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How I Became More Productive

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My New Obsession and How I Have Become More Productive

Keeping up with daily tasks, appointment, and random things that pop up that I need to remind myself to do is not one of my strong suits. With Elliana starting kindergarten this year I have been looking for something, for some way, that I can keep track of things better and in turn, be more productive. I don’t want to be that parent that forgets to do something.

I have tried different things to keep track and plan out my days, but nothing has stuck for more than a couple of days. Electronic calendars, those A Year In a Glance planners, and a couple others, but none of them kept me coming back or felt right.

That is until I came across this amazing planner.

The Happy Planner by Me & My Big Ideas.

It’s laid out enough to not be too intimidating, but it’s fully customizable to do and jot down what I please. I use it for my day to day tasks, meal plan, workout, bills due, and appointments. But, I also use it to remind myself of things that pop into my head to do later, to look up info, books to read, and so on. As things happen that I want to remember, I jot them down also. So, it doubles as a memory keeper, also.

There is a slew of accessories to purchase. Stickers, folders, expansion packs, washi tape, etc. Then, you get on Pinterest, and there are even more printables to use in your planner.

Aside from the planning, I love the sense of accomplishment I get when I get to check things off my list. I don’t know why checking something off motivates me, but it does. Seeing empty boxes next to cleaning tasks drives me crazy, and I want to do the dishes to mark it off. Yeah, I might be a little crazy, but it works for me.

I’m on my second month of using the Happy Planner, that’s not a long time, but for me, that is a tremendous record. I feel so much more productive and very few things are slipping through the cracks because “I forgot.”


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Hi! I'm Monica, the face behind Munchkins and Coffee.  Like most, I enjoy long walks on the beach and quiet dinners with the Mister. But let's be real, I'm a mom to 2 munchkins and to 2 4-legged kids so those things are few and far between.  I dabble in a variety of DIY projects and crafts and sell SVGs for the Cricut/Silhouette. I love to cook and bake and I'm a type 1 diabetic. Target and H-E-B are my happy places. I love to read but don't do it as much as I'd like and I'm totally guilty of binge-watching shows on Netflix, Hulu, and Prime. Coffee gets me through the day and is my "drug" of choice. 🙂 That's where the name comes in. Kids, life and all the beautiful chaos in between. So, check out my Etsy shop for SVG/cutting files for your Cricut/Silhouette and keep an eye out on here and my Facebook for my free cut files.

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