March 12, 2018

How to Plan Ahead Planner stickers

1. Plan ahead!

Purple Reign Sticker Kit

Planning ahead doesn't have to be complicated or elaborate. You don't have to plan your week with cute, colorful stickers and fun, decorative washi tape. It can be as simple as you need it to be. Just your favorite planner and a pen.

Now there isn't anything wrong with planning with fun stickers. They provide decor, functionality, and boost productivity. Planning with stickers is my most fun (and preferred way) to plan. OK! Are you ready to get started?

This is best done on a Sunday, so you know what your week looks like (we'll dive deeper later), but it's OK if you do it the night before. Take out your planner and look at the next 7 days. Mark any pressing event, errand, and task on the appropriate day. 

I, personally, find it best to pre-plan. Since I decorate, I find it very helpful to stick a sticky note on the blank canvas, Errrr...I mean weekly spread and pencil in any appointments or meetings I may have. Then once I am ready to actually plan my week, I decorate and transfer all of my must do's to their appropriate days.

2. Plan Your Outfit!

Next, get your clothes ready for the next day. BONUS: get your children's clothes ready for the next day as well to save on more time. That way you're not stressing about what to wear a.k.a. killing off precious time that could be spent on something more getting out of the house on time.

3. Plan Your Morning!

plan your morning - how to plan ahead

Write down 3 things you have to do before you leave (i.e. make the bed, throw a load of laundry in the wash, clear out the dishwasher). By doing this, you're already setting yourself up for a more productive day!

Wake up early enough to have your "me" time, and do the 3 things you set out to do. It takes about 15 minutes to do the 3 tasks

4. Give Yourself Grace!

Sure, there will be some days that you just won't have a chance to do this and that's OK! Do not beat yourself up over this. Just don't make it a habit to skip out on planning your day. Just focus on building a routine that fits your lifestyle so you won't be so frantic in the mornings. You can always adjust what you do to fit your day, but you don't want to lose control. 

5. Breathe. Be Flexible.

How to plan ahead - Be flexible

In a perfect world, routines will go according to plan. You will not feel rushed, frantic, or completely lost in our days. In a perfect world, children will behave, listen to you, and be self-sufficient. In a perfect world. OK! Snap out of it! Back to reality. We do not live in a perfect world. But you can bring in some order to the chaos around you. 

You may still feel a bit rushed, but with a stable routine and a good plan, you should feel more in control and less frantic and lost. 

I hope this has helped you in regaining control and being more productive. Did this article help you feel inspired to get a hold of your day? Did you find that you don't have the perfect goal for you, so being productive is challenging?  

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