As a mom staying organized is a trick. I find that the older my son gets, the harder keeping our schedules straight gets. My son has more and more activities that he is involved in, and we have to find time to juggled his things with ours. Maintaining a calendar is so important for my family. Really, it helps maintain my sanity.
I’ve kept a planner for a few years now. I need something to write things down on. I know many people rely on online calendars or their smart phones. For one, I don’t have a smart phone. We did start using an online calendar that my husband and I can both access. It helps us see what the other has going on. Plus we can set up reminders. But this hasn’t stopped me from using my planner. I still like a physical reminder of my schedule. So I open up my planner at least once a day to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything.
To be honest I was starting to think that all planners/calendars are the same. I have a nice one, and it has some nice features. When I was introduced to the Womans Planner from Chaos Simplified, I was impressed. I was even more excited to see it in person. This planner was designed for the busy woman/mother. It is just the thing to keep your schedules in line.
Here is a little more about Corri (the mind behind the Womans Planner) and the planner itself:
The background on me . . . I am a homeschooling mom of 3 kids, work part time for an oil company and own my own business which has been an adventure of a lifetime!
The background on my company. . . I have designed two day planners, a woman's and a tween/teen girls edition. A couple of my reasons for this endeavor, first of all because life is crazy and my ultimate goal is to be organized and on top of things so I can enjoy to the fullest the freedom to enjoy the God moments in my marriage, my kids and me. Secondly, because I have a real heart for moms and kids.
The Womans Planner is unique in its half page design which makes it possible for you to see your entire month while having the space to plan your week. It incorporates everything your life is about, your supper plan, dreams, goals, budgeting and even pages for Christmas planning.
A little bit about the Girls planner . . .
Entitled 'day by day, me . . . refined', each month you have 2 planning pages, one being for budgeting the
other for setting goals and journaling, complete with a scripture verse to uplift and encourage. Within the week the days are laid out so that you have a spot for a top priority as well as room to plan for classes. At the end of each week is a spot for tracking assignments, a spot for 'what I need to get done this week' as well as, 'what my mind absolutely needs to contain this week'.
For a more detailed description of both planners you can check out my site at www.chaossimplified.com.
As you can see not only is there a great, functional Womans Planner, but she developed one just for Tween girls. (We will be reviewing that one here soon with a little help from my tweenage cousin.) These planners definitely have busy people in mind.
In the Womans Planner there is so much space to keep track of things. You’ll find a sturdy pocket for each month to put in receipts, invitations, reminders or other things. There is a usual address book in the back, monthly and weekend calendars, budget sheets, and so much more.
My favorite feature is the way the monthly and weekly calendars are laid out. There is a 2 page spread with the month calendar on the bottom half. The top half has half sheets with each week of that month. So very quickly you have the month at a glace along with a more specific weekly schedule. Perfect!
The weekly sheets include a priority list that you can make each day as well as morning, afternoon, evening sections and one for supper plans too. Off to the side you can find a “things to do” area and “phone calls to make” too. This is a great way to stay organized each week.
I would recommend the Chaos Simplified Womans Planner for any busy person, especially mothers. You can buy the planner on their website- http://www.chaossimplified.com/c_2/The-Womans-Planner.htm. Right now the planner is on sale for a great price of $15.95. That’s less than 1/2 price. The planner is for the 2011 calendar year, but it would be a good way to get your schedule and budget on track for the start of the school year. (Then you can ask for a new one for Christmas!)
And Corri has graciously offered a Chaos Simplified Womans Planner for one of my fabulous readers. You can sign up with the Rafflecopter giveaway at the bottom of this post.
*Disclaimer: I received this product for my review. All opinions are my own.*