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Prepping for the New Year (My Word of the Year + Favorite Planners!)

So, what’s the hardest thing for a writer?

Well, it depends on who you ask. But I can tell you what’s most difficult for me.

Is it creating ideas?—No, I have more than I can handle! 😆 Starting an article?…Sometimes. Discouragement + lack of motivation?—Definitely happens.

But what do I personally struggle with the most?

Editing + editing well.

So what exactly does editing entail?

According to Oxford Languages, some synonyms for edit are: prepare, correct, check, improve, revise, modify, rewrite, redraft, rework, rearrange, shorten, cut, select, choose, censor, iron out, condense, approve, clean up, put together, organize…

Improving requires throwing out both bad ideas, as well as good ones that simply aren’t the best.

To edit means at some point I’ll have to delete writing that I don’t want to get rid of. It even may be great, creative writing.

But if doesn’t contribute to the end product, it has to go!

And the same applies to every area of my life.

My ultimate goal is to be conformed more to the image of Christ & be the woman that the Lord created me to be.

And recently, God keeps bringing to my mind the word EDIT.

He’s teaching me that I must learn to edit, not just my blog posts, but every aspect of life well:

  • My Time
  • My Words
  • My Relationships
  • My Daily TO-DO list
  • Our Finances
  • This Blog
  • Ministry at our Church
  • How I choose to spend free time.
  • Social Media
  • Etc.

So that is why my word going into 2023 is : EDIT.

Moments I’ve “edited” life well these past couple of weeks, I’ve enjoyed more + felt less stressed.

Also, I’ve not felt so busy, yet I’ve accomplished everything needed.

Verses God’s brought to my mind about Editing My Life

And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:41-42 (NKJV, emphasis added)

Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Ephesians 5:15-17 (NASB, emphasis added)

And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Romans 12:2 (NKJV, emphasis added)

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19:14 (NKJV, emphasis added)

Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, And revive me in Your way.

Psalm 119:37 (NKJV, emphasis added)

My Favorite Planners!

[Find links for each planner at the end of the article.]

The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty; but those of the hasty surely to poverty.

Proverbs 21:5

If you want to say “Adios Laziness!”, and “Hello Diligence!” a planner is a must.

I confess that planning not does come naturally to me.

But I’ve seen the truth of Proverbs 21:5 in my life. Diligently planning helps me to be more focused & productive.

And that’s where a planner comes in.

When I start to feel like a cat chasing my tail, I simply reference my planner to see what needs to be done next.

#1. Day Designer Monthly/Daily Planner

What I like about this Day Designer planner:

  • Goal setting pages for the year.
  • Month At-a-Glance as well as Daily TO-DOs.
  • An area for Today’s Top 3 keeps my most important things from getting lost in the list.
  • A place to record my gratitude every day. Later I can look back and see what God did throughout the year.
  • Hour-by-hour + TO-DO checklist side-by-side. Makes it easy to write out what needs to be done then assign a time to do it!
  • Space to write in Evening Routine.
  • Weekend “Take a time out! Fun things to Do.” I need the reminder to make room to enjoy + relax in life. That’s a gift from God too! (Ecclesiastes 3:12-13)

For a closer view, click on any pic below.

#2. Pen + Gear Budget Planner

I also really like this $2.88 Budget Planner I found at Walmart.

Without doubt, I’ve gotten our money’s worth out of it!

I love being able to compare monthly expenses to stay on track.

And the prettiness makes keeping finances on track a little more pleasant!

Check back in January for a post on Editing our finances!

As we plan, we must always keep in mind the words of James.

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.”

James 4:13-15, NKJV

Planning is a characteristic of the wise & diligent but we must hold our plans with open hands asking God to do His will in our lives.

Whatever we may plan or accomplish in 2023 may we always remember that it is not ourselves but Christ who completes the good work.

May this song be our motto, not just for the New Year but until this race of life is over. “Yet not I, but through Christ in me.”

[Click on image below to listen to my favorite song.]

Love, Lauri

Just a reminder that in January we’ll be focusing on saying “Adios Laziness” & “Hello Diligence!”

Also, I’ll be sharing with you how I’m editing different areas of my life with God’s help.

I invite you to subscribe below if you enjoyed this article!

If you have a word for the year or a favorite planner, I’d love to know! Comment below!

[Looking to be more diligent with meal planning? Try out Mix & Match Meal Plan Method!]

And as always,

Be Kind. Be Encouraging. Be a Multiplier!

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