We are counting down to the last 2 days of the year 2013, and as have been in the past years, I use this opportune time to take a quick glance at the year that just passed and to cast a vision of the year that is to come. And planners have been an instrumental tool in this ceremonial event. Armed with my planner, a pen, and a cup of coffee, I officially close the year that was, and declare the beginning of a new one.
Now, I am a fan of planning tools. If you’re a planning freak, like me, you’ve probably tried one or a combination of these commonly used planning tools. Time management tools come in different forms: a simple calendar, paper-based planners, planner apps in your mobile phone or iPad, or tabs, and then there are also planners in your computers (such as Microsoft Outlook). These are some of the planners I’ve used and trusted to take me through the years.
(Image source: Belle de Jeur / The Ultimate Homeschool Planner: Apologia)
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My top favourite is the Franklin Covey Planner. I’ve used it for a number of years, until I’ve duplicated the system and developed a template of my own. Comes with a mission-vision-values template, time management tools, and motivational quotes. I love the fact that it’s a straightforward application of Stephen Covey’s best-selling book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (one of my favourite books). I will most definitely welcome Covey planner refills as a yearly Christmas gift :)
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I love the idea of putting down my ideas, goals and plans in paper. I get excited planning my year and filling up my calendars with schedules of activities and events. This year 2014, I am using a Starbucks planner, along with my girls, that I got for free. I’m in the last few parts of my closing ceremony of 2013, and getting hyped up with 2014 plans and goals.
The year 2013 flew by so fast, I am taking the next 2 days to process all the learnings and mark all the highlights of the year. I am confident 2014 is going to be another exciting year. I don’t need an ultimate planner to know that for sure. I know and I trust the Ultimate Planner of it all. Jeremiah 29:11-12 says it clearly:
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I can choose to trust God, and be willing to flow with His plans. Or I can make my own plans and follow my own desires. I love the insights shared by Pastor Juray Mora on Day 5 of this year’s prayer and fasting (you can listen to the podcast here). “Our breakthroughs and blessings are planned by God. It’s on the way all the time. Question is: are we willing to flow with God’s plans.”
The greatest preparations we can make, as we enter 2014, is walking in faith with God, knowing Him and experiencing Him in a greater measure. No paper planner can make that happen. Only a relationship with the Ultimate Planner can.
Lord, give us a greater knowledge of who You are in our lives, patience that will never let go of You and Your Word, and an added measure of faith to believe for your blessings and breakthroughs, this 2014, and the years to come!
“So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12)