I’ve been trying to get more organised this year (ha! the usual story). With a kid going to kindy 5 days a fortnight, swimming lessons, playgroup and other activities, on top of the usual household chores and blogging, there’s a lot to get done each day.
I’ve tried online and smart-phone to-do lists, but haven’t found one that works for me. Turns out I’m great at ignoring them. I’m more motivated by writing something down and crossing it off. I’ve printed out my own organiser sheets, but like the idea of a personal planner so I can schedule things more than a week in advance and also flick back to see the last time I did stuff.
I’ve used a few personal planners in the past, but never seem to stick with them. Just like the on-line stuff, they’re never exactly what I want. For the last month, I’ve trialled a customised personal planner and so far it’s working for me!
There are 4 different sizes you can choose. I went with A5 – easy to stick in my handbag and plenty of space to write. When you order it on-line, after selecting the size, there are 5 different screens with customisations:
- front cover (colour, images, text, elastic colour),
- layout, plus whether you want the days ruled, striped, timetable and extra features to put on each day.
- extra modules at the bottom of each page (to-do, idea of the week, list of the week and more).
- types of pages you want at the back (squared, ruled, year at a glance, music, specialist teaching pages, colouring pages, Sudoku and more!).
- Owner information page
You can even add birthdays or any other special dates. You can also choose which month you want your planner to start with (mine started in February).
I went with a minimalist design – mostly lined pages which I freeform to suit myself. I’ve ended up using the daily planner pages with the top section for activities and appointments, the middle for household tasks and the bottom of blogging tasks.
I spend a few minutes each Sunday (or Monday!) mapping out what I want to get done in a week. It doesn’t do the jobs for me, but I feel much better with a plan (not that I always follow it!). I’ve also got my own colour scheme for tasks I hadn’t planned (so it becomes my did-do list) or rescheduled.
The prices are about mid-range for personal planners, but the quality of the pages is great. Writing from the other side of the pages doesn’t show through at all. The planners have a stiff plastic cover on the front and back and are bound with a metal spine.
There are a few more options I’d like in the customisations, including a menu planner, water droplets to colour in for my 8 glasses a day, and a few other checkboxes for day-to-day habits. Nothing’s perfect!
Now that you’ve heard all about mine, who wants to win a customised Personal Planner of their own? If you’re thinking, come on, it’s a strange time of year to be ordering a planner, don’t let that stop you. Remember, you can pick the start date (or order one for next year).
To enter, leave a comment below telling me your favourite features in a personal planner. Click the box on the Rafflecopter form (which also to unlocks more entry options).
Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary Personal Planner to review and an additional planner to giveaway. All opinions are my own.
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