May Goal Setting

I honestly feel like April got away from me. It started off with a holiday, a Sunday away from work, and I think that shaking my routine up on the 1st of the month just threw me way off. I’ve definitely been looking forward to a new month, and I really plan to find balance this month. If you saw my May Plan with Me post then you know I mean business this month!

Before the whole move-the-restaurant-to-a-new-location craziness I had a wonderful amount of balance in my life. After working for years to create a workflow and an efficient system at our old location I was able to change my schedule from working 6 days a week at Ninong’s to 4 days a week. Because of this I was able to focus 2 days on my other businesses and have 1 day off. It was working really well – 40 hour work weeks, my house was clean, I had time for myself, it was great! Then the move was a reality. And life hasn’t been quite the same since.

This month “simple” is my key word. Keeping things simple  is such an important part of keeping productive. Letting go of unnecessary things in my life is going to be key here. If I let go of negativity and the unnecessary then I can make room for the important stuff like self care, time with family, and intentional/meaningful work. Honestly, I have to think it through a little more to make sure I take this plan into action this month but I know for sure a few things need to happen.

  1. Create and document a new work flow for Ninong’s.
  2. Train managers and employees on new systems.
  3. Block out my time each day and focus on 1 business during that block of time.
  4. Block out time at the end of every day to plan for the next.
  5. Do something that will bring me happiness once a day.

Another goal I want to continue is my 30 Day Blogging Challenge. I can’t believe it’s almost over. It’s challenging me to create a story from the every day and I’ve really enjoyed making it a part of my daily routine.

May will hopefully shape up to be an amazing month! How do you plan to crush it this month?

Xoxo,

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April Plan with Me

I though I’d start this Plan With Me series since using my planner has helped me so much with my productivity. For a scatter brain like me, having a planner of some kind is essential. Thoughts just slip into my mind and just as quickly slip right out. Having a space to jot things down has helped me remember things (as long as I remember to write it down in the first place)!

This month is kind of a transitional month for me with my planner. I saw on Twitter that Evernote shared a link on how to use bullet journals with their app and it piqued my interest. Though I’m not using Evernote for my planner, I thought I’d try and see if I could transition my paper planner into a digital one so I can go fully digital.

For the entire year of 2017 I carried my iPad Pro (and Apple Pencil) with me everywhere along with my planner. I’d dreamt of going fully digital for years but just couldn’t find a way to make it work for me. BUT! I think I’ve got it and I’m so excited about it lol (planner nerd over here)! More on that later. In the mean time, let me show you my set up for both my analog and digital planners.

For analog, I’m using the Happy Planner but just the bones of their system. I have the classic size and I bought the mini rings so that it wouldn’t be as bulky. I usually have 3 months worth of my planner with me at all times. I got this cute cover from HelloPrettyPlanner on Etsy.

I was so excited for spring and Easter that I decided to go with a simple and light color scheme – coral, green, and grey.

In my analog planner I have space for important dates, a cleaning list tracker, and health and fitness. I also have the planner essentials – month view and of course my weekly spread. I personally make space for my food log, a gratitude/blessings section, goals, social media stats, and notes.

So I know it’s more work, but I’m keeping 2 planners to see which one I like better. My analog planner and my digital planner. My digital planner is almost the same layout as the analog, but just with a few tweaks. Since I don’t have to split my layout into 2 like I do with the analog planner I designed a modified version of my analog template that I put onto my iPad Pro (using Dropbox). I also created a habit/finance/mood tracker vs. a cleaning list tracker so I can keep track of more than just my cleaning tasks.

TBH, I’m already loving my digital planner but I’m trying to be patient. I don’t like jumping into a new system so quickly, especially if the old system I had was working for me. That’s why even though it’s more work I’m keeping 2 planners lol. I know I know, it might sound crazy but I think my fellow planner addicts can sympathize!

If you have any layouts or suggestions on whether I should stay analog or go digital let me know!

Happy planning!

xoxo,

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