It’s funny to me that I ordered this planner long before my word for the year (SEEK) appeared. As I talked about in my last post, seek seems active to me… so chasing my dreams instead of following them seems so very appropriate!
Plus when choosing a planner, how could I resist a cover like this… with cool chalkboard lettering and TEAL accents! Ok. So, I did my research and decided on the Erin Condren Life Planner as a new way to organize my stuff. I’ve used the same hourly-schedule based planner for years. And even though I was used to it, it really didn’t work all that great for me. There was no way to separate work/life tasks. No functional way to organize the things or activities I wanted to do in a day that didn’t necessarily have a time attached for them. Plus, it was just kind of boring. I’m a creative at heart. I wanted something I could be creative in! Enter the first project of the year: set up new planner! Put those goals down and get moving on them!
I don’t have it all figured out yet. As much as it wasn’t working with my old planner… because I had been doing the same thing for years, organizing differently still feels pretty foreign. But I’m excited at the prospect of dividing and conquering… and yet still having it ALL contained in one place. I’ve got my normal appointments and activities section, a blog and work task section, my “whole healthy life” section. And then I have these sweet little inserts for meal planning, running to-do list, morning and evening routines I’m trying to implement… and tons of space I still haven’t figured out what to do with!
And honestly, the best part of this whole system is… if it doesn’t end up working it is SO easy to change! None of the sections are labeled, they are just as I assigned them, so I can re-assign them! Maybe the running to do list insert isn’t working well, I could have that written on the list area I’m not currently using. Maybe I need to separate blog and work tasks. Maybe I don’t need so much room for appointments… what else can I use those boxes for? (PS… if I need ideas, reference the thousands of pins on pinterest specific to these life planners or similar systems!)
I love that I can use post it type notes. I’m sure I’ve mentioned it somewhere in this blog before… but I LOVE sticky notes. Love, love, LOVE them! And here is a super fun place to use them! And if I’m not feeling the post-its, maybe just some fun colored doodling to make my creative heart happy!
And in the very back, on three separate pages… I’ve listed out my “30 Things by 30” list! They are sort of divided by daily, weekly, one-time or set-number-of-times tasks. And again… the beautiful part of this whole system. If in a month I find it’s not working I can easily switch it up!
I’m chuckling to myself under my breath right now. This really was the perfect project to start of the year, and a perfect planner for me. It fits the whole new years resolution idea… getting organized, planning, making goals. And I love setting goals and making plans. But if I’m being honest with myself, plans for me have to be adjusted frequently. I like doing spontaneous things, I have two toddlers and with that stuff just comes up. And I’m a glass-half full optimist who dreams big, but I’m also a realist who often realizes too late that my plans may take a little longer to get to that end dream. And the flexibility I think this planner is going to allow me to have with those two sort of opposing sides of me should be good. One project down, and it looks like the next one is on my to-do list for tomorrow! ;)
And with that, I’m going to go literally chase some dreams right now.