One Trick to Get More Done


I have found my trick to getting more done. Rising early. Like, 5 a:m early.

It can sound like a nightmare, can't it? But let me tell you something, it will actually change your life.

Haven't we all felt as though there is never enough time in the day to get it all done? Kids are time suckers. They don't care about time. They want us, they have needs, they love to dawdle, they have meltdowns, the list goes on and on. Pile on top of this: laundry, cleaning, homeschool lessons, the grocery store, the library, making dinner and our shower and yeah, where did the time go? 

I think us moms, we understand that getting up before the kids enables us a few moments before the onslaught of our day begins, but something about 5 o' clock early, that's a game changer. Something happens in the brain when you plan to wake every morning at 5 a.m. to accomplish things you need to do before your family wakes up. After reading the book, The Early To Rise Experience: Learn To Rise Early in 30 Days (Early To Rise Series) , I now know, that I needed to make rising early a must if I wanted to get more time out of my days, thusly becoming more organized, and having more time to be with my kids. I am more in control instead of always feeling like I'm racing against the clock. 

Finally, I've found the trick to getting the most out of my days, becoming more organized, and having more me time. I've had my devotions and coffee, I've checked emails, and sat in silence. I now have time to start my load of laundry, get breakfast dishes available as they all slowly start to trickle down the stairs, and sometimes I'm able to even get my shower in before the baby wakes up! Wow! I'm rolling now and it's only 8 a.m.! I'm feeling, pretty. dang. good. 

Now, this doesn't mean you have less sleep. You make sure you get your butt in bed early. Test your time and go by what feels best to you. If going to bed at ten and waking by five, makes you feel fantastic all day...you now you've found your groove. 

So here's to you! And me. And all the mamas who rise early to get the most out of their day.

Will you rise to the challenge?

Planners Ready to Print

Planner Perfect is now available as a printable on Etsy!




What you get and what's new:

Three different, predated calendar designs from January 2014 ~ March 2015

New look for the Daily Page divider

New look for the Mission Statement and inside Front Cover insert

Front outside cover, large Daisy to slip into front sleeve of view binders

New Meal Planning, Weekly Cleaning & Homeschooling printable planning sheets

Planner Perfect's eBook, A Fresh Idea On Organizing Your Life, included with all, full-set planner purchases





The new chevron print using black and grey colors


 The new calendar for this year is in soft, seaside colors with a feminine font. Name of the month now scripted on the tabs. All calendars have cute flags at the top to dress up the days of the week


Black damask pattern is back with a bolder design. Beautiful!


Your Goal page is behind each calendar to prompt the following pages to be your goals for the month... 


Daily page has the daisy and is the divider for your daily agenda


Front cover page. Image shown using the Arc binder. One advantage of using the Arc binder system (found at Staples) is that your full-size planner will be as thick as large notebook. No bulk, easy to use, and totally worth it to plan your life. 


 New!! Planning sheets for your weekly cleaning, Meal planning and Homeschooling. They are invaluable to me and the perfect insert for the Planner Perfect planners!




Plan your meals for every day of the week with room at the bottom to write your plan for your Baking Day. On the right hand side, plan your breakfast, lunches and dinners, too. It even has a space to write the source for the recipe you're using for quick recipe look-up come dinner time. 

I can't tell you how much I love this sheet inserted in my planner at the beginning of each week. My grocery list follows on the next page where I simply tear out and go. The planned menu sheet stays in my planner to reference each week.

This sheet is wonderful to create an action plan for your cleaning each week. Needs can change each week so you can print a new sheet for each and keep by your Monday's Daily page , or you can use as a master cleaning chart for the week keeping this in your Goal section. This handy sheet lists the day of the week with room to write you cleaning plan with a cleaning supply need list on the right. Perfect!

I looove this so much, because this sheet is where I want to create fun learning activities and experiences throughout the week, so this sheet keeps me organized. I keep a fresh planning sheet right by my Monday Daily page to reference all week, with room to write craft ideas, experiments and field trip planning, plus room to write any supplies I might need to pick-up at the beginning of the week. Perfect as supplement for traditional homeschooling or unschooling moms.

