Monday, January 29, 2018

Monday - Plans, schedules and action lists!

No Book Date today as I am reading the same ones but in reading my friend Marsha's blog yesterday, Lefty Crafter (she's on my sidebar) she was talking about how she was spending Sunday afternoon planning her week.  It dawned on me how I used to do that when I was working and had the farm and the family.  I had to plan everything out or something would fall between the cracks!

Here's the definition of planning:   according to Wikipedia "planning  (also called forethought) is the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve a desired goal. It involves the creation and maintenance of a plan, such as psychological aspects that require conceptual skills. "
I used to be so good at writing goals and action plans and setting milestones to gauge how I was coming along.  But when I got sick and then subsequently retired it all went out the window!  I was more focused on getting well, slowing down, simplifying and taking care of myself.  I did do that but now I have seen that other things have gone by the wayside and I am ready to move forward and tackle those things!
I used to have fancy planners but now I just use the old fashioned composition books where I can use as many pages as I want and with numbering them and having an index in the front I can find anything I need quickly.  This one was started near the end of October and it's still going..............when it's full I will put the end date on the front too.
Years ago, I ran across a book that talked about balance in your life and that is what I needed then and I need it again now!  When you don't have your tasks and needs balanced that is when things fall between the cracks and that can be stressful and lead to feelings of being overwhelmed.
My old categories still pretty much fit with my lifestyle.  The author of the book talked about separating your life into 9 boxes but I now have 10 categories and feel okay about adding more if necessary but for now 10 is just fine.  Here are my 10 categories:

It took me a long time to settle on these categories in order to include everything I do and want to do in my life.  I don't do these every day but I would like to touch on every one of them in a week at least but at the very least monthly for sure!  Some categories require more time than others and you need to set aside time for those activities or tasks while other categories can be multi-tasked combining several together such as entertainment and hobby or travel and entertainment or friends and family.  It may look like a lot but in reality it helps to stay balanced and you feel better knowing you have a handle on your life.
So yesterday, I got back to my categories and planning and made my weekly list of goals based on my categories .  The categories are also great because they are like a "tickler" to remind you of things you might otherwise forget.
 Here are my Weekly Goals that I came  up with.....quite a bit but I also know from experience that even if I don't attain them all I will still get more done than if I hadn't written them's been proven by me and many others!  This list doesn't quite cover every category yet but I am just starting out again so I will give myself time to 'catchup' to my old system plus I am lots older now and don't have the energy I had 'back in the day'! LOL!  But it's a start and I was happy to be doing it makes you feel like you are 'in the driver's seat' once more..... 
Based on my goals I made my action and task list for the week and they did touch every category.........(you can click on the pictures to enlarge)
I also have a monthly task list that I haven't listed everything on yet but it gives you an example of those tasks that you only need to do once a month and you can spread them out over the month.  I know it looks like a capital "G" after the task but actually it is a paren with a J after it which indicates that I did the task for January.  Every month I check the list and schedule the tasks throughout the month on my weekly goals and from there to my daily lists.  For February there will be an F when the task is done and so on.

This may be a bit much for those of you who are more organized by nature but for me it works and prevents me from feeling like I'm "losing it" while some of you may think this post is the proof! LOL!
Happy Trails!!!


  1. I've always been a list maker and journal writer! Now I keep all kinds of lists on my IPAD and that helps me stay on track. I feel overwhelmed when I don't have a plan. Even when you are retired, it's nice to figure out how you want to spend your time...what's most important, etc. Time gets away from us, that's for sure! Hugs!

  2. I love how you have your list of 10. What a great way to make sure you are doing each one in a weeks time. I have never tried monthly goals. Maybe that will be a goal for me to aim for.

    You do realize you are the one that inspired me to bullet journal in the first place. Take a bow my friend. It has helped me stay much morr focused in my day to day life.

    1. That's funny because I thought it was you that inspired me to bullet journal! LOL!

  3. Wow! So much more organized than I am. I have just begun making menu plans each week. I’ve tried before and failed but I want to do better. We’re tired of eating the same meals all of the time. You inspire me.

    1. Rain reminded me of the menu planning and you should check out her recipes and how she prepares to shop just once a month! Thank are too kind! Blessings back at you!

  4. Hi Sam :)) I NEED a daily to do list or everything is chaos for me. I use those same composition books I find at the dollar store. I used to have fancy planners too, but I like the bullet journal technique now! :) Every day I write tomorrow's to do list and cross them off as I go. If I don't get to it, it goes to the next tomorrow. I need this in my life. If I don't have structure, I lose my balance. I like your categories!

  5. I bee always a diary writer though never planned anything

    what keeps me in touch with all i want to do is my restlessness and wish to be busy all the time and things get done by themselves until after dinner when i get off from kitchen and lay on sofa and watch little bit t.v before go to bedroom

    this is natural that after retirement you got slow and focused more on relaxation and i think you deserve this calmness dear Sam!
    my heartiest best wishes for your tasks and projects you are so inspiring in your routines my friend!

    1. Thank you, Baili. When I was your age I was always busy doing things and they weren't necessarily things I wanted to do but had to in order to keep us all alive! LOL! Like you, I used to crash at the end of the day. Bless you and don't forget to do something for Baili occasionally.

  6. You go on the organization, Sandra. I bought a planner at Target and have the family's schedule laid out in the month calendar and I use the daily slots of what I'd like to accomplish. It's been helping. I'm still training myself.

  7. I also love to make lists, plans, and goals. I have a lovely planner waiting to be used, but so far I use a 3 ring binder instead. I love being able to add more pages if needed or being able to easily remove some if I no longer want them. Right now, I have a stack of five of them going. Love them!



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