When I was in college, my life was held together by a little thing called a planner. Did you have one? They were kind of "in," which was a very good thing. Everything that needed remembering got scribbled into the planner.
Well. Not scribbled. More like entered meticulously in color-coded ink. I was a little infatuated with my planners. What a geek, right? But I would've failed miserably without them. And HEY, I was never surprised by a quiz or a test!
When I became a (REAL! LIVE!) teacher, my planners were even more crucial. You can't have the teacher forgetting about a quiz, after all! I had a job that was important, and I wanted to do it--all of it--well. (Plus, I could NOT have my parent-teacher conferences overlapping with my dates with Nate! Priorities, people!)
The point is this: The busier my life became, the more crucial it became to plan.
This job that I hold right now--that of wife, mother, and homekeeper--it's the most important job I'll ever have. I've been foolish to think I could do my job well by trying to keep track of everything in my head. I finally found myself running in circles, always busy but never feeling like I got anything done.
Then, I saw this post. And I knew I needed my planner back in my life.
Meet my new best friend:
WARNING: If you often find yourself laughing aloud at organized people, please turn away now. These photos are not for geekophobes. They're gruesome.
Schedules & Routines (on the left). My daily cleaning schedule, along with our basic daily routine. On the right are the week's lists...things to do, places to go, people to see/contact.
The week's menu plan and grocery list
A Monthly Plan, including health goals, monthly cleaning tasks, and birthdays & anniversaries for the month.
Freezer Cooking Day. I've yet to attempt one, but April 5th is the anticipated date of my first!
I've even got a page for blogging.
A projected reading list and some topics of interest that I'd like to pursue.
I can't tell you how much more efficient my days have been these last 3 weeks or so! What do you do to achieve maximum efficiency?