Being a new mom is overwhelming. I went from being the most organized, "together" person to being completely scatterbrained. It frustrated me that I couldn't keep "it" together. After I had little E, I wanted more than anything to simplify my life by scaling back and getting rid of all of the clutter- whether it was in my house, in my life, or in my schedule.
Enter the Simplified Planner.
I never thought I would say this about a planner, but this thing is a Godsend. But before I really explain why, let's talk about a couple of fun things. First of all, I am in love with the cheerful, happy cover design. I never thought I would want a bright pink planner, but I guess I need some girly things in my life, now that I'm outnumbered. ;)
I love that there's a pocket in the front of the planner where I can easily store receipts, documents, or cards that I need to send out (because let's keep it real- I still have plenty of thank you notes to write).
I love that there is an inspirational quote at the top of every page- it motivates me to keep going and stay positive. Of course, I decided to show you this quote because I'm a music teacher.
Something that I've missed with my planner from this year is a monthly tab. I've been using a paper clip to access the week that I'm on, and while it's efficient, it's not cute. I like that the tabs are durable, and that they're in happy colors.
But my absolute favorite thing about the Simplified Planner is the page layout. Here are a few reasons why:
1. One day gets an entire page. This is exactly what I've needed all along, and I especially need it now that I have to manage another person's schedule, too.
2. The day is broken down into hours, so you can keep everything in a neat, organized list
3. There's a spot for a checklist. You know that I'm like Monica Geller when it comes to checking things off of my list.
4. There's a spot to write about dinner plans. I just love this.
While the planner is heavier, thicker, and more expensive than others, it's exactly what I need to stay organized, focused, and feel like there's some kind of structure in my life. I know that I will get much more than my money's worth out of the Simplified Planner. It's pretty, practical, and perfect for this new mama.