Write it All Down!
I am so excited to be back at work! I wish that I could say I spent the downtime relaxing, but I did not. As we were closing up the office, I thumbed through my 2010 agenda and noticed that I completed much last year. I wasn't able to just close the doors behind, and enter relaxation mode, because the agenda's pages and pages of marked-through checklists and notes were so inspiring. (Please note: I am old school. I do not use an electronic organizer exclusively yet.) I originally planned to go to my parents' house before the holidays, but instead stayed at my own home and engaged in a lot of activities that I would have normally missed out on. Since I write everything down, I the agenda was used once more to detail some great events. The point? Despite the fact that my life is extremely full, it feels calm and manageable because I pencil everything down. I get a lot of compliments about my organizational skills so I decided to share with you my favorite planner and how I make it personal.
For the past five six years, I have been using the At-A-Glance Triple View Organizer. It offers a monthly calendar for overall planning, daily planning pages broken up in 30-minute increments, and small columns for to-do lists and quick references.
I use the pages in the front of my agenda for mini vision boards. I collect inspirational images and quotes and make collages on the unused pages. I also sprinkle inspirational messages throughout the agenda and enjoy stumbling upon them throughout the year. Having my vision board with me has been a great help. It's amazing how many snippets from those pages have materialized in my life. What do you see for your life in 2011? Is it written down?