Walking into a new year is exciting. There are so many things I want to accomplish in 2022. The biggest is getting my next book finished and published. There is a lot going on though and I am focusing on consistency this year.
Consistency is an important thing in all aspects of life. As a parent, we must be consistent with our children so they have stability. As an employee, consistency is vital to our job. As a spouse, consistency is needed in the relationship to maintain it. As a believer, consistency is important in our walk with God so that we grow closer and keep the relationship strong.
For myself, I have discovered that I need to have an idea of what needs to be going on. This is an explanation for all of the calendars and clocks in my house. (I suppose the reflection of a need to know the day and time for who knows if time blips actually happen.) Having an agenda or a *to-do* list helps keep my mind straight.
This leads to what I am excited about. I just got my new planner.
Getting a new planner is *always* exciting for me. Especially now that I know what I am looking for in one. It can be intimidating finding the *right* one, I choose to make it fun. For the last several years I have used a planner focused on the school calendar. I decided this past year that the style of an academic year no longer works for me. (After all, I am no longer *teaching* on campus, and homeschool wise we are hoping we are near the end.)
What do you look for in a planner? I need room for important dates, doctor appointments, and such. I also need room to keep my work schedules in check. Being a writer I strive to have set times to write. I also have work schedules to keep up with. This means I need space to write in on the days. I have learned that I don't use the whole month calendar in past planners regularly. So a daily calendar is what I need.
The planner I have found is a daily planner. It has the month calendar page but it is only one page and can be used in different ways. It also has a page for the monthly budget, which is something I am trying to work on as well. It also has a scripture reading for every day. One of the things that I really like about it is that there is a column to check off what has been done. I like the visual of marking things as done. It shows me that the day was productive. The last thing that caught my eye about this specific planner is that it zippers shut. So notes, receipts, cards, etc stay put instead of falling out.
I had no intention to make this post an #ad. I had every intention to show something that works for me. I am a wife, a mom, an author, an employee, and probably a couple other things. Having something that keeps me organized is a blessing.
What do you use to keep yourself organized? Do you have a specific planner? Do you use an app on your phone? Is there a specific item?
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