I used to be big Franklin-Covey planner guy. I like the whole day planner idea – setting aside time to pencil out my plan, then try to accomplish the plan. With the advent of first the Palm Pilot and the evolution to Android, it has been a long time since I have actually purchased planning materials. My calendar is on Google easily synced and shared with others and my phone. My to-do list is integrated – I have pretty much made the shift to planning in the cloud. But I still like pencil and paper. So I love this site that has a ton of different templates and options for paper planning. The site is called D*I*Y Planner: The Best Thing in Printing Since Gutenburg and you can find templates for planning, calendars, recipe sheets, notes, address books, weight watchers pages and more.
I first got wind of this site when I found the Ben Franklin Virtues Chart and have blogged about that for the past several years in January. So if you are in the middle of trying to figure 2011 out, check out these resources.
As I have been emphasizing in church the last few weeks, in your planning change the paradigm question from “What do I want to do/change in 2011?” to “What does God want me to do/change in 2011?” This not so subtle and all important starting point is critical for believers. It is an internal acknowledgement of the sovereignty and providence of God applied to my outlook on life; past, present and future.
Psalm 139:23-24 is a good choice for the prayer of the planner: Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; 24 And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. (NASB)