To Do, Schedule, Goals, Oh My!

Have you ever known what you are looking for, but couldn't quite find what you wanted?  Me too! Lately I have been searching online for a planner of sorts that would include all of the following:

  • A weekly schedule where I can fill in when I work, have a dentist appointment, or days when I need to clean or go grocery shopping.
  • A place to write down things that I call "must do's", things that have to be done ASAP on a specific day eg: buy flowers for a friends birthday, make a grocery list, return a book to the library.
  • A place to write down personal goals such as exercising, working on projects, or learning something new.
I found plenty of planners with days of the week, or To Do Lists, or even Goal setting, but I couldn't find all three together. I even looked for an app for my phone, but none of them had the exact combination that I needed or were too complicated.  So a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do....create her own!

Introducing the "To Do, Schedule, Goal Planning Sheet"!  I know, it's not fancy, or have cool designs, or extra awesome fonts--but it's functional! I'm all about functioning.

Days of the week on the left and the dates for the week above.  

I have created the following sections:
  • "DO TODAY"! To avoid procrastination and forgetfulness.
  • "SCHEDULE" section.  For things that I regularly do on these days.
  • "GOALS" section.  I really wanted to incorporate this with my schedule and to do's.  I have crochet projects I want to start.  I want to learn more about Excel.  I need to exercise!  I want to set a specific day to do each of these things or I will spend everyday crocheting :)
  • "GOAL TARGETS".  Writing down a goal is great!  But including specifics about how to accomplish that goal is even better!!  Now I can list what crochet project I want to work on and how much I want to try and accomplish that day.   I can write down when I will exercise and for how long.
On Sundays I will fill out my schedule for the week, either online or I can print it and fill it in (using a pencil to easily make changes!)

You can download the file HERE.  After you download the file, you can delete my sample schedule items and fill in your own.  If you have the Google Drive App on your smartphone, you can add items from there as well.

Reminder: You must download and SAVE the file to your own computer before you will be able to edit it. :)

Happy Scheduling!!!


I'm back!

It has been a busy year, but I am back!

I am going through my current templates and making a few changes.

I will also be working on adding new templates in the coming month.

Thanks for your continued support!



New Template: Order Form

I have not dropped off the face of the earth!  I have a NEW template to share.

During the past year I have been selling items at a craft boutique, mainly dinner rolls and crochet items.  I have recently been asked to make some custom crocheted baby blankets, then received two roll orders.  I also enjoy making gourmet cupcakes and receive two orders to make cupcakes as well!  And this has all happened within the last two weeks!  I needed an Order Form!

This ORDER FORM template is uploaded to Google Drive. You can download it HERE.  You can customize it anyway you like.  Completely change it or make just a few adjustments.  Add your own business name. You may not need the "Time Due" so just delete the cell.  You probably don't sell 'crochet', 'cupcakes' and 'rolls' and can change the item you sell or delete them all together.  

I wanted to have plenty of room to write down my order details and another place for notes to myself for things such as: a different person picking up the order, where to buy yarn, or a reminder to pick up more cupcake boxes etc.

I hope this will be useful for you as well!


Relief Society Lesson Schedule

My newest template is a lesson schedule for Relief Society.  It can also easily be used for Elders Quorum and High Priest's as well!

The template has these features:

1.  Year of lesson schedule and the manual for that year. (top of page)
2.  1st column: date
3.  2nd column: name of teacher (I use their first name)
4.  3rd column: Here I put what type of lesson will be given ie: Presidency Message; Chapter from manual; TFOT (Teaching For Our Times); special days such as General Conference or a Ward Conference.
5.  4th column: Title or subject of the lesson

At the very bottom of the template is a list of who teaches each week.  You will need to add the name of your teachers.

The current template is good for the rest of the year and can easily be updated for the coming year.

Click HERE to download the template!


UPDATE: Carpool Schedule 2017-18 PDF

I've updated the popular Carpool Schedule for the 2017-2018 School Year.




Old Files Updated

The templates that I uploaded for this blog at the very beginning were uploaded using Scribd.  Recently I went back and changed most of the files to Google Docs so they are easier to access!

If you've had problems with templates please check them again, or you can email me (email link is on the right side of the blog).

Team Building Activities

One of my favorite activities to do at Girls Camp is team building games. They have to work together to complete the tasks and they have fun at the same time!

Below is a list of my favorite team building games.  There are a few important things to know prior to beginning the games.

1.  Always have adult leaders or responsible YCL’s (Youth Camp Leaders) act as “Spotters” during each activity.  Spotters stand near participants, in a ready stance—ready to catch anyone who may fall during the activity.

2.  If you are playing these games outside, always make sure the area they are playing in is free from debris such as large rocks, tree branches, pine cones etc.  And try to find an area as flat as possible without any hidden holes someone might step in.

