Summertime, for me, means lunchtime walks through our new neighborhood, trips to the lake, farm stands, lots of fresh tomatoes, fuzzy peaches, happy hour on the porch, and fireflies at twilight. (And painting. Lots of painting.) But, it also means planning and getting organized for the new year (and buying school supplies, because I will never out-grow that)!
A few years ago, I shared a worship planning worksheet, based on a system I was using at the time. It worked for a few years, but thinking ahead to this year and trying to organize my music for efficient practicing sessions, I knew I needed a new system. I mean, spreadsheets are great and all, but the rows are solong and looking at music through Christmas every week is a lot to take in. Am I right?
So, I created a new template, organized by month. Game-changer. Also, instead of super-long, never-ending rows for each week with columns for each component of the service, I switched the orientation so the dates run along the top and the service music runs down the side (because that's just how my mind thinks about it). Now, I can easily see all the music I have planned, in manageable, monthly increments. Plus, it fits neatly on a letter-size piece of paper for easy printing. Win-win-win.
For all you fellow planners out there, this one's for you! Here is my shiny, new, ready-to-use worship planning worksheet. See the 2016-17 version here.
Happy planning! (And I'd love to hear your thoughts on the monthly organization!)
Photo credit: Ashley Ella Design