Where did January go? I swear. You wait around for the new year to start and poof! it’s here. Then you turn around and you’re a month into it already.
So, this is a blog about getting organized and using your planner. I’ve talked about some of my favorite tools and now I want to deep dive into getting the most out of your planner. No matter what kind of planner you have, it is just as important to record what has already happened as it is to record what will happen. Make sense? No? Okay.
How many of us keep our old months in our planner? I’m not talking about dailies or weeklies, but the month calendar. Sure, we record future appointments on the future months, but what about the months that have already passed? Why not record things that happened that month and keep the month in your planner until next year. It’s only taking up a couple pages. Use this to start tracking stuff. Weight loss, hair appointments, that time of the month. You don’t have to get rid of the old calendar and put a new one in for the tracker – use the old one.
Let’s look at December of last year.
So, I go through my dailies and write down things that I feel are important and I want to track. This is before I started using stickers. Maybe in a couple months I will have all my stickers done and I can show you how I really track my months.
I wrote down all my overtime days. Any meetings. Days that my son was sick. I also wanted to write down when I had a haircut. I do all of this to keep myself organized. So, I’m thinking for next month – when should I get my haircut? How long has it been? And I save this. I’m going to work on a new planner insert soon – my year in review. End of January is a good time to review the previous year. Same time I do my taxes. I can track spending patterns and doctor appointments.
It’s not a “What did I accomplish? I didn’t accomplish anything major, I’m going to go into a deep depression.” Don’t beat yourself up about the previous month. But also remember the saying “Those who don’t learn from history are bound to repeat it.” If we don’t track our accomplishments as well as our mistakes, we don’t learn and we keep running into the same cycle of overspending, underachieving. And we want to change that.
Track baby’s growth and appointments on this. Track weight loss. Don’t just forget about the previous month because it is in the past. Learn from it, set goals for the next month and move on.
If you want to print multiple calendars and track different things on different ones, go for it! This is your planner. This is your growth journey.
If you don’t want to go back and track the previous month – that’s also your prerogative (Bobby Brown). But if it is your goal to become more organized, to have important details at your fingertips, I highly suggest this method. It’s working for me. I test all my methods on myself before I bring them to you. I want to make sure these work and these aren’t a waste of time.
So, take a few minutes out of your day. Doesn’t have to be today. Schedule it for this weekend if you have to. But take the time and review your month. Then, get ready to kick butt next month.
Share time: What’s 1 thing you are going to track on your monthly calendars?
Until next time,