Why is it that I love to shop for planners, office supplies and Everything that has to do with an organization but there they sit, forgotten about on my counter or in a drawer somewhere? It’s just so natural for me to grab a piece of paper and a pen and jot things down that way. Or how about the dozens of sticky notes stuck all around the house. You name it I’ve got it. The label maker(s) that I had to purchase or the laminator that sits in the front hall closet collecting dust, the list goes on and on. And let’s not talk about pens I love pens. In fact, I probably buy a pack of pens every damn week. They are necessary for my line of work (waitress) but really?? That’s a whole other blog in itself.
It took three stops at Michaels craft store where I purchased my recollection stickers (part of the happy life planner) even to sit down and focus. I’ve been trying to be organized lately. I’m a very organized person in general, but I felt I could do better. One of my worst habits on earth is my timing. It doesn’t matter when I get up in the morning I seem never to make it out the door on time. There was a point that I considered this to be a serious problem, so I decided to become proactive and do something about it. I could no longer take seeing the look on my bosses face as I ran in the door having yet another excuse for why I pulled in the parking lot right at start time. It’s not only disrespectful, but it’s embarrassing!
That’s when I began to realize that I had to make a change and fast, so what did I do? I grabbed my phone and started reading. I came across several self-help websites, some courses and I found one that caught my attention. It was Crystal Paines Make Over Your Mornings course. When I first purchased the course, I was kind of embarrassed. I damn sure didn’t want to tell my hubby that I started lacking the responsibility of adulthood. I’m a mother for god sake; I am supposed to set an example. I wasn’t setting a good example at all, not to my son whom I would drive to school flying in the parking lot and running him to his classroom door to get him in his class just in time for the bell to ring. The course helped. It gave me some great ideas about implementing a routine and being intentional and sticking to it. I’m not perfect, so of course, it’s still a work in progress, but he’s never late anymore.
It’s finished! Well not even close…
A planner is never finished. You have to keep it in an easily accessible place at all times, that’s the point, right? As of now, this baby is open and ready. It’s imperative! God forbid I forget when a particular payment is due or a doctor’s appointment. When all the while I have all the tools I need to be an organized homemaker if you don’t put them to use it’s just a bunch of wasted time and money. I say time because I sat in that darn isle for almost an hour with a cranky baby and a bored seven-year-old staring at me with “come on mom” eyes. You know what I’m talking about….
I had fun with this. It even caught my middle son’s attention when I opened up the book of colorful stickers. I love teaching them how to be organized. We all just kind of fell off our routine when we got sick with the flu/cold (this is talked about in a couple of my other posts) it really messed up our schedule. It was a nightmare.
Something I have to throw in my journal here, when I went on the hunt for a new planner at the very beginning of the year I was determined to get the greatest planner you could buy. I didn’t care how much I had to pay, as long as it had all the bells and whistles and it would work for my busy, chaotic schedule I did not care. I purchased one at Staples and learned that I spent way too much and there were a lot better ones out there. You Do Not have to spend thirty damn dollars to get “that perfect” planner that I mostly covered up with stickers and washi tape anyways. I’m done rambling now; it was fun
That’s ok because one thing that I learned through my online course and living and being a normal human being is that you have to make a schedule based on your needs and your families needs. There isn’t a course out there or anyone else’s schedule that you can implement because it may not work the same for you. It’s all about what you and your families needs are. Their daily routine may not work for you. That doesn’t mean you can’t store away their great advice in your head and make it manageable for you and your families needs.