I have found myself conflicted as of late. I LOVE my iPhone/MS Outlook calendar.
Synchronization is my favorite thing ever.
Yet, lately I have found myself drawn to going back to a paper organizer.
I started out with a Franklin Covey that I had personalized with sections when we purchased our home. Personal data, household data, To Do lists with to do lists inside of to do lists. I loved using different colored pens and sticky notes. I still have it tucked away like an old teddy bear.
Then when I became a mom I switched to this Amy Knapp Family Organizer and have used for years. What I loved about it – the grocery list, separate TO DO list and menu planning right there. But I loved that the daily blocks did not have the time breakdowns. I could just jot things down. that is what worked as a Stay at Home Mom with two little girls who did not have a lot of places to be.
Then the girls grew up and I become more dependent on my MS Outlook calendar. Which syncs with my iPhone so I ALWAYS have an updated calendar with me. With beeps and reminders as to where I am supposed to be. I color code and am able to ‘repeat’ things like dance lessons without having to write them all year. And it has worked. I can carry it in my pocket. And my data backs up.
My Laptop: (not my life obviously…)
But lately I have found myself desiring going back to paper. Something about having a book and not an electronic device. Something about actually writing and planning. The creative process involved that I am not getting from my online calendar. Not feeling a slave to my laptop or phone all day. Maybe keeping the book open on my counter and not my laptop which inevitable keeps me distracted from real life.
So I have been looking around and things are even better than I remember!
Martha Stewart has a really neat system that I have been thinking about for a year now:
I love how Jen at I heart Organizing was able to customize her system:
Be sure to see her entire post about her system! Amazing!
Either way August 2013 is when most systems start-up for a new calendar so I will be deciding SOON!
What do you prefer?!?!