I’ve decided that my spiral-bound calendar and small notebook for notes that I keep in my purse were not enough for staying organized for a family of seven. I need to keep more lists in my purse – clothing and shoe needs, gift ideas, gift lists, book lists, home keeping needs list, etc. I need to have more contact information available – school, family members, doctors, etc. I need to write down birth dates for my children – don’t laugh! When I took my daughter to the emergency room in December, I gave the wrong birth year, making her a year old than she actually was. I laughed it off as a mom of five, but secretly I was waiting for a social worker to show up!
With my current cell phone contract up at the end of March, I looked into the possibility of using an electronic organizer combined with a cell phone. I had used a Palm Pilot for several years at one of my jobs and loved it. However, my budget does not have room for a $300 phone, nor do I need e-mail capability, a prerequisite for this type of phone. Being a visual person, I prefer the act of writing to the act of tapping.
In the end, I dug into my closet and found the Franklin Covey planner that I had put away two years ago just in case I decided to use it again. I tore the pages out of the spiral calendar, trimmed the ripped pieces, punched holes and popped the pages into my FC planner. They fit perfectly and look like they belong. I’m also glad that I kept the FC Classic hole punch. I think I paid $15 or $20 for it; it’s worth every penny for this busy mom.
The classic size planner is a bit bulky for my purse. I can see myself getting a new purse, but for now I’ll make do with what I have. Perhaps once I re-organize my purse, space won’t be an issue.
I mentioned my search and final solution to my sister who pointed out that old-fashioned paper and pencil planners don’t need the Internet to be available and they don’t generate a monthly bill either. They also don’t require backup. It’s a good thing.