Friday, September 2, 2016

A Mompreneur's Planning Process | My 2017 Erin Condren Life Planner

I am so excited to have received my 2017 Erin Condren Life Planner. This is my second year using the Life Planner. Last year when I first used it,  I was pleasantly surprised that it was so easily adaptable to my life as a Mompreneur. With school aged kids, a home, a husband, a business and myself to manage, I am never without a planner. My planner covers all bases.

It has a monthly spread with a column for goals. I use this section for appointments, birthdays etc. If someone calls and makes a request of me, this is where I go to take a quick glance at my schedule. I also, use this section to literally mark off the days so that I have a quick visual of how many days are left in the month.

Though the Erin Condren Life Planners come in both horizontal and vertical spreads, my personal favorite is the vertical spread. Each week is on two pages and a day is in a full column. There is also a section for lists and a gratitude area. I find the gratitude area to be a lovely reminder to say thanks for the little things in my life. In addition, there are lines below the columns that can be used for anything you wish. I use mines to reconcile out some business items that I pay attention to on a daily basis.

I love the fact that the planner is colorful. Each month has its own color theme. This allows me to immediately know when I am transitioning to the next month. Also, if I choose to add seasonal stickers, they don't seem out of place.

Typically my planning process is based on the David Allen Getting Things Done Methodology where I keep a running to do list. Sundays are my planning days. So on Sunday evenings I would look at my running to do list and pencil in items in my planner that have to be completed in the week. Then each evening I make more specific plans of what I intend to do the very next day.

My husband and kids know that the planner is my command station and if it not written down in the planner it is more than likely not getting done. As a busy Mompreneur with so much on my plate it is inspirational to have a planner that doesn't look too corporate but yet functions well enough to complete all organizational duties necessary for my life as entrepreneur, a Mom, and a wife.

If you have an Erin Condren Life Planner and you love it as I do, please share your thoughts below.

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