Making My Own Planner
I have a terrible addiction to office supplies, especially planners. I have fought this addiction for years and avoid wandering around in Office Max, Staples, or other office supplies stores. The funny thing is that my favorite planner is home made. I have a beautiful wire-bound notebook that I got at a Vera Bradley store a few years ago. I held on to it for a while because it was so lovely I didn’t want to write in it. Isn’t that silly! Nothing is sadder than something or someone that is not being used for its purpose.
Finally, I pulled it out and put it to use planning the elements of my life. I worked my way through to a format that I liked and have used it (off and on—when a new beauty temporarily catches my attention) ever since.
- At the top of the page I write the dates of the week that I am planning (October 14th-20th) Next to that I write my Area of Focus (Mon—Kitchen , Tues- Sat—Master Bedroom, Bathroom, and Closet I also note if there are any special projects I am working on (Special Project: Back Bedroom)
- In the margin down the side of the page I write the day of the week and date (Mon—14) leave 3 empty spaces and write the next day and date from Monday to Sunday—I group the weekend days together for easier planning
- Below Sunday and three empty spaces I draw a line across the bottom of the page and write TO BUY.
- I draw a vertical line down the other side of the page about 2-3 inches from the edge of the page and at the top of the column I write TO DO.
- At the bottom of the page there is a box formed where the two lines intersect and I write TO CALL
- I write regular commitments next to each of the days on which they occur. I also write not only the time of any appointment or activity but also the time I need to leave in order to get there on time (MOPS 10:00 (9:00) On time means allowing enough time for red lights, trains, and other things along the way as well as time to arrive in a less than frantic fashion, and help or talk to others.
- I also note holidays and other special events.
- I can see where I have time for different things including spending time with Roy and taking care of my home and being a grandma as needed.
- I tend to think of who I want/need to call in the morning when it’s too early to call, so I write it down to remind me.
- The same is true for items I need to buy. If I need a particular brand, I note that too.
- Use, use, use your calendar and your planner. Write down dates that you will need to renew your car registration, do certain maintenance on your home, schedule doctor or dental appointments. Don’t trust your memory.
Some favorite product
- Weiman makes a good furniture cleaner that works great on kitchen cabinets. shop.weiman.com/Weiman-Furniture-Cleaner-Aerosol
- I found a lovely piece of furniture at a bump and dent store but there were scratches on it. I used my Guardsman Furniture Touch Up Pen Kit and the scratches disappeared. Make sure the surface is clean before using.
- To clean a filthy ceiling fan, over the floor under the fan with a sheet, then remove any loose dirt with a duster. Use pre-moistened wipes like Pledge Multi-Surface on all sides of the blades to remove accumulated dirt and grease. For stubborn spots use a scrub pad made for non-stick cookware. Only use the green scrubbies on surfaces where scratches will not show. The green scrub pads will scratch faucets and other surfaces.
Titus 2—that they will not bring shame on the name of God
Titus 2:5 c Then they will not bring shame on the word of God.
The first time I read this, years ago I remember feeling that it cut me to the heart. God’s name, His reputation could be put to shame by my behavior, my words, my attitude. I do not want to be a woman who pushes people away from God by what I do. Does our attitude draw our husbands, our children, or other people closer to the Lord or push them away? Think about it.