If you have been reading my articles or blog posts for any length of time, you already know my feelings about planners – I love them! If you are new to my blog, you’ll need to get used to the idea that I have an obsession for planners and, further, that I believe that everybody needs one, no excuses, even kids from somewhere around ages 10 and up, depending on the child.
I just can’t say enough about using planners as a way to simplify and organize life, and I can’t imagine why anyone wouldn’t want to use one. Unless of course they aren’t familiar with planners, in which case I hope you’ll forward this post over to them right away, so they can jump on board and start experiencing the chaos-free and planner-filled life.
There are so many great reasons to use planners and because I have written about them so much in the past (and undoubtedly will again in the future), I won’t go over all of the reasons again right here in this post. Let me just say that once you begin using a planner system, your life will never be the same again. Very much like my new Shark Steam Mop, it’s one of those things that once you own one, you can no longer ever again imagine your life without it.
Now, years ago, you’d have to sell a body part to afford a decent academic calendar, pocket planner or daily organizer to keep your life in order. I remember spending $45 at my local office supply store just a few short years ago for a small 3-ring, leather-bound organizer, the kind with the refillable inserts. Inserts, by the way, ran upwards of $11 each, and needed to be replaced every year, which I did dutifully for quite a while. My planner, which I dearly loved but was forced to retire when the rings rusted and eventually turned to dust, wasn’t even the nicest one on the shelf. In fact, it offered only a place to record daily activities and appointments, store telephone numbers, and hold a dozen or so business cards in the pockets. But I digress.
Fast forward to today when you no longer have to rob a bank to afford a decent planner. As a matter of fact, by shopping today’s dollar and discount stores, planners can be found for peanuts, even as little as a dollar, leaving no excuse for the “organizationally challenged” not to pull themselves together.
Take a look at what I scored for a dollar this weekend:
This little baby would fit neatly in a purse or pocket and contains not one, but two years worth of planning pages for the lucky mom or dad that carries it. It has a little plastic cover so will [probably] last two whole years, but you could reinforce it with clear plastic tape or some other creative solution to make it more durable, if you were worried about it. Don’t be fooled by its diminutive size, because there is actually quite a bit of room on each little date to write things, as long as you write small. If, on the other hand, you have too many children and too many things to do that this kind of planner won’t work, check out my next find.
Here is what one dollar will buy for a wall calendar:
This is a wall model that hangs from a nail or hook and opens up just like a “regular” yearly calendar does. What’s great about this one is the up-and-down design – the dates are shown in a list from top to bottom, different from a traditional monthly design, allowing users to write things in a list format rather than in tiny little blocks. This would work well for multiple family members, reinforcing the Family Calendar concept, and keeping all commitments and activities stored in one consolidated place in the kitchen. You can’t beat this for a dollar.
I could go on and on about planners and even show you more examples of my terrible photography skills of inexpensive and discount models available just about anywhere, including supermarkets, retail outlets, and even given away for free in little gift shops and other area businesses. But the point is, there is really no excuse for not having a planner or calendar system in place for next year.
If you are already a planner person, as I am, you are probably already recording next year’s dates into your own personal planning system and whistling happily at the thought of another well-organized year.
If you aren’t, however, now would be the time to begin looking for a planner that you’ll enjoy seeing on the wall or carrying around with you for the next 12 months.
Whether you spend a little or a lot, buy yours now, as supplies get very low after the first of the year, and you may not find exactly what you’re looking for. For instance, my husband likes to carry a very small calendar that fits in a shirt or jeans pocket and these can be a little bit hard to find so I always shop early for that one.
Also, don’t count on getting as many free calendars and planners in the mail like in year’s past…rising costs and postage mean that many advertisers no longer do this any more.
Go out and get yourself a planner soon. And…post a comment or email me in a few months to let me know how it changed your life.