Happy New Year !

Happy New Year!

Yep – you read that right. Happy New Year!   To me the day after Labor Day truly begins a new year – more so than January 1st.  On January 1st the calendar year may change, but most of us just go back to what we were doing before the holidays.

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 In September – newness is in the air.  It is a new year that is not about resolutions, but a time for fresh starts and sharpened pencils.  New friends, new notebooks to fill with new knowledge, and of course new shoes and a back to school wardrobe.  I get a bit envious of all the kids that still get to enjoy this back to school ritual every year.

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I want IN again!   To feel like a kid going back to school.   The best way I know is to share with you my favorite school supplies office supply tools that keep me organized.  I have tried many different methods to get and stay organized and they do work for awhile, but then I seem to have one too many scraps of paper on my desk that I don’t know what to do with. That all stopped after I started using a Planner Pad back in March.  I had never heard of a Planner Pad until I was in an online conversation with a blogging group I am part of -Philly Social Media Moms.  Two of the other bloggers in the group told us how they just loved their Planner Pads.

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I was just thinking they were talking about an agenda style planner, but I soon learned that a  Planner Pad is an organizer  that funnels your tasks and ideas down into the most important – which then makes it easier to complete each one and then check them off when you accomplish them.  I was intrigued and went to the website to learn more.

Learning about a Planner Pad has changed my life.  I still use my 3 x 5 index cards to write down ideas – but then they end up in my Planner Pad 0r as I affectionately call it – my brain book.    This is not a paid post. I am just very happy to have found a way to keep me organized.  Since this time of year school supplies are in our minds I wanted to write about the closest thing I have to new school supplies.

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What Makes the Planner Pad Different?

The Planner Pad organizer’s format lets me organize all my blogging and personal activities in one place and by category. It helps balance everything I do.

Unlike ordinary day planners – a Planner Pad devotes a two-page spread for each week. You can see an entire week’s worth of planning with one look.  Since I am such a visual person I love this feature.  Each page works like a funnel to find priorities, organize work flow, and plan personal activities. It took me a few weeks to start using it effectively, but now I don’t know how I lived without it.

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The top section replaces long lists written on tablets or scraps of paper.  I write the categories that make sense to me across the top of each week– Personal, Blog, Computer, Advertising, Social Media, Momtastic, Post Ideas. Everything I do including my daily tasks fits into one of these categories. The horizontal layout gives me maximum visibility. As I plan, it makes it easy to group like activities and see what I need to accomplish … CATEGORIZE

The middle section is the daily activity plan.  I select things that need attention from the top section. Assign specific days for action … PRIORITIZE

The lower section is my “appointment book.” It is my daily schedule  hour by hour -people to see, meetings to attend, and personal activities. I add everything in this section – even my morning workout. I am trying to create blocks of time in this section by using different colors, but I haven’t reached that level of organization yet.  :) SCHEDULE

With the Planner Pad system, I funneled down all those tasks that were stressing me out and broke them down into easily manageable tasks.   I go to bed with a clear head each night.  It is such a good feeling to have an effective working organization system in my life.

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There is a Goals Section in the back where I can write down immediate, short-term and long-term goals.

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You can buy different accessories to help you further organize your Planner Pad.  I like the monthly tabs.

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I also made my own tabs for the notes section. This is where I put all the ideas and notes I need to remember.  I cut up self-stick laminating sheets to make them.

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There is also a monthly view calendar for each month.  I don’t use this other than to glance at what day falls where.   I need to put a few stars on Friday September 23!  Do you know what that day is?   The first day of Autumn!!!  Time to celebrate my favorite time of year.

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Planner Pads even sell clear adhesive pockets for the front and back covers to hold papers that you need to  transfer to the pages of the Planner Pad.  I use it to hold note cards. I love stationery products and recently found these at Target. They come with little coordinating address labels. Oooh la la…  Keeping them here lets me quickly jot a note to a friend.   Like I said earlier – this has become my “brain book”.

