I love planners. Mostly because they save my life. Every single day.
If I don’t write things down, it exits my mind and I never see it again. As you can imagine, this doesn’t work too well for a momma juggling not only her own work and home schedule, but also those of her 4 sweet and wild children. Hence the planner love.
I first heard about The Sacred Ordinary Days planner from a Kickstarter project. A woman named Jenn Giles Kemper had a wild and crazy dream of combining a planner and a space for spiritual reading and reflection.
She knew that how we view and spend our days deeply influences our spiritual formation. And to put all that wrapped up in one? Genius.
Jenn is a spiritual director, so she knows a lot about spiritual formation. She also spent a lot of time researching and working with organizations about setting goals, thinking about the rhythms of their days, practicing efficiency and productivity, etc. With all of this research and first hand experience herself, she created the Sacred Ordinary Days planner.
If you’re interested in more of the details, she explains it in depth here:
Why I Love Sacred Ordinary Days Planner
1. It helps me to stay in tune with the liturgical seasons.
Some of us live by the calendar year. January feels fresh to us, and we love the newness it brings. We enjoy moving towards Valentines Day, looking forward to Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and back at Christmas. Others of us prefer to live by the academic year. Septembers are new starts, Mays are welcomed endings. Summers are those glorious days of little production and lots of fun.
Some people in the world choose to mark time by the liturgical, or church, year. It beings with the season of Advent, and then moves on to Epiphany, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter, Pentecost and then back to Ordinary Time. I’m learning to think about time in a different way, and this planner reminds me each week of where I’m at in the liturgical year. I kinda feel like my two youngest kiddos who are still learning about days and weeks and months: “Momma, so what day is tomorrow?”, “How many weeks until my birthday?”, and “What is the next holiday?”
2. My daily Scripture readings are right there in my planner.
True confession: I need visual reminders to get in the Bible on a regular basis. The planner gives that to me every day. Not only that, these passages of Scripture are being read by other men and women all over the globe. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.
3. There’s a space for my schedule.
The time slots are blank, so I can write in meetings or other times that matter, while ignoring the times of the day that are free and flexible. Or I can just leave the time section blank and use it as a to-do list area. It depends on the day!
4. There’s a space for reflection.
I try to spend a little time each day thinking about my goals, my values, my dreams, and then consider how my time was actually spent that day. It’s super handy to have my to-do lists, meetings, and project tasks are all reflected right there in my planner! Each evening, I try to write a few sentences on either how I wish I would’ve spent my time, or why I’m glad I made the choices I did. It’s also a good reminder that how I spend my days is deeply spiritual.
5. This planner is flexible.
Some days I have a lot of to-dos. Other days I’m more reflective and relaxed, and want to focus on the big picture stuff. I might have grocery lists or reminders to record. Or maybe I get the hunkering to make a list of things I’m thankful for, or praying for, or scared of. Each day is a new day in the planner, with plenty of space and flexibility. I can make any or all of those things happen.
Maybe you want to try it out?
Well, it’s your lucky day.
Jenn and her team are generously offering the 2016-2017 academic planners for whatever price you want to/can pay for them. They are normally $50, but they want to make them accessible to those of you who can’t pay $45 (or maybe you can pay $100, who knows?!). They have both bound and unbound versions. I have the bound and it’s gorgeous. So go check ’em out.
They also have a free, downloadable sample if you want to give it a try and see if it works for you.
Tomorrow I’ll be jumping into a section of the daily spread I didn’t touch on today: the section for prioritized projects. Get excited!
image credit: www.sacredordinarydays.org