Friday Favorites: Planning Tools

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Weekly Planner Pages | Color Pens | Notepad | Planner Notebook | Meal Plan Pad

My favorite thing to do at the end of each week is to plan for the week ahead. Since 2017 is just a few days away, and planning for a successful year is has been on my mind recently, I decided to take time to talk about some of my favorite planning tools!

To Do Lists!

To Do lists are my favorite! They help me clear my mind, plan out my day, and feel in control. I love this digital dowload from Thyme is Honey for planning out my tasks for the week. I also love her Daily Page, but have found that the new weekly planner pages fit my needs just a bit better. I also like to use this pretty notepad from Ashley Brooke Designs for random ideas while I’m planning.

Pens

Pens are so important. I love these colorful, thin-tipped pens for jazzing up my planner and lists. I also swear by these black pens for more regular use.

Meal Planning

I’ve definitely talked about my love of meal planning before. I like to use this notepad to keep track of everything. I recently started using a weekly calendar like this one (I can’t find the source for this, unfortunately) with 5 slots per day so I can delineate breakfast, lunch, dinner, and two daily snacks.  This helps Josh and I stay on target with our healthy eating goals. Once I plan our meals, I make a grocery list (and cross-match that with what I have in the fridge). This SERIOUSLY cuts down on food waste.

Planner

My planner is the single most important thing that I have for my personal organization. I will never go digital, although I do use my phone for certain reminders (like exercise classes, in particular). Whatever planner you choose, make sure it works for you. I have tried basically everything, and I like one with lots of space for lists and goals, but have found that a planner with an hourly layout is a waste for me and doesn’t fit my needs.

Without these organizational tools, I would be totally lost.

What do you use to stay organized?

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