When The Cat Pukes on Your Planner-Thoughts on Messy Signs From God

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I know what you’re probably thinking to yourself…EW- who would ever write about cat puke on  anything, let alone their planner.

Well, friends, welcome to my world. It’s a place that is fun to visit, but if you are queasy, you do not want to live here with me. Quite honestly, I think God has unique ways of communicating with His children. I know that for me, when there is a point to be made or a lesson that I need to learn, God clearly shares when His ways and my ways are not in alignment. Sometimes this is a messy lesson for me.

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Confessions and a Word on Planner Peace

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I hear a lot of people talking about finding planner peace. I find this both amusing and alarming. I want to tell you a little secret. Lean in.

Since there is no perfect planner, you’ll find no planner peace.

Nothing this side of eternity is perfect, nothing here will satisfy you always. We are a restless people. Always seeking, never satisfied. We do it with every aspect of our lives. Once we can accept that this dis-contentedness leads us to distraction, we can begin to seek instead to be content and grateful for what is available now and get on with the business of living…and planning. Recognize this: satisfaction is but for a season, seasons change, as do we; as do our needs, and so shall our desires, goals and planner passions.

If you accept that your planner is like partner, able to change,  adapt, be flexible, then you will be free of the need to find something that is elusive anyway.

 

 

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Color Coding, Creativity and Calendars- Oh My!

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I have stated in earlier posts the importance of keeping things simple, however this is a relative expectation. For some it means one thing and others, something entirely different. Recently, I have had an epiphany about my planner style. After exploring and enjoying a bit of overly expressive calendar decorating in my planner, I have come to the conclusion that my goal for my planner is sweet, sane, simplicity. I need functional, reliable, basic layouts, with an emphasis on text not image. I prefer black and white. Or actually off white. Many of my Planner friends have extremely complicated color coding systems, in my opinion. But the fact is, it is not complicated to them. And that is all that matters. I prefer very simple highlighter accents. I have been using a very simple color coding system for a couple of months. I don’t use a lot of post its or stickers, because I realize they distract me. I use them but minimally. So, I am a “minimalist” planner person. I prefer to express my creativity more in my journal, or through other creative endeavors.

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Even More Top Tips For (Wanne Be) Planner People

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Welcome to Day 25 of the Planning with Purpose Series! This post will round out the previous posts, “Top Tips For (Wanna Be) Planner People” and “More Top Tips For (Wanna Be) Planner People” and give the final 4 Top Tips. Briefly here is a list of the tips we’ve covered so far. You can head on over to the posts if you want to get more detail.

 

1. There Can Be Only One

2. Check your planner daily

3. Keep it Simple

4. Master Your Tasks

5. Schedule “Renewal” Time

6. Don’t Plan to Eat an Elephant

 

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The Serenity Prayer (Modified) for Planner People

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 Dear Lord,

I lay my Planner and Plans before you this day,

Asking you,

the One who is the author

of the greatest Plan in history-

The One who is The Beginning and End

to look upon my days and plans

and show me

what is needful and what is not.

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