K. You all know my deep, undying love for planners. I'm so obsessed with planners that I tend to switch them up often. Always coming up with new systems to attempt to organize my time better.
Then building my house became all consuming so I switched to my Time Management Notepad because I needed more space for writing list after list of house to-do's. I've since dropped the additional tabs for other things and have labeled the whole notebook NEW HOUSE since I don't have time for anything else anyway. I've gone through about three of these babies to date. Thank goodness the house is almost finished. I seriously fear for our forests if my to-do lists don't cease at some point. :)
Since the notepad holds my new house lists, I needed a smaller planner to keep in my purse to calendar our every day stuff. I bought the new Martha Stewart Planner because it's cute and matched my ever growing heap of Martha Stewart organizers...
but I didn't really feel like it met my needs for all I wanted it to hold without tweaking it and adding things to it which I just don't have time for right now. So when I received an e-mail from the folks at Day Timer asking if I wanted to pick something from their site to review on my blog I said YES! PLEASE! Which is funny because my usual response to emails like that is thanks, but no thanks. Bottom line is that I just can't resist a good planner. And this is a good one!
I looked at everything they had on-line (so many fun organizing solutions) and chose the "Family Plus Solution Set." It comes in two colors: blue and purple and much to El's dismay, I chose the blue. I like the fun pop of color and how nicely it snaps shut. It's small enough to fit in my purse, but big enough for me to have room to write.
I also like all of the happy colored tabs.
And the notepad in the back for additional notes. Moms always have additional notes.
Monthly calendar spread.
And a section to the side of each month for goals. I like that. I always have a few things I try to work on each month. Little things like drink more water, etc. Plus I jot down goals I've set for the kids so I remember what I'm working on with them for the month. (Yes - I set goals for the kids too - they love me for that.) Example: El - master multiplication fact sheet in under two minutes. Ad - finish all books on reading contract. Kole - pronouns (speech therapy goal). And Kenny - hang wet towels up after shower. Kidding. I don't write a goal for Kenny. I just politely remind him. Daily. ;)
Here is the section that I am really loving and the reason I chose this planner.
I love seeing the week laid out in front of me.
It has a small section at the top for to-do's.
Room to write down important appointments/activities for each day of the week.
Or the weekend.
End of story is that I'm really loving my new planner! It's a great solution for busy moms (and anyone else trying to save the world). Plus you can get it for a great price. You can check out the details (and other fun planners) at Day Timer.
Happy planning! And happy Friday.