Raise your hand if you like being organized, writing to-do lists, or sorting things. Yep – me too! My friends make fun of my semi-obsessive way of planning and organizing but to be honest, it helps to keep me focused and it makes me less anxious. Almost everything I do, I have a plan for it. Radical honesty – sometimes the plan doesn’t work out or I fail to plan for things at times because I am human and there’s no such thing as perfection (repeat that until you believe it).
I’ve used a few different planners, but when I was introduced to the Passion Planner last year, I decided to give it a try. It’s the best planner, in my opinion, and it helps me to stay focused, motivated and to remember my goals.
I don’t know if you can tell, but my planner gets used quite a bit! Here’s an example of the weekly spread. I like that although it has this layout, I can still customize it. For example, sometimes I re-name the “Personal To-Do List” to other things like maybe meal planning or book reading goals.
One of the best features of this planner is the end of month reflection
Here are some examples of things I plan for:
- Morning and Night Routine: I like to plan how I will start and end my day. When it goes well, my morning routine involves meditation, a good breakfast, quiet time, and lots of tea. At night, I like to wind down with reading, music, a podcast, and tea. Are you picking up a theme here? Hint: I love tea!
- My weekdays: I’m fortunate to have a profession that doesn’t require a 9-5, Monday to Friday commitment. I can be very flexible with my day (outside of the schedule teaching and meetings); however, too much unstructured time induces a feeling of confusion, anxiety, and what-am-I-supposed-to-be-doing-with-my-life thinking. So, because I know that about myself, I like to make a plan for my day. Having said that, it’s okay if things don’t go as planned, I’m okay with it. I just like having an idea of how things can go.
- My weekends: Although my weekends are usually relaxing and not filled with work, I like to have an idea of what I may do. So I usually make a plan for chores, what I will cook/bake, and for any errands/adventure runs.
- Exercise: I usually set workout goals for the week and like writing it in my planner.
- Writing: I schedule my writing time just as I would for a meeting. I try to respect that time and not schedule anything else during that time.
What about you? Do you use a planner? Do you have a schedule that you maintain weekly or daily?
“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
― Benjamin Franklin