New Year, New Planner!

Happy New Year Friends!
While everyone is out here declaring “New Year, New Me”, I’m over here like, “New Year, New Planner”! What better way to start the year off than the fresh pages of a new planner. While it’s the start of a new year, most of us still have a ton of the same obligations and responsibilities. If you have resolved to be a little more organized this year, here are a few tips to help you set up your planner for success.
School Stuff – If you have school-aged kids you know that there is always something on the calendar. If you have the dates, just fill in your calendar with the following:

  • School breaks (winter break, spring break, etc)
  • Teach work days
  • PTA meetings
  • Parent/Teacher conferences
  • School dances
  • Test dates

Extra- Curricular Activities – Again with the kids! When is soccer practice? When is the deadline to sign up for dance classes? What’s the date of the end of session band ceremony? I know I can’t remember all of these things, so in the planner they go.
Social Activities – This year I’m a committee chairman for a local mom’s group. While I’m very excited and honored, the role comes with a lot of responsibilities. I’ve placed as much information about meetings and responsibilities on the calendar so I can stay on top of my job.
Medical Appointments – I usually get a confirmation phone call from my dentist office two days before my scheduled appointment; an appointment that I made six months ago. So now I use my planner to jot down my next appointment before I leave the dentist office. Here are a few other things you can add to your planner:

  • Annual physicals (for you and your family)
  • Dentist appointments (for you and your family)
  • Eye appointments
  • Vaccines/sports physicals
  • Therapy sessions

Vacations/Family Gatherings – Grandma’s having a 75th birthday bash this year. I would like to take the kids to the Grand Canyon. The Hubs and I are taking a trip, just the two of us. Take time to place these items on the calendar so there are no mix-ups when it comes to accepting additional invitations.
Home Maintenance – When was the last time you changed the air filters? Have you changed the batteries in your smoke alarms? Was your AC serviced within the last 12 months? I can’t remember any of these things, so in the planner they go.
Birthdays and Anniversaries – Of course, you remember the birthdays of everyone in your house, but what about your sweet Aunt Mae. Go ahead a place as many birthdays and anniversaries on the calendar as you can. Who knows, maybe you can send out a card if you have time.
All the other things – It’s your planner so you can jot down whatever you want. Here are a few additional ideas for you to consider:

  • Meal planning
  • Workouts
  • Daily goals
  • Chores
  • Self – care (check out my previous post for ideas)
  • Bill payments
  • Beauty appointments (mani/pedi’s, brows, waxing, etc.)
  • Premieres of your favorite shows (Insecure and Power)

I know we are in the age of smartphones and all sorts of technology, but I really love putting pen to paper. Preparing for the week the old-fashioned way not only helps me to remember what I have to do, but it is actually relaxing for me. Using a paper planner also allows me to tap into my creative side. I sit down at my dining room table with my color pens and stickers (yes stickers) and I get to work.

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