The other evening I was having dinner with the family while a group text with girlfriends was happening on my phone. I didn't pick up my phone until after dinner, only to find that I had 59 new alerts. Fifty-nine texts that I'd missed out on, some several sentences long, and all about CALENDARS!
That's right, the hot topic of conversation was this -- how do you keep yourself and your family organized? Job obligations, travel plans, fitness classes, menu planning, weekends away, household chores, football games, doctor apointments, coffee with girlfriends, playdates, grocery lists ... WOW. We have a lot on our plates, and a very empassioned discussion was started about what works for each person.
I don't know about you, but I'm an old school pen-and-paper scheduler. As a secondary method, for family plans or anything that would impact my husband, I use my iPhone calendar and invite him to the appointments so he is aware of them. This works well for us about 96% of the time. ;)
For 2016, I will be using the Emily Ley Simplified Planner. The 2016 versions of her planner just launched this morning. I was able to get a sneak peek at the planner and wanted to share with you my favorite parts about the particular design of this one.
The Simplified Planner is spiral-bound and features hard front and back covers and reinforced metal corners.
Each page has an inspirational quote at top. I've never had a planner with this feature, but I think it is truly a very nice touch.
At the end of each week, pre-written checklists are a handy tool for preparing for the week ahead. There are obviously extra slots to add in your own tasks -- pick up dry cleaning before work Monday, take donations to Goodwill, clip and organize coupons, back up photographs on computer, whatever it may be that will get you in the right frame of mind for the next week.
Each day has a separate page organized by the hour with a separate, non-time-related to do list to the right. There is even a space for dinner plans for that day and any additional notes you need to jot down.
I am really looking forward to filling up this planner with our daily tasks and helping to make our lives a little more SIMPLE!
So here are the three designs for 2016. As I mentioned, I chose the Gold Pineapple design...
... but there is also a very cheery, colorful Happy Stripe option ...
... and a classically pretty version, Mint Dot, that was the one that made my decision a hard one. It's so nice and clean!
I'd love to hear how you keep your family organized.
Also, which cover design would you select?