I have plenty of good intentions. I make all kinds of to-do lists and create plans of things to get done each day and week. Life somehow always gets in the way, and I have difficulty keeping up with my lists. I feel so much better when I can cross things off, and feel a sense of accomplishment. When things aren’t getting completed, I feel like a slacker. I think this happens to a lot of us!

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I will admit, I am a huge procrastinator. I find my biggest problem is that I have a hard time finding a balance between taking care of my daughter, my nanny job, my classes and schoolwork, keeping up with house work and trying to fit in crafting and sewing. I know some people are great at the balancing act, but I am personally not great at multi-tasking.

Planners have gotten me so far, but I think subconsciously they overwhelm me. There are too many options! I really like simple and basic. I have been trying to find a method that works for scheduling my time appropriately so that I will actually stick with it. At this point I have gone back to basics and chosen to utilize a simple calendar. Yup, just a basic monthly calendar. I find making a monthly calendar in Word has been really helpful for me at keeping up with when bills are due, where I have to be each day, and when I have time for crafting. Things get scheduled in a straightforward way, without ever getting overwhelmed by too many lists.

Here’s a sample of my calendar for February:

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If you’re interested in trying out my calendar method, I have created a blank one for free download! If you prefer simple like I do, this is a great option to try to stay on top of your schedule. I use mine on the computer (since I’m on it most days anyway) but you can also print it out and write your schedule by hand if that’s more your style.

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Let me know if this method works for you!

‘Til next time!
Brianne

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