After twelve looooong years of working on my bachelor’s degree, I am finally graduating! My upcoming commencement has made me think about the next steps I should take in order to lead me to my career goals. After many months of research I’ve decided on the next steps I need to take. The first is applying to a Master’s in Public Administration program. While I am waiting to get accepted and (hopefully) eventually begin a program, I’ve decided to enroll in a post graduate certificate program in Project Management. My hope is that it will build on my leadership skills, as well as make me a more efficient manager. Just a heads up, if anyone is interested in a pursuing project management certification, many of the top schools in the country offer distance learning programs! Some of the ones I’ve been looking into are Rutgers, Duke, and Southern Methodist University.
So three kids, a husband, working ten hour days running an office of 85 people, trying to lose weight, and trying to keep my head above water with household chores. Why add taking the GRE, applying to grad schools, and taking a project management course on top of it? Well, I suppose I just finally found the direction I want to go in life. One of my downfalls is procrastination, in case you couldn’t tell by the whole ‘twelve years to get a bachelor’s degree’ thing. If I don’t get the ball rolling now I have a feeling I’ll be 60 by the time I get around to grad school, which conflicts with my plan to be retired and living on a beach by then.
One of the first steps that I need to take in order to give myself a chance at managing all of these new ventures is to up my organization and planning game. I currently use the day designer to manage my work day, but because it doesn’t travel too well it usually stays on my desk. I bought one of the smaller Ban.do planners several months ago, but as a very visual person I really need to have a minimalist planner that helps me focus. While the Ban.do planner is adorable, there’s just too much going on. It’s almost like trying to study in a messy kitchen…just no. I tried; I can’t do it. I need neat, clean, and organized in order to be able to focus, and my planners are no exception.
Enter the Louis Vuitton PM agenda. This thing is TINY, but it’s perfect. Even though I knew its size when I ordered it, I don’t think I was fully prepared when this teeny little index card sized planner was actually in my hands. After looking through nearly every pocket planner inserts I finally decided on the Kate Spade inserts. They have a two-page monthly spread, as well as a week on two pages. I’ve purchased some additional inserts for finances, fitness, and notes, but the Kate Spade ones seem great so far. And surprisingly enough, it’s really not strange to write in this tiny little planner. In fact, I LOVE it! It’s truly perfect for what I need: a planner that I can carry around to keep me on task with my goals and obligations.
I have a new Day Designer coming in soon for the new year to help me manage work, but for now I am so glad I bought this little Louis Vuitton gem. The fact of the matter is that the more I like my agenda, the more apt I am to use it to its full potential.