Plan ahead. That is something I’ve definitely had to adapt to. I was double booking myself and making life harder than it needed to be! I’m sharing some tips on how to plan ahead more often than not.
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I was recently trying to set up a date with one of my girlfriends. She was laughing at me because I was literally giving her dates one and two months out. Sometimes, I do hate it. I mean, why am I so busy and my schedule so full?! Well, because that’s life, right? We have families, work, and goals to accomplish! So why not be ahead of the game? Stop overbooking yourself and still fit in some “me time”.
KEEP A CALENDAR HANDY AT ALL TIMES
This has been key for me! I love my Classic Happy Planner but it’s a little on the large size and I’m not a “big purse” type of woman. So, when they came out with the Mini Happy Planner I was sold. It’s perfect to keep in my purse and pull out whenever I need to jot down a date or check my availability. This is my planner of choice, but all you need is a simple monthly layout calendar or even your cell phone calendar to keep all your important dates scheduled.
Tip: Get an “undated” calendar just in case you happen to not use it for a month or so. You won’t feel bad or waste the calendar pages.
WRITE ALL DATES DOWN IMMEDIATELY
As soon as someone invites you to go out, you get a wedding invitation in the mail, or you schedule a doctors appointment; write it down!!! Even if it is two months away, put it on a sticky note and place it on that month’s calendar. Now I say write it down because I went back to the “old school” way of doing things. I don’t rely on my cell phone calendar anymore. That messed me up! Sometimes I’d select the wrong date or time and technology doesn’t always have your back. But pen and paper do!!!
CREATE A FAMILY & FRIENDS BIRTHDAY CALENDAR
I’m lucky that my dad’s side of the family has one of these already made for us. My sweet aunt compiled everyone’s birthday’s and anniversary’s in one spreadsheet for us to have. If you can get this all on paper, you won’t miss another birthday or anniversary again! Plus, you can a head start on budgeting for birthday gifts and have an idea of when to expect a birthday party invitation. I took the liberty of creating a free printable for you so you can begin to track all your family and friends birthdays. Yay! You are welcome.
TRACK REOCURRING APPOINTMENTS
This one is an easy one but it’s also easy to forget because it’s so far in advance. As soon as you finish a monthly or yearly visit to the doctor, the office will schedule you that same day for your next visit. Do it! Take the appointment card with you or put the date on your phone. As soon as you get home, write it down on a sticky note in your planner. You can also add and track your next oil change, follow-up appointments on blood work, dental cleanings, etc.
MAKE TIME TO PLAN!
You can’t plan ahead if you don’t plan at all, duh! I sit down on either Friday nights or Sunday’s and plan for the upcoming week. About 2 weeks before the new month rolls around, I will go to that month and start marking down any dates I have on the sticky note or in my mini happy planner.
These are just a few things that have helped me keep life on track. It’s all about discipline and staying consistent with your planning. Not only does it help keep track of important dates, appointments and holidays. It’s also very helpful when you are trying to stay on a budget and reach certain financial goals. Over spending before an important purchase or doctor bill is never a good thing, right? Remeber, don’t wait to write something down because 9 times out of 10, you will forget! Happy planning!!!
Have any planning tips or questions for me? Shoot me a note in the comments.
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