As you know, this month, I’m really concentrating on getting organised.
I shared in the first #SundayStationery my pretty Paris planner (still untouched!), and I also have a Dodo planner that I’m currently using for meal planning and my Zazzle washi tape planner that I’m using for blog work…
But of course, this wasn’t enough. You can see that, can’t you? Something was still missing, so I decided to go for my first ‘proper planner’ in my eyes, more of an organiser/diary/spiral bound affair, with stickers and inserts. This one’s for home, family and life in general.
I looked around and discovered that they are actually pretty expensive! The US seem to have some gorgeous planners, but with shipping them over here, the costs became too high for me to justify when I’m not sure yet whether I’ll really take to this planner malarkey. In the end, I went for the very reasonably priced 16 month Life Book, by Organised Mum (link at the bottom).
The Organised Mum Life Book
It comes in several different cover designs and includes week to view horizontal page spreads including to-dos, shopping list and notes sections, then there are monthly planners, monthly budgeting, notes and to-dos, a Christmas planner, a summer holiday schedule, plans for 2017, and a separate little address book that slots into the back along with two sheets of stickers. I’m impressed by how much is packed into it.
This is my first week of using it. I spent a little time at the weekend planning for this week, mainly using the stickers that came with it (I’ve also caught the planner bug for accessory sets and kits, so I have some of those on the way for future weeks), along with washi and coloured pens.
So could it make life easier?
Very possibly. It’s early days, but I can see the potential. Here are my initial thoughts…
– It’s fun to do! First up, for me, is the fact that I do love stationery, and putting pen to paper like this, along with all of the possibilities for using and embellishing it definitely appeal.
– The year is spread before me. Well, in this case, 16 months, so I can pop down plans and reminders as and when needed. Birthdays and the like I have covered with the calendar, but payments, chores, preparations for things, they tend to stay in my head and could well get forgotten or overlooked. I can see using it in this way making me much more efficient.
– It’s all in one place. I start noting down Christmas ideas in one place, shopping lists and plans in another and reminders live in my head or might get written somewhere.
– It makes me spot gaps in my week quickly. This makes it handy for making plans, rather than drifting through the odd day or two. When I was completing it on Saturday night, I could see what I needed to get done, and where we had some free space, so I slotted things in and then sent off a couple of texts to make plans with family and friends.
– De-cluttering my head. This is the biggest thing for me, the feeling of ’emptying my mind’. I’ve long thought planners like this, though pretty, were surplus to my requirements as I’ve a good memory and enjoy multitasking. I had no problem with keeping plans and to-dos in my head. But having it all out of my head and onto paper feels great.
I can see the drawback being spending too long planning and prettying it up, rather than actually ‘doing’. I’m quite task driven, though, so as soon as it’s listed, I want to do it, so am hoping I don’t fall into this trap…
I’d love to hear what you think, and as I’m a total planner newbie, I want to hear all your tips and suggestions, pretty planner accessory shops – the lot, please. Thanks in advance!