I’m not new to the planner community. I am, however, new-ish to writing about it. I think I might have written one post previously about how I use my planner as a working mom. At the time, I was using a Sugar Paper Planner that I thought was all fancy and stuff. Turns out, it really didn’t meet my needs long-term and I ended up ditching it halfway through the year. Since then, I’ve used a Passion Planner, Arc, At-a-Glance, and most recently, a Day Designer, among others.
See, I’m an OG when it comes to planners.
So, why on earth did it take me eleventy hundred years to start using a binder system? Specifically, why did it take me so long to start using an A5? Here, take my planner card; I am not worthy.
Guess what! I’m here with my April goals post. Y’all, I haven’t done a goals post in a long time. Like a really, really long time. Honestly, it’s because of a lot of reasons. Mostly, I got tired of sharing goals that I wouldn’t or couldn’t accomplish. My processes were too cumbersome and I didn’t care enough to complete most things. Depression and anxiety can be debilitating, and with each month that went by with unfinished or in some cases, untouched goals, it was another blow to my self-esteem.
Is it just me who struggles with meal planning? No? Okay then, let’s talk a bit about this beast…and then we’ll talk about this working mom hack I’ve come up with to tame the beast. The act of meal planning has slowly become the bane of my existence on Saturday mornings. I usually wake up dreading the task of searching for, syncing up, and then breaking down recipes for the week ahead. It’s tedious. It’s time-consuming. It gets on my last nerve. That said, it is a necessary evil for productivity and time-management during the week, especially when you’re a working mom. Unless, your ends allow you to pay a meal delivery service (mine don’t) or you’re okay with the anxiety that comes along with “What’s for dinner?” (I’m not.), meal planning is something you have to do to get through the week as smoothly as possible. But it still sucks.
It’s been quite some time since I attempted to follow a reading challenge. I find that most of them are not geared toward the books I like to read or pertain to subjects I’m not interested in. Or they’re nonsensical (to me) and I’m not sure what I’ll gain from following it (i.e. “read a blue book). That said, I know that reading challenges are a great way to expand your literary palate and become acquainted with different authors, genres, thoughts, and ideas. So for that reason, I’ve decided to loosely follow a few 2017 reading challenges.
This year, I decided to keep my 2017 planning to a minimum. Usually, I go all out with books, videos, workbooks, words of the year, etc and while that has worked some in the past, I wanted to make things as simple as possible this year. Focusing attention in too many places is detrimental. You run the risk of not getting anything done when you try to get everything done. Trust me, I know.
Can you believe there are only two months left in 2016? This year flew by. At one point I felt like this year was never going to end, but alas here we are. About to get ready to “ring in the new year.”
I still feel like there’s so much I need to get done though. My 2016 “to-do” list is looking kinda sad right now because it’s been neglected most of the year, much like my Goodreads reading challenge. Earlier this year, I set a colossal goal of reading 52 books in 2016. That’s a book a week. So what’s my current status on this Goodreads challenge?