Why is planning important? I’ll tell you why it is for me and I’ll show you how I do it. PLUS, I’ve created my own planner and in this post, I’ve shared free printables of some of my pages so you can try them to!!
If you don’t map it out, how do you know where you’ll end up.
Most of us have laid the map out and marked off our route before a road trip. Ok, well, most of us 40 plus people have done it that way. Now it’s so much easier to put the “from” and “to” locations in google maps or Waze and pick the best route. So much easier. Most of the time.
Nothing is perfect. You can run into situations where the road construction has not been updated, or an accident happens just up the road or maybe you just see something that’s interesting and you take a little detour. I recommend that if you’re not in a rush. Either way, it’s always best to plan ahead.
We plan for shelter, we plan for meals, fuel, site seeing, spending money etc. We plan for almost everything we will see, do and spend on vacation and even take extra “just in case” money. But do we do that for our lives?
The rule applies to life as well.
For some, the planning begins at 5 or 6 years old. They just know. Some kids wear the fire fighters helmet because that is their destiny and they can’t wait for it! For the rest of us it’s not as easy. I’m 47 and until recently, I still didn’t know what I wanted to wake up and do every day.
Just like planning a vacation, it’s important to figure out what it is you want to do. What you can’t wait to wake up for in the morning. If you don’t plan, how will you ever know where you’re going, what you will be, where you will live, what you will do for a living? If you’re constantly getting up to go to a job to work to make money to pay the bills and that’s your only goal, how can you be happy getting up every morning day after day, long term.
Sure, you can be positive and grateful and enjoy the people you work with, and you should. But is it what you REALLY love to do? Is that what makes you get out of bed? Do you want to do it in your free time?
I’m 47. Is it too late?
This is a question I ask myself almost every day. I feel a little bit of a knot in my stomach every time it crosses my mind. My conditioned response now is “Whatever, I don’t care, I may live to be 102 like my Granddaddy did!” and I get to planning anyway!!
The great thing about owning a salon is Monday’s off! I love being able to relax on Sunday’s without having to worry about if my laundry is done so I have something to wear during the week or if my house is clean since it gets kind of crazy and hard to keep up with during the week. It’s good to have a day to get ahead of the circus that comes in and out of my house while I’m working but I don’t want to do it on Sunday’s.
I don’t have to worry about meals or groceries or anything until Monday when everyone else is at work. Monday is the day I can take my time preparing all day and if I need to run out, as long as I go between 10:00 and 4:00, while skipping the middle of the day when school lets out, I practically have the road to myself and the stores are pretty quiet. So nice!!
So? What happens on Monday?
A LOT!! There are times I relax and do nothing or sometimes I even choose to go in to work for a while but I try not to do either. Both options are very beneficial at times but getting closer to my goals is even better.
It’s all about planning on Mondays. I love to write things down and make lists and decorate my calendar. My Bujo is my favorite space but I’m not very good at keeping up with it and all my lists get made but I’m really bad at referring to them later.
I’ve been told many times that a little bit every day gets you closer to the finish line. I don’t really listen to what I’m told. Never did. ( I can feel my parents heads nodding in agreement.) Recently I’ve learned that it’s really true! Even the tiniest little step is progress.
With this in mind, I keep trying. I’ve never been successful at keeping a journal for more than a week or so. Keeping up with a calendar never worked either. Now that I have an appointment book that I HAVE to keep for my clients, I’ve decided to make my own book and combine it with all my personal lists and logs. I did that in January of this year and it’s not perfect but so far, so good. PLUS, it’s way cheaper that buying one and it’s totally customizable.
If you could get up and do anything, ANYTHING, what would it be? How can you pay your bills with that? Figure THAT out!
If you’re not already doing what you love, decide what it is that you would love to do. There are so many ways do what you love to do and support you and your family while doing it. Even if it doesn’t pay all the bills, maybe it will help by allowing you more options for jobs that are better than the one you have now or just enable you to work less hours.
It helps to decide what’s important to you now.
In other words, cancel your cable! Cook at home. Dog sit for money, Write a blog and monetize it, Don’t use credit cards. Shop at thrift shops instead of Macy’s. (I love you Macy’s) Do whatever you have to do so you can do what you love until you can be successful, (and you WILL be successful!) at it and you can get that cable back and whatever else you’re missing.
Although, you will probably find that you don’t need any of it. If you’re enjoying life and passionate about what you’re doing every day, you don’t need all the extras. Except Macy’s. I might need Macy’s in the future again. I do all of this and more and it has allowed me to slowly do more of what I love and less of what I don’t. Life is good!
It takes time and I’m not even close to where I want to be. It’s a challenge. That’s a good thing! It’s exciting to see my progress and I’m proud of it. Sure, there are days that you won’t see progress and you’ll get frustrated and down but use those days as motivation to work harder the next day.
I have to get back to my planning but first, I’m going to post a picture of my binder, my road map, and some free printables you can try to print and use.
Keep doing whatever you’re doing to keep track of planning and schedules if it’s working. If it’s not, try something different. Try taking just the part of what is working now and make your own planner pages and start a binder like mine. If that doesn’t work, try something different. Keep trying! Eventually, you will come up with your own system that works just for you. YOU GOT THIS!!
Monday-Friday. Keep track of your of your daily schedule on these pages. Just punch holes and add to your diy calendar and appt. book. Check P for planned, C for completed and M to remind you to migrate that task to the next week if it didn’t get completed.
Wow! That’s so cool!!! See? Progress. This was very easy but when I woke up this morning, I did not know how to create a printable for my blog. Now I know. This is the first time I uploaded something in a pdf to print and I’m not great at creating pages but these two pages work well for me and as I improve my skills, I’ll tweak these and make them better. Now that I know how, I’m sure I’ll create lots of other printables for you on this site. I hope they help you too.
Calendar Right Page Printable Print 12 of these pages to match each month and insert all pages into your binder. Let the planning begin!!!
I usually like to decorate my calendar with doodles and washi tape. I’ll add June’s calendar page when I’m done decorating since I don’t want to post my pages that are filled and share my schedule with the world but if you’d like to have happy seasonal calendar pages but you’re not feeling creative, wait til just before the the month begins and I’ll add doodles to each month and post them for you to print and enjoy.
Please leave comments and suggestions for these and future printable pages in the comments below. Good luck and happy planning!!!
Want to read more? Here’s a story I posted after this one about NOT planning. Enjoy!