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Staying organized is an art that I should have been practicing when I was younger! Growing up I used to drive my sister absolutely crazy! She would keep her side of the room very neat and perfect looking. My side most of the time looked like a thief had broken in and was looking for some hidden valuables! After marrying my husband who is OCD about having a clean house, I had to change my messy ways. My sister and mom are shocked about how far I’ve come. Not only that, what now bothers me if it’s dirty!
Thankfully, I had several years before kids were in our home to start down the neat road— but with kids it’s a whole new ball game! It’s like I went from little league to the professionals and it’s taken a lot of work to step up to the plate and hit a home run! Okay, okay, I’ll stop with my cheesy baseball analogies, but learning how to stay organized with kids is hard!
Figure Out a Good System to Accomplish Your Goals
This year my sister and I decided that we really wanted to make this a year of not only setting goals, but actually completing the goals that we set! She heard that while writing down your goals is statistically proven to increase your accomplishment of those goals by some percentage( remembering exact percentages doesn’t stick in my long term memory), actually telling someone your goals and having them hold you accountable, helps even more! So we discussed our goals together. I haven’t checked in with her for a while. After I post this that is what I will do!
Since my sister is the more organized one, naturally she has a bullet journal. While she was showing me hers, I was stressed out! I can’t keep track of every little detail of my life! I don’t have time for that nor do I want to! Now, if you are one of those crazy people and that’s what you enjoy, by all means, go ahead. I’ll just continue to think of you as crazy and you can continue to think of me as crazy!
If you are still reading this post and I didn’t offend you enough to leave by calling you crazy, then keep reading to learn how I stay more organized and focused with a scaled back version of a bullet journal. You can download my “Weekly Plan” printable at the bottom of this post. I only use two things and these two things have made this one of my most productive years.
2 ways to stay organized and on track!
I just use a pocket calendar like this one (click the link to see) as a journal/daily goal tracker and a weekly goals printable. Between these two systems, I have stayed more organized and am accomplishing so much more!
The reason I only use these two things, if you haven’t guessed already, is that having to keep track of so many things just feels like too much work for me! I want to clearly be able to see what I need to do. That way I can really make the most of my time each day.
Also, I’m the type of person that if I have forgotten to write a few days in my journal then I pretty much just give up! You should see the journal graveyard I have with just a few entries in the first few pages! With this small pocket journal, there is only a few lines for each day. This makes it easy for me to fill them with a few details later if I get behind.
The other thing I like is that if I make a mistake in a bullet journal there a only a few options. I can scribble it out or tear out a page. Because of that, I have a sort of journal mistake phobia. I don’t want to mess it up and have to keep looking at it so I just don’t write. I’ve found that with being able to print out a weekly schedule, I use it more freely. I know that can just print off another sheet if I make an error. Maybe I’m a little more OCD than I realized!
Download this Weekly Plan Printable
Regardless of what printable or planners you use, It’s most important to find one that works for you. Up until this point I was using a printable similar to this one. It was the closest one I could find to what I wanted. However, as I was using it, I thought of things that I wished it had. That’s why I designed my own. This allowed me to put some of my weekly goals right on the page to remind me of them!
If you notice, I put a spot where you can write in a special dessert or dish you want to make this week. Often times I buy ingredients for a recipe I find on Pinterest and then forget to make it! My printer made the colors a little off!
Another box says “book of the week”. I’m really not a huge reader but this year I challenged myself to read a book every week! By having it written down on my schedule, I won’t forget it and it forces me to just pick one book to focus on! In conjunction with that part of my weekly goals, I have made a read 52 book reading challenge. It’s included in the freebie if that sounds like something you would like to do!
I’ve found that I like to keep my old pages so that I can look back on them. What has worked for me is buying report cover page clips. Then I use them to make a little book out of all the weekly plan pages. They are very cheap but gets the job done. Click here to see similar ones I found on Target’s website.
The New Year will be here before you know it! Don’t wait for the new year to start getting into some good habits in order to achieve your goals!
Well, I’m off to check in with my sister about her goals! I hope these printables help you with yours!
I’d love to hear tips that you have found help you in staying organized and completing goals you have set for yourself! Also, if there is a printable that you can’t seem to find but would like to be included with these, leave a comment and I’ll try my best to add it to this freebie!