There you have it. Yes, you read the title correctly. I am a Planner Addict and I love planning. Collecting stationery is also a hobby of mine. The two go hand in hand. I have more planners that I care to admit to and more pens than I will use in my lifetime.
MANIFESTING DREAMS AND TACKLING EVERYDAY TASKS…..
Planning is essential in my everyday life. I am not just talking about writing down where I need to be at any given time. I am talking about manifesting my dreams and tackling normal everyday tasks. Paper planning is what I prefer for the most part. The power of writing things down and getting them accomplished is something I truly believe in. The practice of physically writing down a task triggers something in my brain that makes me want to get things done and checked off my to do list. Likewise, when it comes to planning for those bigger things in life putting pen to paper is essential.
GO GO, GO GO , GOAL GETTER…..
I am a goal getter and I love the feeling of accomplishing my goals. Usually I have 2 or 3 goals that I am working towards at any given time. The nature of my goals vary. Some goals are business related whilst other are family oriented and I always ensure that I have some personal goals I am working towards too. My passion for planning is how I turned my dreams into reality and my passion into a business.
Believe it or not there is a whole community of planner addicts. The planner community is an amazing place full of inspirational people from all walks of life. Each and everyone of us has a different perspective on planning and we each do it differently. Some people will plan every aspect of their lives whilst others simply plan their weekly and daily tasks. I am somewhere in the middle.
When it comes to planning I like to look at the immediate month ahead using a month at a glance calendar. I use this to note my husbands days off, appointments, bank holidays and important events. Any financial payments that are due for my business are also outlined in my monthly planner. I am a decorative Planner Girl but I don’t go over the top when it comes to stickers and decoration. It’s simply too distracting for me and I like my pages to be functional. I use stickers sparingly and washi tape to highlight my husbands rest days. Almost all the decoration I use has a purpose and highlights something important that I need to take notice of.
After my monthly planning is done I look to the immediate week ahead. I don’t always plan out my week. It all depends on how busy the week is. If I have a particularly busy week where I have multiple appointments, school events and business tasks to take care of I use my weekly spread so I can manage my time effectively. For the most part, I am good at remembering where I need to be and at what time but I need some help with making sure I have enough time to do everything that requires my attention. Rarely do I use a daily planner because my days are relatively straight forward (so she says) and I have good routines in place to help make sure the regular tasks get done.
Other things I plan out include my business, blogs and finances. I also use a Yearly Planner which I start in January of every year to draft out events and tasks that I know of ahead of time. I glance at this on and off throughout the year as I plan ahead for the up and coming months.
Business planning is usually done in a good old fashioned notebook. It tends to be more note taking and brainstorming. Blank pages work better for me when it comes to this type of planning. I use the same notebook for drafting out the content of the planners that I sell online. Custom orders are also planned out in this notebook.
Blog planning is a little different and I tend to do this using the Blog Planner that I created and designed for myself a while back. This is the same Blog Planner that you now see in my shop. I like to use this to plan out what type of content I want to share and the subjects I plan to talk about. I sometimes use the blog post planner page to breakdown a particular blog post that is lengthy or requires a lot of thought, like this one. Blog post ideas are noted as and when ideas pop into my head and I track relevant statistics using the stats tracker.
I use a Budget Planner for our finances. Honestly, I need more discipline here. Budget planning is a bit hit and miss. Our income and outgoings are almost identical month to month and so I know what these are without having to write them out. What we usually lose track of however is those little things that pop up month to month like birthday presents, school trips and family outings. We also eat out quite regularly and we never track this either. These are the things that we are trying harder to plan for month to month. It’s clear that when we budget and plan we spend more wisely and this is something we want to learn to do month in month out.
“A DREAM WITHOUT A PLAN IS JUST A DREAM”
Theres no denying that planning really helps me in so many areas of my life. I swap and change the way I plan and what I need to plan depends on my circumstances at any given time. Some people feel that planning is restrictive in its nature and I agree, it can be sometimes. The important thing is finding a good balance between doing what needs to be done and having the freedom to do what you want to do. And, that is the point of planning in my opinion. Planning is about managing your time effectively to get all task accomplished that have to get done so that you have enough time to do all the things you love and that are important to you.
Planning is especially effective when it comes to planning out your hopes and dreams for the future. I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t of had a plan to turn my dreams into reality. You can read my story here. To close this post I want to leave you with a favourite quote of mine. Unfortunately I do not know who originally came up with this saying or when I first heard it but it really motivates me to plan for the things I want in life – “a dream without a plan is just a dream”.