Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Plan With Me: 4th of July

Hey planner gals! 

I thought I would do something a little different this week, and decided to do a Plan With Me. Now I am by no means someone who likes to video tape themselves, so YouTube is a no go. I am going to attempt to do this via a blog post.

Bare with me! 

My usually planning days are Wednesdays. I like doing it then because I usually have a good idea of whats coming the next week, and I am able to do the half week planning as well. 

I usually start by either picking a washi tape that my spread will coordinate with or I will choose a weekly kit. For the week of July 4-10, I decided to do a patriotic theme being that July 4th is Monday. Being a military wife, these days are very important to us, and we usually celebrate them in style. I went with a gold, red, and blue theme along with some stickers I found in the Target Dollar Spot.

First things first:
Open to your new week.
I am constantly pre-planning.
I love using post-it notes to mark down future events so that when that week comes everything is already there and I don't have to worry about missing anything. 

Grab your essentials!!
My essentials are: Washi Tape, Staedtler Pens, a Sharpie marker, planner stickers of course, and my gift card which I use to cut washi!

Apply washi to the top. I always cover the time slots between 6am - 8am. Now that I stay at home (temporary), nothing usually happens before 8am. Usually I just use one washi, but this week I thought I would be a little festive.
This weeks washi:
Gold Glitter - Target, Scotch Brand

Then I start to embellish the page.
This is one of the stickers that came out of the Target Dollar Spot Pack

The packs that these stickers came from look like this: 

I start to put in important events or appointments of things I know will not change. These would consist of doctors appointments, days off, dinner plans, date nights, etc. These would be events that I would plan around so it's important that they are the first things I place down.

Here I plan my husbands day off. 
I use a glitter sticker (I'm not sure where it came from) and a soldier sticker that came from KreativeKeo on etsy. 

I also know that an important package will be delivered on Tuesday so I mark it down so I know to check the mailbox pretty consistently that day. (My wedding photos are finally arriving!!!). 
I use the sampler I received from BlankSlateStickers and a package icon from KreativeKeo. 

I am kind of obsessed with Hallmark Christmas movies so I had to make sure I put down the important ones that will be on. But honestly who am I kidding, the Hallmark channel will be on the entire time that week. 

Here I am using label stickers from NicoleHutchDesigns and placing them at the time of the movie. 
I will always write on the sticker prior to putting it in my planner so I don't risk messing up the pages. It just works better for me that way. The weekend banner is also from KreativeKeo. 

I don't usually decorate my side bar, and keep it pretty functional. But next week I have a lot of incoming mail and wanted to make sure that I keep track of when it comes. This will make it easier than putting stickers down on every day. 

Again, I'm not sure where the glitter flag came from, but the mini-truck is from TheInspiredPlanner on Etsy.

The rest of the planning is done as the days come. I don't add to-do lists or dinner plans until the actual days because lets be real, I don't know what I'm cooking until that morning. 
That's just what works best for me. 

I usually keep a stack of stickers I will likely use out on my desk to plan as I go. 

And that about wraps up the Wednesday planning session.

I use this as a time just to get the important stuff down and organized so I know what to expect as I make plans. This allows me to remember and stay functional with important tasks that are coming up. It also allows me to get together future documents I may need for next weeks appointments so that I am not scrambling to find everything once the night before rolls around.

Like I said, it's what works for me. 

Everyone is different when it comes to their planning style, and that's totally okay! We are all unique and that's the great thing about the planning community.

Here's a few pictures of how my desk usually looks while planning.
Okay, maybe I cleaned it up a little bit ;)

And the finished product:

Thank you so much for reading, and I hope you enjoyed my post. Let me know if you like this post and if this is something that you'd like to see on a weekly basis!
If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. 

Until next time,

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