I opened up my new Start Planner, now what? I’m expected to write in this beautiful planner…with pen?! Add color? You’re kidding right?
Yes, that’s really how I felt when I opened up my 2017 Hustle Weekly Start Planner, it was so perfect, so clean, so crisp…I didn’t want to ruin it! I knew deep down that it had to happen, I mean I made the purchase so that I could actually use it right? But where do I start, what if I mess up?
Don’t worry! If you’re anything like me I can help, I have some advice AND I have some examples!
Let’s start off with some tips!
Start with important dates such as birthdays and anniversaries. If you have to pencil them in to start off that’s ok too but just get started! Once you’ve gotten started you’ll start to feel more comfortable and you may even start getting creative! PRO TIP: Don’t get anyone’s birthdays wrong…who would do that right?! ??? #guilty
Once you’ve made the first step it’s time to start moving into other areas of your Start Planner. Do you have any set appointments coming up that you can pencil in? What section would be easiest for you to get started with? Maybe its Finances, those tend to be pretty similar month to month maybe that’s a good place to start! For me it was the Goals section,
I’ve had goals on my mind so that just came naturally, but I wasn’t going to just dive in and write my goals in! I got a notepad out and started jotting my goals down and after I felt good with what I had in front of me I started thinking about that “Big Picture” page and how I wanted it to look. I grabbed my notepad again and started coming up with ideas, when I had it down and only when I was sure, I copied the info into my Start Planner and it came out better than I expected. The Goals page was very important to me, like I said goals have been on my mind and I wanted the page to speak to me.
If you aren’t already, start Time Blocking! You’ll be amazed at how much your productivity will go up and how you’ll actually have more time in your day to focus on the things you love! As you Time Block come up with a color coding system that you can use in your planner. Not only does it add some pops of color but it really helps to break down your day visually.
Time Blocking is still something I’m learning and I like to start off with scheduling things that are unlikely to change. For instance, my husband has to leave for work at 8:15 am and my stepson has to be out of the house by 7:50 in order to catch the bus; which means I know that I shouldn’t plan anything other than family time until 9 because after hubby leaves it’s exercise and playtime for my little guy! At 9, after we’ve gotten some of little mans energy out I know I can start cleaning up the house – even if little man needs some attention here and there, for the most part I can focus on housework. Unless we have an appointment it’s pretty safe to say that from 9-10 (30) I can have the dishes done, the floors swept and the laundry done which really lets me focus on other things throughout the day!
Join the Start Planner
Support Group on Facebook. The Start Planner group is filled with wonderful people that are so helpful and creative, seeing their posts about all of the fun things they are doing with their Start Planners will give you so much motivation to get started! You may even get some networking done!
Now….Let’s Talk Supplies!
The tips alone are not enough though, you need supplies! Ok, no, you don’t absolutely need motivational stickers and cool pens but it definitely makes it a lot more fun, doesn’t it?! Here are some pics of supplies that I’ve picked up for my Start Planner and examples of how I’ve used them!
I hope you enjoyed this post and its helped you in some way either getting ideas for how to decorate your Start Planner or motivated you to start Time Blocking and getting organized! Be sure to share, like, and subscribe! I have some great content coming in 2017 on productivity for fellow MOMpreneurs!
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