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Rock Your Resolutions with One Class

How are your New Year’s resolutions coming along? If you are like most people, probably not so well. How many of your workouts have your already missed? Have you looked at your budget since creating it at the beginning of the month? Setting resolutions is easy but then we hit snags and snares that quickly make us revert back to old habits. Don’t be like everyone else this year. Decide not to give up on your goals. Decide right now to rock your resolutions with one class this year! Oh, and did I mention that it’s free this weekend only?

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The 4-Hour Life

It is so rare to find a class that covers so many areas of your life, unless you want to pay thousands of dollars. That is what the 4-Hour Life is. The creator, Tim Ferriss, want to help you live a life that is “Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise” which is what all of your resolutions boil down to.

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About Tim Ferriss

In case you have no idea who Tim Ferriss is, here is the biography straight from CreativeLive:

“Tim Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People”, Forbes Magazine’s “Names You Need to Know,” and is the 7th “most powerful” personality on Newsweek’s Digital 100 Power Index. He is an early-stage tech investor/advisor (Uber, Facebook, Twitter, Shopify, Duolingo, and 20+ more) and author of three #1 New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef. His podcast — focused on deconstructing world-class performers — is the #1 business podcast on iTunes and was selected as ‘Best of 2015’ by Apple.” – Creator Biography from CreativeLive

 

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That's the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start by writing down your January 2017 goals!

Creating Your Future: January 2017 Goals

Are you as excited for 2017 as I am? I can’t explain why but I am absolutely confident that this year is going to rock. It is something I know in my bones. If you are going into this year skeptical or pensive, stop it. Decide right here and now that you are going to make 2017 the best year of your life. Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That is the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start creating your future by writing down your January 2017 goals! See my monthly goals and last month’s evaluation below for inspiration.

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Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That's the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start by writing down your January 2017 goals!

 

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Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That's the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start by writing down your January 2017 goals!

December Evaluation

Business Goals

Affiliate Marketing – Fail

  • I was incredibly blessed to have a lot of sponsored post offers for December. While this was fantastic, it meant bumping some of the affiliate articles I had planned.

Create a 2017 Business Plan – In Progress

  • This goal has been eye-opening. Writing down my processes and scheduling social media work is easy. Defining areas like my mission statement is really difficult for me.

Take the Week of Christmas Off – Semi-Success

  • For the most part, I did not work the week of Christmas. I was fully present at all of our celebrations and dinners. However, there were nights when the kids were in bed and TV was boring. To be frank, I missed it. I truly love what I do and I think that not allowing work to distract me from the holidays and being with family is successful.

Finance Goals

Save another $200 – Success

Continue Meal Planning – Fail

  • When all of the parties, dinners, and gatherings came my meal plan went poof! We were often sent home with leftovers that needed to get eaten. Many nights involved me reinventing the leftovers into a different meal.

Re-Read the Total Money Makeover – Fail

  • There is no reason that this failed. I could have made the time to do it but instead would turn on Netflix or pick up a fiction book. I plan on being more intentional with this one in January.

Organizational Goals

Continue to Get Rid of 1 Item a Day – Success

  • After continuing to do this I have come to realize something: I don’t think we have ever gotten rid of a piece of clothing in our lives! My goodness! There are at least 20 boxes of clothes to donate right now. It is madness.

Finish Living Room – Success

  • Yes, my friends, the living room is done! Yay! Of course, then Christmas happened so I’m currently working on finding homes for the gifts but I’m still very excited.

Start Moving Office – Success

  • I can promise you that I am highly motivated to finish this one this month. Having no home to work in is killing me.

Self-Improvement Goals

Develop a Specific Routine – (Insert Maniacal Laugh Here)

  • Whose genius ideas was it to try and develop a daily routine on the busiest and most chaotic month of the year? Oh yeah, that’s right: mine!

Do One Activity that Brings Me Joy Each Week – Success

  • These typically were me taking a bath with a book. On one week I did take an entire day and spent it with my mom. We had so much fun and it was incredibly rejuvenating.

Family Goals

Weekly Family Nights – Success

  • Our Advent gifts made these super easy in December. Almost every week we ended up having 2 instead of one because of how the activities fell in the Advent calendar.

Create and Enforce Chore Charts – Success/Fail

  • Were the chore charts created? Yes. Unfortunately they have not been hung up yet and subsequently not enforced.

 

Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That's the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start by writing down your January 2017 goals!

January 2017 Goals

Business Goals

  • Start Outlining ProductsI am planning to launch 2 new products this year. I want to have each of them outlined by the end of the month as well as a rough working timeline.
  • Affiliate IncomeThis one is the same as last month.
  • Build Twitter Following I have been focusing heavily on Pinterest in November and December. I have now grown it to over 5,000 followers (thank, guys!!). Now that I have my systems in place there, I want to start focusing on Twitter.

Finance Goals

  • Save $100If you are wondering why it is less this month that is because one paycheck isn’t hitting until February 1st. The beauty of budgeting allows me to know this in advance and plan accordingly.
  • Grocery FreezePeriodically I will do a grocery freeze to clean out the freezers and pantry. It saves money and it helps older items get used up.
  • Re-Read the Total Money MakeoverThis month I’m going to break this down by daily page goals. It will be easier to make myself do this if I say, “I only have to read 10 pages today.”

 

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Organizational Goals

  • Finish My Craft Room/OfficeI need my space to write and create. Not having it has only proved to highlight that need.
  • Keep PurgingI am so tired of storing all of this stuff that we don’t use, don’t want, or don’t need. That is why I will continue to keep getting rid of items. Honestly, I haven’t even gotten to the point that it is difficult yet.