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My favorite aspect of the Planner Pad system is the “cut the tab off” feature.  It may seem  trivial to some, but it gives me a peace of mind.  Once you move to the next week and have transferred all the items from the previous week that didn’t get done  – you clip or fold the corner tab of that last week.  There is a little perforation– a fold over means I still have items I need to address on that page. When you cut it off – it signals that there is nothing on that page that you will ever need anymore!  DONE – move on.    No more going back and forth to find something.   I take a few minutes every Sunday night to move the items that didn’t get done into the next week. This little feature – truly helps me stay super organized.

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I did go to WalMart last week and bought two new Composition Books.  Remember them?  They have such a nostalgic feel – a classic back to school item.  The two I got have had an update from the classic black and white marbled cover.  They are  hip and modern in design – I HAD to have them. As soon as I got home, I started organizing one to hold my Post Content and photos I want to add to each post.   The other one is to the left in the photo – purple with the brown, gray, and green dots.

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I love  transparent Post-It Tabs – I use them to label the page in my Composition Book where I gather all the actual post content I am working on.

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I place written notes, images, and thoughts I want to convey for each post I am working on in this book.  Once I have written the post, I tear it out. When there is no paper left – I will start using the second book I bought.  I wish I could be a writer whose thoughts just flow out effortlessly.  That never happens to me – I have to plan it all out.

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I know many people organize their days on their computers. I am too visual and like the tactile connection I get with a paper system like the Planner Pad.  Do you have a system you love that keeps you organized ?  Do you have any  ideas, tips and tricks that help you you stay organized on a daily basis that would help the rest of us too?  If you do –share them in your comment.

Again  – I am wishing you a very Happy and Organized New Year!


Comments

  1. says

    WOW! This sounds like a great organizational tool. I have a regular calendar that I can’t live without, but this would help me so much more. Thanks for the chance to win.

  2. says

    I really do need help organizing my life! I now have a first grader and a preschooler, so I need to know what I should do and when, and I think this would really help me!!!
    Anna

  3. says

    I envy your organization. I doubt all of the planners in the world can help me, but it’s worth a try.

    I’m with you; fall is my favourite season too.

  4. says

    That is the best planner I’ve ever seen! I’m uber organized, but just have a regular ole planner… And a white board at home & a planner at work. I may be a bit obsessed, but that’s ok right!

    And I’m with you also, fall is the best! Which is why our whole wedding is fall based… 3 days to go, agh!! = )

    Thanks for the great giveaway!!

  5. Rachel says

    Well now I think even if I don’t win I HAVE to have one of these. I use a regular notebook and fill up the pages super fast for work. This sounds so much better!

  6. Erin Young says

    i am obsessed with being organized and have to be with kids – would loooovvveee to win! :)

  7. says

    One of my favorite things to have. I am very A type personality, so I have an on going list all the time.

    I have different categories for example: future to do list, must do list, personal appt – I include my personal appt so I can make sure it doesn’t interfere with other work projects. Present projects. Shopping to do for projects, phone calls, emails, letters. Hope this helps.

    Thank you for the chance to win these organization books.

  8. twelve30 says

    I usually keep notes in several notepads & scraps of paper that usually get lost :(
    These planners look very detailed & organized – maybe if I had one, I would be better organized, you think? Thanks for a chance to win.
    twelve30{at}gmail{dot}com

  9. says

    I have a similar very small planner that I use but it does not give me nearly the options to organize like yours does. We get our schedule about 4 to 6 weeks out and I am always just crammed with notes and post it-etc. Great idea this! xo Diana

    ps..Did you notice that I am FINALLY able to comment again? At least at home but still not from work-

    • says

      Hi Diana-
      I was wondering about that. Love our computers but when they do wonky things out of our control – it sure is frustrating. Glad to see you are 1/2 way back into being able to comment.

  10. Samantha M. says

    Man this sounds perfect for me I am queen of the lists around my house and usually have 2 or more notepads going at anyone time trying to organize myself. So put me down for the giveaway.

