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Although I am only 2 weeks in to my new role – and a deceptively easy 2 weeks with the holidays – I am understanding how important it is too keep a calendar up to date and our daily tasks/to-do lists at my fingertips.

2016’s calendar was a Lilly Pulitzer calendar which worked out well. Each month had a calendar in review, then pages beyond it with blank lines for each day. I used the calendar for keeping track of appointments, workouts, when my husband travels, etc. and the blank lined pages for daily tasks that I would lovingly “cross out” with a highlighter once complete.

For 2017 I wanted to try something a little different. Now, I ordered this planner before my new job, but it seems the Universe was involved with this one. The ever-popular Erin Condren was a little too pricey for my taste, but there were negatives about the Lilly planner that I wanted different and I wanted something like the Condren planner.


Think about what your style is

Lilly’s planner was great because it was very colorful. The downside is it was too Lilly-focused, even down to marking when her birthday was.  Also, some of the blank pages had designs on them which took up valuable writing space.

I also needed the calendar days to be a tad bigger. I do use stickers, but not to the extent of some very creative people a la Elle Fowler.

When picking my 2017 planner I wanted it to be colorful, but a toned down version of Lilly’s, larger calendar days, and I needed more space to write daily tasks, to-do lists, and other notes. I also wanted it to be more neutral in theme.


Think about the size

I like one that is about the size of my purse, but not too huge that it overstuffs it and I look like a woman carrying a bag with only my planner inside – and a book of course. I like average book-sized planners because they feel more comfortable for me: It won’t get lost in my handbag and it fits my handwriting size and style.


How do you plan to use it

I have seen people on You Tube schedule time to plan their planners in their planner. That’s dedication! I don’t do that per say, but I do take a look at the current day in the morning and through out the day and plan things the night before. I also write things down as they come up in a small, separate notebook then transfer to calendar when necessary.  Personally, I use one calendar to keep track of everything; that way I do not have to keep looking at separate planners to see what I have to do on what day for what part of life.


Electronic or Pen & Paper

I find electronic calendars difficult to keep track of. I do appreciate the outlook pop-up reminders when I am due in a meeting in 15 minutes and it is a way for co-workers to send meetings to each other. Although I will have more meetings than ever before, I will still be marking them in my personal planner.


My 2017 Planner

After some research, I decided to buy a Plum Planner. I liked that it was custom-ordered and at a good price point for what I was getting.  I think my new planner and I are going to be very happy together.

In an upcoming post, I will write about how I will use this planner to combine life and work. Hopefully this will help you!

I have slacked on the post a day plan I had when December started. I had the best intentions, but to post something for the sake of something does not a good blog make. Nor is it entertaining for anyone to read.

It is Sunday morning and when I was thinking about my lack of writing for a few days I decided why not just write a ramble post, no structure, just ideas and thoughts typed out.

The house is decorated for Christmas and Hanukkah.  My husband is Jewish so we celebrate both and with Hanukkah and Christmas eve on the same day is quite exciting! I have his gifts done and I cannot share those because he does read this from time-to-time. I have a few more goodies to grab which I may do today. I am also meeting up with my friend Lexi for brunch, then grocery shopping, then who knows!

Loads to do today and get done for the upcoming week.

Speaking of the upcoming week, I start my new position on the 16th. I’m nervous, excited, overwhelmed, over joyed, and anxious all at once. I’m not sure what to expect but I am expecting a very positive new chapter in my career. I wanted for so long to be out of a traditional customer service role and transition into something completely different and I got it. Not without it’s tears, lack of sleep, questioning myself moments, of course.  When I want something to change, I focus all of my mental energy on it and do everything I have to do to get it.

With that in mind, I’ve been thinking about where I belong in the expansive world of the web. There is so much content and I’ve been wondering how I fit in and what I have to offer. The truth is, this is not a full time job and I’m not sure it ever will be. Writing is something I’ve always done and always loved to do so my primary reason for posting is to write and share it. I want to share, inspire, and grow a community.  A community of people who work every day, take care of a home and family, and keep their happiness and hobbies as an equal priority.

