I would be lost without my Happy Planner! My weekly planning sessions each Friday night take about 30 minutes, but they set me up for a productive week. Here’s what I do:
- Start with a color palette and lay down basic stickers and washi in my usual pattern. I try not to spend too much time with this, but I’ve really found that stickers help things to stand out – and it’s fun! 🙂
- Look at my Google calendar and add in appointments, birthdays or other events. Paul and I use shared Google calendars to keep track of each other’s calendars.
- Look ahead on my Google calendar to plan for birthdays or holidays. I put a sticky note on any upcoming weeks to remind myself what day I need to have cards or packages in the mail for on-time arrival.
- Fill in weekly recurring tasks – here’s my current schedule:
- Monday: Dust
- Tuesday: Laundry (clothes) & Vacuum
- Wednesday: Clean Hall Bathroom
- Thursday: Laundry (clothes)
- Friday: Answer blog and YouTube comments/Clean Master Bathroom
- Saturday: Laundry (linens, towels and delicates), Sweep & Mop, Vacuum
- Sunday: Pay Bills, Make Grocery List & Menu Plan, Meal Prep
- Write each day’s blog post title with accompanying tasks (sharing on social media, linking up to blog hops, etc.)
- (Sunday night) Fill in the week’s menu plan and add daily reminders for meat that needs to be thawed, etc.
Each day I reference my planner multiple times, adding in tasks and crossing things off as I finish them. Leaving it open on the kitchen counter helps me to stay on task and motivates me to get things done.
If you’re looking for a simple way to increase your productivity at home (no matter if you are a stay at home wife or a full time working mom), try planning ahead with a weekly planning session!
Here’s the exact planner I’m using for 2019. I try to grab it during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales and never pay more than $15 for it. My stickers and planner decorating supplies usually come from the Dollar Tree and Target’s dollar spot, but I love having a book of Happy Planner stickers on hand as well.
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