Last year, I tried to do everything online as far as keeping track of my family’s schedule and blog business goes. I synched my calendars with Google and switched important documents over to Google Docs. I even created a ridiculously detailed editorial calendar with the spreadsheet option. My intention was to be able to access all my stuff from anywhere… my iPad, my phone, my laptop, or any other computer I might be in contact with. In the end, it didn’t work out so well. I ended up neglecting my blog’s editorial calendar completely, forgetting to update it on a regular basis. Same with my family’s calendar. Post-Its on the fridge seemed to work just fine. What I thought was a genius idea last January, now seems really dumb. I mean, I basically use my laptop 95% of the time. At home. My iPad is for reading, playing games, and maybe returning an email or two, and my phone is for texting and making calls. Obviously. Why I thought I needed to access my calendar from every gadget I own – anywhere/anyplace – is beyond me!
This is why I’ve decided to go back to a paper planner this year. It’s so much easier to have something readily available on the kitchen counter that I can reach for at a moment’s notice. PlanAhead sent me one of their See It Bigger Planners for review recently, and I believe I have found the perfect planner for me.
It’s big. And I like that. There’s plenty of space for me to write things in. I’m going to be bad (very bad!) and combine my family and my blog’s calendars, so I’ll need the space that the monthly overviews and weeks at a glance provide. We’ll see how this pans out. We’re not super busy (yet) so I don’t see it being a problem. It’s all about using different color pens!
This planner is very well made. The cover is a thick, durable plastic, the tabs are laminated, and the pages don’t tear out easily. There are sections for personal information, contacts, events, notes, and even a password log.
The type is big. Big enough that I can read the text at a glance, even when the calendar isn’t in my hands, but next to me on the couch (my office!). I could see this being a great planner for grandma, or an elderly neighbor that maybe has vision trouble. However, it doesn’t scream “special large print edition,” so it would be a nice, considerate gift that I’m sure anyone would appreciate, no matter their age. The only thing I’d add to this planner is maybe a pocket inside the cover to store receipts, coupons, or notes that I write elsewhere. I’m all about pockets!
It’s nice to be able to flip through a paper planner and see all the blank pages, ready to be filled with ideas, dreams, and the many fabulous activities to come this year. I’ve already jotted down birthdays (thanks, Facebook!), my daughter’s days off from school, and a few other upcoming events, but I’ll also be scheduling my workouts, writing in my weekly weigh-ins, and using it as a journal of sorts for recipe ideas and thinking up blog posts. Something that I couldn’t do so well with an online calendar.
PlanAhead’s See It Bigger planner comes in blue, black, or a berry floral pattern. It’s available at retailers nationwide, including Wal-Mart, Target, Office Depot, and more, for about $9. Find a full list of locations here. If this planner seems too big, there’s also a pocket version of the See It Bigger style. For more information, please visit www.planaheadnow.com.
If you’re making organization a priority this year, or you just need a new planner, then this giveaway is for you! Leave a comment below telling me how you keep your calendar organized for a chance to win a See It Bigger Planner from PlanAhead. Selection of color will be at sponsor’s sole discretion.
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A See it Bigger planner was provided to me at no cost, for review purposes. Giveaway entry period ends Tuesday, January 10th, 2012. US entries only, one person per household. Leave a separate comment per entry and a valid email address. Winner, chosen at random, has 3 days to claim their prize.