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!
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
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.
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.
Ended. Congratulations to Piroska B!
72 thoughts on “Simply Plan: A Beautiful, Easy Way to Get Organized”
I am always writing things down on sheets of paper! Needless to say, I can never find them when I need them!
Keeping track of everyones schedules and trying to make sure they are all marked down in the same spot
I’m organized and everyone in the house is not.
planning for appointments for the week and month
My biggest challenge is not having enough space to store things.
i have a hard time getting everything in one spot to be organized.
My biggest challenge is having two pre-teens that are constantly doing something… and having little to no memory…
my biggest challenge is bill paying and kids appointments
I don’t really have one spot that I organize everything – this would be a great help!
My biggest problem is I don’t have enough room to organize everything.
Mine is when I organize can never remember where anything is
mine is clutter and getting motivated enough to sort through it
i seem to have to keep track of everyone’s schedule, great to have this
My biggest challenge is living with someone with severe ADHD. At least we help each other out!
My biggest challenge is staying on task
My biggest challenge is keeping my work & home schedules organized.
My biggest is appointments.
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!
My biggest challenge is finding where I put important information.
Getting married and organizing all of our expenses is most difficult right now.
Time management is my biggest problem. I need to write down times for things to be done.
My biggest problem is finding the time to get organized properly.
I have difficulty staying on top of things. I get distracted or put it off
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 😉
My biggest challenge to getting organized is the sheer amount of things I need to do in a day.
My biggest challenge is writing things down and remembering to look!
Keeping track of deadlines and appointments!
Keeping all of our appointments in order along with trying to tackle all the housework
Fighting clutter is my biggest organizational challenge.
My biggest challenge would be my husband not putting stuff back to its place
My biggest challenges to getting organized is keeping the kids activities going smoothly.
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.
My biggest challenge is organizing which kid needs to be where at what time as all 3 are very busy!
A lack of time and a good system
My biggest challenge is juggling the kids schedules and mine!
a good system and the motivation to keep up with it!
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.
My biggest organizing challenge is I get overwhelmed and then procrastinate. I find it easier to write down my goals for each day.
My biggest challenge is finding time to fit in everyone in our very big family
Not enough ROOM!!!
Time, meal planning, keeping focus!
It would be my meal planning 🙂
My biggest issue is some memory problems after medical treatment. If I don’t write it down, I won’t remember it!
Remembering everything because I don’t have an agenda
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.
remembering to do things
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.
Communicating with my hubby so we’re both on the same page with everything that’s going on
My biggest problem is trying not to lose the Post-It notes that I write things down on!
my biggest problem is remembering all the tasks i have to do….
My biggest challenge is keeping my notes all in one place. This will solve the problem.
My biggest challenge is not being consistent. I’ll start organizing, making lists…and then stop.
My biggest challenges are not having the time to organize my life!
My biggest challenge is planning the year.
I need a regular schedule.
I am a big procrastinator which does not help with staying organized!
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
Mine is getting overwhelmed and avoiding things I have to do.
I need to keep track of all my appointments!
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. 🙂
meal planning, and remembering ANYTHING (days off school for the kids, appointments, when bills are due)
I can never plan my meals! I’m hoping this would help!
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.
My biggest challenge is to stop writing things down on a million scraps of paper. A good organizer is something that I def need.
My biggest challenge is throwing things out. I have good intentions to organize but for some reason I hang onto everything!!
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.
A lack of time and a good system!
My biggest challenge is to begin, once begun things get moving.
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.
My biggest challenge is meal planning for the week.