tools to get organized

What are the tools to get organized?

tools to get organized
tools to get organized

What tools you need to get organized? What tools do you need to stay organized? It does vary individually, but there are some basics including the whys and hows.

Have you ever thought about putting together an organizing toolkit for yourself? I don’t mean a toolkit to get organized, I mean a toolkit that will help keep you organized! Who wouldn’t want one of those???

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1. Why do you need to gather your tools to get organized?

It saves your valuable resources! These resources are our most valuable commodities and we have to treat them as such. We have to make sure that we use them to the best of our advantage and not waste them!

  • It will save you time.  Next time you set off to “do the thing”, everything you need will be in one place; just grab that container and off you go.
  • It will save you money.  For example, I keep my gardening seeds all in one place (admittedly, it’s not a fancy container, it’s a reused Folger’s can), but I always check the can before I buy more so that I know what I already have.  If the packets were scattered all over the garage, I might end up buying more basil seeds when I still have some.
  • It will save you energy.  Many days I feel like energy is my most lacking resource and if I had to search the whole house just to find the things I need to clean the bathroom, it probably wouldn’t get done.  But having the bucket with everything makes it so easy to grab and go.

2. What kinds of tools do you need?

There are so many options that can streamline your life.  What would benefit you the most and give you back the resources I talked about above (time, money, and energy)?

  • What about a carrying device for your home cleaning supplies?  For example, a bucket or a caddy is especially handy for a multi-story house!
  • Do you send a lot of physical mail?  Put together your stationery, cards, and stamps (and for me, stickers) into one folder or binder so that everything is ready at your fingertips.  No more searching the junk drawer for those roaming stamps.
  • Do you run a side business out of your home?  I have an active shop on Poshmark and couldn’t never make it work if I didn’t keep all my wrapping and shipping supplies in one place.
  • Do you travel frequently?  Then you need a travel toolkit!  Whatever items you take on every trip, make sure you have duplicates and keep them packed (I’m looking at you, extra phone charger).

3. How do you put together your tools?

  • It truly does depend on the type of toolkit you’re trying to assemble.  Here are a few ideas that might help spark an idea!
    • Home cleaning, such as sponges, cleaners, rags, and grocery sacks
    • Stationery, such as greeting cards, return address labels, pretty pens, and fun stickers
    • Side business, such as inventory counts, finance tracking, supplies, and notebooks
    • Travel, such as extra chargers, mini toiletries, zip bags, and packing cubes
    • Planner supplies, such as dividers, stickers, pens, highlighters, and inserts
    • Gardening, such as seeds, trowels, gloves, and watering can
    • Sports kit for your little ones, such as baseball, soccer, football, ballet, or gymnastics
    • Party supplies, such as plates, napkins, plasticware, decorations, and tablecloths
  • And of course, the storage devices or containers are dependent on the type of kit.  As I said, my gardening seeds are in a Folger’s can but my stationery is in pretty folders and binders!
  • Have you considered that even electronic toolkits can be helpful?  Keeping your inbox organized and your documents in folders are all part of creating your own electronic toolkit.

Ultimately, your tools for getting organized are personalized based on what you need to accomplish. Make it your own and make it work for you!

Frequently Asked Questions

What tools help you get organized?

If you’re new to getting yourself organized, there are three basics to get started:

  • Your daily space – where do you spend the most of your time? In the home office? Maybe camped out in your living room? Start with the space that you see the most.
  • A notebook and a pen – No need for fancy notebooks yet, unless you just can’t resist this beautiful Erin Condren Color Block Polka Dots Coiled Notebook 7″ x 9″. Just a notepad and a pen to start making notes about your process.
  • Patience – This isn’t an overnight process. When you start, you’ll need to start sorting your piles, then comes organizing the items you are keeping. Take your time and stay focused but don’t stress.

What tools help you stay organized?

I love my planners and notebooks. I’ve tried various electronic, digital, and online organizing tools but they just aren’t the same. I like being able to write my to-do lists, and cross off the tasks as I complete them. It is so much more satisfying!

What 3 things can you do to get organized?

  1. Look at the big picture – Whether you are putting together a kit to clean your house in less time or you are organizing your pantry so you don’t keep buying the food you forgot you already have, remember what resource you are trying to save and what you can accomplish when that resource is given back.
  2. Look at the small picture – What can you accomplish today? Tomorrow? You have 20 minutes before you have to leave for your book club meeting, can you gather up the dog’s chew toys on your way out the door?
  3. When you’re about to tackle a larger organization project, make sure to gather all your supplies well in advance. It doubles the time and frustration if you have to stop every few minutes to track down the magic marker or the toilet bowl brush.

