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Using Your Calendar as A Road Map for Life!

posted Jan 10, 2011, 8:02 PM by Kristin Mastromarino Vander Wiede
Wendy is already off to a great start because she is following through on her goals.  Owning your goals instead of just saying your goals makes a world of difference in your success rate.  Congratulations!

The following comment struck me the most, when Wendy revealed what was working, “So far, I am finding that if I prepare nightly for the next day; look at calendar, get dinner ingredients ready, pack bag for the gym, pack lunches, get breakfast together, and make it into bed for 9pm, I start the following day with flying colors.”  I love that Wendy is using her calendar as a tool.

Many people keep calendars to record their time and jog their memories once and a while, others, like me, live by their calendars!  However, some people miss the fact that their calendar is a valuable guide for doing more than just remembering a doctor’s appointment...it is your road map for your life!

If Wendy effectively uses her calendar, she is looking ahead and being proactive rather than reactive.  She establishes what needs to be done the next day, takes some time each day to prepare for it and follows through because she isn’t running around at the last minute trying to get out of the house.  Knowing what she is doing before it happens is going to help her plan her time more efficiently, feel prepared and actually be prepared.  By being more disciplined in her actions she will not wake up panicked not knowing where to start her day.  Instead, she will know exactly what she has planned and start doing it.

Because Wendy has discovered a plan that works to maintain her sanity and her ambitious schedule, let’s see if she can keep consistent this week and do the following:
1.  Go to bed by 9:00 every night.
2.  Plan her meals for each day and grocery shop once a week for all of the ingredients.
3.  Pack everything she needs for the next day as part of her winding down routine before bed.
4.  Stop working at 3:00 everyday to have at least 5 hours of family time.

Check in next Monday to see how Wendy did and what new challenges arose.  Kristin Mastromarino is a Professional Organizer and the owner of Livable Solutions Professional Organizing (www.livablesolutions.com) and The Organized Lifestyle Store (www.theorganizedlifestylestore.com).
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