Creating a Home Organizing Plan


I have been feverishly organizing my home and plan to keep on going to the end of my 31-day challenge. I wanted to go over how you create a plan, first, before you dive into your organizing. This step is important. Without it, you won't have the motivation to keep going, because as we have discussed before, when you write your goals, it is a statement of intention. You also can see your progress, are more apt to stay the course, and let's face it, it feels good to accomplish something we've set-out to do. Checking it off after completion is such satisfaction!

My last post recommended writing your goals in your Planner Perfect planners in the month you plan to organize. March is the perfect time, as in April, we can pull up our sleeves and tackle the spring cleaning. If you don't have a Planner Perfect planner yet, you can create your own simply, and you can find out how in my eBook, or use some regular, good ol' loose leaf and keep in a binder. I've gotten our basement storage organized, as well as my homeschool cabinets and craft space. Another great aspect about writing the plan of my organizing endeavors is that I can go back and write anything I need to buy to make it better or more organized and pretty. 

Here are some of my favorite pins that I've been using for inspiration, as well as the knowledge that purging is my first quest when beginning my organizing. My poor husband unloaded 8 bags of trash cleaning out our back storage as well as the homeschool/craft cabinet. Yeesh! You know it's bad when you find your oldest daughter's, Girl Scout Handbook from 10 years past, in the cabinet! 
image from mail manor blog

I like the space for more towels above the toilet and that way it's clearly visible the towels available. I'm going to do this for my kids' bath; they're always grabbing towels out of my bathroom! 

Shelves like these would be nice for more room. If you're a DIY chic or your hubby is handy, perfect for a more organized space.


image from bannerboutique.blogspot.com

I like the cube shelves for extra organizing potential. My laundry room is small and want to implement this...

I am sure I need to try this. Do you think the kids will keep it this way?


Handy! Perfect for all our organizing!! Find it over at tip junkie.


Next time, I'll share some of my planning for my organizing in my planner. Until next time...carry on! 

What tips do you have for your home organization plan?


31 Days to Get Organized



Spring is coming and I can't wait! It's time to start planning our spring cleaning, pull our spring decor out from its long hibernation, and get inspired to make our homes more organized. We have been sick since Christmas, so I'm ready to throw dirty, winter boots out into the garage, and they can take their winter coats along with them! 

So needless to say, my March Goal section have quite a few pages. I want to organize the heck out of my home. All the closets, the mud room, laundry room, linen and homeschool closets and what was I thinking with my kids' bathroom? Nothing breeds inspiration like a new season. 

The New Planner Perfect planner has gone through beauty changes!
Look for the Planner Perfect planner's new design and printable feature coming soon!!
We're going to take the whole month of March to get organized and in April, we deep clean. So for now, we're going to focus on organization. I have some incredible organizational pins on Pinterest and my site. You'll want to check it out and get your creative/DIY side brewing. One great element to planning out your organizing for the month in the Planner Perfect planner is you have room to write the details of what you need (or want) to buy or create. You can budget accordingly and buy as budget allows. I like the idea of a full month allowance or goal, to get the organization done. This can be fun! I mean, Pinterest alone will give you all the inspiration you need...so pin away and write out your favorites in your planner, the rooms you're going to organize. 

Use the whole month to execute the organizing guru in you. Get out those planners, get inspired, make a plan in your Goal pages, and let's get organized! 

See you on the flip side

Please share some organizing tips you'd like to share below...




How to Set Goals for Each Role You Play


We all wear many hats, we call those our roles in life. As mothers we'll also have many subroles in which I'm sure you're all familiar with. Today I'm going to talk about how to set goals for each role you play and this will also take care of any subroles you have such as your kids' taxi driver, nurse, and short-order cook, to name a few. This talk will also help you take off a hat or two because too many roles muddles our focus and we become mediocre in a lot of things instead of masters of few. 

What roles do you play?

Examples might be: Mother, Writer, Wife, Sister, Friend, Mentor, Leader, Artist...and so on.

