Write It Down

 

Journaling…what does it mean to you? As I have been using my planners and keeping track of things, one of the things that I love most about both planners I am using is that they have review of the week, and daily “what are you excited about” and “what will you improve on” and “wins for today”.  In addition, I bought the Danielle LePorte Planner and I have washi taped the “schedule” section and use it for daily reflection.  The whole set up is designed in such a way that it is perfect for daily journaling.

It asks for your soul prompt (how are you feeling), it asks for 3 things to do (always with a prompt for what is best for you) and it asks for goals.  In addition, it has what are you going to work on stopping.  I fill each of these out at the beginning of the day and then at the end of the day do a reflection.  For me this has been invaluable.  Even if I journal as a reflection the next day, it has given me the perspective that I need.

In looking back at what I was feeling at the beginning and where I am when I reflect, I can see how I let things affect me through the day and where I am at.  This type of journaling has given me some structure as well as the ability to gauge myself and my emotions.  The difference, for me, is incredible.  I have always been a writer.  I love to journal, I write notes to express myself if I am having trouble doing so verbally.  I will often write my husband long letters, take pictures of what I wrote and send them to him.  For me I have found the written word to be an easier form of communication.  However, journaling has been difficult.  I never know where to start.  The Danielle LePorte allows me the structure and still the freedom.

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I know that she offers a journal with prompts, but for me the day planner with the daily prompts has worked fabulous.  I love my Panda Planners for the planner function as well as the daily and weekly review.  I review my actual productivity with those.  I am able to keep track of both what I need to do in my personal life with what I need to do for Sacred Mists and even with my school needs.  At school, in the classroom, I use both a Happy Planner and an Erin Condren LifePlanner, along with the Personal Planner. However, with the changes I made to the Danielle LePorte, I have created, for me, a perfect journal.

Do you journal?  What is your favorite way to write things down?  If you don’t journal I challenge you to try it.  We often tell those who are struggling with their emotions or with where they are in life to begin writing.  It is cathartic and can help take those jumbled thoughts and make some sense of them.  Let me know how it goes for you…

 

Planning, Planning, Planning

As someone who works hard to be organized, I have discovered some things work and some things don’t.  I can plan all I want, but if I don’t follow through with the planning it just looks pretty.  So I continue to search for a method, a planner, a thought process that will help me actually follow through.  It takes 21 days to set a habit, so I need to follow-through for 21 days to set the habit of continuing to follow through.

With that in mind I have ordered 3 new planners.  I have an amazing one now done by Personal Planner (personal-planner.com) that I love.  You can customize it beyond belief.  It is one of the only places I have discovered you have over how your planner looks.  The only thing is it doesn’t do is make me want to follow through.  I want to fill full of things, stickers, pretty colors, but then I close it up and put it away.  I am going to take it to my classroom where I think it will help me better (along with my Happy Planner and my Erin Condren). Then will make 3 planners and 2 lesson planners in the classroom, so I should be good there.

Now for home, and blogging and cooking and exercising and all the other stuff that happens not in the classroom, where I need more focus.  The 3 new planners I have ordered are the Danielle LaPorte The Desire Map Planner.  I am hoping that the prompts for goals, the easy schedule, how am I doing check-ins will help me.

I am also going to try the Panda Planner.  This is a startup company that I found accidentally when searching Amazon for something that could arrive quickly! I ordered both the Daily Planner and the Weekly Planner.  I am going to use the Weekly Planner for here at home, the blog topics, the times, the exercise, the meal planning and the chores.  I keep thinking if I plan it all I can check it off.  I like the weekly review.  I think that looking back at how well I accomplished what I had planned will help me stay accountable.

I am going to use the daily planner like the weekly except for…well…daily. It again has the week in review as well as daily goals and check ins.  It has some similarities to the Danielle LaPorte, but it has a focus more on positive aspects and outlooks.  What I’m grateful for, what my focus word for the day is.  It has not just the weekly review, but a daily review as well.  Again, hoping that the review piece holds me accountable.  I want to make sure I make all the Sabbats and Esbats, I want to be sure I am on track for my studies for my third degree Priestess graduation as well as my spiritual counseling masters. Goals, plans and life…here we come.

I hope this helps you some.  I will be updating as I go through.  One of the things, not on the goals list, but that will be happening come summer, is one of my closest friends and I are going to start creating pagan/Wicca stickers for planners.  WE are excited about the planning stage, and like with everything else, I am hoping that these planners keep that on track as well.

How are you planning on staying on track this year?  What do you used to keep yourself organized and reach your goals?