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Confession: My calendar’s a mess

January 11, 2020

I’m Kelly Nolan.
I'm an attorney who'd been decently organized through law school but got quickly overwhelmed as a actual attorney. After nothing else worked for me, I created this system – and kept on practicing law. Years later, I found out others were interested in learning it, so that's what I do now! Let's get this realistic system in your hands so you can start living a life that feels more calm, doable, and that lights you up.
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Surprise: I have a messy calendar! Before you start shouting, “explain yourself!” (I get it – we get heated about calendars around here), I will.

While this week and next week look good, pretty much any week after that contains a messy peppering of calendar entries with activities I need or want to do, things I want to consider doing, and so on. They’re thrown in there roughly around when I want to do them, but without much thought beyond that.

I can do this because I know I’ll deal with it during my Friday afternoon Weekly Review + Preview, which will happen between now and then. During that pocket of planning time, among other things, I’ll look ahead at my next two weeks, decide whether to cut, defer or delegate anything, move things around (including to later weeks), and just generally balance out my workload and decide what’s doable.

During that planning time, I’ll find the right home for the tasks I threw in there weeks ago.

While a lot of people don’t like to slow down to plan, it helps me motivate to know that planning sessions let me spend a lot less time making my calendar perfect on a daily basis. I’m just throwing this out there in case it helps motivate you for your planning session, too.

Instead of spending time every single day making sure everything in your calendar looks and flows perfectly, corral that “perfecting” time to once a week – and enjoy the freedom it gives you the rest of the time. We’re not about Pinterest perfect here. We’re about function and freeing up time for the good stuff.

Think you might want benefit from this kind of stuff? Get my free guide on ditching your overwhelm here.

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