Happy New Year !

by Diane Henkler on 09/06/2011

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.


 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.



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



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


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.


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.


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”.


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.



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.


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.


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.



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!

{ 175 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Patricia September 6, 2011 at 6:08 pm

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 Amanda September 6, 2011 at 6:20 pm

I think this is just what I need to keep organize! Thanks for the giveaway!


3 Anna Raway September 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm

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!!!


4 Mel September 6, 2011 at 6:32 pm

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.


5 Andrea September 6, 2011 at 6:39 pm

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!!


6 Carol September 6, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Wow…would love to win a planner pad!


7 laheelahee September 6, 2011 at 6:43 pm

woot! i love random drawings and how i never win :D


8 Katherine Bewley September 6, 2011 at 6:47 pm

This looks like an awesome planner! Thanks for the chance to win one. :)


9 Rachel September 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm

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!


10 Erin Young September 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm

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


11 Bren Flowers September 6, 2011 at 6:55 pm

I love, love, love it!!!


12 Vanessa September 6, 2011 at 7:11 pm

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.


13 REBrown September 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I’m a new follower, but this is such a neat giveaway!


14 twelve30 September 6, 2011 at 7:37 pm

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.


15 Jo September 6, 2011 at 7:38 pm

What a nice giveaway I love planners !


16 NanaDiana September 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm

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-


17 Diane September 6, 2011 at 11:00 pm

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.


18 Samantha M. September 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm

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.


19 Heather Ales September 6, 2011 at 8:26 pm

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!


20 Kathleen Weishaar September 6, 2011 at 8:27 pm

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!


21 Jenny September 6, 2011 at 8:45 pm

That looks awesome! I could use that to get all of our schedules organized. Lovely!


22 brianne sheppard September 6, 2011 at 8:55 pm

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!


23 Nelda September 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm

Great planner – I am not sure that I would be ever that organized!


24 Melinda Ke September 6, 2011 at 9:15 pm

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!


25 Cindy@OldTimePickers September 6, 2011 at 9:43 pm

I try to stay organized with binders and post it notes. I admire your organizational skills! Planner Pad looks like a great tool!


26 Teri September 6, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I would love to get better organized with a “planner pad”! Thanks for the giveaway!


27 beth September 6, 2011 at 10:08 pm

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!


28 Megan September 6, 2011 at 10:13 pm

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.


29 Marty September 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm

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.


30 Marty September 6, 2011 at 10:22 pm

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.


31 Brandy September 6, 2011 at 10:30 pm

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.


32 CBarry @ Barry's Bites September 6, 2011 at 10:48 pm

I want one! This looks fabulous!


33 Emily September 6, 2011 at 11:05 pm

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!


34 Heather September 6, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I could really use one of these!!!!!!!!!


35 Amy Zunker September 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm

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:)


36 Crystal Wonitoy September 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm

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!


37 Lisa K September 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm

What a wonderful planner! I’d love one to try & organize myself!


38 Kristin Kneupper September 6, 2011 at 11:15 pm

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!


39 toby September 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm

what a fabulous organizer! LOVE!


40 Heather September 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm

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!


41 teresa September 6, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I would SO love to get organized, but havent found the right system for me!


42 Lisa September 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm

My daughter would LOVE this. She is the ultimate list maker!


43 Julie September 6, 2011 at 11:25 pm

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!


44 heymudda September 6, 2011 at 11:36 pm

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!


45 Erika September 6, 2011 at 11:38 pm

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!


46 Veronica September 6, 2011 at 11:38 pm

It looks like a fantastic planning tool! I would love the opportunity to try it out : )


47 Project Queen (Mandy) September 6, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Thanks so much for this post! I’m visual also. I’ve been trying to live with my iphone calendar and it’s not working for me. Thanks for the chance to win one!


48 shari September 7, 2011 at 12:00 am

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


49 Amanda September 7, 2011 at 12:08 am

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!


50 Claudia W September 7, 2011 at 12:13 am

Love this entire post! I would LOVE to win one of the organizers.


51 Mettet September 7, 2011 at 12:18 am

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 :)


52 Michelle September 7, 2011 at 12:18 am

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! :)


53 Jeane Gallo September 7, 2011 at 12:26 am

I would love to win one of the planner pads. I could use some organizing in my life!


54 Amy Murphy Williams September 7, 2011 at 12:34 am

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.


55 Kristin Morden September 7, 2011 at 12:38 am

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!!


