Do you struggle to achieve everything on your to do list? Are you frequently in a rush or running late? I always used to think of myself as a punctual person. But recent events have shown me that I’m not so prompt anymore!!
A month or so ago, DJ and I had plans to visit friends in South Jersey on Saturday morning. DJ was brewing two batches of beer and needed an early start. We had stayed up late the night before, working on chores around the house. In the morning when we finally made it out of the house, we were already behind schedule. And, worse, the weathermen were calling for snow. The roads on the way to South Jersey were packed with salt trucks and senior citizens driving as if it were already snowing. I was hoping we’d make up time on the way there, but we hit just about every red light. When I texted my sister Victoria to let her know we would be late, I remembered doing the same thing just about every other time we made our way down to see her.
We finally got to South Jersey, DJ brewed his beers, and I hung out with Victoria. But in the back of my mind, I just kept going through my to-do list and thinking about the fact that we’re always running late nowadays. With both DJ and I at the office full time, working diligently on our goals, trying to keep up with our social events and our house, we both have a lot on our plates. But there just had to be a better way to organize and manage it all.
Realizing we had forgotten to grab lunch on our way, I hunted around in my purse for a granola bar. Wading through crinkled receipts, water bottle caps and loose change were many to-do lists scrawled on all different scrap papers. And my mangled granola bar was in there too. As I ate my snack, I had a sudden realization – what if instead of a bunch of scrap papers, I had a planner to organize all of our obligations, goals and to-dos?
As we headed home that night, racing the snow storm, I researched planners on my phone. I knew I wanted a book that stored my schedule, meal planning, and goals, with weekly and monthly views. Eventually, I decided to invest in the Living Well planner. It has everything I wanted and more, with two pages of goal planning, project planning, budgeting, expenses, a calendar and a notes & ideas section each month. While waiting for it to arrive in the mail, I got ready by talking to DJ about our specific goals for the next few months, and making up a weekly chore chart to keep us on track each week. Now that I have it all filled out, my Living Well planner is my most valuable tool in managing our household.
At the beginning of every month, DJ and I discuss our priorities and projects, and go over our schedule for the next four weeks. We fill out the monthly goals and calendar sections together, then I work on each week’s section to take note of any preparation required to make everything run smoothly. At the beginning of every week, I do a ‘brain dump’ and make sure all of our responsibilities are listed and scheduled. I have been keeping my planner out on the computer table so I can check up on it every day and make sure we are on track.
Since I have started getting organized, we have been less rushed overall and have had more time on the weekends to relax instead of slaving away on housework. Each day of the week, we take a few minutes to straighten up and plan ahead. I love having a home for all of my obligations, instead of worrying about forgetting something or finding unfinished to-do lists all over the place. I feel way more relaxed now that I am keeping track of everything going on instead of relying on my memory.
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