*Originally featured on Phillybabybump.com
Let’s talk about stress for a minute…
Some people work well under stress. Me, I freak out under stress, but remarkably, I am more productive. Go figure. This kind of stress is actually called “good stress,” which does in deed make one more motivated and focused! Don’t believe me? Research it, it’s fascinating! Of course on the other hand, there is bad stress as well… I think we all know the definition of that! For me, bad stress equals emotional breakdowns, skin breakouts and being sick to my stomach with anxiety.
Some may say I live a stressful life. I call it busy. There’s a saying in my house that goes a little something like this, “If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it.” Somehow, we busy people always find time to accomplish things. I believe that being organized is how we can handle the good stress and beat the bad stress. Organization is a beautiful thing, literally. As found in the Erin Condren Life Planner, the most beautiful planner that I have ever laid eyes and hands on!
Pictures of The Erin Condren Life Planner from ErinCondren.com
Busy people HAVE to manage their time and honestly, I have never managed my time better than with this planner. It makes me “want” to plan! I mean, who doesn’t like to play with colorful pens and stickers? The bright colors and inspirational quotes keep me going and are so good for the soul!
I take bad-stress things out of my planner as much as possible or move them to more manageable days. So hopefully you Mommas (and soon to be Mommas) can take a moment to look through your days and decide if your activities are creating good stress or bad stress!
Short background story, I have a dear friend who knew of my busy schedule and found out that I like to kick it old school with a good ol’ daily pen-and-paper list. Call me crazy but I don’t use my smart devices that much when it comes to planning. There is just something fulfilling about crossing out something on a list! Being the sweetheart that she is, she surprised me and sent this planner. She even went to the extent of personalizing it with my family pictures (aww!). Needless to say, I love it!
How I Use My Planner
First off, it’s a two-part system, weekly planning on Sunday’s and then daily planning on week day nights. My sample picture below is what my planner would look like as I sit down on Sunday night and forecast my week. Obviously more things will come up during the week that I had not originally planned for, that’s when it’s nice to be able to take a quick glance at my planner and see where I can fit in other to do’s, appointments, commitments, dates, etc.
Top left corner: Thankful thought. These always set you in the right frame of mind!
Far left column: Weekly To Do List. I write down everything that I need to accomplish for the week including articles for my lifestyle blog, JustBrit. This list is extremely helpful in the evenings when I plan for the next day. I simply take things from this list and plug them into the next day.
Top row across: Mornings. This section are things that I’d like to accomplish before noon. It usually includes exercising of some sort. Some day’s I get to go to the gym by myself and other days we go out jogging together. Mornings are also when I get myself ready while baby naps, accomplish something from the weekly to do list and do grocery shopping or any other type of shopping. Stores are less crowded in the mornings!
Middle row across: Afternoons. I’ll attack a small part of the house to clean either with the help of my daughter (ok maybe she’s just playing with paper towel’s) or clean during her second nap. I also try to accomplish something else from the weekly list (while she naps) and meal prep depending on what’s for dinner.
Bottom row across: Evenings. Once my husband get’s home it’s family time, including dinner together. I can meal plan weeks in advance by using emeals.com, it sends you weekly menus and grocery lists (currently loving the ‘Budget Meal Plan’). Baby goes to bed at 7:00 and that’s when my husband and I relax together for a bit and then hit the books (homework). I’m a part time online student and he is an on-campus full time student with a part time job/internship. We call it “homework dates.” Oh yes and I always schedule out Friday night date nights (and babysitter), can’t forget that!
There you have it! A completely crazy week but yet oh so manageable with this planner!
Do you know a new Mom, or any Mom for that matter, who could use help organizing their life? Being on the receiving end, I have to tell you this was one of the most thoughtful and useful gifts I have ever received!
Check out Erin Condren LifePlanners. There are so many to choose from, or you can personalize them with your own pictures! If that’s not enough to convince you, just do a search for “Erin Condren Life Planner” on YouTube and you will get a glimpse of the devoted followers as well additional in-depth reviews.
Disclaimer: I am NOT being paid or sponsored to promote this planner. I just wanted to share the love!