Proper Planning, Strategy, and Grace
People often ask me how I make “it all work”. As a mom of three young children with a fast paced career, a business, and numerous other responsibilities, life can get busy. Trust me, I can completely understand their curiosity. Here’s my secret! Planners are my go to organizational and time management resources that I keep at the forefront of my working mom toolkit!
As you can imagine, most days, I am faced with competing priorities that I have to balance so that I don’t get overwhelmed or burned out. My response is through proper planning, being strategic with my time and relying on grace, I am able to create balance. In addition, I also understand that you can have it all, just not all at one time. This perspective and this process is critical.
* You can check out my post “Planning is Important for Working Moms” post HERE!
Using planners is a great way for me to:
- Organize my time so that I don’t become overwhelmed or get overbooked
- Organize my goals so that I can accomplish (and exceed) the goals I set
- Strategize so that I can maintain a foundation for my goals
- Task Track so that I can effectively and efficiently complete my task/assignments
- And MORE
In honor of my love for planners and stationery, and in honor of Black History Month, I wanted to share some amazing planner and stationery brands that are Black-Owned. This is by no means a comprehensive listing, and I welcome other recommendations in the comments!
Black Owned Planner Brand Recommendations
PLANNED & PROPER: Simply Yours Day Planner
I’ve used the Planned & Proper Simply Yours Day Planner for many years and have loved this brand since the beginning! I love how elegant the designs are and the functionality of the spreads. I also love that there is comprehensive and self-guided goal setting worksheets so that you can stay on target and on task with your goals.
The beauty of this planner is that you can start the 12-month planner in the month of your choosing. I love that it is customizable and I’m confident that you will too. If you did not purchase your planner at the start of the year, no worries! It is never too late to get planning with the Simply Yours Day Planner.
To order and save $10 use this link and code “PLANNEDLIFE” — the best deal around!!
THE ARRIVISTA PLANNER: 2021 Inspire Planner
I purchased the Arrivista 2021 Inspire Planner back in mid-January! As soon as I opened the shipping box, I was in love. Purple is my favorite color and the elegance of the planner fits my personal style.
As an added bonus, when you purchase this planner you will have access to their Virtual Planning Parties. I had the opportunity to attend the first session and it was full of helpful information and tips so that the Inspire Planner can be used effectively.
Save 10% with code “DEB10” – Click HERE
This planner is designed to be a one stop shop with over 400 purpose driven pages. This planner is truly one of a kind and lives up to it’s motto, “A Strategic Planner for Intentional Living”. Check them out online HERE.
If you enjoy pen and paper planning, you can’t go wrong with any of the planners mentioned above. You can also check out more planner reviews, “Plan with Me” videos, planning tips, and first impressions on my YouTube Channel. While you are there, please don’t forget to hit subscribe!
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