On a piece of paper write your roles you play and a vision for each. This doesn't have to be lengthy, but some details are a good thing. What kind of mother do you want to be? What is your vision you have for being your children's mother and what do you want your children to say about you? How about you as a sister, a wife, mentor? Don't forget your personal goal you are pursuing which will fall under a role, too. What is your vision for each role? Can you see how understanding each role and having goals for each, can keep you on track with a clear vision and focus? Everything you do will have purpose and intent. Keep these goals in your January Goal section in your planners as a reminder and statement of intent as you begin the new year. This will keep the rest of your planning headed in the right direction. We aren't just planning our days, we are planning our lives! 

We all need a plan or we are going to be living very mediocre lives. Are you headed in the right direction? Do you have a vision for your life? Defining each role helps break it down.

What kind of roles do you play and what hat or two could you toss to the wayside to help improve your life?


How This Could Be Holding You Back from Reaching Your New Year's Goals


Every year holds such promise for a fresh start; a new beginning. But our optimism and willpower usually wanes as we carve out a couple months into our new year. I've been going over how we can plan better to become more and going over Planner Perfect's, 7-step Method, in greater detail in which you can find here. Today I'm going to cover the 5th step, writing your Mission Statement. Knowing and scripting your mission statement for your life is vital for personal growth and without it, could hold you back from attaining your goals this year. 

Why?

Because when you take the time to know and discover yourself, to understand and use your talents, pray and daily ask God to show you how to use your talents for His purpose and your calling, it creates a statement of intention for your life; an aim. This statement of intent keeps your focus. It enables you to say no when you need to, it keeps you committed, and keeps you invigorated and on track without losing steam. 


This is what will keep you on your goals and with the right focus. When everything you do has purpose behind it, it gets done; you're owning these goals! I encourage you to read more on how to write your Mission Statement, here, for my previous post with all the details. Your mission statement is going to be personal. You can write one for your family and you, personally. Today's post is all about your personal mission statement. 

So this year, determine your mission statement for the year and write this in your January Goal section of your planner. Or if you've recently purchased a Planner Perfect planner, there will be a, Mission Statement, sheet just for you, ready to fill out to keep you focused and on point for your year.

Tomorrow we're going to talk about each role you play and the goals and vision needed for each role. See you tomorrow.

Have you written your mission statement?

Friday, April 18, 2014

One Trick to Get More Done


I have found my trick to getting more done. Rising early. Like, 5 a:m early.

It can sound like a nightmare, can't it? But let me tell you something, it will actually change your life.

Haven't we all felt as though there is never enough time in the day to get it all done? Kids are time suckers. They don't care about time. They want us, they have needs, they love to dawdle, they have meltdowns, the list goes on and on. Pile on top of this: laundry, cleaning, homeschool lessons, the grocery store, the library, making dinner and our shower and yeah, where did the time go? 

I think us moms, we understand that getting up before the kids enables us a few moments before the onslaught of our day begins, but something about 5 o' clock early, that's a game changer. Something happens in the brain when you plan to wake every morning at 5 a.m. to accomplish things you need to do before your family wakes up. After reading the book, The Early To Rise Experience: Learn To Rise Early in 30 Days (Early To Rise Series) , I now know, that I needed to make rising early a must if I wanted to get more time out of my days, thusly becoming more organized, and having more time to be with my kids. I am more in control instead of always feeling like I'm racing against the clock. 

Finally, I've found the trick to getting the most out of my days, becoming more organized, and having more me time. I've had my devotions and coffee, I've checked emails, and sat in silence. I now have time to start my load of laundry, get breakfast dishes available as they all slowly start to trickle down the stairs, and sometimes I'm able to even get my shower in before the baby wakes up! Wow! I'm rolling now and it's only 8 a.m.! I'm feeling, pretty. dang. good. 

Now, this doesn't mean you have less sleep. You make sure you get your butt in bed early. Test your time and go by what feels best to you. If going to bed at ten and waking by five, makes you feel fantastic all day...you now you've found your groove. 

So here's to you! And me. And all the mamas who rise early to get the most out of their day.

Will you rise to the challenge?

Monday, April 14, 2014

Planners Ready to Print

Planner Perfect is now available as a printable on Etsy!




