“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” ~Anatole France
Welcome to my new series for October. Hands down this year my topic for the Nester’s 31 Days Series, had to be planners and planning. I am pretty excited about the topic and it is one that is near and dear to my heart. My own history with planner love started out many moons ago. Dinosaurs still roamed the earth. Life was simpler then.
OK, OK, but truthfully, life was simpler when I used my first planner. I was attending community college, working part time, and single. Friends, life was a breeze. I remember my first little At- A -Glance Agenda like it was yesterday. What prompted me to use a planner was actually my first Personal Training Job. Before then, I don’t know what I did…I just went to classes, worked wacky hours with little sleep and basically showed up, by the grace of God, in all the places I was supposed to be without much adieu.
Fast forward. I graduated to a Day Runner style planner once I began running my own Personal Training Business. It was like a rite of passage. That Planner went with me everywhere. I recall taking a trip to West Palm Beach in 1990, only to discover I had left my precious planner in the airport at some point. The feeling I had, felt as if I lost one of my best friends. My planner served as my partner, really. I realized I had every important business document in that one portable place the day it disappeared, including my, at the time, brand new “incorporation” papers. Miraculously, 3 days later, the airport phoned and told me my planner was safe and sound. Better still, also very convenient, it was in my own state. That experience was a quick education on what goes in the planner and what does not. However, my planner is still a very significant part of my life.
I have three books that are crucial to my peace of mind. My personal journal, my planner and my Bible. I have an abundance of the three. But most always, I keep one of each within reach.
This series, is not to sell you on a certain planner or planning system (That being said I will share my current system in an upcoming post). I have used many, both successfully and unsuccessfully. I have attended seminars taught by a number of time management specialists in the field of Planners, Planning and Time Management.
Let me put it this way: Using a planner is not unlike anything else in life available to optimize our ability to live our best life. It’s like an Exercise Program or Gym. If we use it, it is beneficial to us, right? If we don’t…not so much.
Investing time and money in something we do not use is not practical. It’s not the planner itself, or the exercise program, or the particular gym. All of which I have had much experience in as well!
It is the habit that is crucial. If we do not develop the planner habit, no planner or magical planner printable page is going to help us. If we don’t develop the exercise habit, no awesome program or gym membership is going to get us into shape.
In reality the key to success in both realms lies in our ability to persevere, stay flexible and adapt the planner (or program) to our specific need. Most importantly, we don’t throw the baby out with the bath water, right? Or the gym membership out. Well, actually if you are not using it, YES, you do. Go and cancel it. BUT, find another way to do what you know you need to do. I love the saying, “Where there is a will, there is a way.” It’s true. Set your mind, and it will be done. If the planner is not working, whether set up, sheets, or whatever…chuck it or them (or graciously give them away) BUT don’t you dare throw out the habit!
So whether you are a planner drop out, planner addict or downright planner phobic, I am here to shed some light, have some fun, share some insight, encouragement and resources with the hope I will help balance whatever end of the spectrum you are on, in your current planning season, for the good!
Please note: The posts will be short and include a practical tip, a quote, and a planner prayer/meditation daily.
I asked a few questions in my initial Planner Shout Out and will put them here as well to give you all a chance to ponder and respond in the comment section:
1.) Do you use a Planner ?
2.) If not why, and if so, what are the biggest challenges, obstacles you face in your day-to-day usage?
3.) If you do use a planner now, do you believe you are using it successfully, and if not, why not?
4.) What kind of tips would be most helpful for you to see here in October?
* Feel free to answer any or all of these!
Help me, help you! 😉
**One more thing: This will be the official “Landing Page” for all of the Planning with Purpose posts. You will be able to find a link to this post on my sidebar throughout October for easy access to each of the 31 Days here as they are available. I will do my best to get the link up as soon as it goes live, but if I overlook it, feel free to give me a holla!
Thanks for joining me on this journey, I look forward to seeing you here in the days ahead!
Day 3: KISS my …Planner
Day 4: The Planner’s Day Off
Day 5: Ode To The Master Planner
Day 11: Longing for Languid Days
Day 12: The Master Planner and Me
Day 14: Relinquishing Control
Day 18: The Planner-Journal Connection
Day 19: I’m Fascinated By His Love
Day 26: Praying and Living with Joy
Day 28: Why Some Days Require Pie
Day 31: The Impact of “Plans” Unforeseen
“Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that is the stuff life is made of.” ~Benjamin Franklin
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