Printable of the Month: April
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Happy Thursday! I know this should have gone out yesterday, but I wasn’t one hundred percent happy with the printable, so I thought I would give it a day. Thanks to a hiccup in our internet the Printable of the Month page didn’t go private like it was supposed to, and I woke up this morning to a flood of requests in my inbox, so I guess you all like the printable as is?
I’m super excited about this month’s printable. The idea for it came from one you, so that makes this a printable of the month and a reader request all in one, how amazingly awesome is that? Before I get to the printable though, I wanted to take a moment to address a few questions/concerns that I’ve been receiving just so there is no confusion. First up….
A number of people have asked why they haven’t received an email when the new printable of the month comes out. The really simple answer is: If you haven’t signed up to receive the blog posts in your inbox (there is a sign up for email spot on the side bar on the right) then you won’t get a notification in your inbox. Unfortunately, right now I don’t have an option that allows you to only get emailed certain posts, so if you choose to sign up via email for blog posts, you will receive them all, which is usually 3 per week. The reason for this ties in with the next questions I’ve been asked most about in one for or another, which is
“Are you adding my email to your mailing list when I make a request for the printable of the month?”
NO! Absolutely not! If I ever decide to create a mailing list, it will be an opt in thing, not hidden in a feature on the blog. The only reason I need an email address from you is so that I can send you your printable. I don’t save your email addresses in any way. And that is why you don’t receive an email telling you about the new printable.
The next thing I want to talk about is sort of tied with the one above.
Required Info on Forms
Just like your email addresses, I don’t save any info on the form. The only reason there are areas that are “required’ when you fill out the forms is to make sure I have all the info I need to make your printable for you, and also to deter spammers. One month I didn’t put in as many required fields and I received soooo many spam requests that I could hardly keep up with the emails coming in. However, as one of you pointed out last month, you don’t always feel comfortable sharing info like that. And I’m truly sorry that I didn’t think of that before. So, from this month on, each printable of the month will have a non-personalized version that you can download straight from the blog, no forms to fill out. That way you don’t have to feel like you’re missing out if you don’t want to fill out the form.
I hope this helps clear up a little of the confusion. And if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to send me an email, or leave a comment, I love hearing from you!
Now, on to the good stuff!
As I mentioned above, this month’s printable started with a request. A wonderful, kind-hearted reader sent me an email and in it she mentioned that she had found a printable on another site (Smead Orgonomics: What To Do Now vs Later) and then she found another similar idea on another site (Simplify 101: Finish it Friday) but while she liked certain things about each, neither one was quite what she was looking for. While chatting back and forth through emails I came to the realization that this would make a great printable of the month.
It’s perfect for those who don’t want to use a weekly planner or who prefer to not fill their planners with all their to do’s. It’s also great to use with a planner, because you can prioritize your list and plan accordingly. The my top 3 section at the top is a tool I’ve been using for a long time now, and you can read more about that over on System Savvy Consulting where I guest posted about how I deal with being overwhelmed. The basic idea is to pick the top three, most important or crucial things you need to do in the week, and put them at the top. That way, if life happens and things get crazy you can stay on top of the crucial tasks, and reschedule everything else. The main to do list area is broken up into three sections, “I must complete”, “I really should” and “if I have time” which is just a way to think about how you prioritize your tasks, and can help with scheduling them in. There is an area for reminders for the week, and a space for errands and communications, as well as a place to jot down anything that comes up that needs to be dealt with the following week. It’s a bunch of to do lists all in one place!
For those of you don’t want it personalized you can click on the picture below to get your copy!
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There are really so many ways to use this printable, I’m thrilled that it was requested. (I’ve only been using mine for a day and already I feel like I’m a little more in control over what’s happening this week. (even though it’s halfway over 🙂 ) A huge thank you goes out to the reader who requested this, and was ok with me sharing it as the printable of the month, it is a fantastic idea. Thank you for letting me share it.
What do you think? Do you like to keep your to do lists all in one place?
I’ve been struggling with, life. I can’t seem to organize or stay on task. I’m excited to use the weekly My To Do’s layout as the notebook just seems to mush my action items.
Thank you, Alli, for sharing with us.
You’re very welcome Maile. Personally, I’m struggling with being organized right now too. I hope that the To-Do list printable is helping you.