NO one needs a good planner like a work at home homeschooling mom. I’ve put together a list of my favorites, from tear-off sheets (love these for THOSE days that you kind of want to just crumple up and throw in the garbage) to traditional bound planners- there’s a planner here for everyone’s own brand of “might not get it all done but die trying.” Let’s shop!
Let’s start with tear-off planners. I mean, after this year, I am totally prepared to just rip a day off and throw it in the trash and then be ready to start fresh the next morning- anybody else? All joking (or not really…) aside, I love to use these single-page planning sheets to help me focus on one day at a time. I pair them with a traditional bound planner for weekly and monthly planning and when I use the two together it makes for a somewhat organized system. I have adult ADHD thus the “somewhat” but, hey- I try. I actually use three bound planners and single sheet planners to manage my daily schedule of work, home management stuff, and homeschooling (I’ll tell you my system later in this post-it sounds like a lot but it is actually great for focusing and simplifying each day)
The best tear-off sheet planners for 2021
I love these single sheet planners. You get 50 sheets, a top three of the day section, a spot for meals, a place for time-specific tasks, habit tracker, and a to-do list. Perfect to keep all the parts of your life all in one place but still be able to focus on just today. Grab yours here.
These single sheet planners have room for tracking your productivity, putting your top 3 for the day into big focus, and a space for timed appointments or meetings. For those of us recovering (or not) perfectionists, you can also rate your performance each day. Grab these from Amazon for $9.
New Goals, New Week
This horizontal single sheet planner is a weekly version and it is AMAZING. With top 3 goals for the week, a column for each day, and spaces for what worked and what didn’t, what to do less or, and what to do next week, this planner is an organized gal’s dream. For $10 on Amazon, it’s well worth it.
Bound Weekly Planners
Now let’s move on to the bound planners. This is where I keep long term and more in-depth planning, plotting, and scheming. And because I really want to share with you what I think is a super-genius planner layout, there is only ONE. I’ll show it in a few styles, but this planner is where it’s at (AND it only costs $14-17).
Weekly and Monthly Planner
This is my absolute favorite bound planner. Features like a month view and weekly calendar with sections for notes, reminders, and priorities make planning ahead really easy to see and organize.
Weekly and monthly planner #2
Another version of the above planner for my floral lovers. Grab this planner here for $16 on Amazon.
My work from home, homeschool planning system
So, let’s talk how I use my planners. I mentioned above that I actually have three bound planners and a set of tear off single sheet planners. I know that sounds like a lot so I’ll tell you why and how I use those, and then if you don’t have a need for all of those planners to be separate, you can definitely opt for one bound planner for more long term planning (weekly/monthly/yearly) and use tear off single sheets to hone down your master plan for each individual day.
Because I homeschool, work from home on multiple businesses, and also am the main person in charge of all of the household management I like to separate my to do’s and planning into three separate planners. Doing it this way just helps keep me focused. I really don’t want to look at my house task list at the same time as my homeschool plans, and my business tasks- frankly, my head would explode (more than it already does.) So, I separate them.
To stay organized and not feel like I have a million planners coming out of my ears, I keep my homeschool planner with those materials, I keep my work planner in my office, and my household planner in the kitchen usually because that’s my main hub.
Another bonus of having all the areas of my life in separate planners is that it is much easier to stay focused if I am working in a planner dedicated to one single thing.
How to use single- sheet planners
My single sheet planners are my daily “get it ALL done” secret weapon. At night I will sit down with all three planners, look at what needs to be done in each category (homeschool, work, house tasks) and fill them in accordingly into,y daily sheet planner. Most of the single sheets have a top three section and I try to use one of these for each category each day.
The reality is there isn’t always time to get everything finished we want to in a day when we are homeschooling, working from home, and running a household. BUT, I find that if I prioritize a big thing from each each day I fell more well rounded and like I am chipping away.
I hope this post gave you a few ideas to try when you are setting up your planning system for 2021. Do you have a system you love? Or have a question about planning? Reach out in the comments 🙂
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