  11. says

    Thank you for sharing your organizational plan and in SUCH detail! Really! I’m struggling with keeping my thoughts and tasks organized. Your plan looks like it could work for me too!

  12. Kathleen Weishaar says

    Count me in DH – being’s as you’ve been at the top of my ‘Personal Idols’ list for several months now – if it works for you – I’ll give it a try! Ever since I was involuntarily separated from my TREO, all my attempts at recapturing my previously-decent level of organization have gone the way of my ongoing endeavor to regain my 40’s figure – not too good!
    PS – you have further entrenched yourself at the top of my PI list with the revelation that Fall is your favorite season AND your take on the ‘real’ New Year’s Day. Boy, how I can relate! For me, Christmas morning had NOTHIN’ on the first day of school. For the past few years the best way I’ve come up with to recapture the thrill of compiling each year’s stash of new school supplies has been to pilfer my grandsons’ BTS lists and hit the stores like a junkie looking for her next fix! I’m thinking maybe if I adopt your ritual – shifting focus back to what the New Year means to _me_, my poor grandsons might be able to keep their BTS lists and create some fond ‘New Year’ memories of their own!

  13. brianne sheppard says

    I just spent some time looking through the Planner Pad website… this could be just the kick in the pants I need to get my house/life/family in shape! Thanks!

  14. Melinda Ke says

    I normally cram everything onto my calendar or post-it notes, but one of these planner pads would keep me better organized…and keep everything in one place!

  15. beth says

    Although I am an empty nester, when my kids were growing up I used a daily planner all the time! Now ,with a new grandson, and in full swing with the reno’s in the house , I think I need to start keeping a planner again so I would love
    the #1. The sooner the better, right? Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. says

    LOVE IT! I am a list maker. In fact, I make lists of my lists. :) I’d love to try out the Planner Pad. I used to scrapbook (before kids # 2, 3, and 4) so since I don’t have the time right now I write down a lot in my planner so when I actually do have the time, I can remember those special moments. I am lost without my planner!!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  17. Marty says

    I’d love to try this system – what I’ve used in the past isn’t working. And if I don’t get up with a plan, I spin my wheels and do the “wrong” things.

  18. Marty says

    I just came back to say how reasonable their prices are. I was surprised, especially in comparison to some I’ve used in the past.

  19. says

    I would love to say I need this, but I really don’t. I am a SAHM and my kids aren’t in school yet. My husband on the other hand could REALLY use this. He is working full time and going to school full time. He has one jam packed monthly calendar. This would be amazing for him or us. We could have all his schedule together with the family schedule.

  20. Emily says

    This sounds exactly like what I need! I currently have 3 different planners: one for work, one for school and one for personal stuff. It’s getting heavy carrying all there around not to mention that things get missed if I’m not constantly checking up on all three. I love finding out what works for real people and especially the chance to get it for free!

  21. says

    Oh my gosh… I stumbled upon this post at the perfect time…I’m out of control!!! Trying to keep on track with my two little guys’ schedules is driving me mad. This looks like it would be perfect for this on-the-go Mama:)

  22. says

    This sounds like an awesome planner! I can’t count on my fingers and toes how many different systems and planners I’ve tried and that didn’t work for me – this one sounds like it’s set up so differently than most, definitely worth a try.

    Thanks so much, for the giveaway and the info!

  23. Kristin Kneupper says

    I would LOVE to try this out! I am forever finding myself at doctor’s offices, making appointments, just to come home to calendar them and have to change them because of conflicts! I cannot get myself to input everything into my “smart phone”. Ugh. Thanks for the opportunity!

  24. Heather says

    I LOVE this! I am always looking for ways to get better organized! I feel like you describled my desk!! Thanks for everything you do!

  25. Julie says

    These look great! I have no input, I am horrible at organization. I’ll be crossing fingers on this! I do love the composition books and got a handful last week. We homeschool and use a lot of them. Thanks!

  26. heymudda says

    I would love to have just one book to keep up with instead of a dozen different pieces of paper. Thanks for the chance to win one of these!

