Now I can plan stuff. And stuff.

I felt very important today, as I purchased something for myself that was not  a) cookies, b) Dr. Pepper, or  c) toilet paper. Movin’ on up, yo!

It’s been a few months since I re-entered the working world (kind of….from home. In my pajamas. Writing stuff), but I quickly learned that I was a bit lacking in the organization area with all of my emails and browser tabs and OH LOOK SOMETHING SHINY!

construction paper lists planners

Yes, those are construction paper organizational tools. Basically I make a list of the events/reviews I need to write, then organize them Monday through Friday or beyond (although construction paper calendar often does NOT allow for the next week. It’s stingy like that.). I do the construction paper system because  a) it makes for a colorful and cheery workplace,  b) it’s soft, and remember in middle school when you used to write on a whole stack of paper because it made your pen feel nice? and  c) I’m 5. And also, yes, I know my handwriting is a disgrace.

However, the colorful loose leaf paper system is dangerous. They tended to disappear from time to time, and they often got tagged by the local gangs as you can see by the random scribbles. Those kids won’t touch a crayon with a 10 foot pole, but let them run wild with a pen and…well, stock up on Magic Erasers (which did you know ballpoint pens on doors are even immune to the Magic E? Consider yourself warned.)

But! Today I purchased an honest to God straight up planner, y’all. I know. I haven’t had one of these since I wore actual pants to work.

Mead planners

Isn’t she pretty? Obviously she’s a she, being reddish with flowers and such. And I just noticed it says “organizeHER” on it. Meh. That may have dissuaded me from buying it had I seen it in the store.

So now I’m all organized and in order and on top of things and stuff. Or I will be once I stop blogging and start writing things in my planner. I may even remember to take my kids to the doctor when they have an appointment. If only I could remember to make the appointment.

And now, because I think this is a blog about my kids, I leave you with ridiculous cuteness.

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  1. I got a little giddy when I saw the planner. I have a crush on all things stationary and can’t stop myself from buying too much of it.
    I have more planners than one person needs and in the end use the one on my phone.
    I think I need to stop and pick up sticky notes.

    1. Me too! Duh, we’re sister wives. But I canNOT get into the electronic calendars. I tried. I really did. The right brained part of me really needs to write things down.

  2. I’ve been trying to function with all the digital versions available on my iphone/ipad/macbook. I can’t do it. I need a paper planner. Glad I’m not the only one. I see a trip to Office depot in my future! 🙂

  3. Magic E isn’t the best thing for some things.

    Things that have worked where the Magic E have failed here include Clorox Disinfecting Wipes and rubbing alcohol. If someone gets Sharpie on a hard surface other than flat paint, try the rubbing alcohol *first*. I buy the 91% because at that concentration it’s a bit more effective on trails of ants when they get into the house, but 70% ought to do you just fine. And if you’ve added peppermint oil to the rubbing alcohol to try to make it more of an ant deterrent, it doesn’t really affect the effectiveness of it for cleaning off Sharpie marks, at least in my experience.

      1. The paint-removal problem was why I started trying other things.

        With flat paint, you have to be really careful with the Clorox wipes, but they don’t erode the paint as badly as the Magic Erasers do.

  4. The next time you’re in the market for a planner, I highly recommend the Busy Body Book.

    It’s a weekly grid with blanks across the top (I use one for each blog – you’d probably use one for each kid) and the days of the week down the side. You put the to-do note inside the corresponding box. I’ve been using these for my blog editorial calendar for years.

    1. That’s a great idea. Mine has the same grid, but going the other way. And let’s face it, planning out my blog posts are way more important that any doctor’s appointments, right?

  5. oooo, I think you should quickly make a to-do list of whatever you have already done today and then take tremendous pleasure in marking them done. What a way to inaugurate your planner – with a super productive day. The proof is the completed to-do list, of course.

  6. Love the planner, remember it is only as good as you use it. But I must say you had me at the ridiculous cuteness! Which just goes to show somethings that AREN’T planned are the best! Love you. Mom

    1. Right? That’s my problem with an electronic calendar. I never look at it. But I love flipping through a planner.

  7. I have a friend who swears by the Uncalendar, if you find yourself looking for something better once you’ve used up all the pages on your cute new organizer.

    I’m actually managing OK with my electronic stuff. If I get a smarter smartphone that has a good interface with Google Calendar, I’ll be totally set. But it’s not the right solution for everyone.

  8. That’s a really cute planner! I’m a total geek about stuff like that…any kind of office supplies really. I am waiting on a really awesome homeschool/household planner in the mail that I won a couple weeks ago. Super excited, cannot wait. Hoping it really does help me get a little more organized. 🙂

    1. They’re so fun, right? I’m still working on getting more into it than just my work posts.

  9. You have a gorgeous planner. Although I do love your commitment to colorful construction paper and the glories of being in grade school. And is it just me, or did erasures smell awesome?

    1. Totally awesome. In fact, I’m about to start writing in crayon because the kids keep taking my pencil off of my dining room table — I mean DESK.

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