My Week: Reining It In

So if you’ve been following me on social media, you know that my life has been a bit crazy. I feel like every few months everything changes, and as a busy lady, I have to figure out how to roll with it. Since October, I have had two colds, bronchitis twice, lots of side effects from medications, gained weight, felt tired and sick all the time, and now, almost five months later, I am still feeling the yuck trying to drain from my body. According to my doctors, everything is fine…that’s an entirely different conversation. I need a nap almost daily, my moods are up and down, even though I try so hard to stay positive, there have definitely been some days where I have just felt like poop emotionally. I’m trying though. The one thing I knew I needed was something I could look at everyday to see exactly what needed to be done that week and to see high priority items next to low priority items so that I could move things around, do some quick things here and there and not freak out if I needed a day off. Just move it to another day. So I created this super simple weekly planner. What I do is, I find some time over the weekend, take everything out of my digital calendar and apps and I write it down on my weekly planner. It’s one sheet of paper, it gets messy during the week, but boy does it feel good to cross things off.

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I think this is going to be good for me because right now I have to be careful how many things I do in a day, how many super busy days I have in a row, and make sure that I get rest, exercise, meditation, and healthy food. I wanted to share this weekly planner with you. I’ve been doing something similar for a long time, but this seems to be working better. For three weeks now I have been using this one sheet of paper to keep track of the entire week. I still use my Google Calendar and Google Keep, and the lead system my company provides, but for looking at just the coming week, I use this one 8½ by 11 sheet of paper that I print out. I could laminate it and reuse it, but as much as I love to be green, it’s just not as mobile. Dry erase tends to write bigger and smear when you throw it in your purse. So here is the link. I hope it helps. Pick a writing utensil you really like. I just found those multi-color pens we used to die for in the 80’s and ordered a bunch. My kids stole most of them, but I managed to hide a couple. Make this a relaxing experience for yourself. After a couple weeks, I started to realize how much more I can get done if I have a list before I start. My mind was ready to get the work done and I DO have time for myself and my family. As Mary Poppins says, “Well begun, is half done.”
#organization #calendar #TimeManagement #FamilyTime #Stress



4 thoughts on “My Week: Reining It In

  1. Great ideas! I’ve always used a purse calendar and that kept me super organized. Then just over a year ago, I switched to solely using my google calendar. Now, I am constantly accomplishing very little because instead of completing items and crossing then off, I just move them onto the next day, the next week, the next month… and so it begins. Sometimes it’s because I’m either too sick or too tired to do them . But honestly, sometimes it’s just because it’s easy to keep moving them. Lol. I am going back to using my purse calendar. It just worked better for me, like your sheet does for you. And yes, those multi-colored pens are so cool! I hope you start feeling better! It takes a long time to get back on track once your body goes through all that. Prayers!

    1. We have to do what works for us. Have you used Google Keep? It’s a great way to keep track of tasks, so that you don’t have to write too much in you pocket calendar.

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