56 Jaime September 7, 2011 at 12:41 am

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.


57 Audra September 7, 2011 at 12:46 am

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!


58 Michelle September 7, 2011 at 1:35 am

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!


59 Debbie RefreshRestyle September 7, 2011 at 5:24 am

I need this so bad, I am so scattered! Please let me win or else…I’ll have to buy one!
Thanks so much,


60 Susan September 7, 2011 at 6:20 am

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!


61 Tanya O September 7, 2011 at 6:43 am

These look so cool!


62 Pat September 7, 2011 at 7:06 am

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.


63 ZOE September 7, 2011 at 7:50 am

Oh Gosh!! what a treat!! this is just super !!


64 Christina September 7, 2011 at 7:53 am

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!


65 Shannon@vintagerestyled.blogspot.com September 7, 2011 at 7:53 am

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!!


66 barbara n September 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

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.


67 Lesley Small September 7, 2011 at 7:56 am

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


68 Ashley M September 7, 2011 at 8:17 am

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!


69 Elsina September 7, 2011 at 8:20 am

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!


70 Suz September 7, 2011 at 8:48 am

I love it! What a great way to stay organized! Hope I win!


71 Melinda Hunter September 7, 2011 at 8:57 am

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!).


72 Christine September 7, 2011 at 9:14 am

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


73 Heather R. September 7, 2011 at 9:17 am

OMG! I have never heard of these but I TOTALLY need one! That kind of organization is RIGHT up my alley!


74 Mary September 7, 2011 at 9:18 am

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


75 Andrea September 7, 2011 at 9:43 am

What a neat system. I think that might actually work for me. Thanks!


76 tari September 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

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


77 Carolyn September 7, 2011 at 9:51 am

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!


78 Lizet September 7, 2011 at 9:58 am

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!


79 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme September 7, 2011 at 10:01 am

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!


80 Sara September 7, 2011 at 10:11 am

Thanks for the giveaway…nothing like good ‘ole pen and paper!


81 Tanya Stansberry September 7, 2011 at 10:32 am

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.


82 Dessy September 7, 2011 at 10:34 am

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!


83 aubreylaine September 7, 2011 at 10:36 am

I would love to win :)
littlegray88 at yahoo dot com


84 Theresa September 7, 2011 at 10:47 am

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!


85 Karen September 7, 2011 at 10:52 am

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)


86 Michy September 7, 2011 at 10:56 am

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!


87 Lynn September 7, 2011 at 11:01 am

I’m an avid list maker so I think the Planner Pad would definitely work for me.
Love it!


88 Christy Sheets September 7, 2011 at 11:16 am

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


89 Emily September 7, 2011 at 11:17 am

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!


90 Jo Green September 7, 2011 at 11:44 am

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!


91 charlotte September 7, 2011 at 11:54 am

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



92 Laura@Laura's Crafty Life September 7, 2011 at 11:59 am

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.


93 Annette September 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I would love to try this beginning in January 2012.


94 Destiny Hisey September 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

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.


95 Rhona September 7, 2011 at 1:06 pm

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!


96 Denise Z. September 7, 2011 at 1:07 pm

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


97 Sallie September 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm

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.


98 Wendy P September 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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. :)


99 Colleen B. September 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm

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! :=)


100 Sara K. September 7, 2011 at 2:27 pm

I love this! I need this! Thanks for sharing.


101 nanny213 September 7, 2011 at 3:28 pm

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!


102 Lisa Siner September 7, 2011 at 3:29 pm

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


103 Thio September 7, 2011 at 3:41 pm

I also feel the year starts in September, like it did when I was in school.


104 Karen September 7, 2011 at 3:57 pm

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!!


105 Nicole September 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm

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


106 Kris September 7, 2011 at 4:29 pm

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.


107 Tiana September 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm

This Planner Pad seems like an awesome tool. I would love to have one.


108 Colleen September 7, 2011 at 4:56 pm

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. : )


109 Christine Mays Gant September 7, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I could really use this – I’m so disorganized!


110 Renea September 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm

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.


111 Lara September 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Looks like a nice organizer!


112 joanne September 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm

great organizing tool!


113 Nan @ Playful Decor September 7, 2011 at 7:04 pm

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!



114 Bridget September 7, 2011 at 7:07 pm

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


115 Angie September 7, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Thanks for showing us how to get organized! Love the planner!!


116 bellrose September 7, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I love this concept!


