Simplify Your Life: Through Organization {Scheduling}

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Woah, it’s Friday already!?!  They say that time flies when you’re having fun, but I also say it flies when you’re trying to cram a lot of activities into your schedule.  There just never seems to be enough of this stuff, time, to go around when you’re trying to tackle all of the household chores, meal planning and day to day activities with family and work.  How does one manage to keep up with the ever spinning hands of the clock?

Get organized…that’s how.

If it weren’t for my iPhone, I would never make it to a single meeting, doctor’s appointment or Zumba class on time!  But not everyone has the luxury of having a smart phone (or knowing how to use it to it’s fullest potential) so that’s when paper planners become life savers.  

Honestly, I duplicate the entries from my iPhone on a paper planner as well because you just never know when your phone battery is going to die…or go swimming with you by accident, so it’s always best to have a backup plan!  And that’s where “This is My Life Planner” created by my dear friend Melissa of A Virtuous Woman, comes in handy.

I already have been keeping a paper planner to help me keep track of my blogging schedule and what topics I wish to cover in the coming weeks and months, so when Melissa came out with her new planners, I jumped at the chance to get the rest of my schedule under control.  
As you can see, her designs are fun, vibrant and super user-friendly!  Grab yourself a fun colored pen (to go with the fun designs of each page) and start filling it out.  Some of my favorite pages include:

  • Special Days to Remember – This is great, as it provides numerous lines to fill in with birthdays, anniversaries and other special events coming up in the year!  Super helpful if you want to get cards sent out in time to help celebrate the event.
  • This is My Life – There are a variety of these pages throughout the year, that provide a list of chores that you can check off once they are completed (or what days they are to be done), a chart (sheer genius!) that helps you to keep track whether or not you’ve consumed your allotted 7 glasses of water a day, as well as a space to write other important notes for the week.
  • How Do I Spend My Time – Another incredible insert in this planner allows you to write out all of the tasks that you take on in a day’s time.  It’s sometimes shocking to see how much time is spent either wasting time or doing things that are not fruitful to your overall goals for the day, week, month or year!

These are only a sample of the 144 pages included in this planner!  And it’s only $5.95!

(This is a great deal, especially when a simple monthly calendar at Target costs $9.99!)

So I just reviewed some of the easy ways that you can organize your time, find ways to consolidate tasks and determine how make better use of your available time, but one of the other amazing tracking pages included in the “This is My Life Planner” is the weekly menu plan!

Now that I am starting the next Proverbs 31 Ministries Online Bible Study, Made to Crave, this page alone is worth the $5.95!  Though I have logged my calories at Myfitnesspal.com regularly, having a physical, paper log of my food intake is much more powerful.  It allows me to see if my meals are balanced and if I am getting the right nutrients my body needs.  

The Weekly Menu Planner is also great when it comes to the weekly chore of grocery shopping.  Schedule out a bit of time to plan ahead for the coming week.  What types of foods are you in the mood to eat?  What types of foods should you be eating more of?  Include these in your weekly plan and take it along with you to the store.  If the item is not an ingredient needed for any of the meals/snacks you have planned for, then it doesn’t belong in your cart.  

So not only is it a great way to keep track of what you’re putting in your body, it’s also a great way to track where your money is going!

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“This is My Life Planner” is only one of the many planners that Melissa at A Virtuous Woman has available, as well as Add on packs!  You can customize your planner to the needs of your lifestyle and that of your family.  
Below are FREE printables that I have utilized in my 2014 paper planner, including the Monthly Blog Planner (by Confessions of a Homeschooler), Editable Meal Planning (by Counting Change Again) and Add ons to the “This is My Life Planner” (A Virtuous Woman).


Editable Meal Planning

Free Printables

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  1. These planner pages look terrific! I like how seeing how you set up your binder. I have a day planner I use, but no iphone or hi-tech planners for me yet. I do,however, like using binders for things like menu planning and homeschool scheduling. Thank you for your review and the extra links!

    1. Thank you for your comments. Happy you enjoyed! The binder is super helpful, having everything (different planning/scheduling) in it’s own place and easy to keep track of. It’s organization in itself!

  2. The weekly meal planning is where I cry out for help. Seriously hate doing that, but your sheets look inspiring! Visiting via “Faith Filled Friday’ link up from over at http://www.ritewhileucan.com P.S. I really enjoyed the ‘Made to Crave’ book I am sure you will too.

    1. I really look forward to reading Made to Crave! I struggle with keeping track of my meals, but in the couple of weeks that I’ve been using the sheets from the “This is My Life Planner” I’ve found it easier. It’s sometimes easier when you have something tangible to keep you on track. Best of luck to you!

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