I love the beginning of a new month just as much as I love the end of a month. In the beginning of a month, I get to print another month’s planner pages and I make sure this month matches across all my calendars.
Yes, I’m a nerd. I don’t apologize for it.
So, I’ve already gone over how I close out a month. Today we’ll go over how I open a new month. February’s pages were printed in January, so right now I’m just confirming everything is still accurate in terms of appointments.
Have you noticed a theme yet? I am always reviewing my planner. Beginning of the month, end of the month, weekly and almost daily. This is how I live. I’m not stressed about appointments. I’m not OCD about my planner, unable to function if everything isn’t perfect. But one of my anxiety triggers is the fear of the unknown. Not having a plan. By being on top of my schedule, I’m able to be flexible. So if a customer needs to come to the house to pick up an order, I know when I have a window of availability.
Most of the time, I’m writing appointments on my monthly calendar.
Most of the time, this calendar matches my calendar on my phone that I share with my son. In this case – I had appointments on both my phone and calendar that didn’t match, so I added them. Then made sure those appointments were on the daily pages. This repetitive scheduling creates a neural pathway in my brain telling me to remember something.
I am meticulous in my planning and scheduling. I’m not saying everyone has to use my methods. Develop your own. But remember – you only get as much out of your planner as you put in. If you’re meticulous, like I am, your planner will help you stay on top of everything and everyone’s schedule – no matter how many people you have in your family.
Until next time,