Self-Improvement Goals

  • Daily RoutineWe’re going to give this another try. With school starting back and the holidays ending, this should be a more conducive month for it.
  • MoveNo, I don’t want to pack up boxes and relocate. I want to make sure that I am moving every day. Dance to a 5 minute song, play tag with the kids, or do some activity that gets me moving.

Family Goals

  • Learn Something New TogetherI haven’t decided quite what it will be yet but I want us to learn something new as a family. We could cook a new recipe together or change a tail light on a car. As long as it is something new that we can all do together, I’m happy.
  • Try Out New Family Night ActivitiesThis month I want to change up the family night activities. Some ideas I have are a coloring night, a DDR (Dance, Dance Revolution) night, and an electricity free night.

 

Dream big, plan big, and then work hard. That's the recipe for an awesome year. How do you start? You start by writing down your January 2017 goals!

Given how chaotic December was I am incredibly proud of all that I accomplished. If you goals for December have a lot of “Fails” next to them cut yourself a little slack. Decide that January is going to be your month to dominate and jump back up onto that horse. Don’t forget, you can find a helpful “Evaluation Worksheet” in the free Monthly Goal Setting Planner. It will help you dig into why your goals were or were not successful as well as help your adjust so that you are more successful this month!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

2016 Reflections: A Year in Review

As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. Doing so invites feelings of thankfulness to help us realize how blessed we are. We can also reflect on our goals to see what worked and what didn’t. Lastly, it encourages us to see just how far we have come and pushes us to reach farther in the coming year. If you haven’t yet taken the time to, I encourage you to take the time to reflect on your 2016. If you need some inspiration take a look at my 2016 reflections below.

 

As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

 

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As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

Personal

In terms of my personal growth, 2016 has been phenomenal. I have begun to step outside of my comfort zone and grow into a stronger, more confident woman. It took getting knocked down a few times to realize just who and where I wanted to be. One of the greatest accomplishments was becoming more outgoing.

If you read How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions then you know that one of my goals was to be more outgoing overall. That was the scariest of all of my resolutions but also one of the most rewarding. I remember many years ago when I took part in a local Christmas choir. They had a meet and greet party after everyone was cast. I was so painfully shy that I wouldn’t even go to the restroom because I didn’t want to walk across the room and draw attention to myself. Crazy, I know, but the sad truth is that I wasn’t much better than that at the beginning of 2016. I am happy to say that I am a lot more confident and outgoing now. I have also made some wonderful new friends as a result.

 

As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

Family

The way that your family grows and changes in one little year is simply incredible. It is hard to believe that in a few short years all of my kiddos will be in school! Last month I realized how fast it is all going and made the decision to make spending time together a priority. We are now making family dinners and a weekly family night a priority. We love our game nights the best but we’ve also had movie nights, family outings, and more. I can tell you with absolute certainty that you will never regret spending more time with your kids, even when the night is a complete disaster.

 

As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

Business

DIY Adulation has grown leaps and bounds! It is hard to believe I just started this site last year. While I’m not yet earning a full-time income, I am making enough to cover expenses (and seeing steady monthly growth) so that is a huge win in my book.

Unfortunately, as far as building my business, that hasn’t gone far this year. That is one of the areas I will be focusing on for 2017. I am planning on launching 2 big launches later in the year: a course and a second book (you can get a copy of my first book here). These are huge ventures that I am super-excited to undertake!

Top Posts of 2016

  1. Organize Personal Information Now
  2. Top 10 Camping Items You Don’t Know You Need
  3. DIY Car Trash Can
  4. Doctor Who Inspired Greeting Card
  5. Monthly Goal Setting Planner

 

As we end 2016 and welcome 2017 it is important to reflect on the year. If you haven’t yet, get inspired by taking a look at my 2016 reflections.

It is incredible that so much has happened in a single year. Now that you have seen my 2016 Reflections are you ready to tackle yours? Your reflections don’t have to be super in-depth. In fact, they don’t even have to be written down. Simply take a few minutes today before your festivities tonight to reflect on your year. You might be surprised at how much you have accomplished. If you aren’t, check out the free Monthly Goal Setting Planner to make 2017 your best year yet!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Whether you’re feeling discouraged about November's goals or you are excited to rock another month, it is time to create your December goals. See how I did!

Creating Your Future: December 2016 Goals

Can you believe that it is December already? It feels like just yesterday we were creating last month’s goals. In case you didn’t see it, make sure to snag your free Monthly Goal Setting Planner to make achieving your goals even easier. Whether you’re looking at November’s goals and feeling a little discouraged or you are excited to rock another month, it is time to create your December goals. Don’t get discouraged if last month wasn’t as successful as you hoped. If you’ve never been a goal planner it will take time to get on top of your plans. If you need some inspiration, keep reading below to see how I did in November and what this month’s goals are.

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Whether you’re feeling discouraged about November's goals or you are excited to rock another month, it is time to create your December goals. Plus find out how I did last month!

 

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November Evaluation

Business Goals

Create an Instagram Plan – Success

  • Not only did I manage to post more consistently, I was introduced to an awesome tool that makes this easy to schedule and post. Yay!

Add Daily New Listing to Etsy – Fail

  • Seriously, I failed so hard at this. I think I got 10 items listed and that’s it. I literally have 100’s of items to upload and currently they are sitting in boxes and organizers just waiting. Daily was too ambitious of a goal. This month I’m going to shoot for adding 2 items a week.

