Friday, August 7, 2015

Week One with Passion Planner

I received my brand new, academic-year Passion Planner on July 31. I was so excited! I usually use a calendar year planner, but since I work for a school district and am going back to college, I figured an academic planner would be a better fit.

I started by labeling the months. It just worked out that first semester (for both work and college) is red, second semester is yellow, and summer (June and July) is blue. I went through and added in the college's dates and deadlines as well as my work's (and Little Sis' school's) schedule. 

Most of the time, I use the black Signo Gel pen or the PaperMate pencil.

Here's the end of July. I added in the events from my previous planner. I scheduled in time for events, but at the end of each day, I went in and added events that happened that day. My planner is also color-coded: 

General appointments - yellow
Work - orange
School (College) - pink
Study Time - green
Personal - red
Little Sis - blue
Budget/Finances - light green

I saw this quote on Instagram from Toby Mac. It was a perfect fit for the Passion Planner!

Here is this week. Yeah, I just said I'm not big on drawing. These don't count. I looked at pictures while I drew them. I really love the layout of the Passion Planner. I didn't have a whole lot of things planned this week, except work on Thursday and Friday (when we officially went back to work for the school year). But when we did some spontaneous stuff, I added them in so I could remember them. Wednesday was a throw-away day. I stayed home and did nothing but watch TV.

Since Saturday is a day with nothing planned, I made my to-do list in Bullet Journal style. I just realized that I've already planned my lunches for next week (decided what dinners to make and I'll just take left overs for the first few days). I need to do some major grocery shopping, though.

You may have noticed that when I mentioned my color-coding, I failed to mention Big Sis. The big news on that is that she actually went to go live with her dad over the summer. It's still a sore spot with me. In fact, I'm tearing up just writing about this. But I had to let her go. If I had resisted and refused, things would have been bad here. I'm hoping she'll come to her senses at some point and come home. She seems to be happy. She'll start high school (don't even get me started on the fact that I'm missing her FIRST DAY OF HIGH SCHOOL!!) on August 19. I really hope she'll send me pictures. 

What kind of planner do you use? How do you handle your to-do and shopping lists?


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