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I started using an Erin Condren planner at the beginning of this year. I am actually using it regularly, which is unusual going into month three for me. That is a bit of consistency I haven’t seen with past planners. I love the look and feel of the planner, so it makes me more likely to use it.
I also am keeping a family calendar on our wall:
As you can probably see from all the writing, I have a lot going on. Keeping a planner and calendar has made me more aware of all that I have going on. But, I feel more in control this semester than past semesters. I have figured out a schedule that works for me. It makes my Mondays and Wednesdays very long (Wednesdays are very, very long), but my Tuesdays really open (I’ve taken to saying “Tuesday is Sue’s day”) and my Thursdays totally doable. It has been a much easier semester so far.
So, I’m busy, but…I’m also feeling like I can do this. Although, those three orange circles on the calendar are kind of sending out a warning signal. My DD’s operation to have her pacemaker placed is less than two weeks away and I am definitely wondering how much of a kink that is going to put in our schedule. I did end up doing a routine for us (although not everything on that list) and it has been really helpful. So, I’m hoping that the surgery and its aftermath won’t be too bad. But, only time will tell. I’ve learned that lesson in the past. There is no guarantee when it comes to predicting recovery and such, only averages. And if there is one thing that my DD has NOT been in the past, it is average.