Plan New Revenue Stream – Success

  • I did decide on a new revenue stream. It is technically something I’m already doing but in December I’m going to focus on affiliate marketing. Currently I simply throw links in to direct you to the supplies needed for the projects. I have been neglecting in this area and I want to really hit this hard in December.

Get Ahead on Posts – Success

  • I have been very diligent about outlining and creating. This has given me a leg up on my posts. Admittedly, this week I have been on overdrive because in addition to my regular editorial calendar, I have some other projects that I am taking part in. That’s why this week (and for the next 2 weeks) you are seeing 2 posts go live on some days.

Finance Goals

Save $200 (or more) in an Emergency Fund – Near Success

  • I saved $150 so I’m pretty happy. It would have been more but most of our “extra” money was allocated to Christmas in our budget. My oldest also conveniently forgot about multiple school events, trips, etcetera that cost money so that came out of this fund. The joys of mom-life, right?

Meal Plan – Success

  • While I haven’t gotten any posts about it up yet, we totally rocked our meal plan this month. Of course, having so many holiday dinners helped make it easier.

Extra Cash – Fail

  • I didn’t even attempt this one. I was going to sell some of the items we’re purging but I only got as far as boxing them up. On the upside, that will make it easier to do this month.

Organizational Goals

Get rid of one item each day. – Crushed

  • I didn’t just get rid of 1 item a day. I boxed up hundreds of items last month and I plan to continue to do so in December.

Empty Living Room – Semi-Success

  • It is not done but I’ve made huge strides in the room. I knew this would be a huge undertaking for around the holidays so that fact that the entire living room remodel should be done in the next week is pretty awesome. A huge thanks to my best friend for coming over one night and helping me knock a lot of it out!

Family

Family Dinners – Success

  • Sometimes getting through the family dinner was rough but we are getting into the swing of things. They are much better now than they were at the beginning of the month.

Weekly Family Night – Success

  • We did make weekly family nights a priority. Some were very successful and fun while others, not so much. Either way we made memories that I wouldn’t trade for the world!

Self-Improvement

Complete Monthly Fitness Challenge – Fail

  • I have realized that I really need to restructure my days and get more rigid with my routine. Tasks are not done at the same time each day (except dinner and working after the kiddos go to bed). I wasn’t remotely consistent with my schedule and fitness became hit or miss.

Increase Gratitude – Success

  • I didn’t remember to write the 3 things every day. I set an alarm on my phone to remind me each day around the middle of the month. Before having the alarm idea, though, I would write additional entries for the days I missed. Since the entire exercise was about becoming more mindful about being thankful, I’m considering it a success. I feel that I have accomplished that.

Read 20 Minutes a Day – Success

  • Some days I actually surpassed this. I got caught up reading and go well past 20 minutes. This is definitely one of those goals that once your sit down and start, it is easy to complete (for those who enjoy reading).

 

Whether you’re feeling discouraged about November's goals or you are excited to rock another month, it is time to create your December goals. Plus find out how I did last month!

December Goals

Business Goals

  • Affiliate Marketing – I want to really spend December testing what works and what doesn’t. This will help me plan the coming months.
  • Create 2017 Business Plan
  • Take the Week of Christmas Off – I think the most important aspects of building a successful business is to be able to take time off and the business continues to run. This will be like the ultimate test to see if DIY Adulation is ready to go to the next level.

Finance Goals

  • Save Another $200 – I like this number because it small enough to seem possible but large enough to require some sacrifice (such as not eating out or skipping extra trips in the van).
  • Continue Meal-Planning – This made dinners such a breeze that I definitely want to keep going.
  • Re-Read The Total Money Makeover – I love this book. I cannot say enough good things about it. However, when you haven’t referenced it in a while you can lose intensity. By re-reading the book I hope to re-ignite that fire. (This works directly towards my long-term goal of paying off my student loans.)

Organizational Goals

  • Continue to Get Rid of 1 Item A Day
  • Finish Living Room – I am tantalizingly close and I want to finish it by the end of next week so I can get Christmas decorations up.
  • Start Moving Office – Being a DIY blogger takes up a lot of space. Right now my office is in a tiny room in the corner of my house and it is overflowing, not-to-mention staging photos is a nightmare. The office is moving to the basement to provide me with the space I need to get everything done.

Self-Improvement Goals

  • Develop a Specific Routine – I am going to create a specific daily routine that will allow me to spend time doing all of the things I want and need to do each day.
  • Do One Activity that Brings Me Joy Each Week – The stress of the holidays and growing my business are really getting to me. Part of this is because I am pushing myself so hard that I’m no longer taking the time to do the things I love. Instead of reading a book or going to karaoke, I am filling that time with work. While I am seeing results, it is also killing me. I need to be more diligent with my “me-time”.

Family Goals

  • Weekly Family Nights – Even mixed results are worth it. We are enjoying the time together and I want to continue making these a priority.
  • Create and Enforce Chore Charts – This will be for everyone. Somewhere along the line my kiddos started developing lazy and self-entitled attitudes. I’m not having that so the whole family is getting chore charts.

 

Whether you’re feeling discouraged about November's goals or you are excited to rock another month, it is time to create your December goals. Plus find out how I did last month!

Wow, you guys, that is a lot. Even the goals I failed at taught me something to make my life (and future) better. Conquering your goals is moving towards creating your future. Even if you only manage to accomplish half of your monthly goals you are moving towards living a life you love. What are your goals for December? How did you do on your November goals? Don’t forget that there is an evaluation page in the Monthly Goal Setting Planner that helps you figure out what worked, what didn’t, and why.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Giving selflessly of your time and resources can improve your mood ten-fold! To get you started, here are 10 acts of kindness to beat winter blues.

