Plan to Plan: Make 2018 Your Year

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Hey guys!

Something you may not know about me- I. Am. A. Planner.

I love planning things out to the very last detail far in advance. People who don’t plan…really bother me. It’s quite possibly one of my greatest pet peeves. I don’t like wishy-washy planning. I like things set in stone. I realize things change and you can’t control every circumstance, but that’s why I even like organizing back up plans.

Even as a little kid I would always set aside my outfits the day before school and I had a written schedule that I followed every morning to get ready. Yeah, I know. Kind of a bit much.

People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.

I didn’t come up with that, but man is it good! And oh so true. When you don’t have a plan in place, you basically don’t have a goal or expectation for an outcome. You’re without a standard so whatever happens, you don’t have the right to complain because you didn’t set a clear goal from the get go.

Could you imagine attending a wedding that wasn’t planned? People would show up not knowing when it would start, unsure if there would be food, wondering if they should have eaten before, questioning if the event was outside and if they were dressed appropriately for it. Poor planning is a great recipe for chaos. I don’t want chaos. Drama thrives in chaos, and I’m not a fan of drama. If you like drama and chaos, this isn’t for you. If you like to take control of your life, optimize your time, and be successful in your endeavors, then please keep reading.

“Your lack of planning does not constitute for an emergency on my part.” Pastor Nancy Dufrense

When you fail to plan, you affect so much more than just yourself. You impose on others and actually depend on them to make up for where you’re lacking. This is not fair to anyone.

Even as a stay at home mom, I am accountable to more than just myself. If I don’t do the laundry, my family will not have clean clothes to wear. If I don’t grocery shop, we won’t have any food to eat. Even better, if I grocery shop but without planning meals, I could come home with a random assortment of items that can hardly be arranged to pass as a meal. This is asking for pizza night(s). We have pizza when we have planned for it. Not when I haven’t grocery shopped or have failed to plan a meal for my family. If you’re blowing money on eating out constantly because you refuse to take the time to plan meals at home, you’re hurting more than your family’s diet.

Ok, off my soap box!

But seriously, not planning is just lazy and selfish.

When I stopped working and started staying home it took me some time to adjust to not having anyone tell me what to do and when to do it. I was so used to my job having daily tasks and deadlines, it was easy to know what I needed to do each day and if I got it done, I succeeded! At home, I was accountable to me and I realized, more than ever, I needed something to keep me organized.

I quickly turned to my planner to keep a daily to-do list in order to keep me on track. I’ve always had a planner, but I would mostly only keep larger events written in it. Birthdays, appointments, reminders… But I never looked to my planner daily to determine if I was accomplishing what I wanted to.

Now that I am a stay at home mom, I need all the help I can get to keep my life on an organized schedule! If I don’t plan the day, nothing will get done. There’s always so much to do in life. Whether you work full time, go to school, or stay at home raising children, something will always be calling for your time. And if you haven’t predetermined what and who you will answer to that day, everyone but you will be found running your life.

I’m so excited for 2018 because I’m finally investing in a more detailed planner. I’ve wanted something that gave me more room to place my to-do list and organize my day for a long time. I found the perfect planner and I’m so happy to share it with you!

The Day Designer offers amazing planners that can help even the most chaotic life get in order. They have daily planners, monthly and weekly planners. I have the daily planner because I love the to-do list section each day has, the hour-by-hour section, and the fact that each day has it’s own page (except Saturday and Sunday, which share a page). I’ll share some pictures of mine below and let it speak for itself. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have!

If the one I’ve chosen seems too large for you (or you don’t need the day by day layout that I’ve selected) make sure to check out their website and see all the other styles they offer. They have a smaller planner, a leather refillable planner, and other really pretty designs to choose from. It is an investment, but if you need help taking control of your schedule then its worth it. You’re going to use it all year anyway, so you don’t want to skimp out on a little cheap one like I did. Rookie mistake.

Thanks for reading and happy planning!

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Proverbs 29:18

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