Monday Mornings

Ideally, I find quiet time on Sunday to plan the upcoming week, but I’m inherently a Morning person and am most “clear” when I first wake up so most weeks I end up doing my planning on Monday morning. This morning I woke around 3:15am and got to work. This is the basic 2-page weekly spread I’ve settled on and I really like it.
before

I have enough room on my daily pages to do my task lists and daily appointments. If something doesn’t get done, I just leave it unchecked and I still see it for the next day. No need to rewrite or migrate uncompleted tasks until the end of the week. I also create a “Love List” section which is my secular version of a Prayer List. People I want to think about throughout the week, people I want to send love to in some way, even if it’s in quiet meditation when I glance at their name. I also have a mindfulness section where I write mantras or notes or reminders for the week to help keep my anxiety at bay. I have a “buy” section to jot down things we run out of for my next grocery trip, and I have a miscellaneous section for the random notes, reminders that I don’t know where else to put.

The week never looks too full when I finish my Monday morning planning session, but it does look more active.

after

My plan is to document this page Sunday night as well so you can see how the week fills out. Things always get sloppier, that’s for sure. I stop caring so much about order and just want to make sure THAT I DO NOT FORGET ANYTHING. So my writing gets more frantic as the week goes on.

But for now? I’m ready. Bring it on.


Tools I Use:
Notebook: Leuchtturm 1917 A5 Hardcover Dotted
Cover: Custom cover with trail marker from my favorite local race. Made by Makers South
Pens: Currently loving the Paper Mate Inkjoy Gel Pens, Fine Point


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4 thoughts on “Monday Mornings

  • June 13, 2016 at 1:19 pm
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    What kinds of mantras do you use to keep anxiety at bay. I am trying to cope with anxiety & depression & am curious as to what works for others. I use a similar 2 page weekly spread to yours!

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    • June 15, 2016 at 9:57 am
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      I keep the box open so I can gauge my needs for the week. I was having intense writers block and it was causing me insomnia last week, all because I was feeling a little inadequate compared to others so I wrote “Comparison Kills Creativity” to remind myself of that. I often will write “Breathe” or “Laugh” in that box to remind me that sometimes little pauses to watch a funny cat video or take a few deep breaths can keep an attack at bay. If you have any similar ideas, I’d love to hear them. I have Generalized Anxiety so it can change day to day or week to week so I like to just be mindful of my needs.

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  • June 16, 2016 at 1:27 pm
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    Most of my anxiety is caused by my ownself taking things too personally. When I feel myself getting tensed up, then I glimpse the post-it I have stuck to the lower left-hand corner of my PC (I work in an office). It says: PATIENCE, then underneath that: soft, happy face (something one of my DVD yoga instructors says that ALWAYS cracks me up-I’m twisted in a crazy position, trying not to fall over AND breathing AND you want me to have a soft happy face????). Some days though, even that is not enough. Alternate nostril breathing helps a lot, even though it looks funny. Thanks for sharing your tips!

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