It’s December… the time of year when we’re thinking about cozy sweaters…
It’s hard to resist the lure of a new bullet journal or Simple Planner or Filofax or any of the scores of other calendars and journals that are flooding social media this month.
They all look so fresh and optimistic, with the promise of a year that’s FINALLY organized. These little gems look so good that it’s like you’d have to WORK at not achieving all your goals in 2019.
One of the primary points I make in “Rock Your To-Do List” is this hard truth:
You can spend $100 on the world’s most expensive and feature-laden planner and it won’t make you organized.
It won’t give you more time.
It won’t give you peace of mind.
The only thing that will is finally getting your priorities straight and using your planner as a tool, not as a savior.
Now, that being said, there’s nothing wrong with indulging in a little planner love!
Once you’ve set your goals and reduced your daily to-do items to a manageable level, planners are fun, inspiring, and helpful.
So definitely check out what’s available. But DO NOT fall for the hype. Spending more on the latest and greatest planner will not help you if you don’t know what you’re trying to accomplish.
Get your mind straight FIRST. Then find a planner or system to match.
I love cute planners as much as the next gal. To that end, I’m working on a list of some free planner printables that will jazz up whatever notebook or planner you choose, as well as allow you to give a few systems a test run before you commit.
Below are a couple of the cutest printables available to help you style your schedule:
- First up, we have some cute and fun calendar pages for your day to day schedule and weekly plans.
- …And some minimalist style weekly planning pages.
- Along with calendar pages, here are some daily plan pages along with a couple extra planning pages like meal plans, bill trackers, and a contacts list.
- Here are some free checklist printables that will for sure spice up your planner and motivate you to cross off items on your to-do list.
- The Passion Planner is a popular calendar/journal. A few years back when it first came out, I participated in the crowdfunding and got one. It didn’t really work for me – too much stuff I didn’t use – but I like the ability to download free “spreads” and inserts here — like water trackers, notes, and habits.
- Lastly, to make your December a little more holly-jolly, a festive holiday month planner.
P.S. Rock Your To-Do List is still on sale for less than a buck! This powerful book (with 51 4/5 star reviews) will help you achieve your goals faster and with less stress. I promise!