Friday, January 1, 2021

Neat Doctor's Top 2021 Planners

Welcome to 2021!

Stop and take a deep breath. . . .

You have 365 new days ahead of you in 2021!  As much as we've probably embraced the (hopefully not so dreaded) word "resilient" in 2020, I'm sure we are all ready to move on to new inspirations in 2021.  My inspirations for the year start with my planner.  I have a few favorite planners I would like to share with you. 

1)  The High Performance Planner:  

If you have not heard of Brendon Bruchard, you should add his books and podcasts to your list to check out this year.  He has a way of focusing on goals, limiting distractions, and calling out the best ways we can achieve high performance in our lives.  His High Performance Planner incorporates the Whole Life and High Performance Assessments.  I love that the planners are not dated.   You can start at any point of the year.  In addition to this multi-pack the planners are also sold individually.  I also like the morning mindset and evening scorecard.  These build in the habits of focus before you start your day and reflection at the end of your day to truly stay focused on what matters most and if you are staying on track.  

The High Performance Planner

Organize 365 has a fabulous planner which you can get if you are part of the 100 Day Home Organization Program.  If your home is in chaos and you don't know where to start - this program is for you!  The planner integrates the 100 Day program tasks. 
On a related note, as you may know, I am a Certified Sunday Basket Workshop Organizer through Organize 365 and teach Sunday Basket Workshops.  If you don't know what a Sunday Basket is, I like to refer to it as the main hub of all of my weekly to-do's.  The Sunday Basket is my lifeline to controlling the chaos of our household!  Stay tuned to - I will be adding workshops to my schedule throughout the year.  

Erin Condren's Life Planner offers so many customizable options!  I love the accessories they offer and the set up of the pages.  Adorable options!  There are stickers, colored pens and coordinating accessories.  Check out the snap in accessories such as the party planner, dashboards, etc.  These are reusable too - simply use wet erase markers and clear off for next time you need them. 

The goal setting section of this planner is on point!  It lays out clear goal setting pages for personal, work, prioritization of your goals, and opportunities to evaluate the why and how of your goals on a monthly basis.  There are many designs available too.  

This planner is lightweight, very budget friendly, and embraces simplicity!  It's got space for budget, groceries, goals, and has weekly and monthly views.  If you don't need daily pages, and are looking for a simple planner, check this one out. 

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

(Virtual) Back to School Tips!

Ok, it is literally the 11th hour over here before my oldest child starts school.  I am so excited.  I loved school.  I would not say excited describes how he is feeling lol!  This is such a strange and stressful time for many families, and school looks so different right now.  I have so much more to share, but thought I would start with this quick post of  5 things that are helping me plan and adjust to this virtual schooling for my 2 kids while my husband and I work full time from home.  This may not work for every situation, but hopefully some of these tips can help ease the transition.

1)  Print Schedules - In addition to printing the schedule our school gave us, I create a Google calendar for each child and print that out every Sunday for the following week.  Each child gets one and we post in a shared family area as well.  We include activities, important due dates etc.  We also utilize reminders on our Amazon Echo to alert when class times are.  

2)  Lunch Planning/Prepping:  Pack, prep or plan lunches just as if it's regular school.  I am having my kids fix and plan their own lunches.  They now have some basic cooking skills too which is helping a ton!  I plan my own lunches for the week too.  

3)  Prep the Computer:  Make sure the computer your child is working on has a clear desktop.  If more than 1 family member works on the computer, set up a profile for your child so they can have a customized desktop.  Save bookmarks for their school learning platform, teachers Zoom links, and any other links they will need to use.  Teach your kids how to access or even create those bookmarks.  You may also want to create a shortcut to their calendar on the desktop.  Set a reminder to clean, or better yet have your child clean their keyboard and screen on a regular basis.  

4)  Supplies:  Only keep supplies that are absolutely necessary for the day/week on their desk.  Store away all other supplies that are not needed.  

5)  Have fun!:  Plan some ways to surprise and encourage your kids (and you!!) while at home.  Ice cream sundaes one afternoon, a fun waffle breakfast bar (even if just frozen waffles with sprinkles and whipped cream), impromptu dance party during a virtual recess, adding their decorations on the Christmas Tree in September (yes, I am putting the tree up very early this year!). . . ask yourself, what does my family enjoy?  I find it helpful to plan these things on the weekend for the following week as well.  

Most of all, embrace the fact that everything is so different and hard right now.  If we let ourselves be sucked into negativity, our kids will see it.  Even the littlest steps of planning ahead and being positive and encouraging to each other can be so powerful!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Girl Scouts: Brownie Quest Journey - Adapting for At-Home Completion

If you have a Girl Scout in 2020, chances are a lot has had to be modified for online and at-home completion of projects.  My Brownie Troop had started the Brownie Quest Journey just before the Covid-19 pandemic hit.  We decided to do the "Bee Prepared Not Scared" series through Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast together as a troop via Zoom meetings.  However, I wanted the girls to have a chance to complete the Brownie Quest Journey over the summer.  For those who had also completed the Wonder of Water Journey and the World of Girls Journey, this would give them the chance to earn the Brownie Summit pin, which can be carried on their vest year after year as they advance. Our troop is a 2nd year Brownie Troop.

Below you will find the Google Doc I adjusted to share with my Brownies and families to complete as an at home project this summer.  Download it and adapt to your troop as necessary.  *NOTE:  There is a poll in there about an activity for the girls to choose an incentive for their cookie sales achievements - you may or may not need that.   I put it in a fun padded envelope with a craft activity (putting bling on small mirrors), some patches they had earned (virtual meeting and an optional baking activity).  I also included the Brownie Quest patches, and the beads and materials for the Girl Scout Law SWAP.

PS - To reference the Family Star, Girl Scout Law Printables, and Community Service/Community Learning parts, see the Appendix from this resource:

Enjoy and Happy Girl Scouting! :)