Adding means subtracting
Over the holiday, you may be adding a few things to your shelves, drawers, or countertops. All good! It's fun to give and receive during the holiday season, but because we often add more to our physical spaces during gift-giving season, it may be important to subtract something too.
Let's say you receive a new set of colored pens for your planner. Perhaps you go through your current set of pens to test that they work, toss the ones that don't, and consider if they still suit your needs. If they don't, perhaps you ask your pen-loving friends if they use that type you wish to discard, or send them off to a school for use.
Also, I know many of us will be adding books to our shelves this season. As you add those new treasures to your shelves, think about which ones you can trade, consign to the books shop, or donate to a school or library.
As you add to your collections, determining what you can subtract helps create a little more physical space, and you will side step having to clear clutter later.
Reflection on the Full Focus
I was introduced to the Full Focus Planner in early 2020 by my good friend, Monica Burns of ClassTechTips. I needed something to help me get all my lists, plans, and meeting notes in one place.
I have been using my FFP during goal-reviewing and setting at our quarterly Prime to S.H.I.N.E. meetings with great success. This practice has helped me move forward with several things I was getting stuck in.
But.... around the year-mark of using the original FFP, I found I needed to make some changes. I found I wasn't using all the pages I was originally because I had been able to feel some sense of automaticity with some routines - I suppose that means a goal was met!
I came to believe that the full Full Focus Planner has had it's place in my life and now I am downsizing to the mini.
The mini-planner still has the annual goal setting, goal detail and week-at-a glance, and notes pages at the back of the book. For right now, this feels more streamlined, less chunky, and a better use of pages at this moment in time. I have introduced the small notebooks into my note taking routine because I have several projects that I wanted to keep the note living in their own places. I'm going to try this for a quarter and see how we go. I have since found my Rocketbook, so I may shift again in the spring... we shall see!