My love for day planners/calenders began when I was a child. The local Hallmark store gave out free purse sized ones at Christmas. Momma would get me one and I couldn't wait to enter in everyone's birthday or anniversary. As I got older I added other important dates and times like "Work: 1-8", "First Day of Driver's Training", "College Application Due Date", and "Pizza Hut w/ Michael". =)
Soon after we got married, I decided to become a Longaberger Basket consultant. Included with my Starter Selling Kit was a Franklin Covey Day Planner. I'd never seen one before and it was love at first sight!!!! There was something about those light green pages ... =)
The basket gig didn't last long and neither did the Franklin Covey planner - those refills are PRICEY. I went back to the classic monthly calendar on the wall ... a free one, of course, from the local funeral home. =) Hey, all you had to do was cut off the ad at the bottom and no one would know the difference.
I discovered Home Management Binders in 2005 through some blogs that I was following and gave that a try. It was totally up my alley ... schedules, plans, binder, dividers, color coding, page protectors, important phone numbers, high-lighting, to-do lists!!! It went through several transformations, progressively getting smaller each time. Then I just stopped using it all together ... keeping up with all the aspects of a HMB frustrated me and made me feel like a home-management failure. =(
Fast forward to May 2010 ... I'm very pleased to announce that I found a system that works for me and this is it:
- A 8x10 monthly calender with 2 pages per week - doesn't get lost on counter but not too big to carry in purse if I needed.
- Important dates with times are written on the monthly calender ONLY - these are in pen.
- Everything else is written on the weekly calender ONLY - these are in pencil.
Give this system a try - simplicity is the key! I think it's pretty adaptable. If you need any help getting a system set up for your family, drop me an email. I'd love to help, if I can. =)