An Hour Spent in Planning
An hour (or even 30 minutes) spent in planning will save you hours in execution. Planning has become an established routine for me. I am not sure whether it comes naturally to me or whether I have realized the need for it and developed the routine.
This past year I learned to use the Notes on my iPhone to make daily plans each morning. This method does have its charm; however, I seem to work best with paper and pen. In my earlier post about My 2018 Favorite Things
I mentioned the At a Glance Daily Planner. This is a planner for people like me who like to take notes on various things and need more white space for the day. I ordered my 2019 At a Glance early on to have it ready for the year. It is still my favorite Daily Planner.
Would you believe, I also like to use a Weekly/Monthly Planner? This type of planner is also perfect for those somewhat new to planning or who know how to be more concise than I do. This year as I searched for the At a Glance Weekly Planner, I came across The Simplified Planner by Emily Ley. It is excellent: small, tabbed by month, colorful, and even has a few pages at the beginning with first-class tips for organizing time and determining what really matters in our day. The book offers a 30 Day Simplicity Challenge at the beginning of the book, which is certainly something I needed.
The Simplicity Challenge
It is inspiring to me as I work through the Simplicity 30 Day Challenge at the beginning of the planner. Some of the items on the list, I have already done while others desperately need addressing. Inch by inch, anything is a cinch.
“Prioritizing, simplifying and being lovingly intentional with our time gives us the opportunity to celebrate the joy that’s found within our journey, not necessarily at the end of it. And when we uncover that coveted free time, we find it is truly possible to do it all.” ~ Emily Ley