Admission: I’m not just a romance writer. I’m also a librarian with OCD tendencies when it comes to keeping things organized. But since I’m not in an active library at the moment, my poor family is on the receiving end of my need to clean and catalog things in the house. Including the dog!
And one of my favorite ways to keep track of all things kid, house, and family-related is with the perfect daily planner. Through the years, I’ve used them all. Franklin Covey. Day-timer. At-A-Glance. Then I moved into digital planners. All went well until I had my twins and decided to stay home. Since I now spend most of my time in the car, on the sidelines of cross country meets, and waiting in Kiss and Ride lines and doctors’ offices, old-fashioned pen and paper works better for me.
I’m also very visual and like to play with markers, colored pens, and washi tape. Can’t do that on my cell phone. :)
Luckily, as my kids grew up, so did an entire industry of new companies that took planners to another level of usefulness and attractiveness.
I’m not going to go through all the lovely new planners out there. Honestly, there are so many now that I can’t keep up. Today, I’m going to talk about my favorite three brands that suit this stage of my life. As a wife, a mom of teenagers, and a writer determined to have a publishing career, I need a planner that can handle my career aspirations, my creative life, my home’s organization and budget, and my family’s schedule. I need a book that will keep my family and career goals front and center. And, like the shoes in my closet and photos on my camera, it has to be beautiful.
First up is the Erin Condren Life Planner.
So what makes this planner such a remarkable bestseller, besides the totally awesome removable/changeable custom covers that can be switched out during the year? It’s a weekly planner with a thick coil that won’t separate or snag. It has laminated montly tabs, pages to keep track of your goals, motivational quotes, and thick paper that won’t bleed through with your favorite markers. There is also a two-sided durable pocket folder, a plastic side-zip envelope to hold important things like pens, stickers, and invitations. (And the occasional parking ticket!?!) It also has notebook pages, a perpetual calendar, and two-page monthly layouts.
New this year, the weekly planner can be ordered in horizontal or vertical format.
I love this planner because it keeps everything in place. There is tons of room to take notes, and you can even order special coils that pop into the planner and hold things like Golden Heart Reception invitations and special photos. :)
Embedded below is one of the many videos which gives a good overall description of the planner, and I encourage you to check out the website. The company offers a ton of add-on products as well as wedding planners and teacher planners.
As much as I love this planner, this year I decided to move on to a more “adult” planner. My kids are older and there are more demands on my time than ever. So I needed a daily planner that allowed me to mark out my time in individual hours. Also, as cute as the Erin Condren planner is with the stickers and washi tape, it wasn’t the most professional planner to open up when meeting with my agent. So for 2016, I decided to make a change to . . .