Tag: planner

Top 5 Reasons to Use a Paper Planner

I’ve seen several posts on social media over the past few days about planners. Most of the posts were asking what kind of planner others use and why. I noticed a lot of comments from people asking why someone would want to use a paper planner instead of an app, to-do list, or calendar on their phone. I even had a discussion with a friend the other night about my planners and the person thought I was crazy for wanting to “write” stuff out when I have a computer that could very easily organize all my information. I have been using a Classic Happy Planner for two years now and I love it. I actually decided this year to add a Mini Happy Planner to the mix. My Happy Planner is mostly for myself – I put everything in there that I need to do to take care of the house, the kids, and my online business. I picked up a Mini so that I could keep track of our bills and other important information that doesn’t make me quite as “happy!” I understand that some people think it’s silly with all the technology at our fingertips these days, but here are my Top 5 Reasons for Using a Paper Planner (or two)!

1. Accountability

There’s something about writing things out that makes me more productive. I like to think about what I want to accomplish in a day or week and write it out. Once it’s written, I look forward to completing the task – no matter what it is – so I can check it off. It holds me accountable and putting that little check mark next to the item makes me feel good!

2. Keeping Organized

I like to plan my week out on Sundays. I write in everything that’s going on that week – appointments, phone calls that need to be made, bills that need to be paid, chores, meals, projects, activities for the kids, and family activities.

3. Tracking Habits

I am currently trying to drink more water, so I made a small tracker to add to my weekly spread that I can track how many glasses of water I drink in a day. I also want to make more time for myself, so I am going to attempt to write one thing I’ve done for myself every day. I know a lot of people like to track other things such as fitness, foods, moods, etc. These are all terrific ideas and, who knows, maybe I’ll add something else in as the year progresses.

4. It’s NOT Digital

That’s right, I want to use a paper planner because it isn’t on my computer, phone, or tablet. I spend enough time on these things for business, shopping, and social media. It’s a nice break.

5. Creative Time

It gives me some time for myself at least once a week and I get to have a little creative/crafty time. Between stickers, washi tapes, and pretty pens, I’m all set!

 

So there you have it – My Top 5 Reasons for Using a Paper Planner! If you use a paper planner, I’d love to hear your reasons.

-Denise

 

Posts on Happy Little Wife contain affiliate links. When you make a purchase through an affiliate link, your price will be the same, but Happy Little Wife will receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting me.

 





Goal-Setting Worksheet – FREE Printable!

It’s easy to say I’m going to do something, but does it always happen? Nope. Not always. Why? Because I over-plan in my head. I’m really good at holding myself accountable when I write things, whether it be in my Happy Planner, a notebook, or on a printable.

I created this Goal Setting Worksheet to help keep me on track for my own 40 Days Challenge. My plan is to take 10-20 minutes each day to work on one of the tasks on my list. For me, 10-20 minutes is completely do-able. If I disappear for any longer than that, who knows what kind of catastrophes will occur elsewhere in the house! My kids really love to be “good helpers” so I’m sure I can even assign them a little job alongside me while I de-clutter the linen closet.

Because I’m also focusing on creating a more peaceful home, I’ve decided that I need to also give myself a little “me time.” I need to have a little quiet time – time to decompress a bit and re-charge. I typically don’t stop. I’m always doing something. So if I have a little list for myself with cute little check-boxes, I will most likely feel responsible to sit myself down for 10 minutes or so at some point during the day (or even at the end of the day) so that I can cross something off my list! This will also mean that my “me-time” will not involve any electronic devices. 😉

I’ve included a “Note to Self” section on my worksheet because I think it’s important to remember what my ultimate goals are for my home. I plan on focusing on one thing each week, but not forgetting it after the week is over… the goal is to make these little goals the new norm in our house.

Here’s an example of my worksheet for this week:

If you’re ready to set your goals, go ahead and print eight copies of my worksheet and put them in a folder so that it’s one less task to do each week. You’ll be able to sit down and write out your tasks. Don’t worry about writing on every line – write what YOU know YOU can do!

♥ Denise

Posts on Happy Little Wife contain affiliate links. When you make a purchase through an affiliate link, your price will be the same, but Happy Little Wife will receive a small commission. Thank you for supporting me.

© 2019 Happy Little Wife

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑

%d bloggers like this: