I am a planner. I LOVE to plan. Actually doing the things I have planned is where I generally fall short. This is why, after 20+ years of planning, I have come to appreciate the practice of “less is more”. Or only planning that which I will actually do. Which is why, this year, I decided to use a different planner.
Now, I still love my old planner. It is a beautiful planner for homeschooling moms. Top notch, really. The problem with it wasn’t that it lacked anything, but that it had too much that I wasn’t ever using. There were so many pages left blank that I couldn’t justify using it again this year. Or maybe I just wanted to try something different. I do like change.
Whatever the reason, I was on the hunt for a new planner. A planner that could work for our homeschool, my blog, meal planning, and a few creative projects. We don’t budget on paper, nor do we plan gifts way in advance. I didn’t need a place for those things. Same with reading and field trips; our life is too fluid for much advance planning. The other criteria was that it had to be beautiful. I have to enjoy using it, otherwise I won’t.
I found all my needs were met in a Create 365 The Happy Planner. I got mine at Hobby Lobby and used a 40% off coupon. It also has lots of fun things to add to it. Extra pages, stickers, paper clips, washi tape, pocket cards, etc. It’s pretty awesome.
I use the monthly calendar for my blog post ideas. I write everything in pencil because nothing is set in stone. Things change constantly, and I really don’t like the look of stuff scribbled out. I also use the monthly calendar for our homeschool attendance. I bought some cute small flowers to stick to all the days we do school work as a fun way to track attendance. I’ve never been very good at keeping track of attendance, I would just go back and count the days where school work was crossed off, but I’m not sure if I’m gonna keep used pages in here or not yet, so I came up with this plan. Plus, I get to use cute stickers this way. =)
I use the weekly calendar for lesson plans and meal plans. I’ll discuss how I meal plan in another post. Since Caleb is a senior this year he is having to keep his own planner, plus all of his classes are online, so having only three spaces works for us. Each kid has a space for their school work and once something has been graded by me it gets crossed off. This makes it really easy to see what has or has not been accomplished each day. We haven’t yet added all the electives we’ll be doing this year. I usually start with just the basics for the first few weeks, then once we’ve found our groove we’ll add extras.
I also bought some cute stickers with motivational sayings on them to spice up the weekly calendar as well. This week’s says, “Life is a song, love is the music.”
I added a section to the back for an e-book I’m currently working on. I’ll be talking about that in the next Love, Bridget Episode and I’ll show that part of the planner then. I also added some extra lined paper. I like to keep a running list of blog post ideas. As soon as an idea pops into my head I write it down. If I’m not near my planner I will make a note in my phone, and then transfer it to the planner later. This way I can always think of something to write about, even when I can’t think of anything to write about. 😉
So there you have it. My new planner. I’m already loving it even though I’ve only been using it for a little over a week now. It really does feel like much less wasted space. Plus, it’s just so pretty.
Are you a planner? Do you plan on paper or digitally? Have you found that one thing that works perfectly for you? Please share.