Ever find yourself flying solo without your planner for a long period of time? It starts to feel pretty terrible after a while. But getting back into the planner habit is harder than expected. Here's some tips to help you jump back into planning after a long absence so you can get back on your feet again!

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  1. This is so encouraging! Helps me to know im.not alone in my struggle to get back on track. I completly understand the being disturbed factor. I need to put up a better shield and use my calendar blocking more. Thank you!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      You are in good company Grace 🙂

  2. Thank you so much for this post. It came at THE right time, too. I have been struggling since the beginning of the year to keep up with my new journal. Partly because I came down with the flu. But with the flu came so many moments of harsh self-criticisms and daily distractions. I would hold my journal and fall in love with it and feel comforted by it, but I would never use it! And then I would get so irritated with myself. And the cycle repeats! But as of yesterday I started telling myself to just do it, and it’s become part of my morning routine. I just hope I can stick to it, and this post is now motivating me to do so! Thank you again. 🙂

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Glad to hear you are feeling better Lala! Thank you for reading!

  3. A great post, which I can certainly relate too. I love the way your writing takes such a holistic approach, going way beyond the bullet-journaling itself and touches on subjects such as self-doubt.

    Thanks to being inspired by your blog, I have started a bullet journal myself. Did really well for three weeks and found it very helpful, but have slipped over the last five days or so, due to a disturbance in my routine. I am now motivated to pick it up again and get my thoughts together!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      So glad to hear this was helpful for you Amanda!

  4. Thanks, your posts have seriously helped me move forward with calendar planning again.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      That’s so great to hear, Aspen!

  5. Thanks so much. This post hit home. I’ve been so busy that my planner has been neglected. I also think about setting up my 2018 planner but I am overwhelmed on where to start, so I seem to be in a holding pattern, just going in circles.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      I hope this post helps you find a starting point again, Trish!

  6. Gosh, I’ve been thinking so much about this during your Month in Color, because I identify with the feeling of excitement at the start of a project, and how it peters out after a while. Like you said in a few of your videos, that’s when you can force yourself to continue working, push through and make some real progress. I agree – to a point. Just my two cents, but I think you were right to take time off after October. Even though it can feel distressing and confusing not to follow your routine, I think sometimes our brains just need to switch off, especially after a huge project like that. Then of course you need to get back on track, just like you’re saying here.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Thank you for sharing your perspective, Ingela.

  7. Great post. I’ve been blogging about planners , routines and bullet journaling for a year now. I am so productive one week but then another completely lazy. I love the wonderful tips:)

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Thanks for reading!

  8. Stephanie says:

    Needed this just before things get out of hand. Sometimes I feel in control and other times not so much! Glad to know you have moments too.

  9. November has been a BUJO slump for me as well. It took a week to get the intro page, I had a stamp to use specifically for November…. Well here I see your post title and went, “how did she know?” Too funny. So I’m going to get my shower and then sit down with my BuJo and get at it.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      It seems to be the case for a few people! Here’s to getting back at it!

  10. Shelby – thank you for being honest and real with your posts. From someone who falls off the planner wagon more times that I would like to admit, it is comforting to know that I’m not the only one who falls, and that I don’t have to beat myself up over it when it happens. Sometimes confirmation of that from others is just what I need to see.
    Have a great week!!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Yes! We just have to get back to it and keep moving forward. Hope you have a wonderful week as well.

  11. Kaethe Pittman says:

    Just curious: what is that copper colored doodads on a chain between your planner and pen in the photograph of your November spread? And I loved this pep talk! Must have been something in the air, because I fell off the planner wagon, too.

    1. I’m so glad you liked the post, Kaethe! That’s a little copper pendulum that I have lying around! It pretty much lives to be a photo prop 😀 but it sure is pretty, isn’t it?

  12. This is so something I needed to read right now. I’ve been feeling so blah about planning because I don’t have as much going on as I used to, but I find things falling through the cracks because of it. Thanks for the motivational post!!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      Glad to hear! I am right there with you!

  13. You’ve inspired me to get back to exercising and stop making excuses. I’ve fallen off the wagon and used every excuse not to get back on. After reading this post, I’m ready to just do it. No excuses, nothing too big, start out small and then my love for running will return. Can’t wait to be reacquainted with it again. Thanks Shelby for the motivation.

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      I am so happy to hear this has motivated you!

  14. This post could not have come at a better time, I have been desperately trying to force myself to pick up my planner again (it’s been a whole month whyyyy) and this was so helpful and encouraging, thank you!

    1. Little Coffee Fox Team says:

      So glad it was timely for you Kenna!

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