Like all years, 2016 was the cliched roller coaster ride. I went through a few ups and downs, learned and grew up in many ways. As I approach the final decent and about to start 2017, I want to be sure I am being true to who I am, what I want to share, and what I want to do.

I welcome you to do the same.

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I feel like every one who blogs (or vlogs) toward the end of the month always say something like, “I can’t believe it is already the end of [Insert month].” I won’t do that. I’ll simply say that this year August to August has been loaded with lots of changes, growth, and a serious look at who I am and how I live.

First things first; I am approaching one year of being a wife. One year on September 26th (although legally by the state on September 14th. But that’s a story for another day). To keep with the title, a lot of my inward work has been how I manage my time, my home, my work, my fitness, and stress.

I’ve always used agendas to keep track of appointments or parties, but I never really knew how to keep one with a to-do list until I began planning my wedding. More specifically: the last 3 months of planning where everything snow balls and it’s hurry up, go, go, go time. Since my wedding last year, my daily planning has taken on a whole new level. I discovered Alejandra.tv and signed up for and finished the Power Productivity online course. And from there, everything fell into place. Exactly what I needed as the next step to get myself together appeared effortlessly.

With the Power Productivity Program, I got way ahead of myself and bought a lot of unnecessary stuff (which she cautions against in module 4!). I just was so excited about everything I learned I would buy organizing gadgets and boxes without thinking what I would use it for. I just bought it because I’d figure out a use for it. Or I’d get it and it wouldn’t fit – again module 4. I did not follow directions…

From there it lead me to learning how to declutter. I was so overwhelmed with crap: clothes I didn’t like/didn’t fit, cooking tools I never used, books I knew I would never read, and countless cosmetics I just had to try or have. The stuff I use on a daily basis is relatively small, but the “extra” was too much. One day, my mom brought over two huge totes of my stuff from storage. I couldn’t believe the amount of junk I had in the world: there was nail polish sets from the late 90s, floppy discs, old school papers, photos of people I can’t even remember their names, and random scraps of paper and notebooks.

Those totes were a turning point. As I searched how to declutter, I discovered many vloggers/bloggers who did just that. I learned so much about what to get rid of and, more importantly, what NOT to bring in. Which leads me back to planning.

I started to use my planner to track goals and my workouts. It also acts as my to-do list (there are additional pages after the calendar with lines). It feels good to look back at the month and see what goals I was able to accomplish.

  1. to work out at least four days a week: I set that goal because I had a very busy June and needed to get back on track. Not perfect this month, but I got back into more of a routine.
  2. to be “meatless” at least 2 days a week: I wanted to cut back on eating meat for various reasons but I can say I exceeding that goal. Average 4 days per week is pretty awesome. I’m not sure I’ll never be full vegetarian. I’ve tried and it doesn’t work for me, but setting aside days feels like a great balance for me. I don’t plan it – my body just tells me which days it doesn’t need meat and which days it does.

To track in September:

  1. meditation, journaling and yoga: I need to SERIOUSLY get myself together when it comes to stress management. I want to meditate everyday and do yoga at least one day a week. My goal for journaling is to fill at least one page every day.
  2. headache and migraine: Going with above, this month I’ve pretty much had a headache every single day and at least 2 or 3 migraines with the most recent one being yesterday. Right now, I just have it marked with H in a circle for headache and M for migraine. They certainly are not the same. I wake up at least 1 day a week with a headache and it can last a few days. Some days I have to go into work late because they are so bad. Thankfully, my migraines are very rare, but I want to track it.
  3. Mood: You can sense a theme here. September is going to be a jump-start to some massive self-care. Yesterday’s migraine was an intervention by my body. It was a massive wake-up call on just how much I let build on a regular basis. Just not myself, but the people around me as well. I want to track my mood and see how it relates to the two above.

 

In the next post, I will write about my budget notebook which I use in another tracker. The budget book is Bullet Journal style which I love. It will go through many changes as I fine-tune it to meet what I need, but all of the things I track this coming month is about my emotional, mental, and physical well-being. I’m not just dabbling either — this is going to be real.

 

What do you want to track next month?

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