What are your top 3 tricks for staying organized?

  1. Consistency! Even just five minutes of organizing every day will help develop the habit and keep you on track to stay organized.
  2. Decluttering! It’s virtually impossible to stay organized if you continue to add clutter to the space. Think about it like cleaning up after a toddler — if the little one throws a toy on the floor every time you pick one up, the space will never be clean! The same applies to any space, if you’ve cleaned it up don’t add more clutter to it.
  3. Systems! It is so much easier to stay organized when you have systems in place. Keep your goals in mind without losing sight of the small steps you will need to get there. But without systems, you could end up running circles without any progress. You will need a recipe to bake your cake!
advantages of printables

Advantages of printable planners: The Top Three

Did you know that printables can be your planner’s best friend?  Do you know what the key advantages of printable planners are? Whether you prefer daily, weekly, or monthly planning, read on to find out the top three reasons why you should consider printable pages for your planner even if you already have another system in place!

advantages of printable planners
advantages of printable planners

Advantage #1: Perfectly Personalized

Imagine walking into a store and picking each individual page for your planner, and then putting it all together just for yourself.  And being able to go back to the store year after year and duplicate the planner at no additional charge.  If you decide you need a random weekly planner page in addition to your regular monthly pages, or you want to add a second gift tracker when the holidays come around, simply being able to add individual pages as you need them. Want to try out new mood trackers? Go ahead!

I even keep my travel printables right in the month of the trip. I simply print one out for each trip when we’ve locked in the dates and start making my notes right there.

Being able to add any page you want (I admit that I have several fun coloring pages in mine), and not being “stuck” with pages you don’t need.  Like a beautiful eyeshadow palette with that one weird shade.  Who wants that in a planner that you are going to use every day for an entire year? No one!

Planners are so personal because they are truly your life on paper.  And why shouldn’t it work for you instead of the other way around?  If you mess up a page, no need for whiteout, simple re-print and replace. Personally, I love this particular feature!

Advantage #2: Completely Customizable

Individual printable pages allow you to customize the layout and combination in your planner itself.  But in addition to the individual printables that are available, you can also find beautiful blank templates.  These templates are terrific because you can add your own colors and pictures, or even type in special dates to remember directly into the calendar.

For example, the gift tracker that I use has everyone’s birthdays printed right onto the page. It’s so handy not to have to recreate that every year (since rarely do people’s birthdays change, ha!) Not to mention the templates are yours forever so you can update and reprint year after year.  Or if you need to add or change something, make the edits and reprint just that page!

Advantage #3: Entirely Economical

I mentioned it above, but I wanted to highlight the fact that printables are actually very economical.  That is the world of printable planner pages!  Being able to pay upfront just once, and print as many as you like!  There is the initial cost for the files or templates, however after that purchase, you own those digital files and can re-print as many pages as you like.

Need 5 gift trackers?  Go ahead and print them all out!  Made a mistake on the week of April 9th?  Reprint and replace it! Wait, do you need to insert more Notes pages in June? Do it!

No matter whose system you use or where you find your printables or templates, they are a great economical option for a truly personalized and customized planner that’s all about you!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are printable planners?

Simply put, printable planners are digital pages and files that you create or buy, and then physically print out to put in a holder such as a binder or a discbound system. You can buy individual pages or entire planners, whichever you are looking for.

What can I do with a printable planner?

Anything you want! It is yours to personalize and customize any way you see fit. And you can change it as you go through your year. Do you currently have a spiral for this year? No worries, if you want to start testing the waters with printables, go ahead! When I started my first bullet journal, I found some lovely printable trackers I wanted to use. I made my purchase, printed it out, and then glued it into the pages. You can start today!

Why are paper planners better?

I’ve really tried to get into some of the electronic planners but they just aren’t the same. I like my paper planners because I like the tactile aspects of putting pen to paper. I like using my colored pens and pencils, I like doodling in the margins, and I love my stickers. My current planner is a discbound system, full of so many wonderful printables, and I love the fact that I can truly make it my own. I’ve added spreadsheets, calendars, schedules and more.

Do paper planners even still matter?

