Do you feel like you spend your days running around like a headless chicken? Racing from one thing to the next – dropping the kids off, making appointments, squeezing in work, trying to exercise, planning what’s for dinner, walking the dog, and the million other things that you have to do on a daily basis?
As a Mum in small business, there is so much to do and so little time to do it in.
While you can’t create extra hours in the day (wouldn’t that be nice), you can use the ones you have to their full potential. The best way to do that… have a plan. The best way to have a plan… get yourself a planner or an organiser!
Fortunately, planners come in all shapes, sizes and formats these days. So, let’s take a look at the best planner or organiser for you.
Planner And Organiser Options…
With technology a major part of daily life, it makes sense to use an online planner if you are techno-savvy! These are some of our favourite apps:
Google Calendar – Sometimes simple is best! This free tool is incredibly powerful, allowing you to set appointments, arrange collective meetings, set reminders and plan out your life. The best part is that it syncs across all of your devices and integrates with lots of other online resources.
Cozi – Known as the family organiser, you can plan out all of the details of your personal and business life in one place. Plus, with a family account, you can see where everyone in the family is placed at any one time. Plan your meals, save recipes, and make shopping lists right in the app, or on your desktop.
Not just a shout out to Pink Floyd, but a great visual way of planning. Wall planners are a really helpful way of looking at a big chunk of time in one hit. Here are some great wall options:
Annual Calendar – Yes, we are talking about those functional looking ones from your local stationery shop. They might look boring, but they definitely still do the job. Know exactly when your business milestones are due, when the school holidays are, when your family trips are planned, or those easy-to-forget public holidays.
For something a little prettier, you could purchase J9’s favourite wall planner from the Makers Academy. This awesome wall planner designed is designed for small business owners. You can plan your weeks and months out and set quarterly goals too.
Clever Poppy’s DIY Task Planner – If you don’t want to be limited by dates in little boxes, then you can try Clever Poppy’s free flow wall planner. The best part is, you can DIY it with a sheet of perspex, some big bulldog clips, your choice of plain or pretty paper, and some sticky tape.
Divide the board into two sections ‘Someday Soon’ and ‘Today Is The Day’. Then stick your tasks in the appropriate sections. Using perspex means that you can easily stick and restick tasks if they move between the two categories, or you can stick unusual textures like fabric. For the full instructions, you can click here.
If you are on a tight budget, or like to DIY your organiser, then there are hundreds of printables available through a good old Google search. You can find some really good ones for free, but even if you have to pay, the cost will be minimal as you are just buying the design. You then print it yourself. We love…
Customise Your Own Calendar – Use this awesome resource to create a customised printable calendar for free. Choose from an annual, monthly, weekly or daily format to help with your date planning.
Monthly Goal Planner – Etsy is a bit of a goldmine when it comes to printable resources. Planner and organiser resources are no exception. There are plenty to choose from, but we love this one that allows you to track your monthly goals and events.
A PHYSICAL PLANNER
Not going to lie, there are about 1000 different options when it comes to physical planners. Obviously we can’t possibly list them all in one blog post, so we will just tell you about our favourites.
Bullet Journal – The Bujo (bullet journal) technique has grown hugely popular in recent years because you can design your journal to work for you. Quite literally, you begin with a blank slate and create your own diary. A bullet journal is not designed to be a chore, but to be a series of quick actions that helps you track and document the information that you need. Use it as a calendar, a goal tracker, a journal, to record gratitude, a meal planner, or to take notes. You can buy a blank journal and draw up your own, or hunt through Etsy for fantastic printouts to get you started. Learn all about bullet journaling at bulletjournal.com.
The Ringbound Planner – Don’t you hate it when you can’t slot a thought or a piece of paper into the right spot in your diary? Well, that is a thing of the past with a ringbound organiser. It gives you the freedom to organise each section exactly how you like, but still change your mind (as we Mum’s tend to do!) There are heaps of inserts available so that you can get dated calendar pages, lined pages, dotted pages, or blank pages for doodling. Kikki K make the most beautiful planners, but you can also DIY this format with a ringbinder, a hole punch and some paper.
The Branded Planner – These are the beautiful planners that come with a system behind them. They help you to organise your life, to practice gratitude, to track your goals, to plan your month, week or day, and to arm you with enough motivation to sink a ship! Here are our favourites…
OR YOU COULD MIX IT UP
As you can see, there are heaps options when it comes to a planner or organiser. In fact, it can get a bit overwhelming! If this is the case for you, take a deep breath, spend 10-15 minutes checking out the different options in this post, then create a plan that is going to work for you (then just get on with it!)
You don’t have to limit yourself to just one diary or planner either, you could us a combination of the tools we’ve suggested here. Here’s what J9 and Jo do here at Get It Done Mum:
- A visual wall planner at home. This is used to plan out the year and capture an overview of whats happening on the personal AND business front (see the image above for J9’s favourite wall planner).
- Google calendar. This is used to manage all appointments & commitments online (so they can make adjustments and check what’s on from anywhere). This calendar is more detailed than the wall planner and more business focused, though it does contain important family dates so that there is no accidental double-booking!
- A physical planner/notebook for capturing ideas and recording more private thoughts and gratitudes.
Whatever you choose, make sure it is going to suit your style. That will mean that you actually use it!
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Comment below with a) your favourite planner or diary or b) a great planning tip you’ve used and you will go into the draw to win the diary or planner of your choice! (value up to $50 NZ)