Preparing my Simplified Planner: a Fresh Start for the New Year
Who doesn’t love a fresh start? I get so excited when I have a brand new notebook or planner to write in. It feels like those pages are just waiting to be filled! This is my first year using a Simplified Planner, and I wanted to give you a little peek inside. I’m also sharing the things I do each January to feel like I have a fresh start in the new year.
The Simplified Planner
What attracted me to the Simplified planner was its minimalism. I liked using stickers and things in my last planner because it made sitting down to fill it out feel like less of a chore, but a little of that went a long way. I also love the fact that every day has its own page, so you get a fresh start! I like that it has a hard cover, too, as I’ve found that plastic covers on other planners break. I chose the calendar year daily edition since I’m no longer a student and Andrew finishes school (forever!) in May. They also have weekly editions if you want your whole week on the same page. I went with the watercolor floral because it’s whimsical and feminine. They have a variety of designs if floral isn’t your thing!
Preparing my Planner
This year, the Simplified Planners come with “prep work” in the front. These pages allow you to reflect on what worked and didn’t work last year, routines and habits you want to implement, and priorities for the year. I think it’s important to take time to reflect at the end of the year, and the prep work was perfect for that. After reflecting on 2018 and looking ahead to 2019, I put in dates from my perpetual calendar. A perpetual calendar consists of the dates you need to remember that stay the same every year, like birthdays, anniversaries, etc.
Using my Planner
Once important dates are put in for the year, I use my planner one month at a time. I try not to look too far ahead other than to add dates as they get scheduled. Each Sunday I sit down with my planner and get my mind around the week. The Simplified Planner also has a list of prep tasks to help you get ready for the week ahead, and you are encouraged to add to that list with whatever helps you. I love being able to look at each day as both a schedule and a to-do list, and I get my planner out at least once a day to check in and make sure I’m on track to accomplish my most important tasks.
A Fresh Start
In addition to preparing my planner, I have some little rituals that help me feel ready for a fresh start in the new year. I always write down the biggest moments of the year, as well as the biggest ways I grew as a person. I also like to go out and buy a new devotional and journal to start the year off right. Closure is really important to me, so taking the time to be reflective on the past year as well as intentional about the year ahead makes me feel grounded and excited for what a new year will bring!
Let me know if you have any questions about the Simplified Planner. What are things you like to do as you end one year and start another? For those of you who have a Simplified Planner, how do you like to use your planner? Let me know in comments here or on Instagram!