My Favorite Planner

A few people have asked me about my planner, so I thought I’d share…

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My support coach, Becky, taught me during support raising that I needed to use a planner with an hourly layout (ie: the google cal.). While I am our social media coordinator, me and The Googs just aren’t super compatible.

I love tangible notes. If I don’t write notes down, they don’t get done. Writing notes helps me focus. Also, there’s nothing like crossing something off your To Do List. I’m a tactile person, I suppose.

A few years ago I began the quest to find the perfect planner that Becky would approve of. I liked Target’s designs best, but weekly planners leave me wanting. And that’s pretty much all Target has. My job is pretty “entrepreneurial”, so I set my own schedule. There’s a lot of moving parts and I tend to overdo my hours. When I can see 12 hours (9-9) laid out, I can figure out how to block off 2/3 of my day and only work those hours. Well, try to only work those hours.

While I could put all my info on Google Cal and then print it out, that’s not super pretty.  I am tactile, but I am also highly obsessed with aesthetics. Since I couldn’t find anything that met every criteria I had, I decided to design my own planner. I found IHeartOrganizing’s planner, and while it was working for a while, it starts so early and it’s not the cutest. [Who has 5-11 days? Does that person only sleep from 11-5? I’d be exhausted.] I tweaked hers a little bit to fit more of my schedule. Here’s mine. Feel free to download a copy for yourself here: Calendar

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I slipped in some of the immovable, weekly things in my schedule (staff meetings, Bible studies, weekly meetings, training, etc) and printed those out, but wanted to keep the things that sometimes change (discipleship appointments, my planning time, CityWides, Outreaches, Ministry Partner Development times, etc) off. I’ll write those in each week just in case a student cancels or for some reason I have to move our time around. Like this week.

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I insert into this schedule (by hand) my weekly meetings with students. That way I can confirm with them that we’re still good as a reminder of the commitment they’ve made, but also just to make sure I maximize my time just in case they can’t meet one week.

Okay, so here’s what else I’m doing…

Since my schedule will be changing in May for Summer Mission and again in August, my hands are pretty tied with making a planner for the whole year. That’s kind of a bummer.

Jan-May: Print the filled in design.

May-August: Print the blank design.

AND THEN.

Print THIS WONDERFUL MONTHLY PDFs. And organize them. January sheet- 4 weeks of filled in designs. February Sheet- 4 weeks of filled in designs. ETC Until May, then I use the blank ones. And then until August when I have to put a pause on my schedule until I know what’s going on with LIFE.

I print all these at FedEx. Organize them how I like. And then take them in to be bound and covered. And then I have the perfect planner!

I hope this is a good resource for you. I love doing life this way and the only thing I could see working better would be to jump on the Google Cal life. And that life just ain’t for me.

Let me know what you think and if you’d like me to email you the PDF or design one for you with another phrase up top, I can! 🙂

MLou

 

 

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MOO Business Cards

I was sitting in a meeting with about 23 professionals this week when I realized, “Oh, this is real life networking, and I probably should have business cards for this.” #Millenials #LinkedInWasMyBusinessCard.

I had some down time today after speaking at group meeting and decided to finally get those business cards made. I wanted something eye-catching, yet professional and gave the rustic-industrial feel to Detroit. I landed upon Moo.com’s website {sidenote: Why is it called Moo?}. They have a very large selection of fun designs and a ton of do-it-yourself options.

I chose to order 200 square business cards in the Frame It design. Here’s what I like about these designs: most come with different options for the back, so you’re essentially getting more than one design per pack. For example… I ordered one pack and was able to choose from five designs in the Frame It design. I could have 40 of each, or I could delete two designs and have 60 something of each three designs. Here’s the options I had:

I picked 2, 3, and 5.
I picked 2, 3, and 5.

Also, I really like that you can change the text layout for the front of your cards look however you want it to. Here’s a screenshot of some of the options I had:

You can change the font, size, color, background color, add a picture. There's a ton of variation that's doable.
You can change the font, size, color, background color, add a picture. There’s a ton of variation that’s doable.

For level of ease on Moo.com, I would give it a 9. There were a few kinks in regards to being able to position in my own photos and wishing there were more options, but overall it was super simple and easy to use.

Options: 10++++. Really, really great options.

Pricing: 6.5? It was a little on the high side for me, and there are not too many valid promo codes for Moo.com online to help with that. It ultimately became worth it because they were memorable. Really, who has a square business card? So unique! I did get a first time customer discount. With your first purchase, you save 10% on your order. You can click here to get that discount

I’ll let you know how I feel about them once they are here on March 2nd, ish.

Themed Blogs with Rhonna.

I woke up this morning to my lovely ex-roommate Whitney. She’s a doll, I tell you. A real gem.  I get to spend the next week in Richmond, Kentucky hanging out with her until we go east to North Carolina for Paige’s bachelorette party. I’m more than excited to be reunited with my better half. She’s the best. 

Last night, while Whitney was snoring away, my mind was racing at a million miles a minute. My manic mind rush may have been a direct result of my (over)indulgence in a Starbucks iced latte with three shots of espresso. [You gotta do what you gotta do…] Oftentimes my caffeine overdoses produce some really great, creative ideas. Last night in my espresso-induced drunken stupor, I was thinking about different blog ideas. If you haven’t noticed, I have been a little rusty here lately. Thanks for not noticing. 🙂 I thought of a 30-day theme challenge while editing some photos: Rhonna. 

Rhonna? Who the heck is Rhonna? Rhonna isn’t a person, well I’m sure she is somewhere, but the Rhonna I’m talking about is an photo editing/design app. I discovered it a few weeks ago, and I love it! You can do anything with this app, and it’s so simple to use! It’s also free by the way. There are various themes that this app has that you can decorate and design anything. Birthday instagrams? Check. Inspirational instagrams? Got that covered too.

I’ve decided to blog about the themes Rhonna gives in her “Insta Goals” section. Here’s some quotes, “Prepare to be amazed,” “One step at a time,” “My perfect day looks like this.” I want to try to accompany every blog post with a photo I’ve edited using Rhonna, but we’ll see if I can keep that up!

Feel free to use this idea, share it, or start it trending. I’d love to hear and see some of your designs and thoughts! #Rhonnablogs 

Here’s to Rhonna!