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Learning how to become an Entrepreneur has also taught me about making commitments to develop daily habits. I've been able to transfer this into the home with a fantastic program my bestie got me onto called FlyLady - funny name but this woman and her team are wonderful! So with the start of another new year I made some commitments to myself to make positive changes in my life - and continuing to become more organised has been one of them!
I am currently waiting for my new planner to arrive. I left it late to order it, and my 2016 planner ends this Sunday, so I am cutting it really fine! Once it arrives I'm going to do a full post about it, but if you're looking for a planner I highly suggest checking out Personal Planner. Unless you need it tomorrow, in which case order one then pick up a cheap one from the supermarket to use in the mean time. There are other resources that you can use to start getting organised if you're yet to have a planner or diary, however.
Pinterest is a goldmine for absolutely EVERYTHING! From food to entrepreneurship to running a blog, there is something on Pinterest for everyone. Often, many somethings.
So when I wanted to create an organisational binder to keep me on track in 2017 I headed straight for Pinterest, and it didn't disappoint. I wanted some great printable sheets that I didn't have to design myself. I would love to have the skills to be able to create these sheets like a lot of bloggers do, but that is not currently one of my skill sets, and it seemed to make more sense (and use less valuable time) to use what already exists. Plus, I can promote all their wonderful effort to you and hopefully you'll find a resource or two that really takes your fancy.
If, like me, you've made the commitment to 2017 that you're going to make some changes, you'll probably have also realised there are some steps you need to be doing daily to work towards achieving this commitment. For me this was the easiest place to start - if you've written your list of 'Daily Tasks'.
The Daily Habit Tracker from Daisy Cottage Designs
Like I said above, Pinterest is a goldmine, and Lauren's Habit Tracker was the first I came across. The table comes blank, with the wonderful quote from Jim Rohn down the bottom of the page. You write in your daily tasks down the side of the table, the month below the heading, and then colour in the boxes each day you complete these tasks. If you're a visual person, like me, watching the blocks fill with colour is very satisfying. Plus I love colouring! I've written the days of the week above the dates to make it easier to keep track, and as Lauren suggests in her post, I've marked the days I need to do stuff to publish a blog post (I'm a day ahead, but I'd given myself a grace day as I'm getting back into the swing of posting) because it's not something that I need to do every day. I've also combined house duties, business duties and blog duties onto the one sheet so I don't have multiple sheets of paper decorating my desk!
The other fantastic thing about this Habit Tracker is that it is simple enough for the kidletts to use too! Print off one for each of them and write in tasks or chores you need them to do each day, and present them with their own sheet and a new pack of coloured pencils to colour their boxes. You could also attach a small reward to the end of the month for them if they fill a certain quota of their boxes. You don't need to go overboard with the reward - most kids get excited about a new $10 toy! Any 'grace days' - days that your child isn't required to complete their chores - can be marked out with a line.
Last year when Miss M was staying with us on school days, we found that she was more productive and focused when she had a list to follow morning and night, and that made school mornings a little less stressful. She enjoys sticking stars onto a chart and following her progress, but the makeshift chart I did last year only lasted a week at a time. This Habit Tracker allows kids to see their progress for a whole month at a glance, and as they get more proficient at their chores they will also be able to see the progress they've made. And kids love being rewarded for completing a job!
Over to you
What are your plans and commitment for the New Year? Do you have a proven method of sticking to tasks and regularly completing them? Have you found something on Pinterest or elsewhere on the Internet that has revolutionised and organised your life? I'd love to hear what people are up to in the comments below!