Hey! My name is Amy Milcic and I am a planner addict. (Whew! I said it!)
I swore that I wouldn’t jump on the planner bandwagon. I like to do things my own way with a unique twist. I don’t follow trends and will swear to my dying day that Converse is the best brand of shoes out there.
When my friend, Jenn (a.k.a.Jenn-A), told me about how planners have helped transform her busy life, I became intrigued. As a homeschool blogger and soccer mom to 5 boys, I have quite a few plates that I need to keep spinning at once. (To get an idea of all the cray-cray in my life, head over to my blog, Busy Boys Brigade.) I felt frazzled and overwhelmed with my growing to-do list. I had to find out more-but was still resistant.
Where was my resistance coming from? Well, like I said I tend to buck trends. Also, to be honest, I didn’t want to throw down a chunk of money on something that I wasn’t sure that I would ever use or that would help.
Jenn (and other friends on Periscope) encouraged me to check out different planners and sales. Finally biting the bullet, I headed to my local Michael’s with a coupon. I set a budget and told myself that I would go for it if I could find anything that I liked. (Yeah, I get a good chuckle out of that now!)
I was told the Happy Planner from Me & My Big Ideas would rock my world. I was told that there were super cute variations and I would be hooked at first sight. I was told that once I started, I’d never look back.
Planner friends, everything I was told was completely right!
I found a Happy Planner kit that was super affordable with my coupon. I loved the cover and everything about it. Plus, it was way under my self-prescribed budget. It was a no-brainer and game changer.
As soon as I got home and the boys were in bed, I spread my new planner goodies about my desk. Instantly, I became immersed in setting up my Happy Planner. I found myself smiling as I started my first spread. I had dabbled in scrapbooking back in the day, but this was just out of this world fun!
And just like that, I was hooked. Planners (yes, that’s plural. When I love something, I’m all in!) have transformed my life just like they have Jenn’s. How could I have been missing out all on this sweet goodness for so long?
How Planning Has Saved My Sanity!
- family appointments
- meal planning (still a work in progress but at least it has started!)
- family reminders (birthdays, special events)
- homeschool happenings (I have a separate homeschool planner that I will share soon!)
- sports practices, games, & events (with 5 boys, we have a lot to manage)
- soccer coach reminders and schedules
- Church events and volunteer roles
- Periscope schedules and groups
- Creative outlet + Me Time
My head spins when I think about all that my family and I have going on in one week. Prior to using planners, important (and not so important) tasks and commitments were frequently slipping through the cracks. I knew that I could organize and manage it all but my index card to-do lists were not cutting it.
I can’t thank Jenn and my Periscope planner friends enough. Planning has helped this busy mom regain her sanity-and carve out some precious me time that serves a purpose.
I look forward to sharing how I use my planners (Happy, Carpe Diem, Arc, and Blog Planner) on-the-go (oh wait until you see my on-the-go planning bag!). I will also be sharing how planners have helped this sports mom tackle all of our schedules, games, and sports-related events. Another area that I will be focusing on is using planners to coordinate and manage volunteer work.
One of my biggest interests is planning on a budget. Planning just rocks-but all the sweet goodness can quickly add up! I will be sharing my planning on a budget tips and printables. I also plan on creating some fun planner quotes and memes.
If you are a busy mom and have a special way that you use your planners to rock your world, please share! We moms need to share the love and help each other maintain our sanity while tackling mommydom!