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If you have been visiting my blog for sometime, you would know that I am a planner gal. I love being organized and utilizing my planner.
Over the past few years, I have used a Franklin Covey planner, but I have often times thought about changing for one reason and one reason alone…it wasn’t always pretty.
I would look online at the other types of planners and while my Franklin Covey was very practical, it lacked style.
I will say that I was getting kinda antsy this year, but I purchased a binder that I found appealing and used it all year long…well, almost all year.
At the beginning of October, Franklin Covey announced their new line of planners. It is called Planner Love.
I was so happy, that I ordered myself one. I had to wait two weeks, but it finally arrived today.
Although I will be doing a full review of it later on, her are my unboxing and my initial thoughts on the planner itself.
Here is my other video with my thoughts on it…
I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know what you thought…
We have been talking about getting organized. There are a lot of things that you could get to stay organized, but there are three essential tools that you should make sure to not only acquire, but to hold on to and become very fond of.
1. Something to record with
I always keep pens with me. It is very important that you keep a pen with you at all times. If you don’t have a pen with you, at least have a device that you can use to record your thoughts.
So in thinking of something to record with, find a pen, pencil, or device that you like to look at and love to hold. You will use it a lot.
2. Something to record on
Now if you have something to record with, you know you need something to record on, but it needs to have room to hold your thoughts, lists, and goals. You need to be able to carry it with you everywhere. If you aren’t going to have it with you all of the time, why have it?
I personally use my Franklin Covey planner. I keep it with me all of the time. I am also very fond of how it looks. I love the way that it feels in my hands. I have also decorated it to look in a way, to me, that makes me want to look at it everyday.
You might even choose to start off with a todo list. You could use a journal or a notebook that you have.
I would recommend getting a planner or create your own. There are many options. I have tried a few of them.
3. Something that inspires you
This last thing is something that I believe will have a very strong impact on you while working on being organized. Find quotes, pictures, stories, goals, and anything else that inspires you.
Over the past few years, I have gathered things that I’ve come across, which inspired me. I’ve written them in my planner so that I could remember them. I have photos of my children, their drawings, notes from my husband, Bible quotes, quotes on planning and so much more in my planner. As I am using it, I find inspiration hidden within the pages.
What I am telling you is not that you have to do things my way. Instead I am saying that you have to find your way and make being organized and planning special to you. When it becomes special to you, you will begin to take responsibility for your actions. The effort that you put into being organized, even in the materialistic things, will begin to show in your life.
I hope this helps.
Today’s assignment is for you to
1. Find something to record with that you really like and will want to use a lot. You might even need to purchase something special.
2. Find something to record on. For the time being you could use a note book or note pad, but eventually you should look into using a planner or notebook that you can customize like a planner. (I can make recommendations later)
3. Begin to search for things that inspire you. Gather them together in one place. Look for quotes, pictures, stories, and anything else that you can think of that inspires you.
4. Pray that God would help you line things up so that you can get and stay organized.
5. Rest in Him
I look forward to discussing more with you tomorrow as we discuss getting it together.
If you have any questions, comments, or recommendations…leave me a comment below.
Yesterday we discussed the idea of organization. We looked at getting it together.
We all need to be organized, right?!
But have you ever asked why?
Why would anyone want to take the time out of their lives to organize and plan, when they could be doing something…productive?
Well, I am going to give you 5 reasons why you should be organized.
1. Clear your head
Living life in today’s world, we find ourselves overwhelmed with a vast amount of things to do. We are wondering what we have already done. We are asking questions about budgets, schedules, the kids, our spouses, our dreams, hopes, and aspirations. If you add in the books we want to read, the products we want to try, the trips we want to take, and the chores to get done, our heads are full.
Now don’t get me wrong, we don’t want an empty head with no knowledge, but we, also, don’t want a cluttered head either.
All of those thoughts need to be written down some where so that we don’t feel we have to have the lists stapled on the walls of our brains.
2. Have Less Stress
By clearing our heads of all the clutter, we begin to free up space in our minds to have a systematic way of thinking. The structure that we implement will not only be evident in how we organize, but we will begin to live life in an ordered fashion as well.
Yes! I am talking about organized living.
Our brains like order. The more we create a pattern or organize a thing, the more our neurons travel across the synapse in our brain. The more a synapse is used, it sticks around and forms a permanent bridge within our minds. To make it clear, what we use we keep. What we don’t use, we lose. These bridges start off as thoughts, but can also form actions and habits. As we grow and learn, like in organization, we become more stable. The more stable we are, the less stress as we have more experiences.
