4 reasons to organize your life & $10 to help you start!

Up until recently, like 2 weeks ago, I was one of the mass who was attempting to “organize your life” digitally. That all ended when I got a new job and decided to really start this blog and needed to REALLY get stuff done. You may be wondering why I switched? Well, it wasn’t working. I would set an appointment, put it in my calendar, and then completely forget about it! I did this a couple times and just said…nope! This isn’t conducive to accomplishing any of the goals I’m trying to reach. I had to stop and think about it and decide what I needed to do in order to move forward.

Fast forward to a sunny afternoon perusing Pinterest and I ran across the most beautiful planners. Yep, I fell into the Erin Condren trap, ordered, and begin buying supplies the SAME day! It didn’t take much convincing since it’s pretty and I REALLY needed to get stuff done. When I ordered I even got my mom and one of my best friend’s to buy one too! I received her, my planner,  just the other day and boy oh boy is she pretty!!!!!!

 

I have a space to make my own and watch my dreams come to life. When it arrived I was soooo happy to finally have a place to SEE what I’ve been thinking and I can take back all the “cloud” space in my brain where these ideas and goals have been trapped. I finally have a place to dive in and write down my goals and here are the 4 reasons to organize your life and why this is so important to you.

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1. Visualize progress. Without your goals written down and a place to see them, such as a planner/agenda, you don’t know where you started and where you’re headed. As a kid you had a growth chart. At work we have tests to check our student’s academic progress, but what do you have? Create your own growth chart in the form of a planner or place to write your goals down. Don’t just let them float around in the “cloud”. Take time to write them down and say them aloud, you will see a difference, literally

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2. Pace yourself. Writing what you want to do is one way to see you can’t just go from 0-100 overnight! By taking the time to organize your life in a written manner, you will be able to figure out the steps needed to get there! You want to adhere to a strict breakdown of class time? Writing this down will make you back-track to the root of the problem and figure out what needs to be done and how long it will take to get there. Yes, this is agonizing, but it is SO necessary. Think of curriculum pacing, it’s a pain to do up front, but the fact you know where you’re headed and how long you should devote to each objective is an amazing bit of stress off your shoulder. Don’t wait, set the pace for yourself and write it down!

3. Plan for the future. Without you having the actual goal written down, it’s just not as likely to happen. I know it seems crazy, but once you write something down, there’s a certain form of energy or higher force, according to The Tools, called forward motion. I mentioned it in the last post that life is about movement. You can’t just expect things to happen, but once you get started you want to have a goal set that lets you know where to go next. In your agenda, find a place to jot down ideas. Carry a few post it notes with you and a pen and if something hits you, write it down! Ideas need goals so you can plan for the future.

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4. The separation of school and life. Yep, you read that right, the separation of school and life. How many times have you completely forgotten what’s going on in the “real world” because of school? I know, you do it at some point EVERY year!!! This is where your agenda comes in handy. No matter what type of agenda you get, make sure you have separate places for school and home. This may mean two completely separate planners for some people, but for me it means separate columns. I am a Scandal fanatic (come on Sept 25) so I know I’ll grab a Scandal sticker to note that in my planner. Planning a grocery run, oh do I have the most adorable sticker for that. Football Saturday’s and Sunday’s yep, got a sticker for that too! With so many Etsy stores and creative people out there, I have absolutely no reason to NOT have all my little life happenings and important notes right in front of me.

Just like you, I am determined to start school with an amazing outlook and to make this a learning experience that is exciting for my students. However, you can’t forget about yourself. Take the time to invest in a planner YOU like. Make it be the place where YOU can see your dreams come to fruition. Here’s where I can help! I am giving you $10 off your first planner through Erin Condren. Yep, it’s an investment in YOU. Don’t hesitate, just do it and you’ll see how beginning to organize your life in a place you find inviting will make you a happy person! Already have your planner? Here’s a few places I’ve found to “pretty” her up and/or get even more organized!

Ms. Wenduhh     Hello Ashleyann   Obsessed with Cute  Jenny Lind   Samantha Lisic

How do you organize your life? Have any suggestions of things to add to my blog calendar or personal space?

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14 Responses to 4 reasons to organize your life & $10 to help you start!

  1. I have found that I absolutely have to have all appointments on a regular wall calendar. If I don’t have that visual I have no sense of what’s coming when. Thanks for sharing. Hello from Weekend No Rules Blog Hop.

  2. Erin Condren says:

    Such GREAT advice! So happy we can help organize and make teacher’s lives a little bit easier. You are all such rockstars and deserve all of the help you can get! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a thoughtful blog post, it means a lot and we love hearing positive feedback like this! We truly appreciate customers like you and are thrilled you love your life planner.
    enjoy!

    The Erin Condren team
    http://www.erincondren.com

  3. Kia says:

    I organize by making a to do list on a weekly/daily basis. I also put the most important events in my tablet/phone.

    • 180daystohappy says:

      Very good idea! I just always need to SEE what’s going on. My phone is only good for the alarm, which I love to hate!

  4. I always need help separating school life and personal life (especially the first month or so back to school!) looks like I need a pretty planner 🙂 Thanks for sharing the $10 off!!

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  6. I’ve been thinking about getting an Erin Condren for some time. I’m pretty sure you’ve sold me!! 😉

    Do you have any posts where you talk about how you use your planner. I’m always looking for new ideas. Thanks!!

    • 180daystohappy says:

      Jillian! I absolutely love my Erin Condren Life Planner! Although I haven’t shared exactly how I use it, check today’s post for how I use it weekly. I’ve found SO much inspiration on Facebook, but I’ve also come to find I like to divide it up by To Do, inspiration, and plans. It just seems to work, for me! I say have fun with it and over a few weeks you’ll find your own way you like to do it!! Have fun with and be sure to let me know when you get it and how much you love it!!!

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