April 13, 2017
Guys, I really can’t get enough of self-help books. I mean, really is there another more non-desperate sounding word for them? If there is, please comment below so I can save a little face. One of my best discoveries by far in this book world was “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey. To sum part of it up VERY basically (go read the book seriously) is that people tend to just schedule their day. But most people don’t actually sit back and think about what their priorities are before even attempting to schedule their day.
He says, imagine you are visiting your own funeral and you see everybody you knew. Each one goes up to talk about you. Your kids, your job, your family, your friend. What would you want each of them to say? I mean…total lightbulb moment for me.
So I immediately went and made a life mission statement, what were my rules that I want to uphold myself to. Then he talks about the most interesting thing next, he talks about roles. Your roles. And the many roles that each of us play that we don’t even think about as separate roles, but they are. Me for example my roles are: Wife, mother, business owner, family member, friend, SAHM, wedding planner, and community member. Every single day, I play each of these roles. We all do…we all play numerous different roles.
He then suggested to plan in a way that supports our mission statement for each of these roles. Going back to the funeral…what would you plan for each role to support what you’d like to be remembered as. To become? To start to plan around what your priorities are, rather than just plan a schedule and prioritize around that. Yes? Yes!
Whenever I complain I don’t have any time for myself, it’s because I’ve stopped using these sheets. Whenever I feel guilty about not spending enough time with my girls, it’s because I’m not using these sheets. Whenever I feel unhealthy and tired, it’s because I’m not using these sheets. No the sheets aren’t magic, they only work if you hold yourself accountable to what you schedule. But if you do, literally you will see that there is more then enough time for everything and then some. You will get all of those things on the back burner that are important to you done, that never get done.
You know…like “Oh I would really love to take all those pictures I have and make a photo album” or “Someday I really want to learn Spanish” or “I’ve been meaning to call my Grandma but I just haven’t had the time”. The things that aren’t vital to do today…but are really, really important to you.
It’s especially great for staying on the ball with upcoming stuff. Rather then do everything at the very last second, schedule it for the week you hear about it. Make it measurable. Just do it. The things that are a few months away seem so far away, yet hit you like a ton of bricks way quicker then you thought it would. I should know, I was #1 procrastinator. If they gave awards for best person to ever procrastinate it would have been for me. So…
Enter type A psycho person who immediately scours the internet to find a planner that is pretty and uses this method. I couldn’t find any, so the little psycho in me was like “Yes! Obviously this means I need to make my OWN planner!!” Lol. And so within a couple days, a full planner sample was born. What I’m sharing with you today is a free printable of the daily page, the weekly role sheet and some sample sheets to give you an idea of how I use it.
Guys, it works, and it’s worked for me for years. Every time I stop planning this way, I fall back into everything piling up and having time for nothing. You know, the “I’m so busy every single day, yet nothing important seems to be getting done” feeling. This is what works for me, and according to Stephen Covey a ton of other people. The method is not my idea at all…the pretty little planning sheets are.
So this is for you if:
Seriously, it’s for everyone. It’s so good and if you hold yourself accountable every day to do the things you plan…you will see amazing things happen. It literally transformed everything for me, just using the method of planning and holding myself accountable. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I have, and please go buy the book because it will give you much more insight into why this works….and it’s just a great read!
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