  27. says

    OMG! I would love to have this! I’m in DESPERATE need for some organization. I have an iphone but, like you, prefer writing stuff down! Lol!

  28. shari says

    Sounds like the perfect way to stay organized. If I did it on my computer, I would never find it again.

  29. says

    I love Evernote to organize my favorite blog posts. I too love having paper in front of me. I have several organizing apps on my iPhone but still love to have my notes!

  30. Mettet says

    LOVE the Planner Pad! I use a calendar on my computer to list all my appointments, events and reminders and I also use a regular notebook to jot down To Do items and people/phone numbers. The Planner Pad might just be what I need. Crossing my fingers I win :)

  31. says

    Love school/desk supplies! I think this sounds like a great organizational tool. I’m all for new ways to keep organized, I would love to win one! :)

  32. Amy Murphy Williams says

    omg! Please bestow the gift of organization to me!! I get a little scatter brained and this system sounds wonderful. I hate having to reorganize my notes and ideas/thoughts and this has that built in! I always gave up on my day planners because of the lack of overview, (and commitment from me) but with a new baby I need the external memory.

  33. Kristin Morden says

    What a great planner! It puts mine to shame. I would love to try this one out. Anything that can help me gather all my thoughts, lists, ideas and slips of paper into one place sounds awesome! Thanks so much!!

  34. Jaime says

    Dying to try out this planner! I’m a sucker for planners! Last year I tried to keep my planner on my smartphone and it was the most chaotic 6 months of my life. could.not.take.it! My planner sits opened up on my desk daily and then tucked in my purse whenever I leave the house.

  35. Audra says

    I am fairly new to your site…you have such lovely ideas.
    I love planners and anything that helps me to be organized. Thanks for the chance to enter!

  36. Michelle says

    Such a great idea, thank you for the opportunity! I’ve needed to devise a new system for way too long. I love your tab ideas, too…office supply, here I come!

  37. Susan says

    You could not have timed this post more perfectly! I have been hankering to find a new planner, but none of the ones I’ve seen in stores is quite right. The Planner Pad sounds fantastic and definitely has all the features I’m looking for. Thanks so much for writing this!

    PS, you have the cutest office accessories I’ve ever seen. Love the patterned paper holders and the colorful Post-It notes!

  38. Pat says

    I use a calendar daily to help me organize my life, but this product seems to take that to the next level and really help prioritize the “to do’s”. Thanks for highlighting it.

  39. Christina says

    I need to become more organized. I am moving into a new house and have so many ideas and they are just over the place…. I love your blog I am addicted to checking it every morning with my coffee!

  40. Shannon@vintagerestyled.blogspot.com says

    I agree, September is the New Year! I desperately need to organize my life and have tried a zillion planners. I could certainly benefit from this baby!!

  41. barbara n says

    I also think of September as the beginning of a new year. I live for my planner to keep track of everything in my life.

  42. Lesley Small says

    I have “organizer” written down on my shopping list right now! I would love to give this one a try!

  43. Ashley M says

    Oh my, this is wonderful. I, too, am a visual person and love writing down my to-do list. I just feel like I keep writing it over because life has a way of changing on me. The various sections to organize your week looks great. Thanks for the post!

  44. says

    What an wonderful way to get organized! In fact our (Jewish) New year starts in September and all diaries/planners always go from September till September!

  45. Melinda Hunter says

    Pardon my drool, but I LOVE the Planner Pad! I mustmustmust get one somehow! Finally, a solution to my constantly running around in circles trying to remember this, find that, schedule something else, and where did I put that doctor’s appointment card?! I have tried other planners with limited success, but the Planner Pad is truly revolutionary and EXACTLY what this harried (and confused) woman needs! Thanks so much for sharing this great product with us, Melinda
    PS – hope I win one! DH now has me tracking my daily spending and expenses as we deal with his employment down-sizing (meaning smaller pay check, but we are grateful he still has a job!).