3.  Always give instructions on how to play the game first.  Stress safety first!  Meet with all Spotters prior to when you play the games and instruct them on how each game works, where they will stand, and how to stand ‘ready’ to catch (knees bent, hands out and ready to catch) just in case!

4.  Team building games are not complete without having a discussion afterwards.  Ask questions such as:
What was hard about the activity?  What made it easier?
What happened when someone started to fall?
How did you help the group during the activity?
Is it hard for you to ask for help? To give help?
Who can remember what was going through your mind during the activity.

You can also add a spiritual thought at the end of each game or after all games are completed such as:

Gospel Application:  The Lord gives us challenges in life.  Sometimes they are easy to figure out, others times they are harder.   In what ways can we seek for help when a task seems difficult or impossible?

Spider Web

Spider Web Instructions

The above link gives some good advice and instructions on creating a spider web.   Don’t worry about making a frame for your Spider Web.  Just use two trees that are close together.  Use cotton string to form your web.  I made my web like a grid—rather than what is shown in the picture in the link above.  It was much easier to create.  My grid was 4 squares high by 5 squares wide with each square around 2 f'.

Human Knot
Human Knot Instructions

This is a popular team game because there are no materials needed!  Just follow the directions in the above link.

This next activity is taken from the book:
Affordable Portables: A Working Book of Initiative Activities & Problem Solving Elements by Chris Cavert.  I highly recommend this book!!!  You can find it on Amazon.
Buy the book here!
The book has many, many other fun activities!!

Quad Jam
Materials:  4--2x4 boards.  The length of the board will depend on the size of the group.
Blindfolds for each person.

Set out the boards in a square shape (I used 2—4’ boards per side).  Ask the players to split themselves into 4 even groups.  Then ask each group to stand behind one of the boards -- along the side facing in toward the center.

Give the following ‘challenges’ in order (the challenges get a little harder each time):

Challenge 1:  Everyone stand up, with both feet on the boards for a count of 6 seconds.
Challenge 2: Walking on top of the boards, circle the square and return to your starting position - without stepping off the boards.  Any steps off the board and the entire group starts over.
Challenge 3:  Ask each player to look, and point, at the spot on the board directly across from them.  Then ask each player to get to that spot without touching the ground.  (Most groups think they just have to walk around the circle, but…Here’s where we hope to see some helping happen - if it already hasn’t)
Challenge 4:  Give each board a number in clockwise order, ask groups on boards 1 and 2 to switch boards and end up in exact order on the new board.  Ask 3 and 4 to do the same.
Challenge 5:  Have the groups on boards 2 and 4, 1 and 3 change.  End up in the same order on the new board.  (This one is interesting, because the solution is just walking around the boards again, but many groups get stuck in the mental model of doing it like the last challenge.  Fun to talk about!)
Challenge 6:  Blindfold every other player, then move around the square to end up in the player’s starting position.
Challenge 7:  Blindfold all players and move around one board.

Lap Sit

I’m sure many of you have seen this game!

The objective is to get everyone in the group to sit on each other's lap.  Make sure you have a safe area for this activity—grassy is best!

Have players form a tight circle by standing shoulder to shoulder. Then have players all turn the same direction, to their either right or left, to form a single file circle. Players need to be close to the person in front of them (toe to heel).  When a signal is given the players slowly bend their knees to be able to sit comfortable on the person's lap behind them without falling (have the players grab the upper arms of the person in front of them as they are sitting).

Once the players are sitting comfortably on each other's lap then they can try to walk by having one person count to three and tell everyone which foot to move at once. The players need to move one foot and the other in a synchronized motion.

Click on this link to see a video of this activity: Lap Sit Video

Tarp Turn

Use a large tarp—6’x8’ or 6’x10’

Have a group stand on the tarp (you will want a large enough group to nearly fill the entire tarp area, so if you have a small group, use a smaller tarp!)

Challenge the group to turn the tarp over and stand on the other side without stepping off the tarp.  Every player must be touching the tarp and no one can step off of the tarp in the process.

Log Walk

Materials:  8-10 2x4 boards; blindfolds

Set up the boards so they are one long board.  Have a group stand on the boards.  Make sure your group takes up almost the entire length of the board (you may not need all of the boards for this)

Give them the following challenge:

Arrange your group in order of birthday month (or alphabetically) without talking!

Next, arrange the boards in a zig-zaggy, crazy pattern.
Have the participants walk along the boards.  Simple right?
The 2nd time around everyone finds a partner.  Blindfold one partner.   Have the blind folded partner walk along the board and their partner walk along with them to be the Spotter in case they start to fall.  Have the partners switch positions so everyone can have a turn being blindfolded.

Trust Circle

Trust Circle Instructions (This link has wonderful instructions!  Please read them carefully!)

This is a fun activity for small groups.  You will need to go over the instructions with everyone before starting this activity.  Make sure you give enough time for everyone to have a chance to be in the middle of the circle.

It would be a good idea to have some extra adults around the circle to act as Spotters.

This activity works best on a flat grassy area.