I'm busy planning next school year, so I figured I'd kick off the week by sharing my #1 tool for staying organized. My weekly planning sheet. This is more of a Life Planner, not really for planning homeschool lessons (more on those later in the week), but I find that I really have to organize myself and our regular household rhythms first before I can even begin to tackle homeschool planning.
For years I struggled to find a system for myself, printing and trying out every checklist and organizer I could get my hands on. I tried clip boards, binders, sticky notes . . . nothing seemed to work. Finally, I decided to make my own organizer that fit my needs exactly. The right size columns, the right sections, just enough color to separate areas, but not too much so it doesn't eat up all my printer ink. Printer ink is crazy expensive.
First, I got out my ProClick and made four tabbed sections: Weekly, Monthly, Blog, and Project Lists. My monthly calendars are printed straight from my google calendar. The projects lists section is exactly what it sounds like, a bunch of pages with lists and notes. The blog section is still a work in progress. For now, it contains lots of notes and monthly calendar pages, where I can keep track of when and what I post as well as jot down items I want to post on particular days. I need to see the big picture on the page like that. I'm visual and I'm a forest gal. Those pesky trees get so distracting sometimes. Wait, where was I . . .
Weekly Planning! This is really the key for me. There are certain activities that are part of our regular weekly rhythm, so I have a form with those filled in. (No, I won't share that form, because it tells where we are on what days, and ya'll, there are crazy people out there.) Those things are so much a part of our rhythm that I don't need to write them down to remember them, but having them on that form in bold print reminds me not to fill in too many other tasks on those days. Again, I'm visual, I need those reminders in print sometimes.
Since I like to see what I'm making for dinner each night, I have a spot for that under each day, as well as place on the side to write tasks not tied to specific days. At the bottom, I also included a little section for blog post ideas for the week. Like I mentioned, I have an entire section for blog notes, but I like having the week's ideas on this sheet so I don't have to flip back and forth too much.
That's about it for weekly planning. I print a bunch of these, front and back, and put them in my spiral book and I'm ready to go!
How do you plan? Weekly? Monthly? Daily? A combo? Maybe you just wing it?
I'll be back tomorrow with more than you probably want to know about me . . .