One thing I’ve discovered over the years is that my life doesn’t fit into little boxes, and so all of my little computer created calendars ended up in the trash. Oh, I’m still a planner, always have been. In fact, lesson planning was my favorite part of teaching.
I think it’s because I spent 18 years in a classroom that my year starts with the school calendar. Back to School season still puts me in nesting mode; working to find a place for everything and put everything in its place.
I imagine ‘papers to sign’ having a designated spot in a Pinterest worthy mail sorter made from cereal boxes that are decorated so that no one would ever know they were cereal boxes.
While those projects may never happen, I have been putting together my own version of the Planner Perfect planner, and I have to tell you that I feel like I’m in control of my schedule instead of it controlling me.
At the beginning of each month, I write down my monthly goals. Then on Sunday evenings (or Monday mornings), I write down everything that needs to be accomplished during that week.
Each morning, I look at the list and decide what to tackle based on my schedule. Sometimes I get it all done, sometimes I don’t. (Some mounds I feel like a nut, some mounds I don’t.) If not, I just include those things on next week’s to-do list. And if I accomplish something that wasn’t on the list, I add it so I can scratch it off.
I let May and June get away from me without using my daily planner, and it was stressful (as in those were the times I felt like a nut…see above reference.)
I actually started putting this planner together back in October (finishing what I start is not my gift). December is missing and I want to add a notepad (it took me a few minutes to remember the word notepad. I kept thinking Big Chief tablet…remember those?) for brainstorming and jotting down ideas.
One day I might get pretty dividers and a cute binder, and I might even add cover sheets to separate the daily to-do list from the monthly goals, but for now this will do.
My planner is not perfect; it’s not even pretty. It doesn’t need to be because the only planner that works is a planner that you use.
See you in class,