Maybe you’ve told yourself you would start using a mom planner to stay organized. Maybe you’ve been using one for years, but want to switch it up or have finally found one which has everything you’ve been looking for in an easy-to-use format. Either way, you’ve made a wonderful commitment to yourself and we welcome you to the planning community of Mother Woman Planner™.
Some days I’m a hot mess. I admit it. (Sound familiar fellow mompreneurs?)
Whether it’s the school lunches that need to be packed, outfits or school uniforms that need to be clean and pressed, right down to telling the hubby what needs to be picked up on his way home – Life can get pretty crazy!
However, there’s now a light at the end of the tunnel. Your trusted planner is going to be super effective for you to stay on top of everything you need to do.
It gives you a visual, in-your-hand space for writing down notes, creating to-do lists, and noting ideas while you’re on the fly. Writing down things is the age-old way to get things done.
I don’t know how many iPhone “notes” I have in my phone, but I will tell you that the minute they are typed into my phone, they’re out of my mind… forever!
By learning how best to use your mom planner, you can get on top of your day using better time management. And best of all, you’ll have much less stress!
Check out this list below of top tips on how to use your brand new swanky undated Mother Woman Planner™ effectively:
1. Plan your Long-term Goals
Use the Greatness Blueprint and goal planning pages to chalk out your long term goals and your priorities in different aspects of your life. You can use this section to brainstorm and create the life you imagine for yourself.
Whether it is to set up your own blogging business, embark on a new home improvement project, or get out of all your debts, once you have your plans on paper, you can then break them up into smaller chunks that you can tackle along the way.
Tip: If you’re a more visual person like me, use the vision board pages in the last tab to sketch out what your goals and plans are first, to get a better picture of where you want to be headed.
2. Use the Monthly View
Here in the monthly section, you can write down things that don’t change; like birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. You can also note down special events like weddings, bills, and recurring meetings.
Tip: I like to use a yellow highlighter to call these out in case a friend calls to make plans. You can also use a color code to take it one step further!
3. Use the Weekly Plan Section
Every Sunday evening, I like to sit down with my planner and look over the week ahead. This is a chance to plan for your more general tasks, or group of tasks. For example, for me it may be “Schedule Instagram posts”, or “write blog follow up emails”.
You can also use this section of your mom planner for personal items like “weed the garden”, “send out invitations”, “pick up parcel” and other tasks like this.
Tip: Transfer what items or appointments may have been entered into your phone calendar or notes in this section.
4. Use the Daily Plan Pages
The daily section of the weekly planning pages is where your plan gets really interesting. This is where you list out your specific tasks that you want to accomplish. You can plan outfits, workouts, and lunch dates.
I also use this section to break out what I entered in the weekly section into separate one hour or less tasks, so that I can put a “check” next to those when they’re complete. Crossing things off the list always feels so good!
Tip: You start with daily affirmations, by writing down what you are thankful for (you can use the thoughts and thanks page at the end of each month for this), fill your schedule with notes on the side, and end your day with what you are most thankful for. It’s a great alternative to a separate journal!
What’s more, you can use the one-line-a-day journal to just write one single line about your day every day. Sounds easy enough when you have a million things on your plate. Surprisingly, when you look back at it at the end of the year, it gives you a rather clear and beautiful picture of your year gone by.
5. Be specific about your micro-goals
When you’re planning your day, be sure to be specific in your steps. Instead of writing “make phone calls”, write down “call Jane and schedule lunch”. It’s more likely that you’ll complete your tasks if you know exactly what you are getting into. It also helps you figure out how much time you need to finish your task.
Tip: On days where I have other plans or commitments, such as a doctor’s appointment or taking the girls to ballet lessons, I make sure to plan for light-brained activities. With my mind on other things, making a call or scheduling a social media post is quick and easy to complete.
6. Kids’ Activities and Meal Planning
I like to use the kids’ activities pages to plan any recurring weekly classes like ballet or football, Kumon or ToddlerTime. I also jot down activities for the hubby and myself like gym, yoga or a weekly girls’ night.
Tip: If you have any specific task or clothes for said activity, like getting the tutu ready or football jersey washed, I like to note this down as well, to give me a mental pointer when I go through the week’s list.
7. Thy Mom Planner is Not Thy Phone
Now, as I talk up the awesomeness of a mom planner, I do realize that we live in 2019. We ALL use our phones to enter notes and appointments. Unfortunately, your planner will not send you reminders that buzz your Apple watch 15 minutes before it’s to begin.
When you have important things that you CAN’T forget, be sure to enter an appointment in your phone calendar so you can be reminded.
This goes for jotting in notes as mentioned above — be sure to put your important phone notes, into your mom planner.
Tip: I use Evernote for my notes. There is a desktop and smart phone app that syncs. It’s awesome!
Your day planner should be the ‘what’s what’ and the ‘who’s who’ for your life! With that said, you should absolutely love your planner. So take your time with it, and plan your days with intention.
Nothing should go unplanned. Names, dates, money, appointments and goals should all be written down in your planner.
Hope these pointers help you on your planning journey, reducing stress and overwhelm, and enables you to be the best version of yourself.