So today I wanted to share how I set myself up for a successful day, and by doing this I set myself up for a successful week, month and year!
Now I’m an early riser and usually, unless something special is going on, Sunday morning’s between 6-7 is my time to set myself up for a successful week. But if you aren’t a morning person don’t worry, just pick the evening that will work best for you every week and give that a try. This is just what usually works best for me J
Anyway first thing I do is get a cup of coffee or tea made, grab my blanket, and my essential tools: My purse planner, my house binder, my budget binder, and an assortment of pretty pens (I mean who doesn’t like pretty pens!?) Occasionally I put some music softly on in the background but nothing with vocals, no TV, or radio to where you can become distracted by what is being said. This is a time to sit and focus and I promise it is well worth the time invested in the end!
First thing I do when organizing my day is I begin by whipping out my purse planner. This is where I keep track of bill due dates, birthdays, outings, appointments, special occasions, etc. As soon as I get a notification that my phone bill is due this day in the next month or the next Dentist appointment is this day and time, I jot it down in this little beauty instantly. This keeps me on track and once it’s written down I don’t have to constantly search old emails to find out if it’s due next week. Peace of mind & saving time, that’s what this is all about! So I go over this first, because this planner affects how our budget needs to be adjusted for that month, and what our meal and house cleaning plans need to be tweaked around. Basically this is my master tool!
Once I make sure the Planner is up to date, I will compare it to my House Binder, in this I plan for our meals each pay period and also what days we need to do the house work to keep it all nice and clean.
And most important is updating and glancing over my Budget binder to make sure it all looks good and everything financially is on track. My husband and I sit down every payday for 10 minutes and put together the budget. We have long term financial plans too that we revisit once a month for 30 minutes to make sure we are still on the same page together!
At most this might take you 2 hours the first time you do this (maybe longer if you really don’t have anything for a schedule written out anywhere). But for me I spend maybe 20-30 minutes every Sunday on it. This gives me a game plan for how my week is going to go, where we are going after work, what days we need to grocery shop or clean on, and so forth. It really just makes the whole week pretty effortless for me and I like to have things planned out so I know exactly how much time I’m blogging this day or how much relaxing me time I have that day, or if the hubby and I want to be spontaneous I just quickly glance at the planner and if it’s not something pressing we just go! 🙂