Just ask Erin Condren whether paper planners still matter! I think there is something special about a beautiful paper planner. Think of it as the difference between a Happy Birthday email or a Happy Birthday card in the mail. Which would you prefer to receive? The card of course, that has a loved one’s handwritten note and signature.

I also like the fact that even if I don’t hole punch a page and insert it, I can stick things into the discbound holder such as bills that need to be paid or cards that need to be mailed. If you’re planning only in electronic formats, where do you keep those things???

Inspiration and Motivation for your Planner

When you think about your planner, what inspires you in your designs and decorations? How do you find your inspiration? What motivates you to keep it accurate and up-to-date? Whether you use a pre-printed planner, a plain dot-grid journal, or a collection of printables — we all add our own mark to our planner system!

Where do you look for your planner inspiration?

When you sit down, how do you decide on the month’s theme or layout?  Do you base your designs and decorations on the season?  On the holiday of month?  On a personal event happening in that month?  If you’re like me, it’s all over the map depending on what I have planned for the month.

  • A lot of the time mine is based on the time of year – floral for spring, beautiful leaves for autumn.  But if I have a particularly big event in a month, I might switch it up.  In April of this year, I have a family wedding to attend so the design might include doves or wedding bells.
  • While electronic organization has it’s advantages, I almost always circle back to organizing in paper.  If for no other reason than I love my stickers and washi tapes!
  • I’ve even mixed up the mood trackers based on the overall design on the month.  If you aren’t integrating a mood tracker, you should give it a try!

How do you stay motivated to use your planner?

When life gets busy, productivity and habits can start to fall by the wayside.  How do you stay on track with using your planner?

  • When I started my first bullet journal, I actually put “bujo” as one of the habits in my habit tracker!  It helped me build the habit that is now instilled in me (for the most part).
  • Having all your journaling habits and supplies in place makes it so much easier to accomplish your planner goals.
  • For a little help or inspiration, check out these planner habit suggestions to cement it as part of your daily life.

A collection of ideas and designs – check them out!

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Here are just a few products to give you some ideas and inspiration for your journaling.  Some of them are brand-new products and some of them are just my favorite products!

Erin Condren Ettavee Ultimate Planny Pack

Erin Condren Layers Planner Folio

Coco and Opal Design Sticker Club

difference between busy and productive

The difference between BUSY and PRODUCTIVE

difference between busy and productive
difference between busy and productive

The theme of the month? Productive doesn’t necessarily mean busy and busy doesn’t always mean productive.

In Wedding bells: managing your time, we looked at balancing the “have-tos” with the “want-tos”.  This is certainly not just for planning a wedding.  It applies to everyday life too.

If you haven’t checked out the ways to maximize your resources, time is probably our most limited resource.  Being productive is truly the best use of that time – getting the most done in the least amount of time necessary.

And while our lives are busy with a capital B, productive and busy are not the same thing.

If you are currently in the workforce, I’m sure you’ve had one of those days when you bounce from meeting to meeting all day long. And by the time you get to the end of the day, you feel like you’ve been busy all day long but didn’t actually get anything done. That’s the difference between busy and productive – not how much time did you spend running around from task to task but what did you accomplish with that time that you spent.

What is the difference between busy and productive?

  • Productivity is ultimately about efficiency. It’s about being smart with your time, with as little wasted time or energy as possible. We only have so many hours in a day (even if you skip eating and sleeping, it’s still twenty-four at the very most).
  • Being productive means getting your “stuff” done in the least amount of time possible. Who wants to waste their precious resources?  Time, energy, money are all precious.
  • Multi-tasking isn’t always the most productive use of your time. Ultimately multi-tasking ends up being unproductive because your attention and focus are spread too thin.
  • We all know those people – they “humble brag” about how busy they are running from one social engagement to the next and having such a full calendar. But does being that busy really mean they are being productive?  Probably not.  It just means they are busy. And life is hard enough without adding “busy” to the mix when you don’t have to.
  • If you are too busy, you can’t truly be productive. You spend so much of your time getting from one activity to another and hardly any of that time truly enjoying any one particular activity.
  • Trying to do too much at the same time, and ultimately nothing gets accomplished. Studies have shown that multi-tasking doesn’t actually work — that when our attention is too divided, we end up losing our ability to focus.  And eventually we become unable to focus our attention on just one task.