10 Acts of Kindness to Beat Winter Blues

As the days start getting shorter the winter blues can start to set in. There are many ways to combat this including getting active and soaking up the sunlight when you can. There is another way to get over these seasonal moods that too often gets overlooked. One of the best ways to elevate your mood is to perform acts of kindness. When you give selflessly of your time and resources you can improve your mood ten-fold! To help you get started here are 10 acts of kindness to beat winter blues.

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As the days start getting shorter the winter blues can start to set in. There are many ways to combat this including getting active and soaking up the sunlight when you can. There is another way to get over these seasonal moods that too often gets overlooked. One of the best ways to elevate your mood is to perform acts of kindness. When you give selflessly of your time and resources you can improve your mood ten-fold! To help you get started here are 10 acts of kindness to beat winter blues.

1. Put money in an expiring parking meter.

This is such an easy act of kindness that anyone can do. When your doctor’s visit is running longer than expected, the last thing you want to do is be worrying about your meter. Make someone’s day by taking care of it for them.

2. Donate your gently used books to a local school.

Have you been in a school library lately? My children’s school is excellent and still, the library is so depressing to me. When I think of a library, I want to see walls and walls of books. This just isn’t the case anymore. What’s worse is that there are schools that don’t half even half of the books my children’s school has. Why not donate your gently used books to schools that need them?

3. Give holiday gifts to your neighbors.

The holidays are a fabulous time to do something nice for your neighbors. Make up some delicious treat bags and hang on their doors. If you’re looking for something more useful why not give everyone an ice scraper? The smallest gesture goes a long way.

4. Make a freezer meal for a friend.

You know how crazy dinner time can be in your home. Take some stress off a friend’s plate and take their family an easy freezer meal that they can pop in the oven. Need some ideas? Check out these freezer-friendly chicken nuggets or freezer chicken pot pie minis!

5. Donate craft supplies to a local library.

Have you ever taken your child to a free event at the library? All of those events are run on donations. Say thank you by donating some craft supplies to help out with these fun events.

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6. Send a thoughtful card or letter.

This one is so easy and all it costs you is a stamp. Everyone is delighted to receive surprise mail that’s not a bill. Make someone’s day with a heartfelt sentiment to show you care and you were thinking about them.

7. Rake a neighbor’s leaves or shovel their driveway.

Shoveling the driveway is one of my least favorite winter chores. A couple of years ago some sweet neighbors stopped by to shovel and salt my driveway for me and I still smile when I think about it. Do the same for someone in your neighborhood as a sweet act of kindness.

8. Offer to babysit so parents can have a date night.

Ah, the baby phase… they are adorable and utterly life changing (in a good way). Babies also can wreak havoc on a marriage. Let the parents you know get a much-needed break and offer to babysit the kiddos for a night.

9. Pay for the car behind you in the drive-thru.

Do you know what makes your Caramel Macchiato even sweeter? Not having to pay for it. This is such an easy and effortless way to brighten someone’s day. The caveat is that you don’t have any control of the cost. If you are on a limited budget, ask to put $10 towards their order instead. That is still a wonderful surprise.

10. Donate toys to the Salvation Army.

This is another one close to my heart. There was a year when my mom had absolutely no money for presents (even things we needed like socks and coats) when we were very little. Imagine having to tell your 4 year old that impossible scenario of that there is no Santa or that Santa forgot them. Neither is palatable. In a true Christmas miracle it turned out that our church had adopted our family that year and arrived not only with presents on Christmas Eve but food as well. When you give to the Salvation Army that is the kind of gift you are giving a family.

Giving selflessly of your time and resources can improve your mood ten-fold! To get you started, here are 10 acts of kindness to beat winter blues.

These are all easy ideas that are low-cost or no cost. The best thing about them is that most of these can absolutely be a family affair. It’s always important to teach your kids early the joy of giving to others. These 10 acts of kindness are also a wonderful exercise in gratefulness. When you and your family see how much you truly have to give you will begin to appreciate all that you have. Usher in the colder months with warmth in your heart this year. Check out this DIY autumn thankful wreath for more wonderful ways to exercise a heart of thankfulness with your family.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

Monthly Goal Setting Planner

Last week you learned how to start creating your future with monthly goals. Hopefully you took some time to get started with your lists or, even better, finished them. This week I wanted to give you a free tool to make creating your future even easier. The Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, make a daily to-do list to achieve them, and evaluate what worked (or didn’t) each month. This planner is basic, straightforward, and pretty making it the perfect tool for you. Simply print out your worksheets each month and fill them out. All that’s left is to rock your goals!

This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

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This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

Setting Your Monthly Goals

This is the first sheet you need to start your month out right. You can see the details for effectively choosing goals each month with Creating Your Future. Use this worksheet each month to document your goals and reference it often. Ask yourself “How does this help me achieve my long-term goals?” when deciding on activities to do and even books to read. This determination now is the key to living the future of your dreams.

 

This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

Creating a Daily To-Do List

You’ve read my tips to Dominate Your To-Do List but now it’s time to take it a step further. Use the second worksheet in the Monthly Goal Setting Planner to create daily actions that work towards your goals. Choose one action per goal each day with the exception of goals that only require weekly or monthly actions. An example of this would be my goal of weekly family nights. This only needs to be slotted once a week.

Note:

  • Choose these from your broader goal categories and not the specific sub-goals. You will notice that there are only 5 numbered points for each day. This is the maximum that I recommend adding to your existing daily to-do list.
  • These to-do lists will not be the same for each day. Be sure that you are working towards each of your sub-goals weekly.

