How do you schedule your days? Do you have a system? I am forever the mom who goes to appointments and is asked to schedule appointments, and just grins and says “whenever” because I never have the school schedule handy, never have our other commitments handy, pretty much never have anything handy. So then I have to hang on to those silly appointment cards until I get everything written down and double check for overcommitment, but where do I do that?
For years my “system” was to jot notes on the school calendar, or the community calendar (you know, the calendar the Lion’s Club hands out that lists everyone’s and their grandchildren’s birthdays and anniversaries — oh, you don’t have one of those? ) or the dry erase calendar on the fridge.
I actually kind of like the calendar on the fridge method, but I can’t exactly take it with me. I also can’t write things down months ahead or flip back to remember from previous months.
I’ve tried a few planners grabbed off the store shelves for their pretty covers, usually when I see them on clearance (yep, when half the year is already gone). I’ve also tried a homemaking binder. That lasted about as long as it took it to be buried under some desk clutter ~ I still can’t find that silly thing!
I’d truly love to be with it enough to create my own customized binder, but I know myself and I know that 1) I’d never be able to decide what to put in it and how to organize it, and 2) It would sit on my to-do list for.ev.er. Because I’m highly motivated like that.
An organizing system is only useful if you actually use it. Profound, I know. I do believe I’ve come across a system that works for me, though, as evidenced by the many notes and dates and torn out grocery lists in my new planner. Yay!
Take a look inside.
Amy Knapp’s Family Organizer (maybe it’s her name that sold me! ) seems to be just what this scatter-brained mama needs, without all the extra fluff and stuff that makes a planner more work than it’s worth. Perforated grocery list on the left; menu plan on the right. The menu space is actually more than I need, so I also use it to keep track of my water intake and my supplements (when I remember ~ sigh).
The running to-do list on the left keeps me on track throughout the week. Unfortunately, I somehow missed out on the Christian Family Organizer, so I don’t have the Prayer & Praise section. It’s working out okay, though, because my to-do list is generally long enough to fill the page. Oy!
In the back of this spiral-bound planner is a section for important information and addresses, and a brainstorming section. So nice to have a brain dump area, because I think of the most brilliant things at the most inopportune times! Its 8 3/8″ x 6″ size fits nicely into my diaper bag or purse, so I actually remember to take it with me when I go somewhere. Another favorite feature is that the planner begins in August and runs through the next December. Our planning year starts with the school year, so this works well for me.
*** Amy Knapp’s Christian Family Planner is now on sale for $10, reduced from $14.99.
Check this out! I’m loving the huge family calendar that fits perfectly inside a cabinet door right beside our fridge. There’s a space for menu planning on here, too, which my kiddos appreciate. This also gives them a “what’s going on today” place to check things out. While the planner is my own personal brain, it’s important to have a command central for the family when we’re comparing schedules, recording birthdays, and such. While our dry erase board does work, the calendar system provides a way to flip back and remember “what day was that?”
So, want to get organized? Amy Knapp has generously offered a planner and a wall calendar for one of my readers! To enter, simply leave a comment: What is your biggest struggle when it comes to family scheduling? Keeping it all together? Overlapping? If you’re a scheduling nerd and you have the perfect system, you can tell us that, too. We’ll still love you!
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Giveaway ends Sunday, October 23, at 11:59 pm, CST. Winner will be randomly chosen and notified by email.
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