Of planning tips and organization

Hello, my friends!

I have something a bit different than what I usually post–As I’m sure you’ve heard me mention before, I love planning and organization, along with lists, planners, bullet journals, calendars, and literally everything that comes with that. And for today’s post, I thought I’d what I use to plan out my day, and how I stay organized throughout the day, week, and month, and give you all some inspiration for your own planning and organization.

Let’s dive in!

Monthly planning

At the beginning of each month, first, I look at my calendar and see what’s happening that month and how much time I have (e.g. For next month, September, I’ll be starting school which means I’ll have less time to do other things, plus, I have to figure school into my schedule.) From there, I create a goal list of things I’d like to get done that month. (I do this in my bullet journal!) Off of those goals, I write out a to-do list, leaving space for things that I may think of as the month goes on. It’s pretty simple and doesn’t take a long time.

Weekly planning

Using my monthly to-do list, I write out a weekly overview. I have these awesome sticky notes that I got from the Daily Grace Co. that I use each week. I have a list of weekly goals (building smaller ones off of my monthly goals), tasks / things that I want to get done that week, a prayer list, a verse of the week, and a list of events happening that week. Currently, I use a dotted notebook that I got, but I’m hoping to figure out a way to incorporate this into my bullet journal soon, so everything is in one place.

Throughout the week, I’ll open up my weekly planner and check off things that I’ve done, add things that I forgot about before, and such. At the end of the week, I’ll see what I have left, create a new page, and add all of my tasks to it.

I also use something called theme days! Theme days are when you set aside a specific day to focus on one project. Currently, I do all of my blog work (writing posts, editing photos, writing emails, responding to comments, etc) on Tuesdays and Fridays. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, I work on my other writing projects. When I sit down to write on a Tuesday or Friday, I can just pull out my blog-related to-do list and focus on that. I don’t need to feel guilty that I should be writing that short story, because I know that I have time set aside on other days to write on that. It helps me stay focused and get things done, more efficiently than I would otherwise.

Daily Planning

Now, my days are pretty simple. At the end of the day, I use my bullet journal to write a daily overview of what I did that day and what I got done, then I write a small to-do list for the next day. Unless I have a lot going on, this simple to-do list works perfectly. When I do have those chaotic days that my little to-do list isn’t enough, I use this daily planner from The Daily Grace Co.

Lastly, just find what works best for you! It took me a while of experimenting, and honestly, being unproductive and unscheduled to find out how I planned and work best.

And that’s the end of this post! I hope it gave you some ideas on how you can plan out your day and be more productive!

Before you go. . . Are you a planner or do you like doing things on the spur of the moment? Do you like planners or bullet journals? What’s one thing you do to stay organized? How do you plan?

Thank you so much for reading, wonderful friends, and have a wonderful day!