 

This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

Evaluation

The last step is an end of the month evaluation is the final step to take for ultimate success. The 3rd worksheet in the Monthly Goal Setting Planner will walk you through figuring out what was or wasn’t successful and why. Reference your monthly evaluation sheet when planning your goals for the next month. Make tweaks and changes based on your evaluation to accomplish your monthly goals with growing success.

This free Monthly Goal Setting Planner will lay out everything you need to set your monthly goals, achieve them, and evaluate what worked each month.

Now that you know how to use it are you ready to download your copy of the Monthly Goal Setting Planner? I feel so strongly about helping your create your future that I am offering it for free to everyone! No sign-ups, emails, or money needed, just click the link and download your copy today. Stop reacting to your life and start creating it! Don’t forget that I’m taking this journey with you and you are not alone. Check back at the beginning of each month for an unfiltered look at m CYE Monthly Goals successes and failures.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
The key to creating your future is easy. I’m going to show you how to create specific, actionable goals that will start building the life you desire.

Creating Your Future: November 2016 Goals

One of my biggest pet peeves is people who go through their existence acting as though life just happens to them. Your life is something you create. Your actions have consequences as does your inaction. That is why I’m taking the initiative to create my future and I want to help you with creating your future too. The key to creating your future is as easy as monthly goal planning. I’m going to show you how to create specific, actionable goals that will start building the life you desire.

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The key to creating your future is easy. I’m going to show you how to create specific, actionable goals that will start building the life you desire.

Divide Into Categories

When listing out your goals divide them into categories. Don’t just create a long list and hope you get through it. Organizing your goals makes them easy to stick to and easy to reference throughout the month. You also want to limit the categories you choose. If you choose too many then you will be too unfocused to accomplish any of them. Here are some category ideas to help you out, but remember not to try to do all of these in one month:

  • Family
  • Business
  • Finance
  • Fitness
  • Professional
  • Travel
  • Self-Improvement
  • Educational
  • Homemaking
  • Religious
  • Creative
  • Journaling
  • Holiday
  • Savings
  • Weight Loss
  • Organizational
  • Home Improvement
  • Cleaning
  • Long-Term* (See section below about long-term goals)

 

The key to creating your future is easy. I’m going to show you how to create specific, actionable goals that will start building the life you desire.

Long-Term Goals

This is the one exception to choosing extra goal categories. Everyone should choose 3 long-term goals. This step should also be done first. Identifying your long-term goals first allows you to ensure that supporting goal categories work towards achieving your ultimate goals. For example, if you want the freedom to travel when and where you want in 3-5 years then your professional, business, and/or finance goals are needed to achieve this.

 

The key to creating your future is easy. I’m going to show you how to create specific, actionable goals that will start building the life you desire.

How to Choose Your Goals

Step 1

As I said above, choose your long-term goals first. Here are my current long-term goals:

  1. Pay off student loans.
  2. Earn 10k a month from my site and side hustles.
  3. Spend summers travelling with my family.

Step 2

Next, number a post-it note (or scrap piece of paper) 1 through 3.

Step 3

Use the list at the beginning of this post as a reference and write down the categories that you feel correspond with each long-term goal. Overlap is perfectly fine as you can see in my example:

  1. Finances, Business
  2. Business, Organizational
  3. Finances, Business, Family

Step 4

Choose 4-5 categories to set monthly goals for. Be sure to include the ones you listed in step 3 then fill in the empty spots left. Here are my categories:

  1. Business
  2. Finances
  3. Organizational
  4. Family
  5. Self-Improvement

Step 5

Create specific monthly goals under each category. Again, be sure not to overload yourself with more items than you can reasonably accomplish in one month. You can see my November goals below.

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My November Goals

Business Goals

  • Create an Instagram PlanI want to get on top of my IG game by planning out my posts a month in advance. I want to create a spreadsheet that includes the captions that go along with each photo that I can copy and paste. I believe this will ensure that I am posting every day.
  • Add Daily New Listing to EtsyI just launched a shop with my mom on November 1st and I want to see it grow steadily.
  • Plan New Revenue StreamYou can’t get to earning $10k a month without trying out new things. Overall, I plan to spend the next year trying out a different technique for earning income each month. I want to see what works for me and what doesn’t. This month is the Etsy shop but I need an idea for December.
  • Get Ahead on PostsThe autumn season is hitting my schedule hard and I have fallen behind (which I hate!). I want to get back in front of my blogging schedule.

Finance Goals

  • Save $200 (or more) in an Emergency Fund
  • Meal PlanThis month I want to get back to meal planning. It saves money and, frankly, saves my sanity. I don’t have to think about dinner, I just make it. It’s even better when I can have meal prep sessions to create crockpot and freezer meals.
  • Extra CashI want to try one thing to make some extra cash fast. Some ideas I’ve brainstormed are selling something, try my hand at investing, or perform an odd job. While we are blessed enough to not truly need the money, I want to start socking extra payments towards my student loans.

Organizational Goals

  • Get rid of one item each day.
  • Empty Living RoomWe finally have all of the materials for the living room remodel. That means it’s time to empty it out so I can get to work. Because of how large of a goal this is, I’m not adding anything else to organizational goals this month.

Family

  • Family DinnersFor the first time in years everyone’s schedule allows for family dinners together. I want this to become the new norm for our family again.
  • Weekly Family NightThe demands of my work keep me busy constantly. I want to be more intentional about taking undistracted family time each week. Having a weekly family night is a great incentive to make sure that this happens.

