Planning Session: November Erin Condren Life Planner, Family Calendar and Weekly Schedule Pad Video & Corresponding Blog Post

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Hello friends! I hope you are having a great night! I am back with another one of my planning session videos for the month of November! This video is kinda long, so grab a cup of coffee or tea and have a watch at how I get us all set up for the month and week! Tons more info below! Oh.. please forgive the bad editing. I thought I uploaded the final cut but I guess not! I don't think it effects the video though!

So I know the video was pretty long but I am going to share it even more in pictures. I also know it seems like a lot to do but its a new month which means getting things on the November Family Calendar and also in my own personal Erin Condren Life Planner. Then every Sunday I get our weekly schedule written out that goes right on the frig for everyone to see. 

In my life planner at the start of any new month, I get the the main monthly calendar section filled in as much as possible. As the month goes on this gets filled in more. I have posted tons of other videos just click right here to see them. You will find the supplies I like to use and such in my last Planning Sessions Video

 I normally always start with my own planner. That's just to insure that everything is down rather the other calendars in the house are updated or not. My Erin Condren Life Planner is a total home keeping, schedule, blog planner, life planner all in one. It's the 18 month layout that you can see right here and is one of the most important parts of my life. To be very honest, I am the only one in the house that really cares about schedules. My husband and kids don't really care about any kind of schedule. So it's my job to keep up on things to keep them all running smoothly.

So in this area I keep the busiest parts of my life. I tend to use a lot of stickers and such as you saw in the video to make this planner work better for me. Its actually been a process that is ever changing. I recently found these Date Stickers from the same place I found sticker to do list that have been working great. I am trying to make the most of my days and planning by time works really good for me at the moment. In the picture above, its only a quarter filled in. As I actually get into the new week, it will get more and more busy.In this area at the top I keep my videos and blog post for that week. In the middle holds my 12-5pm stickers and the same with the bottom going from 6-11. Now they do include 6-11 stickers for morning too but I don't get a lot done in the early hours. I am a night owl so I give myself mornings to wake up, watch the news with coffee, get dressed and make the beds. Then my day really starts at noon unless we have an early appointment or plans.

Moving on into the November family calendar, I did my best to get everything I knew of on there from Jackson tests to Scott's off days. We also have  2 birthday's this month ( that I know of ) and even the Thanksgiving Holidays. So I have some additional sticky notes that will start filling up fast with pre Thanksgiving reminders in the days before. We have family coming in and Jackson out of school. So all that is listed right on the family calendar that everyone can reference. Once we get going into the month, more will be added such as bills due and other appointments that will get added on.  So the majority of the work on this calendar is at the first of the month. 

Finally we get to the family weekly calendar. This is more of a scribbly kind of page that just reminds us of the details about what is happening that week. Some of it is repetitive because I want Jackson to see his tests dates in a couple of places, I put this schedule up on the frig and they see it all the time! :)

Again... this is more of a rough breakdown of the week at the start of the week. It also fills up with each passing day with new to do's and its working in my home! It helps me too. I really don't need to write the menu down there because we have a chalkboard in the kitchen that we use already for meal planning so I might start using it for Scott's new schedule which is changing every week. 

So as you have guessed I do love Erin Condren products. I simply do. However, I like to add changes that make it work better for me. I don't just use it as it is. I think we all should personalize whatever planner or calendar we are using to fit our lives and our particular likes of planning. I hope this video inspires you to get out your planner and start planning more! I promise it makes life easier if you take time to do it.