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Growing up my mother kept a Franklin Planner to keep her life in order. She had so many notes and appointments and post its and contacts throughout it. She did not go anywhere without her customized Franklin Planner. I remember she worked as an EA to some Executive at Jane Addams Hull House and she also worked for this business leadership talent consulting company. I can’t remember what she did there but her office had all these files and projects and presentations…and her Franklin Planner. Aside from her day job…sometimes she was also homeschooling her children. Or she was running and managing the church nursery with a staff of 15+ volunteers. She also had her side hustle running her desktop publishing business. She did manicures and pedicures. And she styled hair. And she ran her household. And she attended all of my volleyball games and track games, except for 3. The 3 she missed, our team lost. I’m not blaming her….I’m just saying.
So…my mom had her Franklin Planner and I think aside from her awesomeness at balancing all the facets of her life…it was the planner that helped her keep her shit together. That’s where I learned. Since high-school I have kept my own planner and it wasn’t until last year that I go the bright idea to create my own ULTIMATE DIY PLANNER & CALENDAR to fit all the parts of my life together.
Since 2006, I have consistently used the SACRED JOURNEY Calendar and Planner. It’s very detailed and I love it but I did find it was missing a few key things. Eventually I found Leonie Dawson of the Amazing Biz and Life Academy. At first, I almost bought her planner but when I saw the price of the life planner $9.95 compared to the price of being a member of her academy where I would have access to ALL of her books, e-courses and such…I just bought a membership. I’ve been a member now for 3 years.
Well, I must be fair. In addition to finding Leonie Dawson, I found things like The Lunar Planner which I love and highly recommend. The bohemian, granola witch that lives inside me is grateful for that planner. There’s also The Sundial Agenda. I love this too. When I first saw those agendas I bought about 10 of them and throughout the years I’ve given them away as gifts. I’m down to my last one and I don’t think they make them anymore. HOWEVER, its easy to make your version of that agenda as I have before and continue to do so. I also have purchased numerous copies of The Non-Planner Datebook and reference it often.
I say “reference it” because last year I took the best things that I loved about the gazillion planners that I own and I made my own version of it. I made one big yearly planner and then monthly planners too. The yearly one was too big to carry around with me daily but my monthly moleskin diy enhanced ones were perfect for the day to day. (As a side note there’s also The Divine Lunar Planner which I really want but haven’t brought myself to purchase as of yet and there’s also Susannah Conway FREE planner too.)
So…basically, there are a ton of planners I love and use. Despite that, I also went on to create my own ULTIMATE version. I found that a lot of planners miss a few things. While they may focus on business goals or gratitude, many of them do not have pages set aside for sensuality or sexuality. That’s just as important to me. I also wanted my calendar/planner to take into account my art journalling hobby and a lot of planners don’t leave room for that. Or this year, I think I need to add a special section just for Pole Dancing and perhaps a special section for my various projects.
You can preview some of the pages in my DIY Planner from last year here:
- My Year In Review and the Year Ahead
- On Releasing and Experiencing
- The Juicy Bits: Sex, Birthdays and Happiness
- Oh The Places You Will Go
And maybe you aren’t even that far along. Like maybe you’re thinking I can’t even dream or plan my year creatively or consider growing my business because I’m a fucking mess and I’m confused and my bank account is in the negative and I feel like a fraud or a failure or I’m depressed or who gives a fuck? Are you one of those? I’d like to say I was once an expert in depravity and self destruction and there is an authentic way to thrive past that and move forward….if you want. And a lot of that has to do with dreaming, with some intentional planning, with organization, with creativity and with strategically focusing your brain and your will towards abundance. And as corny as it may sound, a calendar, a planner, a business academy, a chakra ecourse and a craft party centered around setting intentions can help you in that blue winter funk of shit. Trust me. I’ve got the honorary PhD in self infliction and hopelessness.
Luckily, I eventually went on to get something else too. Hope. Joy. Compassion and a very clear understanding of what my passion and purpose is. And with the help of guided plans and my own intuition and wisdom, I found the baby steps and the leaps towards thriving.
Do you use a planner? Why or why not? If you do, which ones do you use?
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