Self-Improvement

  • Complete Monthly Fitness ChallengeI’m going to go with this push-up/plank challenge if you’d like to complete it with me.
  • Increase GratitudeI plan to accomplish this by journaling about 3 things I am grateful for each day. They can be little or big, the point is to focus on the good things in my life.
  • Read 20 Minutes a DayThis is not my leisure reading (which I love!). These will be educational reads pertaining to business or personal finance. I want these to help motivate me to rock my monthly goals while also expanding my knowledge on the topics.

There you have it. These are my goals for the month of November. I look forward to sharing this adventure with you. Are you ready to start creating your future along with me? Don’t wait to see what happens, be the catalyst behind it.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Whether you work or are a stay-at-home-mom your time is precious. Stop being overwhelmed with this ultimate list of time-management resources for busy moms.

Mom’s Ultimate List of Time-Management Resources

Whether you work or are a stay-at-home-mom your time is precious. That is why time management is so important. Ironically it is the area most moms struggle the most. There are thousands of amazing free resources out there to help you out. The problem is that you don’t have the time to scour the internet for them. If you had that kind of free time you wouldn’t need the resources to begin with. That’s why I’ve created the ultimate list of time-management resources for you. Find the resources you need itemized by category to save you time and get your job done.

 

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To-Do List

5 Tips to Dominate Your To-Do List

Dominating your to-do list doesn’t have to be hard. Find out my 5 easy tips to do it right here.

3 Tips to Catch Up on Your To-Do List

These tips from Laina at lainaturner.com are fabulous! She has a straight-forward way of kicking your behind in gear and helping you finally get caught up on your to-do list. (Disclaimer: there is some foul language on her site but it is still 100% worth your time to read.)

10 Ways to Get Ahead Even When You’re Already Late

Let’s be fair. We all get behind sometimes. We take on more than we can handle or it is simply a busy time of year. No matter the reason, Momprenuer on Fire can help. I need number one as a reminder every day.

6 Tips to Help You Cross More Items off Your To-Do List

If there is anyone who knows a little something about the importance of time management it is Sharon at momof6.com! She has 6 tips to help you out and they are all fabulous. Scheduling social media time, anyone? Be inspired by a mom who is truly doing it all.

Free Printable To-Do List

Sometimes managing your to-do list is as simple as writing it down. If you need a pretty printable to motivate you then check out this free one from Leslie at LambertsLately.com.

How to Organize a Master To-Do List with a Brain Dump

Do you have a master to-do list? Find out why you need one as well as how to create it with these awesome tips from Kelli at 3boysandadog.com!

How to Get More Done: Work Smarter Not Harder

Shonee at hawthorneandmain.com has great points to help you balance your to-do list. Find out about how she uses time-blocking to get it all done.

31 Ways to Get More Done

If you have time to delve in and really explore, these 31 ideas from Raki at outsidetheboxmom.com are inclusive. With so much juicy content you’ll want to pour yourself a glass of wine while you explore all she has to offer here.

 

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Evenings

Establishing Your Evening Routine

What I love most about this post from Natalie at refinedroomsllc.com is that she doesn’t just focus on your routine. As a mom you are largely in charge of the entire family’s routines and she includes tips to help you manage them all.

6 Evening Rituals that Guarantee a Stress-Free Morning

Kara at Everyday Victories has great ideas for your evening to make your mornings better. I struggle the most with her tip for having a set bedtime (and not just for your kids) but it is true that it can seriously makeover your mornings. Get the rest of her tips here.

 

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Mornings

Create a Morning Routine that Works for You

Do you hate getting up early? Maybe you just can’t seem to get to bed early enough to pull it off. Either way, I love this post from Melissa at avirtuouswoman.org because she emphasizes how to create a morning routine that works for you whether that means beating your kids to waking up or not. Only you know what works best for your family and she recognizes that.

How to Organize Your Day (For Moms)

This is another great post from Melissa at avirtuouswoman.org that covers structuring your day from morning to night. This is a fantastic resource because she includes how to structure your mornings, your cleaning schedule, and your day with kids. It doesn’t get much better than that.

 

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After School

Creating an Afterschool Routine

This awesome resource from Natalie at refinedroomsllc.com is made even better because her tips are paired with an awesome free printable to help keep your kids on track. She covers everything from when they walk in the door to homework time so that your afterschool routine is streamlined and easy.

After School Routine Clock

This idea from Arena at kidsactivitiesblog.com is a little different than all of the others because this is actually a DIY tutorial. However, it is too genius not to include. Kids do fantastic with visual references and this routine clock is perfect for that.

 

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Meal Planning

Creating Your Meal Planning Routine

Here’s another great post from Natalie at refinedroomsllc.com. Not only does she give you a ton of tips for creating a meal planning routine, she also gives you free printables to help you do it. Quickly see your meal options and your weekly meals at a glance.

Free Printable Weekly Meal Planners

Just looking for a free printable? Emily at myloveforwords.com has just that. No fuss, no muss, just an easy freebie to get you organized.

10 Steps to Simplify Meal Planning

These steps from Melissa at avirtuouswoman.org cover everything you need to simplify your meal planning from pantry staples to prioritizing.

 

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Fitness

5 Tips for Finding Time to Workout

You’ll notice that there’s only one link under this. Why? Because Heather at divasrunforbling.com pretty much covers it with these 5 tips.

My Fitness Board on Pinterest

Part of fitting fitness into your schedule is finding a routine/workout that works for you. Find 30 day challenges, playground workouts, and more on DIY Adulation’s fitness board.

 

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Balance

When God Tells You to Slow Down

Part of time-management includes finding time to relax and enjoy your family. Unfortunately we don’t always take the time to do it. When that happens, God has a way of forcing you to slow down. Find out what to do when that happens.