  46. Christine says

    The Planner Pad really does look like a great help in getting and staying organized. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  47. Mary says

    I am always looking for something to keep me organized! Maybe I just need an assistant? Love the ideas!

  48. says

    i would love to have the planner pad starting september! i’m spending more and more time working on my blog and i have a recycled furniture show in october. i have notes all over the house and would love to have one handy place for it all! thank you so much, in advance, should you pick me! ciao, tari

  49. Carolyn says

    This sounds like the answer I’ve been looking for to organize all the different areas of my life and allow me to switch hats seamlessly! I’ve yet to see a planner that could do it so efficiently as this one! Fingers crossed, as I’d love to win this!

  50. Lizet says

    I have always loved this time of year-I get the same “newness” feeling at this time- the cool/crisp air, the leaves on the ground, wearing sweaters without a winter coat, the holidays coming up (and my birthday is the end of September-another reason to favor this time of year). I am always writting notes with important dates or I get ideas at work, scribble it down on paper and throw it into my purse, then I end up with a bunch of paper in my purse! As electronic as I like to think I am, it never gets entered into my smartphone…great little book, great ideas always on this site!

  51. says

    I’d love to try one of these! I’ve used Day-Timer for years because, like you, I connect better with an actual print planner than with an electronic option. These planners look like they’d be the ultimate organizer!

  52. says

    Wow! What a great way to stay organized! I have been looking for a planner that works for me and this one looks perfect! I hope I win. I looked on the website and they are sold out of the ones I wanted:)
    Thanks for such a neat giveaway.

  53. Dessy says

    I need my stuff on paper! I love the idea of being able to have everything in one spot to reference quickly! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  54. Theresa says

    I also LOVE,LOVE school supplies. Even though my children have passed that stage I still purchase a few new supplies each fall. I would love to try the Planner Pads!

  55. Karen says

    I’m not writing in an attempt to “win” a planner, although that would be nice. But more so to say thanks for opening my eyes to this. I used to be so organized and planned everything and had a nice system. Then this new phone came into my life and thought, like so many others, I could just get rid of everything I used to use to plan/organize my life. uggghhhhh not so much. I guess we are alike in being “visual” people. Win or not I’m getting me a new planner. :o)

  56. says

    This post is great…Since it is getting near the end of the year I am shopping around for a new planner for 2012, the planner pad is now a contender. I have to write everything down and structure each day to make sure everything gets done as I juggle work, school, blogging, new(to me but old in general) house & husband, & 2 pups that are a handful… Thanks for the tip… I hope I win!! One tip I do have is Highlighters and colored pens work great to separate what aspect of life the task falls into, whether it be work, school, home etc… and i use check boxes on each item to check off as I go. I highlight the day once I am done with everything..

    P.S. i love back to school season because I always pick up a few notebooks and pens everytime i see the store stocked… I cant help myself!

  57. Christy Sheets says

    I love to be organized! It helps me feel prepared and less anxious about my life. Love the planner!

  58. Emily says

    This is the best planner I have ever seen! I am a college student and have to keep all my do lists in high order. This techic of organization would be fabulous!

  59. says

    This planner looks like it would work well for me! I have been trying to find one that would keep me organized, and I really believe that the way this one is laid out would help me out!

  60. charlotte says

    Iam far from organized,I say the word and hubby laughs.
    I could fill all 3 books from all the scraps of papar around here,phone#’s, things wanted/needed fromJoannes,food,dollar store.
    Things Iwant to make for different holidays/occassions etc.

    MAYBE I could keep things together and easier tofind with one of theses planners,especially if a little elf came with it to help
    greatsite
    char

    m

  61. says

    What a great giveaway! This looks like the perfect planner/organizer. I tend to have a million slips of paper, plus my calendar, plus a notebook. This seems like it would combine everything into one! Perfect.

  62. Destiny Hisey says

    WOW! This looks like an almost perfect organization system. I used to swear by my day planner, then I decided to try to go electronic. That didn’t work and I haven’t been able to settle on new paper planner. Maybe this is just the thing I need.

