The start of every year I start hunting the calendar asiles for a new planner. I'm not a planner-kind-of-gal by nature ... I'm more of a let-me-live-a-productive-but-unstructured-kind-of-life gal. But given that I have a family, four part-time jobs, events I attend, volunteer positions and a semblence of a social life, well, my memory needs some back up.
A lot of back up actually.
I can't tell you how many paper calenders, daytimers and planners I've tried and abandoned. Seriously, calender companies love me. I'm their favorite kind of customer.
What I really need is a personal assistant to be my calender, sounding board, and general external brain hard drive. I'm still praying for her to move in next door to me and offer to work for lattes. Until then I've found a paper and pencil system that I think has the potentional to hold me together in 2011.
Amanda at Ahhh Designs created these super cute calendar-planner template pages you can download and print out to create a system taliored to your needs. I now have sylish, colorful pages for planning projects, mapping goals, planning blog posts, plus yearly, monthly and daily calender pages and more.
I inserted them in a 3 ring portfolio and added tabs to create sections.
And the best part is that my daily pages are not a grid of hourly time frames, but big open spaces to allow me to jot, write, list, and draw all over the page.
I paid $8 for the full package but many of them are available for free at her site. It's only been 2 weeks, but I'm loving it so far. Feel free to ask me in March or May if it's still working for me.
And feel free to tell me if you were planning to move to a beach town and find a fun, rewarding part-time job that pays in laughs, lattes and about all the books you'd ever want to read - I can so hook you up!