6 Steps to Gain Control over an Unorganized Life

Another important strategy in managing your time is being organized. It’s hard to get you to-do list done when you’re spending all of your time looking for things you need. These 6 tips from Sharon at momof6.com make it easy to implement organizational systems that save you time.

8 Reasons Me Time is Important

Why is it that the first thing that always gets cut is taking care of yourself when you run out of time? That is why you need to read this post from Ash at quirkyinspired.com. She will convince you that you can’t be your best if you don’t take care with some me time.

Secret to Living Life with More Intention and Purpose

This post from Andrea at tablerpartyoftwo.com is more about how she uses her created planner to organize her life. However, I’m including it because she offers a free daily planner printable that is seriously inclusive. It includes all of the components you need to have your day organized at your fingertips.

4 Strategies to Say No Guilt-Free

I love how Kara at Everyday Victories phrases saying no at “defending your time” because that is truly what it is. Your time is a gift but moms often treat it as an obligation that we owe to other. If you need tips for how to say no then you don’t want to miss her strategies.

10 Secrets to Getting More Done as a Full-Time Blogging Mom

Although this post from Cristi at thekeeperofthememories.com is geared towards bloggers, the advice is sound for any work-at-home mom. These are great strategies to knock-out your work and still have time to spend time with your family.

$3 DIY to Save Your Sanity

Timing is everything when it comes to time management. I have found that this one secret is perfect to help your whole family manage time effortlessly.

 

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Tips and Planners

Tips to Organize Your Planner

My planner is seriously my lifeline. It helps me manage my time and my to-do list. Part of why it is so effective is because of how I organize it. These tips will tell you why it’s important and how to do it.

How Creating a Routine Makes Yours Day Easier

A routine is an easy way to make sure you accomplish everything you need to in one day. Find out why this is (and how to do it) with this post from Melissa at a virtuouswoman.org.

7 Essential Habits to Instantly Become a Highly Organized Mom

This is another post that covers the basics of getting your life organized. Think of it like a mini-crash course in routine, organization, and time-management. Number 6 from Kara at Everyday Victories is my favorite but they are all fantastic!

One Step to Beating that Crazy Day

Crazy days are inevitable but this tip from Momprenuer on Fire is fantastic. The best part is that it is way easier than you think.

How to Plan Your Life without Losing Your Soul

What does it mean to plan your life without losing your sole? It means that you need to plan it all, not just work and vacations. Find out more and get a free printable to help from Debbie at debbiesinshape.com.

6 Time Management Tips to Master Your Schedule

Erin from erinshebish.com points out the importance of delegation along with 5 other amazing tips to master your schedule. Don’t think that you can’t delegate because you’re a stay-at-home mom, either. Your family needs to work together to take care of things. You may be supermom but you still can’t do it alone.

Free Planning Printables

Yes, this link is to Barb’s 2016 printable planner but I’m including it because her free goal setting and to-do list printables are incredible. See all of it over at Second Chance to Dream!

 

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Stop being overwhelmed and feeling like you’re getting nothing accomplished. This list is so inclusive that you can easily find what you need to stay productive as your life and goals evolve. Mom life is hectic but it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to rock it! Utilize these free resources and be the queen of the playground set. Don’t forget to pin this for later so you can find it when you need more printables or have new tasks to conquer!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
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5 Tips to Dominate Your To-Do List

Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? Does it seem to grow larger each day and leave you feeling like you’ve gotten nothing accomplished at the end of the day? I have absolutely been there. Then I found a set of sticky notes in the Dollar Spot at Target that totally transformed my to-do list. They simply said “Top Five” followed by a colorful, numbered list. It was an “Ah-ha!” moment. Instead of trying to conquer a giant list of tasks, I started focusing on 5 each day. I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing my 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

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1. Use a Planner

It is so important to use a planner. To truly rock your to-do list, use a paper one. This forces you to physically write down your obligations and plans. This increases the retention of those plans in your memory. Find out how to best organize your planner to make it work extra hard for you.

Bonus:

  • Use a wall calendar, too. Write in important events and dates. This serves 2 purposes, one being that those events will be further imprinted on your memory. The second purpose is to help keep your family organized along with you. Instead of hearing, “Mom, what time’s my soccer game on Saturday?” your child can look at the family wall calendar.

 

Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

2. Create an Ongoing To-Do List

You also want to create an ongoing to-do list. This can be listed in your planner, on your phone, or in a separate notebook. Put it somewhere convenient that you will have easy access to. Any time that you think of something you need to do such as make a birthday gift or clean your coffee maker, put it on your list. Don’t limit yourself to small tasks. Include bigger ones like re-landscaping or decluttering your clothes. (The picture above is actually my ongoing post list because I keep my to-do list digitally.)

 

Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

3. Pick Your Top 5

This is THE most important thing you can do to dominate your to-do list! Each night before you go to bed pick the top 5 tasks that you want to complete the next day. Those tasks take priority over anything else on your to-do list. Even if the rest of your schedule has to change due to unexpected events popping up, do these 5 things.

Optional:

I try to choose my top 5 each day based on categories: cleaning, work, home, family, and self. This helps ensure that no area of my life falls between the cracks. A sample top 5 list using these categories is:

  • Cleaning: Wipe Down Baseboards
  • Work: Write Blog Post
  • Home: Make Freezer Meals
  • Family: Read with Kids
  • Self: 20 Minutes of Yoga

 

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4. Delegate

Stop trying to do it all. Enlist your family’s help where you can. Give your kids daily chores to help with the housework. Let your husband take over some of the weekly errands. This is one that I still struggle with. I think most moms do. We want to believe that we can do it all but we can’t. Even single mothers can’t do it all. Enlisting help from friends and family is necessary to be at your best and get everything on your list done.