  63. Rhona says

    When my kids were all at home I was super organized and now I am a MESS! I would love to have a system to get myself more pulled together so that I can accomplish more each day. Please!

  64. Denise Z. says

    I’m super picky about my planners and have a hard time finding ones that fit my criteria. THIS one looks awesome!!!

  65. says

    The Planner Pad sounds great. I always keep my calendar on paper. I’ve tired Google calendar and my I phone calendar, but I always go back to pen and paper.

  66. Wendy P says

    Thank you so much for going into such detail about the Planner Pad! I never heard of it before now. Your detailed account and pictures really helped me understand what it looks like and how it works. It seems to be a lovely, simple, smart (and pretty) organizational tool. Thank you for sharing all your neato-ness with your readers. :)

  67. Colleen B. says

    How refreshing to get back to the basics! Love it! I can’t seem to get into the ‘swing’ of all these fancy-schmancy electronic organizers so I’m actually pleasantly surprised to see this featured on your blog! You Go Girl! :=)

  68. nanny213 says

    What a great idea: PLANNER PAD!
    I am in the third year of using a 3-year planner and would LOVE to win and try something even more organized. Thanks for the chance to win one!
    p.s. love your blog!

  69. Lisa Siner says

    So cute. I would love this as I too am not a fan of electronic organizers. Fingers crossed!

  70. Karen says

    As a teacher, I agree with you, it is like a new year. The Planner Pad sounds wonderful and I’d love to win one! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  71. Nicole says

    These planners look great! My current planner (fill-in-the-dates-yourself type) is about to run out. I, too, love the tactile-ness of a pen on paper. And I really don’t mind re-writing things, as long as I like the pen! LOL

  72. Kris says

    WOW!!! The Planner Pad is amazing. I have been searching for the right calendar to keep my busy self in order. I would love to win it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  73. Colleen says

    The Planner Pad looks like a great tool. I have 2 small boys starting nursery school and other activities. I’m already feeling like I going to have to be more organized… I think the Planner Pad is just what I need. : )

  74. says

    I also have to have a paper planner in front of me. I do not like depending on a computer all of the time. Thanks for the chance to win one of these great planners.

  75. says

    Hi Diane! Funny, I was just looking at my planner the other day and seriously felt a bit of panic that it ends in Dec and I don’t have a new one yet! I would love to win!

    How do I stay organized? It’s all in the planner: my hubs work schedule, kids school events, my stuff and anything else! I really think all schedules must be in one planner so overlap-oops don’t happen!

    And I agree with you that a new year starts Sept. 1st!

    Hugs,
    Nan

  76. Bridget says

    I love the sound and look of this. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway. Hope I win!

  77. Wanda Contreras says

    This is a wonderful giveaway!!! I think it will help not only me but my family as well. Thanks for the opportunity to enter!!!
    best regards,
    Wanda

  78. Jackie Bowen says

    I comment with fear and trembling because I know I should try this. They seem awesome but intimidate me :)

  79. Maribeth says

    Diane, someone else recommended this to me but your pics and description have really helped me see its value. I foud your blog about a month ago and I am so hooked. You are a “soul mate” in the ideas dept. THANKS!!!

  80. says

    I once read that the faintest ink is better than the most retentive memory. Isn’t that great? Funny thing is….I write little down…I keep most of it in my head…and the rest I send myself e-mails. (Gosh this is embarrassing!) I think it is a subconscious way of thinking that I can keep a better memory. Now who am I fooling? Your system intrigues me….and it may be just what I need. A plan with a purpose. Thanks for the great post.
    Bless you!

  81. says

    Diane, this looks like the planner pad of my dreams. I am a visual person too so I think this will work for me. I hope I win! Thank, Katharine

  82. Kathy Weisner says

    I really like the philosophy behind Planner Pad! When I worked I had a very effective planning system but since retirement–when I’m busier than ever–I have nothing and need to use something as effective as Planner Pad.

