Admittedly, I’ve always been a planner girl. I have the stock and supplies to prove it. My hubby and children maker reference to my “addiction” often. Trips to stores like Hobby Lobby always find me in the sticker and planner, section.
I’ve tried many different types of planner over the years. Some were very basic, while others were quite complex. What I found, however, was that I didn’t really keep up with them.
In the beginning, I’d enter all of the pertinent information. Birthday, anniversaries, special days, doctor & dentist appointments, school activities, etc. I’d add some decorations and feel accomplished.
Then life would take over. I’d be at the doctor’s office and not have my planner with me. I’d have no idea if a date 3 or 6 months in the future would be a good day for an appointment or not. I’d make the appointment, then get home to put it on the calendar only to find that we already had a commitment that day. A phone call to the doctor’s office would change it to a more suitable day.
Or worse, I’d completely forget an appointment.
All of this resulted in wasted time. As a busy homeschooling wife and Mama who is running a business too, I really don’t have time to waste. Regardless of your responsibilities in life, wasted time is never a good thing.
Another aspect of not using a planner was the overwhelm in my head. Always having a nagging feeling that I was neglecting something. A shopping list. A task to be done. An appointment. Trust me, living life always feeling like you’re forgetting something is no way to live. It makes you feel as if you’re never truly done at the end of the day.
Take Charge of Your Days with the Illustrated Faith Planner
I’ve finally found a planner that I both enjoy using and continue to do so. This is my second year in using the Illustrated Faith Planner. It suits my needs perfectly.
It’s the perfect size to both carry with me as well as leave open on the counter as I’m going through my day at home.
The month on two days is large enough to include appointments, special days, etc. The side column is a great place to add notes for the month as well.
My favorite section is the daily spread. I like the lined pages that help me write neatly. I find that there is more than enough room to not only include daily tasks, but I can also add a note about the day.
In order to be more organized and add some color, I have assigned a color to each of my family members. I use these colors in pens and washi tape. This makes it easy to see at a glance who has an appointment or where I need to be. I use the pen and washi tape on both the monthly and daily pages.
In the back of the planner, there are notes pages which are great for scribbling down thoughts and ideas that I have for meals, memories, and even blog post ideas.
The included 3 pages of stickers are perfectly sized in coordinating colors. I especially like the blank stickers so that I can add my own reminder item.
Dayspring also offers some extras for your planner. The colors are all complementary so everything works together.
I also use additional pocket folders. It’s nice to be able to place these folders where I need them. Another extra is the sticky notes that are contained on a dashboard. The available stickers add personality to the planner. They are sized just right!
Utilizing my Illustrated Faith Planner has saved me not only time, but my sanity too.
Any planning tips you can share with me? I’d love to see what your planner!
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