Self Journal Update – Planning for December Madness


I would argue that the March Madness has nothing on the December Madness: somehow, people think it’s a good idea to put ALL the parties, all the merriment, and all the travel into this one, ice-slick month and hope that we will still be able to finish up a school semester in our free time. It’s bonkers.

That’s why I am grateful that, in between the goal-setting pages and the gratitude questions, my Self Journal has some regular old monthly calendar pages, and they aren’t labeled. This journal can be started at any time, and let me tell you: having December as the “middle month” of my challenge is nothing if not exciting.

Having the many engagements that are coming up written out makes me a little less frightened that by tomorrow, the month that has Christmas in it will be upon us. I can note which days I have not commitments and thus save them for baking or shopping or wrapping presents. Despite my love for Buy Nothing Day,  I am definitely a holidays participant, and I want to make sure I’m doing my share of giving if I will be receiving from my generous friends and family anyway.

That being said, I also want to be able to focus on my goals, and the only way I seem to be able to fit the writing, the exercising, and the healthy cooking in are by noting the big picture rather than just my daily schedule. Having this wider view on the page helps me note which weeks are worst and make sure that I have a few slow cooker freezer meals at the ready before I get there, rather than approaching each week as if it will be equally busy.

What is your preferred mode of monthly calendar: email, online, physical on the wall, in a planner? Regardless, I think somewhere to put the weeks-out commitments is totally essential to my sanity.

4 Comments, RSS

  1. cbegg1950 November 30, 2017 @ 1:41 pm

    All my planning is done online in Google Calendar, with ToDo’s, Tasks and Events.

  2. AJ November 30, 2017 @ 6:01 pm

    I use my phone so it’s always with me!

  3. Encore Voyage November 30, 2017 @ 9:42 pm

    I use my calendar app, and a to do list app called Trello. Pretty and it syncs to all devices! And then I do a little journaling in a pretty book, just to feel pen to paper… ~ Lynn

  4. Cindy Anderson December 1, 2017 @ 10:45 pm

    I have wall calendars for decoration and for quickly seeing what the date is…I’m retired so I often loose track. LOL!!! But my most favorite way to keep myself organized is the calendar app on my phone. I use it all the time. I even share it electronically with my family so they can keep track of what I am up to. They do the same. 🙂

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