Simply Plan: A Beautiful, Easy Way to Get Organized

Disclosure: this post is brought to you by Simply Plan!

I have a confession: I am a planner addict! When we received an email asking us to check out the Simply Plan planner review purposes, I raised my hand right away to be the one to review it. I am so glad I did, because my Simply Plan planner has become a staple to help me get organized!

Simply Plan: A Beautiful, Easy Way to Get Organized

One of my goals of 2014 is to get organized. It’s a goal every year, but this year I’m actually taking the steps to make it happen. As the editor-in-chief of both OurFamilyWorld and My Kids Guide as well as the owner of Pretty Opinionated, I do a lot of writing, editing and scheduling. I’m also mom to an 8-year-old boy, girlfriend to a man with two children of his own and “mom” to three dogs, three cats, two guinea pigs and a parrot. Between writing, birthday parties and vet visits for the pets, I never know if I’m coming or going!

Bottom line, I needed a good planner. Something that not only had enough space to keep track of my many different roles, but also was pretty enough to make me want to use it. Finally, it also had to be easy enough to use. Simply Plan is all of those and more.

Using Simply Plan to Get Organized

Simply Plan: A Beautiful, Easy Way to Get Organized

The Simply Plan planner is a big, beautiful hardcover spiral-bound planner that features large blocks for tracking your life. That is a must for me in a planner. Now, I usually keep track of our editorial calenders online because we tweak it often and I need to be able to make changes. Still, when I’m doing the weekly scheduling, I don’t like to keep too many unnecessary tabs open because I already have a ton of necessary ones going. I’ve started using Simply Plan to get organized by writing down our final calender for the next week at the end of each week. That way, on Sunday, I can just open my calender up and start going. I’d show you a picture of that process, but it’s a secret! No, not really, it’s just that my notes probably wouldn’t make sense to anyone except me.

The Simply Plan planner has each day broken up into AM, PM and Evening. I actually use half of each block for blog planning. That leaves me plenty of space to note other things, like appointments and birthdays. At the beginning of each month, there is also a full-month calender with space for small notes. This is handy for jotting things down like birthdays and holidays.

Another thing I love about Simply Plan is that it has three other important features that make it so much more than just a day planner. These include:

  • A page at the beginning of each month to note down your projects and overall goals for that month.
  • A menu planner for each week, including breakfast, lunch and dinner plus a spot for ingredients that you’ll need. Perfect for planning out your easy healthy recipes!
  • Weekly budget page to track your spending and help you stick to your budget.

Simply Plan: A Beautiful, Easy Way to Get Organized

I also love that Simply Plan was founded by two very real women who were tired of trying to make a traditional planner fit their needs. What they’ve created is a planner so complete that it helps you get organized in the ways you need. It’s easy enough to adjust different sections to your own needs. For example, I really don’t plan my weekly budget, as it doesn’t really change much month to month. So instead, I can use that great page to write down ideas for content. That’s the beautiful thing about Simply Plan, it was created with our many versatile lives in mind.

Grab the Simply Plan planner online. It typically retails at $40, but is currently on sale for $34. Keep up with news by following Simply Plan on Twitter and Facebook.

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About Nicole Etolen

Nicole Etolen is the Editor-In-Chief of OurFamilyWorld and its sister site, MyKidsGuide. She is also a blogger and former Certified Nurses Aide. She's been writing most of her life and realized that she could combine her writing talents with her medical knowledge to help others in a new way. Nicole is also the owner of PrettyOpinionated.com. When she's not writing 12 hours a day, she enjoys reading and spending time with her very cool son.

Comments

  1. Angela Mitchell says:

    My biggest challenge is meal planning for the week.

  2. My biggest challenges about becoming organized have to do with my memory. If something isn’t written down I don’t seem to remember it. Then I’ll end up with a bunch of papers with reminders on them.

  3. My biggest challenge is to begin, once begun things get moving.

  4. A lack of time and a good system!

  5. My biggest challenge is my ADHD- which incidentally has brought me here. I have a hard time staying focused long enough to finish the projects that I start, and I tend to get distracted from my tasks before they’re cleaned up.

  6. My biggest challenge is throwing things out. I have good intentions to organize but for some reason I hang onto everything!!

  7. My biggest challenge is to stop writing things down on a million scraps of paper. A good organizer is something that I def need.

  8. my biggest challenge is that I have notes all over the place to remind me of items to be
    purchased, places to go when in the city, appointments for tests for Diabetes, Cancer etc.

  9. REMEMBERING APPOINTMENTS

  10. Erin Wilson says:

    I can never plan my meals! I’m hoping this would help!

  11. meal planning, and remembering ANYTHING (days off school for the kids, appointments, when bills are due)

  12. Christina Ferguson says:

    My biggest challenge is that I am a list maker. I have lists for everything and they are all over the place. I actually need a list to tell me where my lists are. :)

  13. Debbie Petch says:

    I need to keep track of all my appointments!

  14. Victoria Ess says:

    Mine is getting overwhelmed and avoiding things I have to do.

  15. My biggest challenge to getting organized is my brain I forget everything and then i will remember after it happens and then it is too late and I am always playing catch up

  16. heidi c. says:

    I am a big procrastinator which does not help with staying organized!

