New Planner

September 7, 2011

Even though it is not a new calendar year necessarily, I am no longer working in a school district, and my kids are not yet in school (although we refer to the daycare program as “school”) I still feel like September is a good time to reorganize and get some fresh habits.

Maybe it is the cool weather coming in and the preparation for winter when I will be locked up in my house in snowy Buffalo.  Maybe it is the end of the care-free days of summer.  Maybe it is my OCD.  Regardless, I have this feeling that it is time to take a look at life and figure out what I can do to make it a little less stressful.

Back at the beginning of the year I started using a number of “planning” and “organizational” tools, all housed in a “Household Management Binder” of sorts.

I had a pre-printed grocery list I used weekly on which I checked off or jotted down the items we needed for the week. I had a pre-printed chore list, broken down by rooms in the house.  At the start of each day I picked one, two, or as many chores I would have liked to get done.  My goal was not for every surface to shine everyday, but for me to have a home I felt comfortable enough to have guests in at any given moment. In the past I found that assigning a chore to a specific day did not work for me…it was too rigid.  I had a daily planner that outlined everything from appointments, to dos, menu, things to absolutely get done, notes, exercise, bla bla bla.  That actually worked well for a while until I missed filling out a day. Then another.  Then another.  You get the idea.  I planned my weekly menu on Google Calendar.  Loved it because I could save the links to my recipes or ideas I would be using right there!  We even sat down and did a weekly budget…Thank you SK2.

Then came the end of pregnancy when I was lucky to get a single task–napping and chasing a two-year-old not included–done.

Then came a baby and I was lucky to get a single task–napping, nursing, changing diapers, rocking an infant, chasing a two-year-old, and potty training not included–done.

A planner?  Yeah right!

Well, now I am ready to be back on track with the intent to use everything as before…except the Daily planner. It is just too much to fill in all that stuff everyday when I am rushing around as soon as my feet hit the floor in the morning.  But weekly?  I can manage that.

So I spent a couple of nap times doing this…
Weekly Planner(function() { var scribd = document.createElement(“script”); scribd.type = “text/javascript”; scribd.async = true; scribd.src = “”; var s = document.getElementsByTagName(“script”)[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(scribd, s); })();

I have my To Do (including workouts, work, or activities with Moira & Ronan); To Clean (where I can jot down what chores I will do from my weekly chore sheet); To Go (for appointments and errands); To Eat (dinner…and any other meals that need planning); and To Remember (any extra important stuff that week).  I can fill out the majority at the start of the week and fill in the rest on that day or as it comes up.

Less paper…less filling in.  I have even thought about putting this in a frame for a dry-erase calendar.  Not quite there yet.

Feel free to use for yourself.  I am happy to have some organized chaos in my life again!!!


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  • Reply bailey k. September 8, 2011 at 1:35 am

    wow, i love this! so cute, and so great for an unorganized person like me who is trying to change!! :)i would love for you to come link up this or any other amazing project at my creativity party going on right now!letbirdzfly.blogspot.comthanks so much for sharing!

  • Reply Shirley September 8, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Great planner, I'll be printing this out! Thank you :)

  • Reply flashbulbspurpleirises September 9, 2011 at 4:05 am

    what a great idea! I'm trying to figure out how to effectively plan my time, and maybe tackling it by week instead of by day is the way to go.

  • Reply Chef in Training September 14, 2011 at 12:19 am

    i. love. this! What an awesome idea! I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!-Nikki

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