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Between my home business, my family, and my church I feel like a woman on the run these days. I’m busier than I’ve ever been in my life and while I love it, I can get absentminded when my schedule is busy. Planning is my jam and my paper planner is my control center. I have a running joke with my friends that if it’s not in the planner, it’s not going to happen. And it’s true. I take time to map out my months, weeks, and days to help ensure I’m where I need to be and completing what I need to complete to ensure I don’t drop the ball in any area of my life. Some people are great at keeping it together on their own. I’m not. So I rely on my planner.
Since my schedule has to be flexible, I try to not physically write anything down in my planner until the week beforehand. I use sticky notes and pencil in the meantime, but one of my more helpful tools has been a monthly task planner insert that I can laminate to reuse over and over again. These inserts help me to remember what needs to be done each and every month, week, and day so that I can be as productive as possible.
To create these inserts, I simply start by opening a word document on my computer and listing out things that I need to ensure I complete each month. For me, the list looks something like the following: birthdays, school calendars, kids haircuts, nail appointment, take inventory, mail out newsletter, and the list goes on. I complete the list and then print it out.
Next I trim it to fit inside my planner.
Then I measure and trim a piece of patterned paper to a slightly larger size and glue my list to it. Paper addicts love an excuse to use pretty paper, ha!
Then I laminate the entire thing and trim it down before securing it to a coil clip that fits inside my planner’s coil.
Since it’s laminated I can cross off my monthly tasks as I complete them and I can reuse the insert all year long. I also use it when I sit down to map out my months, ensuring I make time to complete each item and schedule it accordingly.
As a busy work from home mom, stay organized is essential to being efficient and saving time. Solutions that save me time, like the planner insert, are a great way for me to be able to remember things I’d otherwise forget; like eating. Hence the if it’s not in the planner, it’s not going to happen joke. I’m notorious for getting so wrapped up in my to do list that I forgot to eat or snack throughout the day. While I have mad love for my planner and lists, I’ve got equal love for my easy grab and go snacks like the Special K Nourish® Bars and Special K Nourish® Bites, which I can easily toss in my purse and enjoy throughout my day.
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The Nourish Bars in Cranberry Almond are my bae for life, the perfect combination of sweet and salty, chewy and crunchy; plus they contain 8 grams of protein. The bites are the perfect way to satisfy my sweet tooth. You have to try the Dark Chocolate Pistachio, sisters. Trust me. The bites are these convenient little poppable bits that are perfect for on the go.
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