2016 Planner

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Well, it took 20+ inches of snow, but I am finally able to sit down and share this year’s planner!  We are currently in the midst of our largest snowstorm in five years.  The county schools already had a few days off in the beginning of the week, so there was one day of school before the impending storm cancelled schools.  The university closed on Friday, so M and I had a day off together yesterday and are snowed in until further notice.  The snow is still coming down, and is expected to last through the rest of the day.  I’m sure we will hit two feet!

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I have a pile of homework to get through in the next few days, in case the plows are efficient enough to have us back at work/school by Tuesday.  One of my classes is the notorious “reading” class of the program–we’ve got around a book+a paper a week to get through, plus additional assignments.  I’m glad to be getting it out of the way this early, but I expect that I will have to work on my self-discipline to stay on track.

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Thankfully, my planner is all set up to help me remember everything for my classes and my work–there is even space to remember to take care of me!  I stuck with most of my set-up from last year.  I still love my horizontal weekly spread, with the trio of delineated space for the important things for the day.  This year, those spaces are for homework (super necessary), self-care/relationship care (one of my goals to work on for 2016), and dinner (always important).  Last year’s planner had space for daily chores and workouts.  I am still working to make a true routine of movement in my life, but homework definitely trumps workout, in terms of valuable planner space.  Instead, my workouts are now in a row of checkboxes at the end of each week.  I also realized over the course of last year that having the daily chore space was weighing on me far more than it should.  I am still trying to come up with a routine of daily maintenance that cuts down on my cleaning time, but, realistically, I do most of my cleaning on my day off each week.  The solution was to add another row to check off the chores at the end of the week.  This way, I can do the cleaning whenever is convenient!  I even found some adorable little images to help remind me of the seven major cleaning tasks that I try to conquer each week.  I added a third row to my checkbox tracker that is blank, so I can use it for whatever habit I’m working on.   I also move my blog planner onto the weekly spread–hopefully I will see it more often!

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My meal planner page remained the same, as did my time sheet.  I added a place on the follow-up pages to track my weekly goals, that tie in the monthly goal planner that I built into my monthly page spread.  My word for 2016 is intentional.  We saw a lot of improvements in 2015: having our own place (no roommates!), being more social, settling into life on two full-time salaries, growing our first garden.  But I reached the end of the year feeling like I coasted through a lot of it.  I want to be more intentional about how I spend my free time, rather than ending up in front of the TV.  With this striving for intentional action on my mind, I added in monthly goals (and weekly sub-goals) to help plan out and achieve new habits and good changes in my life.  I also added the section for self-care in hopes of teaching myself better stress management.

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This new format takes a little bit more time to set up each week, but I think slowing down and spending a little more intentional time setting up each week will only benefit my life.  2016 is off to a wonderful start!

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