"If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail." - Benjamin Franklin
The above quote from Benjamin Franklin sums up exactly why I have hit walls in my personal and professional life. Actually, I managed deadlines, appointments, and tasks really well until I turned 40. Something happened at this milestone that prompted me to begin making "to-do" lists. I just couldn't seem to remember things like I used to. List making for me was pretty futile in the beginning. Lists would magically disappear , and I would be left not knowing what I was supposed to be on top of. It was a process of learning how to organize my lists and plans in such a way that I wouldn't find myself sorting through a pile of paper to find a list that held important time sensitive information. So, I thought I would share some of the things that have made planning more manageable for me.
1. Erin Condren Planners https://www.erincondren.com/
2. Kikki K Planners http://www.kikki-k.com/diaries-calendars
3. Filo Fax Planners http://www.filofaxusa.com/
I completely fell in love with bullet journaling the first time I saw it. It took my to-do lists and made them completely manageable. Since I don't take my planner with me everwhere, my bullet journal is just the right size to throw in my purse and go. I also liked being able to use the countless journals I have accumulated over the years for this task. It's especially nice to be able to go back to any given day or week and see what tasks I have accomplished. You will find a video below that takes you through the step by step set up of a Bullet Journal. You also may wish to look at the Midori system of Journals. I have left links below. Finally, Etsy has several sellers that sell a Fauxdori that is comparable to the Japanese version.
Midori Traveler's Notebook Resources
Etsy (search Fauxdori) - https://www.etsy.com/
Midori Traveler's Notebook - http://www.midori-japan.co.jp/tr/english/
#Listersgottalist - Lists
These lists are a form of therapy for me. They are fun and creative and help me get thoughts down on paper. Having given prompts by @theresetgirl from instagram each month is an added bonus. . I will link her webpage below if you are interested in getting started on this. I found this cute little scrapbook at Hobby Lobby in their clearance section, and I am having so much fun putting together the pages each night. Need inspiration follow #listersgottalist on Instagram.
#listersgottalist - http://www.listersgottalist.com/
Planning, journaling, and listing have truly allowed me to organize my time and thoughts more effectively. I have seen changes in my mood, focus, and money management. I can't wait to take what I have learned this summer and put it to use at work. The thing I love about systems is that you can adjust them to meet individual needs. I am currently researching Islamic planners on the market written with the Muslim in mind. If you have any leads on such products please share in a comment below. I would love to hear if you have any tips on planning or are aware of any planning resources online. Feedback is always welcome!