Ultimately, we do all lead busy lives and have a lot to accomplish on any given day.  But don’t forget to make sure you are being more productive and less busy. The difference between being busy and being productive is getting it done.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the saying mean – don’t be busy, be productive?

I’ve always taken this saying to mean don’t just spend your time running around, make sure you spend your time accomplishing something.

What does it mean to be productive?

Being productive means getting IT done. Whatever that IT is for your life, getting it done is the key. You can be as busy as all get-out but a lot of the time that isn’t productive. What have you accomplished by being that busy? Is it just bragging rights that you are “so busy”?

What is the difference between busy people and productive people?

I see busy people as those “humble brag” type people, that talk about how busy they are and how much they have going on and how they have to run from one event to another without any room to breathe. Who wants to live like that??? On the other hand, productive people accomplish something with time and energy that they expend.

How do I turn a busy life into a productive life?

If you’ve come to the realization that you are more busy than productive, it’s time to stop and take a moment to figure out why. Are you truly enjoying all of the activities that you are doing? Maybe grocery shopping at three different stores is not the best way to spend your Saturday morning. Could you find everything you need at one store and save your time and gas money for other things? Or try a grocery pickup service if you still need multiple stores so that all you have to do is drive up and they bring the bags out to you.

It’s the little time-savers that will accumulate over time. To re-visit why you feel so busy and whether it is all truly necessary.

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    SMART goals defined

    How are your SMART goals defined?

    What can I say about goal setting?  We have all been there with work-related goal setting when it comes to our performance reviews.  That dreaded process of setting goals to discuss with your manager for the next year, most of which are just words to fill the page and complete the task. Every year, asking yourself how are my SMART goals defined this time?

    I’m not talking about that kind of goal!

    I’m talking about the ones you actually want to set for yourself and want to accomplish!  The goal or goals can be related to your job, to your family, to your health, to anything.  Personally, I want to focus on some of the health changes that I have been having, as well as balancing my regular job and my business here.

    SMART goals defined

    Let’s look at
    SMART goals defined!

    * Specific
    * Measurable
    * Achievable
    * Relevant
    * Time-bound

    S — I want to clean out my closet so that I can see my clothing more easily.

    M — I want to eliminate 20 items from my stuff that I no longer need or use.

    A — I will need to gather my supplies and set aside the time to get it done.

    R — This will help streamline my morning and get me out the door faster.

    T — I want to accomplish this within the next 30 days.

    It also helps to envision the final result.  Right now, you’re on Island A and you want to be on Island B.

    • Island A is the state of your closet right now.  Shoes that you bought 10 years ago that you haven’t worn in 8 years; a bridesmaid’s dress you wore once in a wedding you can barely remember; and let’s not forget those Christmas bows.  How did they get in there anyway?
    • Island B is the land of color coordinated coat hangers and perfectly aligned pairs of shoes and a shelf display of handbags.  (Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration).  But Island B could realistically be the clothing you wear regularly hanging up nicely and no more digging through those bridesmaids’ dresses to find the sweater you need for work this morning.

    When you imagine living on Island B, what does it look like?  What does it feel like?  Are your mornings a little easier?  Do you have a better idea what to add to your wardrobe when you go shopping?  Can you breathe just a little easier when you walk into that closet?

    Once you’ve defined your SMART goals, you can keep that image to motivate you to get the goal accomplished!

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What is the meaning of SMART goals?

    The general meaning of SMART goals is to set realistic goals that can be defined, measured, and accomplished. When goals are too vague, they tend to get lost. But when you outline the terms of the goal, it becomes more real and more achievable.

    What are the 5 parts of SMART?

    1. Smart
    2. Measurable
    3. Achievable
    4. Relevant
    5. Time-bound

    How do you write a SMART goal?

    • Smart – The who, what, when, where, why, and which of the goal you are setting.
    • Measurable – What type of metrics will you use to measure your progress and your completion?
    • Achievable – How will you accomplish your goal? Will you need a new skill? Will you need help?
    • Relevant – How does this individual goal line up with your overall ideas and objectives?
    • Time-bound – Set a realistic time limit. If it’s a large goal, make sure to break it down into milestones.

    What are some SMART goal examples?

    1. S – I want to earn a promotion at work.
    2. M – I will seek new projects and certifications.
    3. A – My boss already mentioned a possibility.
    4. R – I want to keep my career moving upward.
    5. T – I will complete the project and the certification and apply within 4 months.
    1. S – I want to lose 25 pounds.
    2. M – I’ll track of my food, exercise, and weight.
    3. A – I am in good health to start this regimen.
    4. R – I want to have more energy for activities.
    5. T – I have already RSVP-ed for my class reunion in 6 months.

