This is the second time the wonderful Steve Morton of Philofaxy has featured me in an article on his site. The first time was this Under The Spotlight article that appeared last September when I was still using my Franklin Covey Classic Planner.
I have since downsized two sizes since then – happily and successfully using a Filofax Pocket Malden as my planner/wallet combo and companioning it with a bullet journal to take up the brunt end of the daily details. You can read all about how I utilize this system in the Experienced User post over on the Philofaxy website that was featured on 6/19/16
Happy reading & planning!
I was never one to look back and reflect upon how things started at the beginning of the year and compare to where I am now. But I had made 2016 the year I was going to be more mindful of things. In order to focus on what was important throughout my day, I had to weed out the distractions. I did it by keeping things simple.
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On April 8th I took an online break of sorts. I had a lot of household, personal and family stuff going on and needed to stop, re-assess and get my priorities in order. Though I was still casually perusing and commenting as I felt so inclined, I had refrained from posting photos to IG and articles on my blog as well as tapped down on how much time I was spending on YouTube. My viewing history there was proof of why growth in other areas of my life had stunted and boxed me into a corner.
What was happening on the home-front made me realize even more just how precious and short time really is. That every moment counts. I needed to capture these moments as they happened, expand my pursuits, tighten my boundaries and make use of those back-burners. I had to realize that ‘tomorrow is another day’ for what wasn’t truly important and reserve ‘today’ for what truly was.
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There’s a saying by Pastor Chuck Swindoll, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you handle it.” Right now, I feel as if 110% is raining down upon me with 0% chance of clearing up. As much as I try to balance all the facets of my life, not even the most talented juggler can control when someone tosses in 5 extra bowling pins or plates to spin around.
A lot has hit at once – personally, financially, family and household. I’ve given myself over to the fact that my husband and I cannot get through all of this by ourselves. We need God’s intervention to not only guide us through it and give us wisdom to make necessary choices, but also to provide us with a sense of calm and peace knowing that we’re under his care. Together, the three of us will weather this temporary storm.
In order to dedicate more of my time to what matters most, I’ll not only be suspending my blog for the remainder of April, but will also be detatching from social media ( mainly Instagram and Google+ where I’m most active as TWW is not on Twitter or FB). During this time, I will not be putting out any posts or content. Not only do I have to handle various issues that have arisen, but I also need some serious down-time to get back in-touch with myself. My hope and prayer is to get through all of this victoriously and return in May with what I’ve discovered.
Thank you all, take care, be well and…..till next time 🙂
There was a time when I was at the height of my part-time bookkeeping business, juggling about a dozen monthly remote clients while also working a full time job where certain things had to take the back burner. One of those things was the house cleaning. Even though I’ve cut my client list down, the last thing I wanted to do with a free Saturday or Sunday was clean the house. I needed to implement some type of schedule to spread it out over the course of the week. .
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I think I have gotten either less spontaneous or too anal (in a detailed way!) as the years have gone by. However, my idea of spontaneity is hub and I getting an 8pm craving, throwing coats on over our jammies and heading to Carvel. It certainly isn’t deciding what to bring for breakfast and lunch to work as well as what to make for dinner that evening as I’m pretty much ready to head out the door for the office. That usually resulted in either a hastily thrown-together meal, leftover appetizers from New Year’s Eve or take-out. I needed to consider a weekly plan. Here’s what I came up with.
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I began writing this post on 3/14/16 – a full week prior to the official first day of spring. Though I’m certainly not complaining, where the heck did winter go?? But being in the nor’east means I’m not immune to Mother Nature’s cruel personality disorder as March 21st isn’t technically the end of the ‘white stuff’. I remember my mom bundling me up and dragging me to my sister’s house after my oldest nephew was born mid-April during a snowstorm back in the 70’s.
I may not be ready to break out the planters, landscape fencing, mulch and picnic table umbrella, but after finally taking down the Christmas lights yesterday ( before we became the scourge of the neighborhood) and finally getting over a chest cold that had lingered since early February, I’m ready (and so are my hostas below!) to begin prepping my home and yard (and me!) for outdoor weather.
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In this post I explained how I was able to successfully downsize my planner from a personal to a pocket-sized Filofax Malden ringed binder. Since A-Z tabs had always been a crucial part of my early planning days, I decided to bring that component back using A-Z labels I printed and stuck over the dividers that came with the planner that were labeled 1-6 instead.
Since my pocket planner also doubles as my wallet, it’s become twice the workhorse at half the size. It only holds what does not or rarely changes while my bullet journal takes up the chore of housing daily pages, project management, idea mapping, menu planning, ever-changing lists and tasks. This enables me to keep the pocket limited to only (5) main components: Wallet, calendar, reference (A-Z), receipt holder and spending log. And those tabs are get double-duty as well, storing more than just contacts.
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As I had mentioned in my Blog Break Reflection post, one of my main goals for 2016 was to evaluate not just my planning system, but my planner itself. At the time, I had been using my Franklin Covey Polka Dot since November. After adding sections, customizing inserts and stuffing in so much that I could be stranded on a desert island and still have everything I need, I realized that I had gone overboard (no pun intended!). I needed to toss all the irrelevant stuff and go back to basics. To streamline the process and rid myself of the additional weight I had added to it and keep only what I absolutely, truly need. In order for me to do that, I realized that I had not only needed to downsize the contents, but the container itself. Heads up – lots of photos and links to past posts follow!
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