It’s Saturday–my planning day! Really I just have an hour or so with the house to myself while everyone else goes to pick up the CSA at the farmer’s market and books on hold at the library.
We’ve finished our second week of school, but are still getting our sea legs under us. For now that feels just right. We’ve had a lot of changes come at us at the same time. So we are easing into our Fall routine. Soon, I’ll write about schooling by the seasons. But for today…do you like to plan with paper in hand or on a device of some kind?
This is my September calendar spread in a lined composition book. Picture’s a little blurry because I felt shy showing you the details of my calendar! A few things to notice:
- I use the templates from Large Family Mothering to draw my calendar.
- Meal plans for the week are fitting nicely on the far right margin.
- You can see my washi taped edges from my favorite journal hack of all time from Mommycoddle. Right now I’m tracking three categories: the monthly spread, school planning, and blog ideas. I don’t really find it’s necessary to keep a bullet style index anymore. The washi tape is a simple, elegant solution to the problem of finding what I need in a 200 page journal.
- I use post-it notes for my to-do lists. Although I can imagine liking a record of what gets done, I also like throwing them away. That work is done, and I won’t see it again! You notice even the 3″ square note is sectioned off–that’s simply too much space for me.
- Next week, Mystie from Simplified Organization will be launching a new course called Work the Plan. If you get your seat in the next week or so, you’ll be invited to a members-only webinar at the end of September in addition to the regular course materials. Mystie made a quiz to help you see if paper or digital planning would be the best fit for you. I took it this morning and (big surprise!) I’m a paper planner. But the quiz did suggest that a combo method might work for me. I have been using a few online tools of late, so maybe I’ll share my favorites next week.