So, let's hypothetically say that there is a woman out there who has to manage the schedules of 6 or so people. (Two of her people conceivably could and should be managing their own, but occasionally, there's a bit of trickle over.) This woman has to track doctor appointments plural, concerts, lessons, household maintenance and responsibilities, and a full time job.
How should the woman in this equation stay organized - and no, stapling post its to her forehead, although a true and valid solution, won't work this time.
It's me. I'm the hypothetical. (I'm also not very good at being cutesy. I'll jot it in my planner to work on that concept. Maybe next year.)
When my kids first started having more than an occasional doctor appointment, I delved into various planning methods - I tried a Covey, I tried a DayTimer, and some first generation pocket computer thing with a stylus that you had to tap out various codes and such. I wasn't really able to keep up with any of it - the follow up proved to be more than I could handle. I moved to a wall calendar, and a desk calendar, and made a weekly list of reminders and appointments and obligations and it was all - good, but not stellar. I moved on to large index cards for every day and tried to keep them up to date but failed miserably.
There is just SO MUCH STUFF TO REMEMBER.
A couple of years ago, I found that I really, really needed to get my shit organized and started using the google calendar that synched with my email. I bullied my way through getting it set up on my phone and synched and that seemed to work really well, for a while, until it didn't.
Synched up with that calendar are my work calendar and one of my kid's school calendars, which has saved my life 9 million times - and the early a.m. email digest of what's happening on that day has also proven helpful - but I still miss a thing or two and it's just not ideal.
Enter my friends Jennifer and Lisa, who have a (somewhat unhealthy) obsession with all things HAPPY PLANNER. Seriously. I think they make money off of it - but they were discussing it one day and how it has CHANGED.LIVES.
and Hi, Shut Up and Please Take My Money.
So, I bought one. And I'm trying to get it set up, but ain't nobody in my life got time for the stickers and the inspirational juju that some ladies add in there - I mean, for real, if you want to feel like a total failure in life, just google Happy Planner and see what some have done
but, I can see that having a paper planner as well as a virtual calendar might very well be the best of both worlds for me. I added a few sections in there, one of Christmas ideas and one for banking, and stuck a single sheet of that red striped paper up in that image above into each week to use for reminders
and I designated an area for dinner ideas, so I can remember all those lovely things I planned while I was perusing the grocery store and not default to leftovers, again, for real Mom, you've got to make something so you can have leftovers, doncha know.
I did order some neat looking appointment reminder stickers - this way I can see a bright arrow and remember, yeah, I've got to be somewhere at a certain time and should probably, you know, put a bra on.
I'm a week in and it feels - good. Strange, but good, like if I can crack the code this may be MY SECRET. THIS IS IT.
Are you a paper planner person? A virtual calendar? A post it note on the wall kinda gal?