What you get and what's new:

Three different, predated calendar designs from January 2014 ~ March 2015

New look for the Daily Page divider

New look for the Mission Statement and inside Front Cover insert

Front outside cover, large Daisy to slip into front sleeve of view binders

New Meal Planning, Weekly Cleaning & Homeschooling printable planning sheets

Planner Perfect's eBook, A Fresh Idea On Organizing Your Life, included with all, full-set planner purchases





The new chevron print using black and grey colors


 The new calendar for this year is in soft, seaside colors with a feminine font. Name of the month now scripted on the tabs. All calendars have cute flags at the top to dress up the days of the week


Black damask pattern is back with a bolder design. Beautiful!


Your Goal page is behind each calendar to prompt the following pages to be your goals for the month... 


Daily page has the daisy and is the divider for your daily agenda


Front cover page. Image shown using the Arc binder. One advantage of using the Arc binder system (found at Staples) is that your full-size planner will be as thick as large notebook. No bulk, easy to use, and totally worth it to plan your life. 


 New!! Planning sheets for your weekly cleaning, Meal planning and Homeschooling. They are invaluable to me and the perfect insert for the Planner Perfect planners!




Plan your meals for every day of the week with room at the bottom to write your plan for your Baking Day. On the right hand side, plan your breakfast, lunches and dinners, too. It even has a space to write the source for the recipe you're using for quick recipe look-up come dinner time. 

I can't tell you how much I love this sheet inserted in my planner at the beginning of each week. My grocery list follows on the next page where I simply tear out and go. The planned menu sheet stays in my planner to reference each week.

This sheet is wonderful to create an action plan for your cleaning each week. Needs can change each week so you can print a new sheet for each and keep by your Monday's Daily page , or you can use as a master cleaning chart for the week keeping this in your Goal section. This handy sheet lists the day of the week with room to write you cleaning plan with a cleaning supply need list on the right. Perfect!

I looove this so much, because this sheet is where I want to create fun learning activities and experiences throughout the week, so this sheet keeps me organized. I keep a fresh planning sheet right by my Monday Daily page to reference all week, with room to write craft ideas, experiments and field trip planning, plus room to write any supplies I might need to pick-up at the beginning of the week. Perfect as supplement for traditional homeschooling or unschooling moms.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Creating a Home Organizing Plan


I have been feverishly organizing my home and plan to keep on going to the end of my 31-day challenge. I wanted to go over how you create a plan, first, before you dive into your organizing. This step is important. Without it, you won't have the motivation to keep going, because as we have discussed before, when you write your goals, it is a statement of intention. You also can see your progress, are more apt to stay the course, and let's face it, it feels good to accomplish something we've set-out to do. Checking it off after completion is such satisfaction!

My last post recommended writing your goals in your Planner Perfect planners in the month you plan to organize. March is the perfect time, as in April, we can pull up our sleeves and tackle the spring cleaning. If you don't have a Planner Perfect planner yet, you can create your own simply, and you can find out how in my eBook, or use some regular, good ol' loose leaf and keep in a binder. I've gotten our basement storage organized, as well as my homeschool cabinets and craft space. Another great aspect about writing the plan of my organizing endeavors is that I can go back and write anything I need to buy to make it better or more organized and pretty. 

Here are some of my favorite pins that I've been using for inspiration, as well as the knowledge that purging is my first quest when beginning my organizing. My poor husband unloaded 8 bags of trash cleaning out our back storage as well as the homeschool/craft cabinet. Yeesh! You know it's bad when you find your oldest daughter's, Girl Scout Handbook from 10 years past, in the cabinet! 
image from mail manor blog

I like the space for more towels above the toilet and that way it's clearly visible the towels available. I'm going to do this for my kids' bath; they're always grabbing towels out of my bathroom! 

Shelves like these would be nice for more room. If you're a DIY chic or your hubby is handy, perfect for a more organized space.


image from bannerboutique.blogspot.com

I like the cube shelves for extra organizing potential. My laundry room is small and want to implement this...

I am sure I need to try this. Do you think the kids will keep it this way?


Handy! Perfect for all our organizing!! Find it over at tip junkie.


Next time, I'll share some of my planning for my organizing in my planner. Until next time...carry on! 

What tips do you have for your home organization plan?


Monday, February 24, 2014

31 Days to Get Organized



Spring is coming and I can't wait! It's time to start planning our spring cleaning, pull our spring decor out from its long hibernation, and get inspired to make our homes more organized. We have been sick since Christmas, so I'm ready to throw dirty, winter boots out into the garage, and they can take their winter coats along with them! 

