Using Your Planner As A Personal Log

As 2016 came to a close, I already knew I had wanted to make 2017 more meaningful.  Stripping down to the basics, minimizing distractions, simplifying processes and ridding home and mind of clutter became crucial components to my plan for mindful living.  But I also wanted it to be purposeful, to find joy in even the small things, to capture moments in my personal, household and family life that I could recall in an instant.  Although I have a separate journal when I want to get into deeper detail, I found my daily planner becoming a wonderful substitute for logging brief tidbits about my day.  In between the tasks, errands, and appointments, I would sometimes log a little blurb that reflected something other than my schedule.

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Stop, Drop & Savor Each Moment

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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