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Timmy has baseball, Beth’s recital is coming up, Dan’s going to the dentist, and the minivan is due for an oil change. So many things to get done, yet so little time to do them! At least that’s how it feels. Learn how to prioritize and organize your family’s events and appointments with one of Purple Trail’s Mom Planners! A paper planner is a great tool to use when trying to keep yourself and your little ones organized. Similar to a journal but with calendar pages, a planner is used to keep your appointments and commitments in order, as well as to jot down notes or grocery lists, or even just doodle! The layout of our mom/parent planner includes customizable labels and a column for every day of the week, so you can arrange your family’s schedule in the most convenient way for you. However you customize it, our mom planners will surely give you peace of mind and lower your level of stress when used efficiently. Check out the tips below to learn how to effectively make use of a paper planner – you’ll be feeling less overwhelmed and clear-headed in no time!
1. Pick a planner size that’s right for you! If you’re taking night classes or often on the run between little league games and dance practice, a 6x8 or 4x6 planner is best, as it will easily fit into a bag or purse. Alternatively, if you’re home or stuck at a desk most of the day and need your planner to be easily accessible, go with an 8.5x11 size – simply keep it out on your desk or table and grab it when needed! With either size you choose, remember to check your planner regularly. Not only is this the only way to keep up with everyone's busy schedule, but if you’re new to using a planner, it will encourage you to continue using it until it’s finally just habit.
2. Keep just one planner. While you may feel like keeping a separate planner for mom, dad, sister, and little brother would be easier, it’s actually more convenient to have everything in one place. The less clutter in your life, the less stressed you’ll be. Instead of dividing your schedules into different books, try just color coding your entries with high lighters or fun gel pens! As mentioned before, our customizable mom planner pages make it super easy to create a clear, straightforward calendar, specific to your family’s unique schedules.
3. Write as much as you can when adding entries to your planner. While you may think a one-word reminder is enough, if written far enough in advance, there’s a good chance that when the day finally comes it won’t actually make sense. For example, rather than simply “Timmy’s teacher,” write out “Call Mrs. Smith about field trip chaperoning.” Think in terms of verbs and “why.”
4. Create a weekly and daily planning routine. Every Sunday, or whichever day makes most sense for you, set aside time to add additional information to your calendar for the approaching week. This will give you time to refamiliarize yourself with everyone’s upcoming plans, leaving yourself feeling refreshed and prepared. Taking just a few minutes every evening to look over plans for the following day will also put you at ease and cease any anxiety-fueled thoughts you may have before going to sleep.
5. Make planning fun! Pick a cover design that’s reflective of your personality, a design that you like looking at and won’t want to leave behind. Introduce stickers to your note-taking or set aside space for doodling if you’re a creative type of person. Mom planners come with a variety of costumizable columns, ideal for list-making or writing out reminders, as well as calendar pages for monthly overviews – be sure to take advantage of all the space and functionality offered! And don't let the appearance of blank space worry you - you might be tempted to write on every open line, but a lack of plans shouldn’t overwhelm you. Some weeks are just lighter than others, and that's ok! In fact, it's necessary to rest every now and then, so go ahead and add "self care day" to those empty calendar pages.