Planning It All Out

I've always kept paper calendars. In recent years, I've used my phone to remind me of things and keep my daily to-do list. Siri is pretty good at reminding me of things. I'm not so good with remembering to look at those to-do lists. If it's hidden on my phone, I tend to forget about it. The thought of my phone dinging twenty times a day to remind me of stuff is just annoying.

For the last three years, I've used a cheapie dollar calendar from Target to keep my calendar. I use it for my sticker method for writing, menu planning, appointments and reminders. Yeah, it looks like a hot mess.

Now I still use that dollar calendar for the sticker method and my meal planning. I've upgraded everything else to my Erin Condren planner. No, these are not cheap. But if you're someone like me, having a very pretty, personalized calendar is incentive to use it.  I fell down the rabbit hole of planners. There are facebook groups, etsy stores, oh my god, you can really trick these things out.  Marking each daily event with a customized sticker.
My planner is kind of personal, but here's an idea of how I use it for a lighter writing work week. I've marked out which cleaning tasks need to get done, the Ravens game, and at the bottom you can see that I'm keeping track of of the 30 Day Squat Challenge I'm doing this month. Yes, there is even a sticker reminding me to plan out the coming week. I'm trying to keep Sunday as a writing-free day. To do yoga, have the creative fun of planning out my week, and recharging for the week ahead.

If you look on Instagram, there are impressive pictures of perfect looking planners. They're decorated beautifully, by women who have handwriting that look like computer fonts. I quickly realized I would drive myself insane if I tried that. I don't decorate with a theme. I do whatever the hell I feel like doing. I really love the look of it, and I've been better at keeping up with my to-dos with the help of my planner. At least so far. If you're someone who has never done this kind of planning, it may be better to start off with something cheaper. I have a pretty good idea I'll stick to it just because I'm used to keeping calendars.

Also going along with planning, I bought a personalized white board to put on my fridge for menu planning. My husband is always asking me, "what's for dinner?" Sometimes just the question would stress me out. Now I don't have that stress. Could I have bought a $5 white board at Walmart? You betcha. Having this beautiful menu board on my fridge is incentive to stick to my menu plan and not give into the temptation of eating out.

As someone who suffers from anxiety (and whose anxiety tends to be worse in the winter) planning everything out calms my mind so much.