For the last few years I have working to find a system to keep myself on track with all the things going on in this busy life as a Manager of a household of 10. I started using a Bullet Journal in January 2016 so that I could have everything in one place! I loved its flexibility and having one place. But I quickly tired of my sloppy attempts to draw calendars and using it for a future tracker proved to be difficult.
Enter the Happy Planner! I had heard people rave about them online and then they had them at Costco last December. I immediately fell in love! They are so pretty and using stickers is so much fun! I use it for my brain dump to do lists, calendar, memory recorder, meal planner, prayer list reminders and focused to do lists.
It worked so well I bought a special Teacher Edition to keep track of our homeschooling. I previously had used A Blue Sky Planner which included a monthly calendar and a paragraph sized space for each day of the week. I love that the teacher edition has spaces for subjects and has more space since it only has 5 days a week. I use 1 side for my individual students and the other side for our group subjects. It also has a monthly calendar and a place to write goals. Plus using stickers is fun too!
Then I got my hands on the Cultivate What Matters PowerSheets in May! (The new sets for 2018 will be available in just a couple more weeks.) I love how they guide you through brainstorming what you want your life to look like and then break that down into practical goals. The tending sheet is wonderful as a habit tracker and keeping my goals before me. Just this month I realized I could tear it out of the book, paste it to a blank page to insert into my Happy Planner! I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before!
I still love my bullet journal for all my ideas. I use it for planning, journaling, my commonplace notes, reading journal, notes from podcasts and meetings and keeping track of ideas I don’t want to lose.
I also use Google calendar to help communicate with our family what is on the schedule as well as Google Assistant to set reminders of random tasks I need to do at specific times. Most of us have smart phones now so it works well to be able to check schedules where ever we are.
At the beginning of the month I try to take a couple of hours to sit down and reflect on the past month and develop a vision for the coming month. I use the Powersheets to help me work through that.
Then on Sundays, I plan out that particular week. I use my stickers to decorate and get my mind wrapped around what I need to focus on. I add a To-Do list bookmark to the week. On a daily basis I try to add anything I want to remember, track things like my steps and look ahead to the next day.
Before bed I pull out my Leuchtturm1917 and record my day. I’ve been using a modification of the 5 Minute Journal to provide a template for what I want to record.
I am a very visual person and I need to be able to see all the details. All of these tools help me to do that! I tried to go digital but there is just something about writing things out that really help me to cement them in my memory. If I keep to my routines I can sleep better not worrying about what I need to remember or spending so much time trying to find a bit of information I need.
I want to live an intentional life! In order to do that I have to set aside time regularly to make sure I am getting the things done that I say I want to do. Life slips by so easily! I want to remember what has happened and choose where I am going to the best of my ability!
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11(ESV)