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Free Weekly Planner Template

Posted by | Do Less Be More, Organizing | 4 Comments

Is one of your 2015 goals to get more organized? This is a goal that seems to always be on my list, taunting me. But this is the year, people. I will be in charge of my time from now on.  I’ve noticed is that I’m actually good at using Google calendar for actual appointments so I can sync up with Justin about where we have to be when. I love having all of my appointments available on my phone at a moments notice.

What I don’t like is having a to do list online. I [heart heart heart] making that swooshing cross-off line through tasks (and getting a bit annoyed when I complete something that isn’t on my list because I can’t have the satisfaction of drawing a line through it).

I couldn’t find a planner that fit my needs, so I made one in Excel. I thought it might be helpful for some of you, so I’m giving you a free template to download and print yourselves!

This free weekly planner printable features:

  • Weekly view with 5 categories to organize your life (Personal, Family, Work, Home, Health)
  • A section to write out your goals for the week, a section for inspiration (a Bible verse or other quote), a dinner-planning section, and lastly a area for those random notes that you need to jot and keep
  • A two page-spread to give you lots of room– each page is 8.5″ x 11″

Free Weekly Planner Template via Quick Like Foxes

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How would your dream planner be laid out? Tell me in the comments!

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3 Tips for Setting Goals with Your Spouse

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While we were dating, Justin and I did something that we didn’t share with many people, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret.

We had “productivity dates.” And they were awesome. We’d go to our favorite coffee shop on Capitol Hill and sip lattes and tea while we both worked on side projects we were interested in, while we occasionally looked up to gaze into each other’s eyes. I kid you not.

How to set goals with your spouse. Smart tips for starting 2015 off right!What I loved about these types of dates is that we were able to spend time together, while watching each other focus on topics we were passionate about and that made us each independently better humans. We each had the space we needed to learn, grow, write, and design, but could spend that time together, cheering the other on.

Four-and-a-half years and one kid later, we still like to sneak in productivity dates now and then. While they don’t happen nearly as often as they used to, I still value that time just as much.

Today, our productivity date is at Sump Coffee in South St. Louis City, one of our favorite STL coffee haunts. While we each have separate projects we’re working on today (I’m working on Umba and he’s working on AddThis), we’re spending an hour or so focusing on what we want 2015 to look like for our family. Here are 4 tips for effectively setting goals with your significant other.

  1. Prepare independently: Justin and I have both taken time to form “draft” goals in various areas of our lives. This is important so that when we come together to discuss, we have a starting off point and aren’t starting from ground zero. Areas that we’re focusing on: finances (a biggie for us! I’ll write more on this later), our family, our faith, and fun (vacation, dates!).
  2. Have an open mind: A basic tenant of marriage, realize that what might be important to you isn’t necessarily a top priority to your spouse. That’s okay. You don’t have to agree from the get go. We make it a point to form a general consensus around a goal. We can obviously still have goals independent of each other. Today, we’re just looking to set goals that we can achieve together.
  3. Hold each other accountable: One of the great things (for better or worse) of marriage is that you have someone who can hold you accountable, which is one of the most important elements in setting goals. Don’t be afraid to speak up (in love) if you realize you aren’t continually striving toward your goals. Adjust together, and continue on.

I hope these are helpful tips for you. Is this a practice that you regularly undertake with your significant other? Let me know in the comments!

Do Less, Be More

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I’m a dreamer and a doer, an odd mix of left brain and right brain. I have a creative eye for design and art, yet find myself at home in any thousand-row Excel spreadsheet. With a background in government procurement and international development, I yearned for more than a life in a cube pushing paper around. Realizing my passion for handmade, I took just under $500 and tested various ideas for online businesses.

Umba was thus born in late 2011. Begun originally as Umba Box, a curated monthly subscription box of handmade items, my business had immediate fans across the country (with international inquiries!), and quickly grew in the first few months beyond my wildest dreams. After investors approached me about investing in Umba Box, my husband and I moved the company headquarters from Washington DC to Silicon Valley then Las Vegas, after gaining a second round of seed funding through the Vegas Tech Fund and 500 Startups.

In early 2014, before the birth of my first child, I finally settled back in my hometown of St. Louis, MO into an adorable 100 year old brick home in the city with my husband, Justin. After an incredibly trying pregnancy, Miles was born in June 2014 and my world was immediately turned upside down. My erratic hours and caffeine fueled work binges were a thing of the past, and I quickly had to hone in on how to focus my time and energy to quickly and efficiently get results in my business, so that I could be present and focus on my true love- my family.

Though I’m new at this mom gig, I’m learning through trial by fire about how to balance being a wife, a mom, an entrepreneur, a friend, a house manager, a bookkeeper, and a nurse to my family. It’s a difficult task that is never done, but it’s a beautiful dance that is enriching my life and teaching me a lot about myself. I’d love it if you joined me on this journey of self-improvement, learning how to act quick like foxes in the not-so-exciting tasks so that we can focus our energy on what matters most.

I’m striving to do less in order to be more. I designed this 5×7 printable to remind myself of my goal for this year. As a thanks for joining me on my journey, I’m sharing it with you for free! Just click the button below to download, then print.


Do Less, Be More Free Printable

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Let me know in the comments how you’re planning on doing less in order to be more.

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