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How A Daily Planner Can Help Bring Balance To Your Life

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As moms, we are among the busiest people on the planet. Whatever our chosen vocation or career, being a mom is a full-time job. Our days are usually full of activities, errands and the like. As such, it is super important that we get organized in order to make it all work. Getting a daily planner of some sort is a great start.

Using A Day Planner

If you are anything like me, you have on several occasions forgotten an important event like your child’s track meet or basketball game – much to the disappointment of your little angel. Heck, once I forgot about an early dismissal day and showed up at regular time. Oops! Lucky for me. Z.E.N.’s school has an aftercare program. The balancing activities act is not an easy one and unfortunately, it’s almost impossible for me to remember most things without writing them down. Writing down the things we don’t want to forget, is far more effective than trying to commit things to memory. With a daily or day planner, you are able to pencil in all your tasks and the corresponding times for the day. This can help you prioritize your activities and zero in on exactly what needs to be done daily. This way, seemingly random tasks are not merely forgotten and we can go through our days with greater efficiency.

Choosing Your Day Planner

This is where it gets tricky, because you have to know what works for you. I tried a few online planners, but found that they did not work for me. What I learned about myself is that good old pen and paper is what works best for me. Even though I narrowed it down to getting a paper daily planner, I still needed to make sure that the layout made sense for me. With that said, I wound up buying four, yep f-o-u-r planners.  Yeah, I may have a problem when it comes to cute paper products!  LOL! I always want to buy them all! Anyway, you can learn more about the planners I purchased below.

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  1. FilofaxFilofax planners are among the most popular brands in the business for several reasons. They are durable and well-designed and highly customizable. They also come in a variety of sizes and colors. As such, you can choose one that is best suited to you and the demands of your days. I went with the Filofax Aston Orchid leather personal organizer. I love the quality of the leather, but I think the personal size is too small for my daily needs so I think I will use this one as a wallet.
  2. Lilly Pulitzer Agenda – I used a Lilly Pulitzer Agenda last year and I find myself coming back to it again this year. It’s very colorful and pretty to look at and it has a hard cover so it’s pretty sturdy. It comes in variety of sizes and colors. I chose to go with the large planner which measures 6.75″ x 8″. At first I thought this was a bit large, and started exploring other planners, but after using it for a while, I discovered that I really like having more writing space. It features both monthly and weekly spreads which is ideal and allows me to see a monthly overview of all the things coming up for the month. I can then flip over to the weekly view to see more details. I also like the fact that it has an inside pocket and elastic closure.
  3. Russell + Hazel Mini Binder – I loved the look of this Russell + Hazel planner and just had to have it. It’s basically a designer fabric covered binder.  It’s very customizable and also very expensive as you have to buy each component.  After playing around with it for a few weeks, I found that I did not really love it.  In my opinion it’s a bit cumbersome to use as a daily or weekly planner, however, I think it will work perfectly as a place to file away ideas for future projects.
  4. Mon Journal Planner – The Mon Journal is my latest planner purchase.  What drew me to to purchasing this one is the fact that every page has grid lines and a lot of free space for jotting down ideas or just doodling.  It’s also pretty compact and undated. I haven’t started using this one yet, but hope to customize it in the upcoming weeks.
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My daily planner is helping me to be more organized, and I am sure yours will do the same – whatever your lifestyle.

Do you use a daily planner?  Which kind of planner do you use?

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About the author

Diane Nassy

Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 9-year-old little boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Check out Diane's Google+ profile "

31 Comments

  • I usually start off using a planner/diary and then completely forget about it a month or two down the line… I haven’t a clue why!

    Hapyp New Year and all the best for 2014! 🙂

  • I’ve been thinking of getting a journal to keep me more organized as well. I’ve checked out a few of them but I like the ones you listed too. Thanks for the suggestions.

  • I’ve been wondering if a physical planner like this would help me more or not. I use a couple of apps for managing things, but sometimes just sitting down and putting pen to paper helps things come out (for ideas) plus they are so pretty!

  • I really love using daily planners! Always waiting the beginning of January to start using it. Lilly Pulitzer Agenda is my favorite!

  • I have a lot if the same preferences and you – so the mon journal might be great for me. I am using my own hand made one right now but need something that I can travel with easily.

  • Those are great planners… my biggest issue is not losing the planner… HA!!! No in all honesty, I really need one of these. Thanks so much

  • I cannot live without my planner. I have a Big Sky Day planner and just made a printable 24 hour comprehensive schedule for my week also.

  • I have a rather generic planner that I use, but it has the month at a glance and a lot of space for listing my daily tasks, as well as a journal section.

  • I have a medium sized one from the school supply aisle. I had a tough time balancing enough room to write and a size I can easily fit in my purse to carry around with me on a daily basis

  • I really need to use a planner to organize my busy schedule. The Lily Pulitzer Agenda looks stylish and functional. I need to order one and get started now.

  • I always thought day planners were a waste of time, but then I had to use one at my old job and it changed my life!

  • I’m using an Erin Condren planner this year and so far I really like it. I was so stuck on my old planner, but I think this will work out just fine.

    • I love the look of the Erin Condren Planner but couldn’t get past the price tag, although if you add up what all four of these cost, I probably spent more!

  • I like the idea of using a planer. I do not ue paper planners anymore since I moved to electronic gadgets. But I do add my favorite features of paper planners to my electronic planning.

  • I haven’t used a planner in years to be totally honest with you but relying on a bunch of papers stuck to the fridge isn’t really working much either.
    **sigh**
    I want to check out the Lilly Pulitzer Agenda.
    That one looks like something that would fit into my lifestyle and I love the funky colors!

  • I love smart phones and electronic gadgets in general (I’m posting this from my Kindle after all), but…nothing like having a real planner and pen.They are so much more customizable. I not only write events in mine, but also to-do lists. I love to doodle and add Bible scriptures also. My planner choice the last couple of years has been a “Blue Sky” planner about 3 x 6 I would guess. Small enough to fit in my purse but still with large enough writing space. Also one week is visible together without turning the page.

  • I’ve never figured out what the word “organization” means when it comes to my desk and projects. I can get things done by a deadline, but I have never been a “planner” – I put things back where they belong when I use them, file by the file higher and deeper method when it comes to projects but keep papers that need to be organized in a file cabinet (and very important things in a fire-proof lock box…found out when we had a fire how important that little box was!!)…I made my own “planner” plus I keep a calendar on the wall with appointments, etc, on it… that way I can check BOTH and see if I missed anything… I have a planner in a zipper case that I use for addresses, phone numbers, important info, etc… never take that off my desk and never used it for a weekly/monthly thing, just an “it’s in here” place. Does that make sense to anyone else??