  83. Shari B says

    Your best post yet! I have bounced from paper to electronic planners several times. I have been dreaming of this planner ALL day, I could really use the personal size one! Thanks for sharing how you plan, can’t get enough of that.

  84. Beth says

    Sounds like a great way to stay on top of things! I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

    Thanks.
    Beth

  85. Linda says

    For many years I used the Planner Pads while I was working in an office. I got the info in the mail one day and ordered one even though our office typically used day-timers. It is by far the best planner I have ever used and I have used several different types. I still have all of my old planners. Every once in a while I like to pull them out and glance through them. Its almost like a diary. I havent used one in a few years b/c I didnt really want to spend the $27 each year but I think I may start using them again. It does really help with productivity! (And its fun to look back at what you were doing 10 years ago too!)

  86. Olivia says

    I too love a good paper based planner! and just can’t switch to a computer based system either!

  87. Christy says

    This sounds like EXACTLY what I need!!! As if life isn’t crazy enough…..I have MS and am can say that I am clinically forgetful!! :0) This system of keeping my day to day things in order sounds perfect. My husband says that I need a list of my lists!!
    Thanks
    ~Christy

  88. Kate Anne says

    I’ve been wanting to get my time organized, especially with the holiday season coming real soon! I love that it starts in September! Thanks for recommending this planner! Hope I win!

  89. Janice says

    Just starting a new business…this would be perfect for getting organized from the beginning! And I totally agree with you about the newness in September. I love new school/office supplies too!

  90. Honesty N. says

    I could really use one of these. It would help so much to organize my plans through out the day.

  91. Kim Hansen says

    wow! this looks awesome, thank you for entering me in the drawing. I think I could really keep up with my kids and hubby with this system. BTW, I love getting inspiration from your blog! It is so full of neat ideas.

    thanks

    Kim Hansen

  92. Nana Jan says

    I just found your blog today and I am so glad I did!
    I am starting to turn a spare bedroom (junk room) into a craft room
    and you have given me so many ideas…also thanks for the giveaway!

  93. Mandy says

    What a fabulous idea! I come from a family of listmakers, but that usually means lots of little lists everywhere. This looks like a great way to organize everything in one place.

  94. Danielle says

    Awesome idea – I desperately need a place to corral all my random lists and help me get and stay organized. Thanks for the chance!
    Danielle
    ellinad1 AT hotmail DOT com

  95. Crisha says

    I always try to be organized and I have lists for everything. This would do just that and it look pretty too; what girl wouldn’t want that!!!

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  96. Laurie says

    This looks amazing! Perfect for corralling all the notes I write to myself, as well as all the ideas and notions jostling around in my head! Thanks for thinking of us!

  97. Kim says

    I love the idea of organization! That looks wonderful! I would love to win this and make my life easier!!!! :)

  98. Ladyligonier says

    This is what I’ve been missing in my life. I live for post its but planner wise nothing has worked. So many ideas and organization is super important. Thanks for the info!

  99. Suzanne Stockman says

    wow! This is awesome…it would be so much better than the calendar and all the post-its I work with now……thanks for the opportunity to win!

  100. says

    These look amazing! I am pregant with our third in 4 years and high risk (aka lots of dr appts!) and our oldest son has just been diagnosed with severe to profound hearing loss and we are in the process of getting hearing aids and planning for a cochlear implant (aka lots of dr appts!). Throw in preschool, HOA meetings, church events and life in general and I need something to keep my head on straight!!! This looks like a great system! Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  101. says

    This sounds wonderful! I stand for such a long time in the planner aisle, trying to chose the perfect one, but of course never find that “one”! Thanks for such a great giveaway…hope to get organized soon!

  102. says

    Love this planner idea. I also am a visual and tactile person and just can’t get into putting everything on the computer. This is the way to go!

    Thanks for the chance and the ideas!

  103. Stacie says

    Oh, I love things that help us get organized! And you always have the cutest ideas!! I’ve tried using my calendar on my phone & it is helpful to always have it with me but there’s no room to write my little lists and cross things off. That makes me feel like I’m accomplishing things. Silly but true. Thanks for the fun giveaway. Your site rocks!