 

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5. Start with the Worst

Always start on your to-do list with the task you dread the most. This is fluid, meaning it will change from day-to-day and also as you change and grow. If you are just starting to get in shape, exercise will be a dreaded task but as you become fit, you will start looking forward to it. Dishes are more likely to be dreaded on the day you are throwing a birthday party than they are on a regular day. Starting with the worst task on your list each day make the rest of your to-do list easier.

 

Are you drowning under a never-ending to-do list? I am now dominating my to-do list and I’m sharing 5 tips to dominate your to-do list, too!

Now you can dominate your to-do list every single day. Even better is that by sticking to your top 5 like glue, you will see that ongoing to-do list getting shorter. That always creates an awesome sense of accomplishment. If you have larger goals that you need help tackling you can find that help right here. You’ll get the tools you need to conquer every goal you set by breaking it down into smaller, more-manageable goals.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

Organizing Your Planner and a Birthday Party

The busier you get the faster time seems to go. If you’re not organizing your time, you are losing it. A planner is the best, and might I say prettiest, way to organize your time. However, a planner can help with more than just your schedule. If you’re like me, you operate best when everything is in one place. To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday, here are my tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

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To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

Your Planner

Choose a planner that works for you. My personal favorite is the Happy Planner which I have been using for a year now. There are a ton of reasons I love it but the biggest reasons are:

  1. It is easily expandable.
  2. It can be folded completely in half due to its unique disc system.

 

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Your Responsibilities

It is important to consider what your household responsibilities are when organizing your planner. If you take care of the cleaning and cooking in your household then you need sections in your planner for keeping track of these. With the Happy Planner, you actually have 2 options for achieving this.

  1. You can buy the Home Planner set which is what I have (and totally recommend).
  2. With their awesome punch, you can create your own. Simply design you planning and organizational pages. Next, punch them and place in your planner.

 

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

Accessories

Let’s be fair: the accessories are the most fun part of your planner. They make it unique. They make it yours. Some of the accessories I use are:

  • Dashboards – These are a unique idea from Create 365. They are plastic inserts that are perfect for sticky notes and to-do lists.
  • Pocket Folders – Frankly, I feel like these are a must. You definitely want folders in your planner to help you organize.
  • Washi Tape – While not a necessity, washi tape makes organizing easier and prettier. I use it to block large events such as when Hubs goes to drill or when we go on vacation.
  • Sticky Notes – Create 365 actually creates ones that are perfectly compatible with your Happy Planner. These are handy for a multitude of things such as your to-do list.
  • Colorful Pens – I’m a little OCD when it comes to my planner so I use colorful pens to color-coordinate tasks and appointments.

 

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Your Sections

At the very least, you should have monthly and weekly calendars. Put your important events on the monthly calendar so you can see everything at a glance. It is important to note that you need to make sure you move these items to your weekly calendar as soon as they come up. You don’t want to plan out your week and forget about an obligation you have.

 

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

Case

A case for your planner makes the entire organizational process so much easier. That is the one regret that I have. I wish I would have bought my planner case sooner. It is so convenient to have all of my supplies in one place. I’ll show you how I organize my case in a later post but for now, trust me, this is definitely worth the investment.

 

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

A Peek Inside My Planner

My planner has to work overtime for me. I tried having separate planners for both my blog and my personal life but it just didn’t work for me. I need everything in one place. That’s another reason that I love my Happy Planner. Now, I am more effective because everything is organized and at my fingertips.

 

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

My Dashboards

  • I use 2 of my 3 dashboards. One holds post ideas that I want to write. The other holds appointment sticky notes and the tops items on my to-do list.

 

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

Monthly Calendar

  • Those post ideas I talk about on my dashboards? I put those on my monthly calendar. This is excellent for bloggers especially. It allows you to rearrange your editorial calendar as necessary. For example, if a sponsored post comes up.

 

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

Weekly Calendar

  • On the weekly calendar, I lay out my daily schedule. It is important not to do this more than a week in advance because of how quickly things on your schedule can change. The Happy Planner allows me to block my activities and responsibilities into morning, afternoon, and evening categories. This is incredibly helpful when blocking things such as doctor’s appointments and kids’ activities onto the weekly calendar.

Cleaning Schedule

  • I love the daily cleaning checklist that comes with the Home Planner set. There is plenty of room for me to add my own cleaning tasks and the basic ones already included are helpful and relevant. This can be a life-saver for staying on top of the household clutter.

Meal Planner

  • The last important section I include in my planner is the meal planner. It has a calendar for scheduling your meals and it also have an itemized shopping list. We like to have use a dry erase board on the fridge for our grocery list so, instead, I use the shopping list to keep track of what we have available for meals. It is my pantry and freezer list.

 

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

To celebrate DIY Adulation’s first birthday here are tips for organizing your planner as well as a giveaway to give you all of the tools you need to do so.

The Home Planner set also includes a budget section. If you do yours on pen and paper, this is excellent. I keep track of ours electronically so this isn’t a section used in my planner. One last thing I want to point out is that your can get expander rings to enlarge your planner (you can see mine in the photos above). These are perfect when you need a lot of items in your planner, like me. Whew! That was a lot of information to cover and those are just the highlights. It is time for the birthday celebration, though, so here it is! Help celebrate the One Year Anniversary of DIY Adulation where you could get the gifts. Enter for your chance to win the basic necessities to start organizing your time and responsibilities below!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.