Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Weekly Planning + FREE PRINTABLES!

I've been a stay at home mom now for 3 years and I'm still trying to figure out how to balance everything.  I'm sure once I get the hang of it we'll hit another phase and everything will change...again.  I'm trying to focus on getting my "work" done first before I "play".  I didn't choose to stay at home so I could blog, work on projects or hang out with friends.  I became a stay at home mom to take care of my family and home so that has to be my priority. 

I really do love to be organized.  Who doesn't?  But sometimes I spend too much time day dreaming about how I can be better organized instead of actually being organized.  I have a planner that I use for meetings and write everything down and get home, close it and forget about it.  How is that effective?  It's not!  So even though I have cute pens and a stinken cute planner my methods are not working.  So I've come up with some processes to keep me better organized for myself, my family and the church that I serve (did I mention I'm the Early Childhood Director at my church?)  After living in our house for 3 years, I've finally gotten my work space just the way I want it complete with storage bins, bulletin board, shelves and my handy dandy planner stand (also known as a cookbook stand).  Now I keep my planner open to the month view so I can better plan ahead.  I don't use my planner for every little thing but I save it for my big meetings and events since quite a bit of what I do needs to be done in advance.  But I've gotta have break down of my week right in front of me.  Am I weird?  Don't answer that.  I made a weekly planner for myself to hang on the fridge and that's where  I write down my meals, errands I have to run, what needs to be cleaned...you know...all the tedious stuff that would otherwise get lost in my big planner. 

I hang my planner on the refrigerator using washi tape because I care about details like that!  I was using my son's stickers but I just wasn't feeling the cartoon dog.

We made a punch card invite for my sister's engagement party so I carried the theme over to this planner.  Circle the month and the days that it's for, or don't.  Whatever. 

Don't feel like you have to only use printer paper!  I used left over brown craft paper to make a statement.  It's sturdier too so it'll hold up as I tote it around. 

Cute pens are a must.  I'm more motivated to write things down when I have a cute and colorful pen.  I know I'm not the only one.

In another blog post, I'm going to tell you all about my office organization which includes these really cute jars from Ikea! 


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