  104. Paula says

    I think this is a great planner! I have searched and gone through so many planners over the years, but I found one of two things happening – they were too generic and only helped me to see what I needed to do but not HOW to go about doing it or when. The second problem was with those planners that have you list out your day schedule but sometimes you cannot accomplish those tasks that you don’t have all the details for yet! This is perfect though. It is truly a tool for not only planning but accomplishing!! Thanks for sharing.
    sunflowerseed_11{at}hotmail{dot}com

  105. says

    WOW! What a generous giveaway. I have been searching for years to find a system to help me stay organized. I’ve tried probably 15 different planners including the Covey Daytimer system and haven’t found one that I can stick with for long. This might just be “THE” planner I need to organize my very active life as a full-time nurse, full-time student, triathlete, mom and wife. I need something to help!

  106. Diane G says

    Hi, Diane from another Diane! I just stumbled onto your blog today and am finding so many fab ideas! Would love to try out this planner. Hope you have a great weekend!

  107. says

    Great review! I just got my planner for school this year and have been trying to fit everything else in it- without success. I have separate blog notebooks but I new thought to use little dividers. That’s a great idea. ^-^

  108. Robin Wiley says

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this planner. I have a daily planner, but I end up with the post-its and scraps of paper falling out of my planner. I HOPE, HOPE, HOPE I am the winner!!!

  109. Kimberly says

    I have NEVER in my life heard the Planner Pad, till about 2 days ago when a friend said she got a mailer about one. I have looked and all the reviews are positive! It would be so cool to win one and finally organize my art life, my educational life, my children and my church activities.
    Thank you for the opportunity!!
    Kimberly

  110. says

    What a fabulous giveaway!!!! I need all the help I can get to keep me organized. The planner pad would be perfect so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

  111. CarolT says

    Diane, I love it that you are so visual. I am creative and visual also. I can’t work if my office is ugly or unfortunately if it is cluttered with paper. Making it pretty is easy, managing the paper is HARD! I appreciate your honesty! Thanks!
    Carol T

  112. Ellen says

    I’ve been using Planner Pads for the past six years, and they coordinate my work and home lives perfectly. Of course I have project management software for complicated projects at work, but Planner Pad keeps track of all the key actions needed as well as my entire array of ongoing and changing personal tasks and projects. It’s sufficiently granular and yet simple to use. Love it. Glad you see you do too.

  113. says

    WOW! I have been using my Day Planner for years which I take everywhere with me. This Planner Pad is something I might have to try cos it’s looks super organized! Thank you for your very helpful article on it!

  114. says

    Diane,
    We seem to be in synch on many levels. I too looove school/office supplies. I have tried a variety of planner and will be looking in to the Planner Pad. It seems like just the thing for me. I will be implementing the Pounds Lost/Pounds to loose method immediately as I too am trying to lose a few pounds. And yes, believe it or not I am lover of notebooks. Whenever I can afford it I usually by a few and set them aside for whenever I need one. I even love those transparent little PostIts. I use them as bookmarks and tabs in my notebooks.

    I am always inspired in some way by your blog. Keep sharing your wonderful ideas.

    Elena

  115. Nan Tedesco says

    …..Quite late jumping in here, but perfect timing for me- as I am planning
    To be PLANNED for this Fall, 2013! This planner looks fantastic!
    Love it all!

  116. Mims says

    I use the Planner Pad and LOVE IT. I’ve tried everything (Filofax, DayRunner, DayTimer, Franklin – you name it), and this one is the best for both work and home.

  117. Sheri O says

    If you are a planner, then Planner Pad really makes a difference in keeping it all together and I have sworn by their system for years (15+)! But I comment because Diane your notes on using personalized tabs and a composition book are really great tips for big projects that have many components to them. I have searched for a simple system for the ongoing ‘brain dump’ that the events I plan are, think these will be just the ticket. Appreciate your insight – and sharing!

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