This will give our brains a sense of relief. Knowing where things are, what’s coming up, and what you want to do, allows your mind the freedom to focus on things that you find more important. It also provides a stable environment for your continued growth and development.
3. Process Your Thoughts (Discussing your thoughts with you)
The Bible tells us tells us to meditate on the Word of God.
Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
That word meditate does not just mean to sit and think. It also means to have a conversation with ourselves about what the Word says.
Well, I apply this same meditation meaning to organization.
We need to ponder, think, and discuss, our list of to-do’s and must have’s, with ourselves and God. By discussing it, we are actually thinking through it and processing it more than we realize.
4. Keeping Track
By staying organized, we offer ourselves the opportunity of tracking our progress. It feels good to look back and see how far you have come from where you were…and if you didn’t move, you can find a way to motivate yourself to get going.
Keeping track and being organized will motivate you to move forward in your goals, relationships, personal and professional endeavors.
I even track my hobbies…I must admit, it becomes fun. 🙂
5. Get Rid of Forgetfulness
I’m not sure if you are anything like me, but I used to forget a lot. I would remember an event, but forget the date and time. I would remember the date, but forget the time. When I got to my lowest point, I had arrived to a party and it was over…that was when I said, I have to do something about this. I meant well, but I wasn’t organized,
When you are organized, you don’t put the pressure on yourself of having to remember everything. Your planner and organization helps you with all of that. It is almost like you create your own personal assistant.
Don’t believe me? If you continue to walk with me throughout this week, you’ll see that you can do this…and it’s not as hard as you would think it is.
There are 5 reasons why you should be organized.
1. Clear Your Head
2. Have Less Stress
3. Process Your Thoughts
4. Keep Track
5. Get Rid of Forgetfulness
I hope you found this helpful.
Wait! Don’t leave…I have something for you to do…
Your assignment is to…
First: Think of the reasons why you should be organized. Write them down.
Second: Do you have any objections? Write those down too.
Third: Do you think you will struggle with being organized? If so, in what ways?…you’ve guessed it…write those down also.
Fourth: Pray, out loud for God’s direction.
Finally, Rest In Him.
Join me tomorrow as we take our next step in getting it together.
It means, more to do, places to go, people to see, and so much more…
Even if you are stuck in the house on a Monday, there is a lot going on in your mind…
I say this, because I know.
I used to have headaches because I had so much to do or that I wanted to do.
I was thinking about so much stuff, that my brain was cluttered with all of my todo’s.
Then I read
Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Philippians 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Proverbs 16:9 The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
I had so much going on in my mind…I longed for peace. I wanted to trust God. I wanted to submit to Him. I wanted to all that He had to offer, but I could not figure out where to start.
I’ve been a writer all of my life. Since I was in kindergarten, I’ve written things down.
Yet at this point in my life, when I was so frustrated and confused, I had stopped doing what I loved.
I wrote when I had to, but when I needed and wanted to, I just wouldn’t.
After reading these scriptures and asking God to help me, I began to desire to get organized. I looked high and low for the answers…not knowing what to do, I started writing again. Not stories or anything, just lists.
I made so many lists…looking back, I laugh now, but making those lists, began to empty out my brain.
The more I wrote down my ‘to do’s’ the more I felt relief. I would write my list and ask God to help me accomplish what He had for me.
Shortly after my season of lists, I came across the Franklin Covey planner.
I followed the steps outlined in the starter pack and before I knew it, I was getting it together.
I had a purpose and mission statement. I had life goals and my mind felt free.
Now, here I am today…I use my planner, lists, and I’m pretty organized…although the we could all use some improvement…I’m happy with my organizational skills.
I’ve had a lot of women, over the past few months, tell me that they are not organized and wished that they were.
Let me say this…You can be free too! You can be organized! You can get it together!
For the rest of this week, I will be posting tips on how you can get it together, by organizing your mind and life…Your assignment for today is to read over the scriptures that I mentioned above.
After you have read these scriptures, write out what each one makes you think of. Write the directions that God is giving you through each scripture
Pray, out loud, that God would help you do His will, trust Him, and hear Him, as you take this journey.
Finally…Rest in Him
Join me here tomorrow, as I offer you the tools and tips needed to get it together…