  17. Elaine Buonsante says:

    I need a regular schedule.

  18. My biggest challenge is planning the year.

  19. Leah Lucas says:

    My biggest challenges are not having the time to organize my life!

  20. Piroska says:

    My biggest challenge is not being consistent. I’ll start organizing, making lists…and then stop.

  21. MIchelle Castagne says:

    My biggest challenge is keeping my notes all in one place. This will solve the problem.

  22. Brittany Koelmel says:

    my biggest problem is remembering all the tasks i have to do….

  23. holly o'gorman says:

    My biggest problem is trying not to lose the Post-It notes that I write things down on!

  24. Communicating with my hubby so we’re both on the same page with everything that’s going on

  25. Laurie B says:

    My biggest challenge is remembering appointments, what I need at the grocery store if it is something we don’t usually purchase and things-to-do/reminders.

  26. kristen johnson says:

    remembering to do things

  27. DALLAS DAIGLE says:

    TIME!!!

  28. Amanda B says:

    I just changed jobs and I’m in a facility that is twice as big as my old one. I’ve been trying to get more organized.

  29. Remembering everything because I don’t have an agenda

  30. My biggest issue is some memory problems after medical treatment. If I don’t write it down, I won’t remember it!

  31. It would be my meal planning :)

  32. Time, meal planning, keeping focus!
    Thanks.

  33. Not enough ROOM!!!

  34. Misty Rios says:

    My biggest challenge is finding time to fit in everyone in our very big family

  35. Dianne G. says:

    My biggest organizing challenge is I get overwhelmed and then procrastinate. I find it easier to write down my goals for each day.

  36. Doreen Lamoureux says:

    Having things written in a book always make me feel more organized, together and confident. Never know if you forget stuff. That was my biggest challenge…. trying to remember everything. Calendars are a savior.

  37. Emily Chui says:

    a good system and the motivation to keep up with it!

  38. KittyPride says:

    My biggest challenge is juggling the kids schedules and mine!

  39. Mihaela Day says:

    A lack of time and a good system

  40. My biggest challenge is organizing which kid needs to be where at what time as all 3 are very busy!

  41. Michelle N says:

    My biggest challenge to getting organized is the fact that I don’t write things down in one spot. I have too many loose notes that are scattered on my desk, or even throughout my phone.

  42. Jennifer R says:

    My biggest challenges to getting organized is keeping the kids activities going smoothly.

  43. Xty Cruz says:

    My biggest challenge would be my husband not putting stuff back to its place

  44. Charlotte Winters says:

    Fighting clutter is my biggest organizational challenge.

  45. tricia dunkle says:

    Keeping all of our appointments in order along with trying to tackle all the housework

  46. Keeping track of deadlines and appointments!

  47. wendy rozema says:

    My biggest challenge is writing things down and remembering to look!

  48. Lauren-Olivia Wood says:

    My biggest challenge to getting organized is the sheer amount of things I need to do in a day.

  49. MARIA simon says:

    I think trying to plan meals for each week is difficult and I like to be organized with us bc of school and we work full time but sometimes its hard..this planner would help me out greatly..i wouldn’t have to stick notes to my stearing wheel anymore ;)

  50. Rachael G. says:

    I have difficulty staying on top of things. I get distracted or put it off

  51. Kayla Gilbert says:

    My biggest problem is finding the time to get organized properly.

  52. Christie Kammerer says:

    Time management is my biggest problem. I need to write down times for things to be done.

  53. Getting married and organizing all of our expenses is most difficult right now.

  54. Jennifer L. says:

    My biggest challenge is finding where I put important information.

  55. Christy Martin says:

    Sticking to a time schedule, no matter how I feel. Maybe I need to use shorter time slots, and get tasks done within 2 days instead of not getting it done at all!

  56. Amy Heffernan says:

    My biggest is appointments.

  57. Charlene says:

    My biggest challenge is keeping my work & home schedules organized.

  58. Sky Evans says:

    My biggest challenge is staying on task

  59. Leah Love says:

    My biggest challenge is living with someone with severe ADHD. At least we help each other out!

  60. Marie Constantineau says:

    i seem to have to keep track of everyone’s schedule, great to have this

  61. Kathy Pease says:

    mine is clutter and getting motivated enough to sort through it

  62. Mine is when I organize can never remember where anything is

  63. Serena Powell says:

    My biggest problem is I don’t have enough room to organize everything.

  64. I don’t really have one spot that I organize everything – this would be a great help!

  65. my biggest challenge is bill paying and kids appointments

  66. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    My biggest challenge is having two pre-teens that are constantly doing something… and having little to no memory…

  67. susan smoaks says:

    i have a hard time getting everything in one spot to be organized.

  68. Carolyn Daley says:

    My biggest challenge is not having enough space to store things.

  69. amy deeter says:

    planning for appointments for the week and month

  70. I’m organized and everyone in the house is not.

  71. Katy Emanuel says:

    Keeping track of everyones schedules and trying to make sure they are all marked down in the same spot

  72. I am always writing things down on sheets of paper! Needless to say, I can never find them when I need them!

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