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      Goal setting for the next year

      I am not actually a resolutions type of person (I know, I know).  I think it can be intimidating and can end up being counterproductive when you break the resolution.  Instead, I like to set goals for myself.  If I have an off day for one of my goals, nothing is “broken” like a resolution.  Instead, I can simply try again the next day.  I think it makes me feel like my motion forward is working towards something instead of away from something.

      It helps to narrow down the focus when you first start thinking about your goals for the next year.  The easiest place to start is to look at the different parts of your life.


      Maybe you want to work on reducing debt or building your savings account.  Are there student loans that need to be paid off?  Are your spending habits getting out of hand?  Now is the time to set your financial goals!  And it doesn’t have to be a big one — pay off one small credit card balance; save $5 a week; send the credit card company an extra $20 a month.


      Earlier this year, my mom moved from Fort Collins, Colorado to the Texas hill country.  And I am so excited to have her close by.  She’s only a three-hour drive now instead of a three-hour flight!  I’ve made a point to go visit one weekend a month since she got back to Texas.  (Of course, in February with the polar vortex, the weekend turned into eleven days but that’s another story.)

      What are your family goals?  Do you want to make it to more of your child’s soccer games?  Do you want to reconnect with the cousin that lives across the country?  Do you want to cheer on your nephew’s new football team?

      For the most part, family goals involve one thing — spending more time with them.  Whoever “them” is to you!


      I thoroughly enjoyed my book club at the public library before the pandemic, but it shut down in March of last year and has yet to resume.  (I also loved the monthly Monday night of coloring!)  But as much as I miss the activity of reading (or coloring), I greatly miss the social part as well.

      We recently visited the Dallas Arboretum with friends, and it was so much fun to walk and talk and laugh.  Zoom was a great way to stay in touch when necessary, but I think we’ve all missed the human connection.  It just isn’t the same over the computer screen.

      Do you have social goals for next year?  Join a new group?  Set up monthly dinner dates with your friends?  Try a new skill through a continuing education class?


      Decluttering is always a goal for me.  I don’t know how it happens, but I will take a bundle of items to Goodwill and then *poof* something happens and my tee shirts have reproduced in my closet.  And let’s be honest, that really gets out of control at the holiday time.

      There are studies that show clutter can increase levels of the stress hormone cortisol.  Being disorganized can also make it harder to maintain your focus.

      ~ WebMD

      Health and Self-Care

      About a month ago, a blood test at my doctor’s office confirmed something that I already suspected, that there are some changes going on in my physical health.  So personally, my primary health goal for next year is to learn more about this and some alternatives to the standard treatments that I am not able to use.

      On a related note, I think my self-care goals will include trying to get back into yoga and trying to tame the frizz in my hair!

      Health and self-care have taken such a winding road in the last couple of years.  They’ve taken a beating with all the ups and downs and emotional strain; but they’ve also become quitter the spotlight topics for many people.

      So what do you want to focus on for your health and self-care?  Exercise more regularly?  Eat more fruits and vegetables?  Get haircuts at the “recommended” six-week intervals?  Ultimately, make sure that your health and self-care goals make you feel like the best you that you can be.  It is essential for meeting any other goals you will set!

      I hope this makes you think about all the things you can accomplish in the next year!

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      Holiday gifts for the planner in everyone!

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      Do you have a fun community of fellow planners and bullet journal lovers?  Or do you know someone who is just getting started with their planner journey?  This wonderful list of planner-themed gifts is full of fun ideas!  There are also a few beautiful ideas for anyone and subscription ideas for the gift that gives all year long.

      Paper Me Pretty offers a beautiful selection of printable stationery as well as other monthly treats like productivity tips and items for the kiddos!

      Erin Condren puts out some of the most beautiful planners and accessories.  They have also been branching out to more lifestyle items which is terrific. (P.S. Some of these are on my own Christmas list!)

      This EttaVee Butterflies LifePlanner just lights up my face, but almost anything butterfly-themed will do that!

      Erin Condren Ettavee Butterflies Personalized Academic Planner 7

      I already have this Flora Magnolia Pocket Planner and can’t wait to use it next year!

