20 in 2020 Challenge: How to Be a Priority in the New Year

You do so much for other people. You fill all the shoes in your daily life - partner, caregiver, cook, doctor, teacher, driver. The list goes on and on. When is the last time you took some time just for you? In 2020, let's set aside 20 minutes a day to make ourselves a priority. Join me for the 20 in 2020 Challenge.

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As we turn the calendar to a new decade, I'm making a promise to myself to spend just 20 minutes a day on me with a journal, notebook, or planner.

I'm keeping this goal wide open. Some days I'll focus on the things I'm grateful for, some days I'll spend the time planning the important events of my upcoming week, other days I'll zoom in to really look at my long-term goals and the things I'm doing (or not doing) that will get me closer to them.

Some ways you can spend 20 minutes on you in 2020 include:


  • a gratitude journal
  • planning (and checking off!) your to-do list
  • budgeting journal
  • goal-setting journal
  • mood journal
  • healthy habits journal
  • exercise and wellness tracker
  • wedding or pregnancy journal
  • vision board
  • religious or spirituality journal
  • medical journal
  • moments to remember
  • travel journal

I have a collection of new Erin Condren planners and notebooks ready to go for the new year! Subscribe to my blog to stay up-to-date on all my posts because I often give away gift cards to spend on Erin Condren goodies!

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2020 Erin Condren Life Planner

The new Life Planner is out and as beautiful as ever! 

There are so many ways to make this planner your own! From three different layout options, a colorful or neutral theme, a huge number of cover options, and three coil colors to choose from, there is something for everyone!

Instead of telling you about it, let me show you in this complete Life Planner walkthrough video.


This is my fifth Erin Condren Life Planner. The quality impresses me year after year, so I keep coming back!

A couple of the things I'm doing in my Life Planner for the 20 in 2020 Challenge are to track what I'm reading, my "no-spend" days, and other monthly goals on the month overview page. I've set mine up like this:

Photo of Erin Condren Life Planner month overview page.



Close-up photo of Erin Condren Life Planner month overview

If you have a suggestion for that little box on the right side I'd love to hear it! I'm still at a loss for what to include there!

I am tracking my personal thoughts on the books I read using this key:

Photo of Erin Condren Life Planner book review key

I am also spending more time on reflection and gratitude. I have always loved this Year in Pixels idea and have replicated it in my new Life Planner:

Photo of The Year in Pixels reflection page drawn in Erin Condren Life Planner

Petite Planner System

Another journaling option you could try is the Petite Planner Folio System, also from Erin Condren.

The Petite Planners are much smaller and more focused notebooks that fit inside a planner folio or slip easily into your purse.

Erin Condren has tons of Petite Planner options:
  • monthly planner
  • budget book
  • wellness log
  • gratitude journal
  • meal planner
  • checklist
  • goal setting journal
  • travel journal
  • medical treatment log
  • wedding checklist and to-dos
  • pregnancy journal
  • baby tracker
  • moments to remember
  • daily planner (in four quarterly editions)
  • and more!

Here is a sneak peek at my Petite Planner collection for 2020 and the On-the-Go Folio that holds them.


These books will all be part of my 20 in 2020 gift to myself. I'd love for you to join me in the Challenge! Email me or leave a blog post comment to share how you're participating!

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20 comments

  1. What an amazing giveaway! Her planners are so beautiful it would be so hard to pick one. I think my favourite is the In Bloom Rose Gold Metallic LifePlanner. It is so stunning!

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  2. Whew! This is a difficult decision, but I like Paisleys best. Thank you for recognizing self care for teachers. We often don't do enough to keep ourselves healthy and happy.

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  3. I really like the Life in Little Squares cover the best. I love how you can personalize it. Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

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  4. I like the holiday wreath cover

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  5. These are so great. I love the idea of 20 minutes a day for reflection. I spend so much time goal setting with students, I should also be setting goals! I like the Bloom Rose Gold the best.

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  6. I love the "Blooms All Year" life planner. The quote is very inspiring!

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  7. Mrs. Beattie's Classroom (your TPT lessons, bundles) helped me through my first teaching term and Erin Condren's Teacher Planner has been a life changer. I have ADHD, so organization and planning are some of my biggest challenges. I truly couldn't have done what I've done without the planner and resources like yours. Thank you!

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  8. I really like the watercolour splash cover!

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  9. I really like the Zodiac cover! I'm 1000% Aries! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  10. I don’t know how I would ever choose which cover but I love the holiday wreath one!

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  11. There are lots of fun ones but I think my favorite is the Starry Sky. Thanks for this opportunity! I would love to win one.

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  12. Love the Bling on 2020 cover! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  13. These planners are absolutely beautiful! Love the Daisies Life Planner!

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  14. I love the Watercolor World life planner! It’s beautiful!

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  15. I like the custom cover! I love your 20 minutes a day suggestion.

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  16. I have so many that I love, but i think Leopard is my favorite!

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  17. I like the collage planner cover.

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