Keeping it together

This post is sponsored by my friends at KIT Life. You can check out all of their amazing products and planners here, and get $5 off (+ free workout stickers, just put Gina/Fitnessista in the comments section of your order) with this link.

Does anyone else feel like 2018 is sprinting towards us?! I always make a conscious effort to slowwwww down during this busy season, especially since October – January is an onslaught of birthdays and celebrations in addition to the traditional holidays. We have the Pilot’s birthday, P’s birthday, Halloween, our date-iversary (yep, still celebrate it), my birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Liv’s birthday, all within a 2 1/2-month span. We have so many fun things to look forward to, and it’s shocking to me that the calendar is already getting filled up through spring. Like, I haven’t even taken the Christmas decorations out yet. 

I’m sure that many of you are also planning into 2018, and I’m so thankful that my friends at KIT Life sent me one of their beautiful Life Planners to get the party started. New planner = probably the closest feeling I’ve had to “back to school” in a while haha.

Writing in my KIT Life planner

Something about a new planner makes me oddly excited, and it’s a game changer when it comes to coordinating all of our schedules and events. I can easily track work deadlines and events with Liv and P’s extracurricular and school stuff, plus the Pilot’s late nights and when he’ll be out of town. 

KIT Life planner 2018

I was excited to open up my new 2018 Life Planner. It has half a page for each day, a peek at the week, page for each month, plus a doodle break at the end of each section. I feel like it’s a perfect combo of bullet journaling and traditional paper planner.  It’s thick and beautifully-constructed; accidental drops on the floor aren’t going to phase it.

KIT 2018 Life Planner 
They have so many beautiful styles and designs here.

planning 2018 with my KIT Life planner

Some of the fun extras:

-A “gratitude” section, where you can quickly jot down the things that make you thankful. 

-A “big three” (<— so This Is Us) section, where you can list the more important priorities for each day. (I LOVE this because I’m constantly numbering to-dos by priority status in my current planner.)

-These workout stickers! (You get these for free if you place an order and put “Gina/Fitnessista” in the comments section of your order. For $5, sign up for rewards here.)

Here’s what they look like:

workout stickers 
Are you a paper planner or electronic planner kinda person? I tried keeping track of things on my phone for a very short while, but find that I love the accessibility and flexibility of a paper planner. It’s so much easier to flip through everything and skim.

KIT Life goodies

What’s something you’re looking forward to in the next few months? I CAN’T WAIT to go to Tucson for Thanksgiving.

Have a wonderful morning, and I’ll see you soon.



Photos: Lindsay Colson

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  1. Bethany on October 18, 2017 at 7:29 am

    I love paper planners! I cannot do schedules on my phone. I also LOVE it has a “gratitude” section! =)

  2. Kayla on October 18, 2017 at 10:09 am

    Paper planner all the way! I was just looking at daily planners, as much as I love the one I’ve been using I feel I need one that let’s me map out my day better. Will have to check out KIT

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on October 18, 2017 at 10:39 am

    I can’t wait to go to Rocky Point in 2 weeks for my birthday! Much needed vacation and you better believe I’m gonna take full advantage of the beach time.

  4. Katie on October 18, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I’m a total planner junkie! I love a good planner! My favorite right now is Danielle LaPorte’s Desire Map Planner. I used the Weekly version this year and next year I’m going to try out the Daily version before deciding which serves me best. I love being able to focus on gratitude, prioritize my to-do list, and make sure that I’m not over booking each day to the point of overwhelm.

  5. Jill on October 18, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    I love the idea of a paper planner, but I never maintain them. So much of my work life is electronic – everything scheduled in Outlook – that I’ve really adapted to that.

  6. LeeAnn Benesh on October 18, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Paper planner always!!! That one is super cute!!

  7. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-Ups on October 18, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    I love planners, I always get so excited to start a new one each year. That one is cute, love the stickers.

  8. Janice on October 18, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I use a mix of paper, electronic, and Excel. Excel serves as a major brain dump for all my projects, goals and breakdown steps. Love having my appts in my phone calendar and use Evernote app for my grocery list + other random notes.

    This year I was introduced to the Conquer Your Year planner by Natalie MacNeil. She breaks down the year into 4 12 week sprints which is a brilliant way for me to focus. It’s undated so I was able to start mid-year. It includes gratitude, water, and exercise tracking as well as deliverables and receivables. There is a spot for top 5 daily, weekly reflection and notes for the next week.

    I’ve taken to spending a few minutes each Sunday bringing all systems together, rearranging if I need to and setting myself up for a successful week. It’s a system that has really helped me sharpen my focus and achieve a lot more. It’s like once I gave myself permission to work with more than one system everything changed.

  9. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on October 19, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    I am totally a paper planner person, but my husband is using an electronic version…so as of right now Im trying to keep up with both but I LOVE paper planning 🙂 I’m also pretty excited for Thanksgiving!!

  10. Chelsea Anthony on November 7, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Paper planners all the way. I’m like an old lady in a 31 year old body; meaning I don’t trust technology . I cannot wait to go to Oregon for Thanksgiving!!

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