      Erin Condren Flora Magnolia Pocket Planner

      I am completely in love with my own Flora Sticker Book!

      Erin Condren Flora Assorted Life Planner Sticker Pack

      Oh my gosh, this Gray Canvas Crossbody Tote is so sleek and stylish. I think it would work for school, work, or even travel.

      Flora Desk Calendar
      with Acrylic Stand

      Erin Condren Flora Desk Calendar With Acrylic Stand

      I am a huge fan of subscription gifts for my friends and family. I like that it is a surprise package all year round, and I may have been known to get myself one or two at the holidays! CrateJoy is a wonderful way to support small businesses!

      Coco and Opal Design Sticker Club

      Coco and Opal Design Sticker Club

      Washi Stickers Subscription

      Washi Stickers Subscription

      Sticker Guru Monthly Subscription

      Sticker Guru

      The Fabulous Planner Subscription

      The Fabulous Planner

      Year in Review

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      Wow, what a year it’s been.  Personally, I can hardly believe it’s already the beginning of November.  It really seems that the days go slow and the weeks go fast.  And it gets more and more true the older I get.  I wanted to run through some of the highlights from the year in a quick summary in case something slipped past you earlier!

      Holiday Summary

      Holiday Cheat Sheet

      Truly, the holidays are almost upon us!  If you are still looking for tips about organizing all the parts of the holiday season:

      Etsy printables

      2022planning Etsy code

      Have you been looking for the right printables and planners?  Look no further (and don’t forget your discount code “2022PLANNING”!)


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      Balancing the in-come and the out-go can be a tightrope but with a little planning and organization, it can all come together.

      5-Step Organization Plan

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      What are your financial priorities for 2022?

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      Financial planning can be one of the more stressful aspects of “adulting”.  There are always bills and credit cards and somehow life always has an unexpected expense just around the corner.  New tires?  Plumbing repair?  Holidays or birthdays right around the corner?  It seems that there is always an unexpected expense lurking around.

      Bills and Savings

      Managing your money is all about the in-come versus the out-go. In order to meet your financial goals, you have to either increase one side of the equation or reduce the other.

      Financial Goals

      Are you trying to reduce your fixed or flexible expenses in the new year?  Maybe you hope to take a closer look at your overall spending.  Is this the year you pay down your debit?  And in the midst of all of that, do you need to work on your savings account?

      For better financial organization, it’s all a matter of balance — budget planning, expense tracking, debt reduction, and savings tracking.

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      If you want a full printable planner, check out this beautiful 2022 dated planner!  So much easier than dating or making your own!  It includes a full annual calendar, Year at a Glance, dated monthly pages, a weekly planner page, a project planner page, a bill payment page, and two different notes pages.  You’ll be ready for the entire year!

      Get your printable calendar today!
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      How do you want to calendar for 2022?

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      Ah, the calendar.  Also known as one of the most important parts of your planning system.  But what all needs to go into this key component?  Deciding which method of calendaring is best for you really depends on the level of detail your schedule requires.

      • Daily is best for folks who juggle multiple priorities, need a stricter schedule, or have a schedule that really benefits from hour-by-hour scheduling.  (Personally, my days are not conducive to that level of detailed scheduling.)
      • Weekly is usually a good “medium” level of scheduling.  I tend to like this one myself – working on a to-do list over the course of 7 days instead of a specifically daily list.  Sometimes I sneak in a daily page, if I have a particularly hectic day to organize.
      • Monthly was my option of choice last year when so much of the year was spent inside the walls of my own house.  But since life seems to be moving forward again, I will probably go back to a hybrid of monthly and weekly.

      While you can create your own or buy a pre-made calendar, printables make it so much easier to get started.  And don’t forget to download your free printables in my library!

      • monthly habit and water tracker
      • project planner page
      • weekly planner page (several different designs)
      • one-page monthly
      • budget planner

      Within the first five pages of my planner, I always include these Year at a Glance and Year in Color pages.

      2022 Year at a Glance and Year in Color
      Get your 2022 Year at a Glance and Year in Color today!

      If you want a full printable planner, check out this beautiful 2022 dated planner!  So much easier than dating or making your own!  It includes a full annual calendar, Year at a Glance, dated monthly pages, a weekly planner page, a project planner page, a bill payment page, and two different notes pages.  You’ll be ready for the entire year!

      Get your printable calendar today!
      Get your printable calendar today!