As much as I would like to ignore the fact, organization is a critical component to a successful homeschooling experience. Actually, I’d say it is critical for all aspects of life if you want to see accomplishments down the road. That old adage “Failure to Plan, is Planning to Fail.” is right on target.
I have so much going on in my life.
- homeschooling the boys
- coordinating their schedules
- keeping track of where Mr. O will be
- doing all the product reviews and giveaways we host on this blog as well as sharing about our family’s life
- and all other aspects of running a busy household.
And, I have found that if things are not kept in some organized fashion, things slip through the cracks. Missing a Cub Scout den meeting isn’t too bad, but forgetting to pay a large credit card bill on time has a bigger ‘ouch’ associated with it.
I’ve used different systems to stay organized over the years. I loved the Palm PDA I had for its portability and capacity to sync with Outlook, but it won’t sync with my newer computer and is now useless. Certain expensive day planners were great when I worked full time and could justify the price tag, but it is almost overkill for me right now. And, the standard small calendar found at your local retailer just doesn’t work well for what I need it to do.
Timemine’s line of dot.mine planners offers a great variety of options that bring a bit of style to the sometimes cumbersome task of mapping out my life on paper.
For my review, I selected Floating Leaves family_time.mine planner. I can’t get over how practically perfect it is for me. The planner goes from August 2011 through December 2012, so if you don’t get started until mid-fall you can still get maximal value from this planner.
Features I absolutely adore:
- pretty cover made of vinyl for durability
- spiral binding for easy turning of pages and ability to lay the planner flat with any page open
- seasonal master planning guide
- large 8.5 X 11 inch size for plenty of writing space
- multiple calendar formats (month at a glance and one week per page format
- extra space for ‘to do lists’ in the margins
- back pocket to hold a few loose pages as needed
- room in the back for key information (e.g. mini-directory for family ‘business’)
They have other features that are nice, but not as critical for me. Many of the pages are perforated to allow easy removal of the to do lists. They also have included cute stickers in the back for marking holidays, birthdays, vacation days, games and bills. (On second thought, those bill stickers might be REAL useful for me!)
Rather than flood this post with a ton of pictures, enjoy the video review I’ve put together.
The planner I received, Floating Leaves, retails for $18.99 plus shipping. There are a variety of planners available in different sizes with slightly different features depending upon your needs. Costs range from $13.99 to $19.99. My blog readers can receive 20% off of the planners using the code DAYBYDAY.
Disclaimer ~ I was sent a Floating Leaves family_time.mine planner to facilitate this review. No compensation was provided and opinions expressed are my own.