And you should, too.
We are, by today’s definition, a large family. We aren’t Duggar large, but we can be a basketball team with one on the bench. To me, that’s large. We’re a family of 6. SIX! That’s a small number by itself, but when it’s a group of people in one house that tiny number seems infinitely bigger.
Which is why I have to organize my life. In a much bigger way than notifications on my phone. Yes, I still use Google calendar, I set alarms, and I even have my email auto send me reminders. But there’s just something about an analog tool that solidifies my day when I write it all down on paper.
I’ve always been a free spirit. I’m not grounded in any real way except I’m an adult and I adhere to certain societal expectations. If I’m being honest I fly by the seat of my pants and I’m painfully impulsive.
My planner rescued me from myself and it helps me maintain my “responsible adult” disguise.
This planner (it’s a Happy Planner Classic), not quite the dimensions of a piece of paper, contains the driving force of managing my sizable family: structure. I don’t have any of that. It’s with my planner I am able to make sure everyone is accounted for and we get where we’re supposed to be. In an age of digitized everything, something as simple as a daily planner makes me feel grounded, in control, and on top of things.
I make grocery list and menu planners to put in it. The best part? It’s a disc system! It looks like a wire bound notebook, but you can take the pages out and put them back in! That’s how I use my meal planner! I can take it out and use it as my grocery list while keeping an eye on my menu and then put it back in so I don’t lose track of meals during the week! You can get your Menu Planner here. It’s free. It prints 8.5×11 but fits in the BIG Happy Planner and the Happy Planner Classic. You can just use it as a printable with no designated place, too. But it works! I feed my family of six with this planner. In fact, this planner saves my family LOTS of money.
I know that phones are easy and accessible. They have fun features like alarms and can send you automated texts and reminders. I use those things, too. But there just something about writing everything down that gives me a sense of normalcy in my chaotic, social networked whirlwind of a life. Taking the time to sit down and plan my day helps me visualize what I need to do and it also helps me to keep my to-do’s on the forefront of my mind. It helps me unplug and gather thoughts.
Whether you use something official like a Happy Planner or an Erin Condren life planner or just a plain ‘ol piece of paper, going analog with your to-do list will benefit your life.
My planner helps me GET THINGS DONE. And it helps me rock at life.
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