it’s kind of funny that i’m writing this post now, at a time when i feel like there are too many loose ends to count. but i do have to say that any shred of sanity i’m still holding onto is due to good organization habits cultivated long ago. my planner is still an incredibly helpful tool for me, reminding me that the to-do list really is finite and that everything that’s really important can [and will] be done in good time.
first, as promised, an update on my 2nd erin condren planner. in summary: yes, still loving it. the layout just seems to fit my needs more than any other, and i love the wide-open monthly planning pages and notes pages. plus, the cover is customized with a [now super-old but still cute] pic of annabel, and it still makes me happy every time i use it.
i wouldn’t call this a comprehensive review – more of a brief tour, with notes on how i put this baby to good [i think!] use.
first — the monthly pages:
these are on two pages so there is plenty of space, and there is a column on the right for goals. LOVE this feature. i put all of our call weekend dates on these, since this greatly dictates our availability for the month. i’ll also add any BIG events [ie, travel, relatives visiting, due date . . .] so i can get a sense of the more important things coming up ahead.
i try to be pretty reasonable about choosing monthly goals, putting things that are actually actionable in the time frame and avoiding vague reminders. for example, i’ve been able to check off all of the above even though ‘make plans to do closets’ just means that josh and i have picked a weekend to go to the container store and go nuts in the near future.
then – the weekly pages, or really day-by-day:
here’s a closeup of that bottom part:
finally, for those into stickers, there are plenty of labelled and blank ones in the back so you can doctor up your weekly or monthly pages. i don’t use these much except to clearly delineate call weekends, but they definitely draw attention to important dates.
I do that with Dylan too (what you were doing in the video with Miss. A). Only now when she gets tired of reciting pieces of the story, she will say, "Mommy say [whatever the book says]," progressively insistently on each page until I give up and just read the book to her myself. I have to admit it’s pretty darn cute though. Stubborn little girl. I wonder where she got that from?
Just wanted to say A is amazingly cute in that videoA
You are so organized. Right now, I have all of our tax documents in my purse. In my purse! That is how I have gotten around to organizing them! I need your discipline.
Annabel is a genius. Wow! That video was so cute and amazing. She should be in commercials.
A is adorable! Even though I haven’t read Madeline since I was a child, all the words came back to me listening to the two of you read.
I actually teared up watching this video. I cannot WAIT until the day I get to hear Clara’s little voice for the very first time! 🙂
I second Jenni…Annabel is so smart! I love Madeleine, although Finn was nearly 3 before he got into it. We are really into the "Toot and Puddle" books here…stories about two pigs with great affectations…like going to France together.
I love love love love Erin Condren! While I don’t have a true EC planner, I do have the personalized notebook and I use it every single day.
I know it’s vain, but my favorite thing about it is that my name and initials appear all over. Argh! I’m such a Leo!
Good luck in the next few days!!!
Thanks for the review! I would like to give one of those planners a try someday. What types of pens are you using on it now? They are so vibrant!
I was just looking for a planner. These look pretty big and substantial though. Do you think they are too heavy to throw in a running backpack daily, as I run part of my commute to work?
I have to say that for me I wish for a more neutral design, so I can pull it out in meetings at work too.
I am thinking of you and Baby Boy! 😍