THIS post has been in the works for a while, but basically I am going to break down for you what I have been using to keep organized this year. Granted, I was pretty good last year as well in regards to meals and such, but this year I needed to be better about blogging organization and life organization! And SO, I invested a bit into some products I LOVE.
I have found that initiating SUNDAY SETUP into my life has been an absolute savior. Every Sunday morning I grab some coffee, and sit down at the table with my computer, my planner, and my pen and I GET TO WORK.
I also am logged onto Toneitup.com to see the schedule for the week, so I can schedule my workouts and gym days as well! It is PERFECT that they release the week’s schedule on Sunday’s and so I know what has to get done!
In my planner I tend to use either ALL one color per week, or, use another color pen for meals, and another for workouts, and have everything else be blue or black, or WHATEVER color I’m feeling that week! But nonetheless, ALL these things go in my planner, in addition to life happenings, notes, and what posts I have going up on what days!
I swear, when I am done with this part I feel a BIT better about the day! It is actually something I have come to look forward to! [OKAY OKAY, maybe its because there’s coffee involved!]
Blogging is something I LOVE to do throughout the whole weekend, but since I am ALREADY feeling productive in the mornings, I like to do a lot of my post scheduling and idea forming on Sundays! Today [Sunday] I have written and scheduled two posts so far, and its not even 3:30! I will consider this a success and a proof that Sunday Setup really, truly is helpful!
I love using this gorgeous notebook for jotting down blog post ideas, and figuring out what I have to do for the blog in the coming weeks [if it were opened you’d see ALL sorts of Foodie Feb post ideas, contributors, etc. and a list of posts for the end of January.] The To-Do list is so I have a NICE, ORGANIZED list with checkboxes. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE ticking things off? That sense of completion=the best! Then, Hannah’s printable truly has been a lifesaver! I am still using this one from early January because NOT everything on there is yet done! But I am making a dent! I love the different sections, and the Review Copy area so I know what I have to handle!
AHHHH, food! Does it surprise you that the majority of my time goes into scheduling what I am cooking? Likely not. This portion is usually time consuming, but like when I made the Gnocchi Soup from SkinnyTaste last week, it is all worth it! I wouldn’t be surprised if when I do this on Sunday’s Jon wants to kill me. I take up the entire table and/or couch and don’t stop til it is DONE. I never claimed to contain my mess, ok? Whatever, he gets amazing meals, so he never complains about this! ANYWAY.. I break out ALL the essentials.
I subscribe to MANY food blogs, and a large variety of them are HEALTHY meals. I open my feedly and click on the FOOD section that I created, and I browse away at the weeks recipes! Sometimes I find stuff, sometimes not! This week I found one we are trying! Next I use my two favorite cookbooks to find some meals for the nights of the week that I come RIGHT home. If it is a gym night= easy meal night. No questions asked. And finally, I write all these meals down on the Emily Ley Meal Plan notepad! I also put them in my planner in the dinner section! If I still need meals, I head to Pinterest, or Food Network. [Also I subscribe to Food Network Magazine which is also a great resource!] The possibilities are endless, but for the sake of my sanity, I try to keep it contained to the previous three sources.
ONCE ALL THESE TASKS ARE DONE, I feel better, organized, and like I did a good job! Now, I know you all want to feel the same.. so I’m giving away some stuff. Ready for the pretties?? Let’s do this.
+$10.00 May Designs Gift Card!
I want to get you guys started right in 2015! It can be overwhelming but I swear having pretty things to help you plan makes it less of a burden and more of something you look forward to doing! The above items will help and you can use the Gift Card towards creating a May Book of your choosing [planner/journal/blogging notebook/etc!]