And the Winner Is…

I wanted to wait until both challenges were finished before I announced any winners.

Since this was my first time running challenges, there weren’t a lot of people participating. That was to be expected. As I do more and get my name out more, I expect there will be more people participating.

Without further delay, the winner of the 5 Days to More Creativity challenge is Vidya.

I will be sending her a message via Instagram DM so I can get her prize to her.

Unfortunately I was the only one to do the 5 Days to Planner Peace challenge, so there is not a winner for that one.

Thank you to those who did participate. There will be more events and challenges in the future. Announcements will be made here and in my newsletter first.

I’ll get back to a regular blogging schedule tomorrow.

#PlannerPeaceChallenge WrapUp

Congratulations! You completed the 5 Days to Planner Peace challenge.

If you participated in the challenge by posting your pictures on social media and using the hashtag, you will be entered in a random drawing for one of the prizes.

If you got behind, don’t worry. I’m waiting until Monday to be sure all pictures are posted before I do the drawing.

In the meantime, here are the corresponding blog posts in case you missed anything.

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

The links above will open in a new tab or window, depending on your settings.

The process outlined in the challenge is the process I used to develop my current planner. Admittedly, it took me longer than a week to put it together, so please realize that this is just the tip of the iceberg and could well take you longer.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment or send me an email.

#PlannerPeaceChallenge Day 5

You made it! This is day 5 of the 5 Days to Planner Peace challenge.

Like I said at the beginning, this challenge will not give you planner peace in and of itself, but hopefully it got you on the right path to it.

For today, show us a picture of your whole system. This means your planner, your favorite planning pen(s), highlighters, sticky notes, and even your stickers and washi tape (if you use them).

Share it on your favorite social media platforms and use the hashtag so we can find you.

#PlannerPeaceChallenge Day 4

With the prevalence of smart phones and tablets, I understand the appeal of only using a digital calendar. I know it doesn’t work for me. Out of sight, out of mind.

I do better when I use a combination. I put dates and notes in my phone and then write them in my planner later.

What about you? Do you use strictly paper, digital, or a combination?

Take a picture or screenshot and share it with us with the hashtag.

#PlannerPeaceChallenge Day 3

We’re at the halfway point. How is it going?

Today, I’d like you to think about what other sections you need in your planner. For an example, see this post I did a while back about my planner for 2019.

Share a picture of either the list you come up with or the section dividers in your planner. Remember to use the hashtag so we can find you.

#PlannerPeaceChallenge Day 2

I suppose a planner doesn’t necessarily have to have a calendar, but it’s certainly helpful.

Today’s prompt is to start with your calendar. You don’t have to draw it out yourself unless you want to. Pre-printed calendars are fine. I use one from Handy Forms LLC that I ordered from Amazon.

Share a picture of your calendar with us on social media. Remember to use the hashtag so we can find you.

Consulting a Calendar

Creative Commons via catchingcourage.com
Creative Commons via catchingcourage.com

How many of you write things on a calendar? Over the past year, I’ve found my calendar is one of my most valuable tools.

I know many people have kids they have to schedule for as well. I don’t know how they can do it without a calendar. It seems like it would be a necessity for keeping up with dentist appointments, soccer practices, t-ball games, and work requirements.

Like I said yesterday, putting things in writing has helped me remember things. So has using a calendar. Back even a year ago, I could keep track of deadlines without one. I can’t do that anymore. There are too many things going on for me to know exactly when one thing is happening when compared to another one that is in a similar time slot on a different day.

I know people who swear by Google Calendar. If you have an Android smartphone, this will put your Google Calendar on your phone as well and keep the two synchronized. I’ve used it. I’ve found that it’s not for me. When I go to look at a calendar to see what’s coming up I don’t tend to turn on a computer, go online, or look at my phone.

I look at a paper calendar. It’s what works best for me. My current calendar is an At-a-Glance 2014-2015 calendar with one day per page. It’s what works for me.

What works for you?