I don't know about you but I always seem to be busy. Either busy with work or busy with the baby. Always busy. My mind can hardly keep things straight and I often find myself surprised what day it is.
With business at the store booming and Dean becoming more active, I need to get a grip on things. After doing a ton research as to how I want to get organized, I landed on a Filofax style planner. I got the idea initially from Skye at Even Artichockes Have Hearts.
This is a Day-Timer brand organizer I picked up at Office Depot for $18.99. Filofax brand planners average about $40-$60 so I went cheap just in case I didn't/couldn't stay with it. Since I am sticking with it, and enjoying it a lot, I wanted to share with you what I've done so far.
In the left hand pockets I have some random notes I need to keep with me. The left side is some pens for color coding and some flags from Target's Dollar Spot.
This is my "dashboard" with a pocket I made with lyrics to one of our all time favorite songs "The Past Is A Grotesque Animal" by of Montreal.
I found this neat little savings plan online~ each week for a week you set a side a little bit of money- first week is $1, second week is $2, third week $3, and so on for 52 weeks and by the end of the year you have something like $1800 saved up. That's pretty impressive and easy.
This was a hard picture to take because of the different layers. It's the week on two pages with a to-do list in the middle. The clear bookmark has a cute binder clip with a bow on it.
After the calendar sections I made mi i sections for other important things I'd like to keep track of: Dean, knitting projectd and ideas, blog ideas, the store, bento ideas, and our wrestling fantasy league.
In the very back is a notepad for everything else.
So far I have used my planner every day for the past few weeks and I keep addig things and tweaking the setup as I figure out what works for me. Getting this set up and going has been a lot of fun, which is helping me stick with it. I can see how people get REALLY into decorating, organizing, and styling their planners.
There are lots of different types, sizes, styles, and brands of planners. Filofax, Midori, Kate Spade, Day-Timer, Franklin Covey. Since I'm clicking with the set up I have so far, I'm saving up for a Kate Spade one that zips closed. It's pretty expensive ($130-ish on Ebay) but the corners of some of my pages are getting bent so I'd like the protection the zipper provides. Also, I've never owned a designer brand item and I REALLY like this.
What do you do to keep yourself organized? Do you use a planner? Do you keep on your important info on your phone? Do you have a favorite organizing tip or trick? Let me know! <3