So needless to say, my March Goal section have quite a few pages. I want to organize the heck out of my home. All the closets, the mud room, laundry room, linen and homeschool closets and what was I thinking with my kids' bathroom? Nothing breeds inspiration like a new season. 

The New Planner Perfect planner has gone through beauty changes!
Look for the Planner Perfect planner's new design and printable feature coming soon!!
We're going to take the whole month of March to get organized and in April, we deep clean. So for now, we're going to focus on organization. I have some incredible organizational pins on Pinterest and my site. You'll want to check it out and get your creative/DIY side brewing. One great element to planning out your organizing for the month in the Planner Perfect planner is you have room to write the details of what you need (or want) to buy or create. You can budget accordingly and buy as budget allows. I like the idea of a full month allowance or goal, to get the organization done. This can be fun! I mean, Pinterest alone will give you all the inspiration you need...so pin away and write out your favorites in your planner, the rooms you're going to organize. 

Use the whole month to execute the organizing guru in you. Get out those planners, get inspired, make a plan in your Goal pages, and let's get organized! 

See you on the flip side

Please share some organizing tips you'd like to share below...




Friday, January 10, 2014

How to Set Goals for Each Role You Play


We all wear many hats, we call those our roles in life. As mothers we'll also have many subroles in which I'm sure you're all familiar with. Today I'm going to talk about how to set goals for each role you play and this will also take care of any subroles you have such as your kids' taxi driver, nurse, and short-order cook, to name a few. This talk will also help you take off a hat or two because too many roles muddles our focus and we become mediocre in a lot of things instead of masters of few. 

What roles do you play?

Examples might be: Mother, Writer, Wife, Sister, Friend, Mentor, Leader, Artist...and so on.

On a piece of paper write your roles you play and a vision for each. This doesn't have to be lengthy, but some details are a good thing. What kind of mother do you want to be? What is your vision you have for being your children's mother and what do you want your children to say about you? How about you as a sister, a wife, mentor? Don't forget your personal goal you are pursuing which will fall under a role, too. What is your vision for each role? Can you see how understanding each role and having goals for each, can keep you on track with a clear vision and focus? Everything you do will have purpose and intent. Keep these goals in your January Goal section in your planners as a reminder and statement of intent as you begin the new year. This will keep the rest of your planning headed in the right direction. We aren't just planning our days, we are planning our lives! 

We all need a plan or we are going to be living very mediocre lives. Are you headed in the right direction? Do you have a vision for your life? Defining each role helps break it down.

What kind of roles do you play and what hat or two could you toss to the wayside to help improve your life?


Wednesday, January 8, 2014

How This Could Be Holding You Back from Reaching Your New Year's Goals


Every year holds such promise for a fresh start; a new beginning. But our optimism and willpower usually wanes as we carve out a couple months into our new year. I've been going over how we can plan better to become more and going over Planner Perfect's, 7-step Method, in greater detail in which you can find here. Today I'm going to cover the 5th step, writing your Mission Statement. Knowing and scripting your mission statement for your life is vital for personal growth and without it, could hold you back from attaining your goals this year. 

Why?

Because when you take the time to know and discover yourself, to understand and use your talents, pray and daily ask God to show you how to use your talents for His purpose and your calling, it creates a statement of intention for your life; an aim. This statement of intent keeps your focus. It enables you to say no when you need to, it keeps you committed, and keeps you invigorated and on track without losing steam. 


This is what will keep you on your goals and with the right focus. When everything you do has purpose behind it, it gets done; you're owning these goals! I encourage you to read more on how to write your Mission Statement, here, for my previous post with all the details. Your mission statement is going to be personal. You can write one for your family and you, personally. Today's post is all about your personal mission statement. 

So this year, determine your mission statement for the year and write this in your January Goal section of your planner. Or if you've recently purchased a Planner Perfect planner, there will be a, Mission Statement, sheet just for you, ready to fill out to keep you focused and on point for your year.

Tomorrow we're going to talk about each role you play and the goals and vision needed for each role. See you tomorrow.

Have you written your mission statement?