Like many of you, I am sure we are all just baffled at where the year 2016 has gone. I know personally this reality hits hard as I sit looking at my photos, planner and albums…all of those moments feel like it was just yesterday that they all happened! It truly is astounding.
I am always a bag of mixed emotions as we approach the New Year. This week will have me thinking a lot about what I accomplished, what I wanted to accomplish…what did go well, what went NOT so well….my future goals and plans. I am not one for making resolutions…but I am one to really try to focus on making positive changes and steps in my life. Of course these are not HUGE things, but just maybe little tweaks that over the past year I know could really help me a lot. For me it is all about letting go, moving on and looking forward. And keeping things REALISTIC.
Not only do I think a lot about personal life change and growth on the brink of a new year, but I also take a lot of time to reflect on my Memory Keeping journey. It is one that I take very seriously and matters a ton. It is always very important to me to keep Memory Keeping alive and thriving…so that often means working with the ebbs and flows of life change. Making memory keeping happen in the midst of LIFE. REAL LIFE. You know, the kind that is busy with NO free time and tired eyes? Yep, that’s real life!
So the new year is always a perfect opportunity to make a plan. A plan that will work. A plan that will motivate, inspire and BE productive. For me, 2017 is all about making things happen. Following through. Keeping it simple. Keeping it real. Getting it done.
Throughout my 2016 Memory Planner journey, I have learned quite a bit about certain work habits and processes that have been very positive for me, as well as those that have worked against me. This year I plan to really embrace those processes that I found helped me the most in 2016 so that I will really thrive in 2017.
I want to share these Memory Planning habits with you. If they have worked for me, I have no doubt they can assist you in your Memory Planning as well. It truly is “worth the effort”.
MY PERSONAL MEMORY PLANNING TIPS FOR SUCCESS:
1.) CREATE A MONTHLY PHOTO FOLDER:
I am a big lover of photos in my planner. However, I find the minute I get “behind” on my photos (whether that be lack of printing, or removing photos off my iPhone) I instantly feel discouraged. To avoid this scenario, I commit to one day a month where I photo organize. Usually this day is toward the mid to end of month. This is where I import my iPhone photos into my computer, or print photos already in my monthly photo folder that I want in my planner. Keeping photos in a monthly folder really speeds up the process. I do not have to search for photos because I know that everything that I took photos of within that month are in one spot. I can just choose, print and include in my planner with no wasted time searching in various places. This has helped to save me a ton of time and make my documenting much more successful. PLUS it gets me actually PRINTING photos!
2.) CREATE A PLANNER STASH:
Nothing is more irritating to me that searching for supplies! It really pays to be organized when you do not have a ton of time on your hands. Note however, this does not have to be complicated or a time consuming process. Simply purchase/use a storage container that is solely designated for your planner stash. In here you will keep items that are ONLY for your planner. I also find that less is usually more in this case. Keeping the essentials close and together will have you creating in no time. If I keep my stash minimal I use what I have, do not waste a ton of time “deciding” and it gets my documenting done. Also, clean up is a breeze! Who doesn’t love that!
3.) TAKE AN HOUR & BE PRESENT:
Now, for most this can be the HARDEST part of the entire planner process. Yep…it is ALL about making time for YOU.
Trust me, when I committed to this change it was very hard to “be present”. At first all I could think about were the piles that I still had not yet dealt with from the day, the toys that were still all over my living room floor…or the fact that I was just plain TIRED. However, the more I made this “hour” happen…I really looked forward to it and it began to energize me in such a positive way. Now, this hour can be whatever you want it to be. It can be an hour in the later evening, an hour a week…or an hour a month. Just make it SOMETHING for YOU. Even pencil it in if you have to. But committing to this hour has probably been the best thing for me. It has kept me committed, kept me documenting and given me a little piece of time back where I can just rest, relax and recharge.
I can honestly say these 3 little things have truly taken the apprehension and intimidation out of Memory Planning for me. Using this work flow has created an amazing Memory Keeping journey for me which has led to albums busting with LIFE. Life that I would have otherwise forgot sooner or later down the road. Nothing truly makes me happier than a beautifully stuffed album of moments, memories, photos and journaling.
Cheers to making 2017 one of the best yet!
Supplies: Heidi Swapp Memory Planner Collection