I know that it seems antiquated. A pen & paper planner. In this world where everything is digital. We have Outlook Calendars that sync up with Google Calendars that multi-people can use (and I'm not going to lie, YES! that is helpful). But I still use a paper planner. Mostly color coordinated. Where everything in my life is located and if I happen to leave it at school. Well. I'm lost.
I add To-Do Lists, notes, important numbers, directions. Seriously. My planner is how I know when and where and how and what I have going on. And I need to see my world from multiple perspectives - my month, week, and day. I've always used a pen & paper planner (this is in part because I am obsessed with stationary). In college, I found an August to August Calendar at a local stationary shop and used one all four years. For a while I had a large desk calendar.
But when I became a Mom with kids that had activities, I had to figure out a way to keep up with everything. And that is when I found Erin Condren.
What I love about my Erin Condren LifePlanner is that my week snapshot is broken down into days where I can schedule times clearly - and I can see where and when exactly I am supposed to be. It's perfect for my busy days at work where I need to juggle a lot and awesome for the craziness of our family schedule. There are several "types" to choose from and they even have TEACHER LESSON PLANNERS - yes! I know. Teachers, get ready to geek out!
I personally use the LifePlanner but there are other options that you can explore. Oh - did I mention the colors? Erin Condren has designed planners that are sleek & sheik - there is absolutely no way you can't find a planner design that represents your life.
Did I mention the stickers? Come on, every stationary nut loves accessories and stickers. And pens. Pens are important. These planners come with AMAZING accessories and I love the customized stickers that I can put into our planner to help an event stand out, repeat a standing activity, decorate a date night or just add a little life to your life.
The best part of these 12 month planners is that you can get them to start at any time. Because my school year is a July start, my 12 months are July to July. And. You can build it to suit your personal preference - and add extras to help with grocery lists, goals
The first month of 2018 is almost gone ... but it's never too late to get organized.