
- Happier marriage – One of the things my husband and I used to argue about was what the day looked like and what obligations we had, especially in the evening. Every morning he writes a note on my planner, and I know he’s had a chance to see what’s coming up that day.
- Time management – As long as my planner and phone calendar are “synced” I don’t double book anyone. (This doesn’t always happen though!)
- Better health – Yearly appointments like well-woman/child, dentist, or eye appointments can be kept on track. I also log vet appointments and monthly doggie heartworm pills.
The end of December/beginning of January is when I get my planner, phone, and any accumulated stickies together. I love transferring birthdays from one calendar to the next (our oldest will be 29 this year!). Each time I do this it’s like watching a year of history because I write everything in my planner – births and birthdays, doctor appointments, on-going commitments. Our granddaughter was born April 6th, and while I’ll never forget that date, I love getting to put it in the new planner. I always note by birthdays how old someone is turning. J
One of my friends often gets me a planner (like the one in the picture) for Christmas, but if she doesn’t I go buy a cheapo one at the dollar store. I need enough room to write things and I prefer spiral bound. I put times and events in the order they’re happening. My entries for April 9th look like this:
9:30 – girls to the Bridge
6:30 – Girl Scout meeting
Putting times gives my family and me a quick reference, and putting it in “order” chronologically helps with other planning.
When life gets really hectic I even pencil in basic things like doing laundry. You probably wouldn’t want to see my planner for those last few weeks before Christmas. It’s not pretty!
My challenge to you – buy a planner (I like them more than a wall calendar) and fill in what is important to you – birthdays, anniversaries, appointments, anything that comes up on your schedule regularly. Then you can add as needed. I need to write things down, but some people love an online planner. Either way, I really think you’ll find it less of a burden and more of a blessing!
Cleaning is also part of organizing! You can see my blog post about cleaning at True Confessions About Holiday Cleaning, and then print my Weekly Cleaning Checklist to help you get started. Happy planning and organizing!