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A piece of paper won't simplify your life. It doesn't matter how pretty it is, how many blush colored check boxes or beautifully categorized sections there are. As someone who spends their day creating pieces of paper that people claim will "save your day", I should know. 

We all go through seasons in our lives when we feel like we don't have it all together. Our schedules are packed to the brim and we are trying to balance work, appointments, practices, school projects, feeding our family three times a day and keeping all the socks in the right drawers. As a mother to four young girls, that task of keeping the socks in the right drawers is actually more difficult than it sounds. For awhile wearing mix-matched socks was a thing and I loved it. Now they want matching socks and so I'm back at it again.

For many of us, it feels like most of our life is spent in this space, where we are just trying to get through the day without letting any balls drop. We tell ourselves that it's just today, it's just this week. If only I can get through this month, past this "event", then things will slow down and we can recenter ourselves. And then it comes - a small window of time where everything is finally just right. We feel like we have space to breathe. Our tunnel vision is turned off and just for a moment and we can step back and look at the big picture. We see our kids playing in the backyard and their laughter and play fighting makes us smile. We take the time to pause when our spouse returns home from work - we walk over to them, really see them and ask them how their day went. We have a Saturday free of obligation and allow everyone to stay in their PJs all day and just BE with no agenda, no plan for the day.

I don't believe we can stay in this state, where everything seems to just flow the way it should, at all times. I know that there are times when outside forces tend to take over our schedules. And this is why a pretty piece of paper will not solve your hectic-life problems. If it's all just too much, writing it in neatly organized categories won't help that feeling of overwhelm. That feeling that life is passing you by while you are busy getting all the things done. What needs to happen is a mind-shift. You must look back at those days or weeks when everything just worked, and you must want to make a change. You must want to live slower. This is where some tough self-love comes in. If your life is too busy, you are the only one who can slow it down. It's not difficult to do, but it does require you to set aside some time to take a step back, look at the big picture of what's working and what's not working, and create a plan to make a shift.

And this is where those pretty pieces of paper come in.  If you are ready to slow down, if you are ready to spend your summer with your kids doing some old-fashioned, back-to-basics animal-shaped cloud watching - well then it's time to start planning for that. It may sound counter-intuitive, but I plan so that I can have the freedom to let life happen. I plan so that I can walk away from my desk at 3:30 when my girls get off the bus and they can have me for the afternoon. I plan so that we can have those Saturdays full of nothing to do, no where to be. I plan so that things are either checked off or scheduled for later and I can BE with the people in the room with me.

If you are ready to make that shift we have a few pretty pieces of paper that can help you get there. Our 2017-18 planner collection is now available to order and will help to make July 1st your new January 1st. If you have any questions on which layout will work best for the way YOU plan please email us at hello@sheplans.com and we can help you choose your right layout.