I recently completed a 91 day “Let’s Get Organized” challenge which was facilitated by professional organizer Mary Johanson of the Mary Organizes blog. Mary has a true gift for getting people motivated to roll up their sleeves while simultaneously helping them pinpoint exactly where to apply a little elbow grease to bring life under control.
As a wife and homeschooling mother of 6 kids, ages 2 to 18, I usually hit the ground running in the morning and don’t stop until my head hits the pillow at night. So I was thrilled when Mary offered me the opportunity to review her brand new planner. I was given a set of the 2015 standard planner pages, which included:
2015 & 2016 snapshot calendar (1 page)
Important dates 2015 (with some suggested holiday dates filled in)
Important birthdays page
2015 Calendar planning view page
monthly planner (2 pages per month)
weekly planner (weekly pages through January 9, 2016)
This planner allows you to select your preferred view when ordering–either Layout View or the Summary View, depending on how you prefer to look at your week. Both weekly views span across two pages per week. I chose the Summary View, which has Sunday through Wednesday stacked across the left page and Thursday through Saturday on the right, with a space for notes at the bottom. There is plenty of space for me to jot reminders about what I need to do each day, as well as some notations in the right corner of each day that correspond with Mary’s suggested daily household maintenance tasks. These prompts are unobtrusive if I want to ignore them, but handy if I want a reminder that on Tuesdays I should be washing bedding and cleaning the bathrooms, and on Wednesdays I need to plan meals for the coming week. These little suggestions are a helpful guide for me, facilitating routine household tasks without requiring a lot of thought on my part.
There is also a section of undated daily planning pages to use as needed. These pages are good for especially busy days when the planning space in the weekly view isn’t enough. The left side of the sheet is broken down into hourly chunks to help keep your day organized, and there is space on the right side of the page to keep notes, such as household tasks, meal prep for the day, errands to run, and a space for a “to do” list. The top of each undated daily planning page has a motivational quotation, such as “It’s easier to keep up than to catch up.” Also included are several sheets of lined paper to keep lists and detailed notes.
All planners are available in a variety of sizes and can be purchased with or without covers, punched for a 3 ring binder or for a disc bound notebook. Mary is offering Mentoring Moments readers a 15% discount on anything in the planner store (with the exception of shipping costs) for one week from the date this post is published by using the coupon code mentoringmoments15.
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About Molly Evert
Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (http://www.myaudioschool.com), providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom (http://www.counterculturalmom.com) and CounterCultural School (http://www.counterculturalschool.com).
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