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As you may already know I am a working mom of 4. I tend to get asked how do you keep organized with so many different schedules. Well my secret is a planner. With the new year here I am ready to get my planning started. I remember mamí had her own planner where she would write all her to do lists and appointments. Planners have evolved but the idea and the concept is still the same. Mamí didn’t just teach me about planning, she also gave me advice on how to a more productive mom by putting my health first.
Juggling a job, a business and a family is not easy but when you plan a head it can ease the stress, however let’s be real for a second… planning ahead is part of my everyday life but life is unpredictable, for headache days I take Advil®. Whether you have a headache, muscle aches, backaches, menstrual pain, minor arthritis and other joint pain, or aches and pains from the common cold, nothing’s stronger or longer lasting than Advil®. *Among OTC brands*Use as directed. You can find Advil® at your local Walmart for an affordable price. Mamí would say “If your body is in pain the do something about it so then you can be more productive”. I think mamí hit it on the nail!
Now lets talk about the essentials of planning:
1) Have a regular daily planning session.
Take five minutes every night to go over your tasks for the following day. This refreshes your mind so you know what needs to be done the following day.
2) Use the monthly section.
Every planner has a monthly spread. This where I like to get creative and whip out the washi and stickers. You should jot down all the things that won’t change like birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, due dates for bills, and for me blog posts.
3) Have a regular weekly planning session.
Every Sunday night I take 20 minutes to decorate and fill in my weekly calendar. I transfer any information from my monthly calendar and also anything from phone.
4) Check your planner frequently.
Leave it somewhere you can easily have access to it like a desk or table. Don’t stuff it away on a shelf because you might forget about it.
Remember everyone has their own style of planning. You might be a washi tape master or you might like the minimalist look. Whats important is that your are planning with the purpose to be productive. So who is ready get started on planning?