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I try to keep organized as a stay-at-home mom, but it’s rough. You know I love me some office supplies, and, of course, I LOVE printable daily planner sheets that I find on Pinterest. But they always seem to make me feel guilty.
I start out with the best intentions, with loads of tasks I want to get done, but poopy diapers and toddler tantrums don’t cooperate with my drive to accomplish all the things. I waste ink and paper on beautiful printable planner pages, fill them out with my favorite Ultra-Fine Point Sharpie, and then feel like a total FAILURE when the list of incomplete tasks just sits there, mocking me, at the end of the day.
I know you feel me.
I’m tired of beating myself up for things I don’t get to. I’m tired of setting myself up for failure just because LIFE happens. I want to organize my day and my mind and set goals, but give myself grace each day. In fact, I’d like to make grace and gratitude part of my plan each day.
So that’s what I’m going to do.
I created this printable daily planner sheet for myself, but really it’s for us.
It’s a to-do list, a brain organizer, but more than that, it’s a record of grace. It’s a place to list our daily goals, but also to require we forgive ourselves often. That forgiveness and grace isn’t a sign of weakness, but great strength, shedding the weight of impossible standards, and instead celebrating our daily willingness to start again.
There’s a section to list a long to-do list, and then at the top, to determine the top three tasks that need to get done. Just doing that has been extremely helpful to me, but I’ve included more.
I choose a scripture or a quote to write at the top. It helps to read it again as the day goes on, and especially to read it again at the end of the day.
I’m reading a book that I LOVE called Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin. It’s all about establishing habits, but not in the way that “successful” people set them, in the best way for you and your personality. One of the things she talks about it Foundation habits: sleep, eating well, moving, and decluttering. Working on these areas first helps you to get your mind before establishing other habits.
I’ve included a place to record these foundational habits on this daily planner in order to remind me daily, to push me to prioritize sleep, food, moving, and cleaning. Because how am I supposed to even attempt to tackle my to-do list if I’m not setting a strong foundation of self-care.
And now my favorite part of this sheet: gratitude and grace. This is what this printable daily planner is all about, celebrating heart work. Each day to recount three things I’m grateful for and three areas I’m giving myself grace. Praising God for three huge, simple things, and accepting His grace by offering it to myself each and every day.
At the top of this page, I have the top three tasks to accomplish, but at the bottom of the page, at the end of my day, I get to receive forgiveness for not doing everything, not being enough, not being perfect. I love the freedom in that.
It HAS to be filled out. I HAVE to give myself grace and forgiveness for falling short, or I’ll fall even shorter.
So there it is, my friends. A gift for us. To stay on task, but only if guided by grace.
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