I know we still have a full month before we flip our calendars over to the New Year — but since I like to get a jump start on things, I ALWAYS have my new planner ready to go several weeks (maybe even a couple months) before!
So, since I already have MY 2015 planner ready to go, I figured it was time to share it with you — and of course, offer a few giveaways 🙂
For the past 2 years, I’ve ordered my planner from Personal-Planner.com. I’ve always gone with the “A5″ size — basically 6″ x 8”, and the size the works best for me. However, they have 4 sizes to choose from, so I’m sure you can find one that works for you!
The “personal planner” is exactly like it sounds — personalized to fit YOUR tastes, style, and needs. I’m honestly not sure why other companies haven’t thought of this before — but I’ll definitely keep my business with Personal Planner as long as they continue to allow me to make various changes and tweaks so my planner fits my needs.
Here’s my 2015 planner.
Personally, I need to see one full week at a time. I also prefer all my days to be vertical columns — but you can customize the day/week format in many different ways.
I am also quite particular about how each daily column functions. I keep the top half of the column line-free to scratch in various dr. appointments, upcoming meetings, holiday parties, vacations, or anything else I’m scheduling in advance.
Then, the bottom half of each daily column is lined — creating the perfect place for my daily to-do lists (which I make the night before).
There is plenty of blank space at the bottom for random information, reminders, weekly tasks, or even to jot down a few items I need to buy.
And one of my FAVORITE parts of this planner is the section for our weekly dinners. Again, this is all FULLY customizable — so there is no need for you to include a meal planning part to your planner. However, for me, it makes perfect sense and it’s SOOOO handy.
I only plan our dinner meal, so I only need a small amount of space. However, if you plan all 3 meals a day, you could use 3 customizable “modules” at the bottom to plan breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the week!
Another thing I’ve found VERY useful is that the Personal Planner offers two full years of daily scheduling after the first year. So, my 2015 planner has the full 2016 and 2017 calendar pages listed out in the back — which makes planning in advance that much easier.
I’ve been very happy with my Personal Planner… especially the fact that since I’ve already designed a couple of my own planners, my 2015 planner only took me about 10 minutes to customize before I sent my order in!
If you’re more artsy and creative, you can take more time to design your own cover and add more details (like all your personal dates, personal contacts, your address book, etc.) or you can do the bare minimum and use the many templates and simple design tools they provide.
They also have a new family wall calendar option that allows you to create individual columns for each family member (as many as you need) — and then color-code those columns and even add pictures of each person!
Since both our kids our really small yet, I don’t have a need for this — but I can’t tell you how awesome this calendar would have been when I was growing up and my sisters and I were all involved in various sport, school, musical, and church activities.
I almost ordered a wall calendar for Dave as he thought it might be helpful to use each column for each of his different classes. He thought this might be a helpful way to keep everything organized… but then we decided to just wait until the start of next school year to give this a try.
This planner and/or wall calendar would be great gift ideas (at least in my opinion!) or a nice little treat for yourself — especially if one of your New Year’s goals is to get more organized!
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Today, two lucky readers will win a Personal Planner voucher — good for a free planner or wall calendar of choice!
Also, all my readers can get 15% off Personal Planner products using code: A-NDRE-ADKR
NOTE: If you need it by Christmas, you’ll need to place your order by Dec. 7.
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