117 Wanda Contreras September 7, 2011 at 8:21 pm

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,


118 Jackie Bowen September 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

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


119 Maribeth September 7, 2011 at 9:16 pm

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!!!


120 Jaimie September 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm

OhmyGosh, I’m always trying to get my self organized.. but it never works.. maybe this would help! :)


121 Diane September 7, 2011 at 9:39 pm

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!


122 Katharine September 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm

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


123 Tim September 7, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Organized? Me?
I suppose it’s possible. Especially if I had one of these planners.


124 Kathy Weisner September 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm

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.


125 Shari B September 7, 2011 at 11:02 pm

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.


126 Beth September 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm

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



127 Patty Chambers September 7, 2011 at 11:48 pm

This is awesome! I don’t just want this….I need this!!


128 Patty Chambers September 7, 2011 at 11:50 pm

I need this!


129 Linda September 7, 2011 at 11:58 pm

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!)


130 Olivia September 8, 2011 at 12:26 am

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


131 Anita @ GoingalittleCoastal September 8, 2011 at 12:53 am

I envy all of your organizational skills! I would so love to give this a try. I feel like my thoughts are all floating around and I need to bring them all together!


132 Christy September 8, 2011 at 4:14 am

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!!


133 terri dobbs September 8, 2011 at 5:35 am

Oh my word!!! I love these….fingers crossed…


134 Kate Anne September 8, 2011 at 5:48 am

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!


135 Janice September 8, 2011 at 7:43 am

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!


136 Melissa September 8, 2011 at 8:42 am

I thought I had found the perfect planner in the Moleskine (http://www.moleskineus.com/mc512w-moleskine-2012-pocket-soft-cover-weekly-planner.html), but this looks promising! Thanks for the chance to win!


137 Honesty N. September 8, 2011 at 9:43 am

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


138 Stefanie September 8, 2011 at 10:12 am

Thanks for the chance to win!! Every Woman needs an organizer((:


139 Renee September 8, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Please please pick me – what a help this would be (ha, that rhymed!)


140 Kim Hansen September 8, 2011 at 12:30 pm

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.


Kim Hansen


141 Julia Trefethen September 8, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Keep me organized….please! Thanks!


142 Nana Jan September 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

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!


143 Mandy September 8, 2011 at 2:38 pm

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.


144 Danielle September 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm

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


145 Crisha September 8, 2011 at 3:13 pm

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!!!


146 Laurie September 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm

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!


147 Kim September 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm

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


148 Ladyligonier September 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm

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!


149 Suzanne Stockman September 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm

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!


150 Stacy September 8, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Wow, you are a girl after my own heart! Loved this post!


151 Leanne Otten September 8, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I love planners! I often buy those huge desk calendars for on my kitchen desk, though it lacks what the above planners all include!


152 Candice September 8, 2011 at 9:57 pm

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!


153 Kathy S. September 8, 2011 at 10:07 pm

Finally! A planner that will help be get organized. I would love to use this.


154 Heather L. September 9, 2011 at 7:47 am

I would love to try this! Thanks so much for the giveaway!!!


155 mary beth September 9, 2011 at 9:21 am

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!


156 Cathy September 9, 2011 at 9:53 am

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!


157 Dianne Callahan September 9, 2011 at 10:25 am

This looks awesome!


158 Jana September 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

This sounds just like the planner I have been looking for!


159 Stacie September 9, 2011 at 11:54 am

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!


160 Tündéri Lonka September 9, 2011 at 12:52 pm

thank you for the chance!


161 Paula September 9, 2011 at 1:02 pm

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.


162 Ashley in Austin September 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm

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!


163 Diane G September 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm

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!


164 CMcKane September 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm

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. ^-^


165 Robin Wiley September 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm

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!!!


166 Kimberly September 9, 2011 at 6:19 pm

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!!


167 susie September 9, 2011 at 7:08 pm

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.


168 Terri Toman September 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I would love to organize my life living with four generations of family!!!


169 Alissa A September 9, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! captainliss40(at)gmail(dot)com


170 ashleigh September 9, 2011 at 9:07 pm

I love planners and being organized! this one looks great!


171 CarolT September 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

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


172 Ellen October 10, 2012 at 12:58 pm

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.


173 Wanda Einfeldt June 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm

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!


174 Elena July 11, 2013 at 1:07 am

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.



175 Nan Tedesco July 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

…..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!


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