I can’t believe that May is gone, and we are already half ways through 2017. I have to say May, flew by and for the most part it was a hectic and stressful month, so I’m glad to see it go (sorry May). Needless to say I’m excited for a fresh month, and wanted to start it off on a… more organized foot . A few nights ago it hit me, my days have very little structure which makes them feel hectic and overwhelming I tend to do things as they come. So I decided to revisit keeping a planner because when I did have a traditional 8-5 a planner was a lifesaver, it kept me on task and even allowed for down time ( dare I dream of a spear hour or two). So last night I set aside 30 mins to plan out good portion of my month and I have to say I already feel so much more in control of my day.
To start off I have a Large Kate Spade planner, It’s broken down into two types of layouts, a traditional full month view with a side bar for notes and a daily lined section (one week over two pages).
I like to go to town, and decorate each month with stickers, washi tape and cute paper clips. Typically I stick to a color scheme, to make it visually appealing, decorating also gets me me motivated to plan my month out.
Before mapping my tasks out, I like to decorate (I’m a dessert first type of gal) first. I stick to 2-3 colors or patterns, I use stickers and quotes that keep my planner feeling positive and motivational. This month I’m reminding myself that “I have everything under control”.
I start with filling in important tasks like, bills, appointments things that must happen on specific dates. I then layer on events such as family visits, parties, and any traveling we might be doing for the month. Finally I add my goals for the month, which given my current stress level, this past month they center around alone time. I’m heading back to the gym and allowing an 30min-1hr of pampering time each day.
Laying everything out not only gets me mentally prepared for really busy days, but also keeps me on a daily time schedule.
Once I have everything mapped out on the monthly portion, I transfer things over to the daily section which acts as a daily to-do list. This section also gets small tasks like cleaning, laundry which are my flexible tasks. I also go into detail for Instagram or blog posts, along with a time I strive to upload by. I check everything as I go and any tasks I don’t get to, I transfer over to the next day.
I prioritize time consuming and important tasks at the beginning of the week, leaving my weekends clear to go out and do something fun with my family. I write everything in no matter how big or small, I’m a strong believer that things are more likely to get done if your write them down.
I’m excited and hopeful for June, I think at the very least having a place to get tasks off my head will elevate some of the stress.
Thanks for stopping by, be sure to share any planner tips with me. Or really any ways you like to destress, what works for you?