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Functional Plan With Me For Various Weeks In 2017
Week of June 5-11, 2017
Week of June 12-18, 2017
New travelers notebook for future planner
I will be using the compact-size composition notebooks. Hopefully, it will hold 3 comfortably.
I mentioned in the video that I was going to use the compact-size composition notebook size travelers notebook for my everyday planning, but my Stalogy notebook has enough daily pages to last until September 26, 2017. I will be publishing a video showing me making this travelers notebook out of the piece of leather, as well as the initial setup.
I have decided to wait until October to move into this new size travelers notebook. I will be publishing a video showing me making this travelers notebook out of the piece of leather, as well as the initial setup.
We all get excited by all the planner choices, especially when you discover something new. Do you want to know the secret to sticking with your current planner until it’s full?
Make it something you absolutely can’t wait to use! How? Make it yours. Let it be what you need it to be. Add items that you love!
Weekly routines are super useful to me. My weekly routine includes categories that I plan within on the same day every week. This eliminates the constant usage of brain power every week to think of what I need to do. In other words, the category is listed on my weekly routine and then the specific tasks with details go on my daily pages. Using categories on my weekly routine also helps to maintain the things that are important to me. As I was using my weekly routine to plan this week, I took the opportunity to move things around that I knew weren’t working for me on the day they were listed on.
For this particular week, I was not able to plan effectively because I didn’t get a major task completed last week. Life happens, right? So, we keep pushing forward.
No More Master To-Do List
Eliminating my master to-do list has been another smart move for me. I fixed the problem of not scheduling the tasks from this list by creating pages with categories that correspond to my weekly routine.
In the video, I use my kitchen pantry as an example. Just like with planning (and with everything in life), building a strong foundation allows you to adjust easier. For instance, from the video, I talk about organizing my pantry. What baskets can I use? What would help me to keep this more organized? When it does get messy, what’s the problem? And what can I do to fix it?
Organization affects so many areas of our lives. When you are (more) organized your home becomes what you want it to be, it helps with your daily routines, and significantly reduces stress and allows for a better mindset.
• Write enough out on your tasks so that you know what you’re talking about. In other words, be careful when using shorthand phrases.
• When your task list is long, take breaks to prevent getting unmotivated.
• When something doesn’t work, move it somewhere else.
Do you ever get tired of looking at white pages?
Remember your planner is just a book unless you use it.
Week of July 17-23, 2017
Adding a Lesson Plan Book for Pre-Planning
The biggest change to my planning process has been adding a teacher’s lesson plan book. I discovered that I needed more room with the addition of the TFP Store and Patreon. I am using the lesson plan book to plan everything regarding Time For Planning. The larger size gives me space to think and I am also enjoying flipping the book back on itself.
I enjoyed pre-planning in the lesson plan book. I created a simple coding system that allows me to write as little as possible. By adding this component, I am now able to make my daily pages more efficient.
Daily Page Space
It seems that my daily pages are filling up too quickly. I am not left with a lot of space after doing my weekly planning. I am going to be reviewing my contents throughout this week to see if the items should be placed in a different section or if I need more than one page per day.
Week of August 14-20, 2017
There are new things happening at timeforplanning.com! With the goal of adding some new dimension, I am adding content regarding Alex’s homeschool and God. In order to make these things happen the way that I plan has changed.
The way we plan needs to change with the different seasons of our lives. It’s not that our old system has failed; it’s that new chapters are beginning.
In this week’s functional plan with me, I am going to mention some important components of my planning system.
First, let’s talk about brain dumps. I do a brain dump at least once per week and more often if necessary. Currently, I am using a Midori Lightweight Insert for my brain dumps.
Second, let’s talk about habit trackers. A habit tracker that is on one page with a long list of items doesn’t work for me because the list seems overwhelming and I feel like I have failed if things don’t get marked complete. My solution is to set weekly goals for my value areas and to write out each of the items on my daily pages. Some might think this is unnecessary due to the rewriting, but I am increasing my completion rate by taking a little extra time.
Third, as I mentioned above, is weekly goals. I am tired of dreaming and not taking action on things that are important to me. A dream doesn’t become a goal until it is written down, planned for, and executed. The current way I listed my goals does need to change so that I can keep them near my daily page.
Finally, this week I am doing some prep work for creating a new daily schedule and weekly routine. Like I mentioned above, new and exciting things are going to be shared with you and to incorporate more of my goals I need to adjust what is currently being done and when it is done. The prep work includes logging my time and what I did during each day for the week.
Week of August 28-September 3, 2017
Week of September 11-17, 2017