Yes, it’s giveaway time. Read on!
It’s not January, but I’m thinking about how badly I need to get organized. Maybe you’ve had the same thought? Now that I’ve retired from my business career, I’m kind of ad-hoc about being organized. That, combined with the occasional memory blip, means I’m not as focussed as I could be. And that produces anxiety.
You’d think with all the online organizational tools, organization would be a no-brainer. But:
I don’t keep a calendar on my phone or any of my three Macs.
I love a paper calendar. I do. Does that make me a Luddite?
I don’t think so, and here’s why:
I can’t read the tiny little type used for calendar entries on my phone.
I work best with a month-at-a-glance, and on my phone, it’s actually impossible to see what the dots on each date say.
It’s more complicated to add notes on a computer-generated entry.
Since I don’t work other than as a freelancer, I don’t want to worry about synching all my devices.
To be honest, calendars are great, but I like a planner. No, I take that back.
I LOVE a planner.It’s simpler. It’s tangible. It’s versatile. It’s legible. It keeps me organized. And it allows me to exercise my creativity, drawing hearts, happy faces or flowers on entries.
Oh, I know, that sounds juvenile. But we creatives are always in touch with our inner child, right? If you have any doubt, consider the popularity of adult coloring. I rest my case.
So when my friend Kimberly Montgomery came out with her beautiful and practical Choices planner, I wanted it.
Here’s the view I use most: monthly. You can see how well-designed this is and how it can help us live our best lives.
The 6″x 9″ quality, wire-bound format is super-portable and I like having everything in one place. To-do lists are my constant companions and with the Choices planner, they’re all in one place. And because my mind can be somewhat of a mess and my memory has these occasional blips, I like the way I can stay focussed and organized. My planner is my lifeline.
There’s a bucket list section. I love that, since my husband and I are always brainstorming what’s next and then forgetting half of them the next week. I’m not sure I’ll use the gratitude list section, since I don’t write that stuff down, but maybe I should –it might free up some brain space. There are planning pages, blank pages, note pages. Tracking goals–if you have them– is easy with Choices, and there’s lots of “soft stuff” like happiness planning and life choices choices check-in for those who love to see those things in writing.
I’m kind of a practical sort and don’t write some of this soft stuff down. But, it turns out, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks. I’m looking forward to my entries here and then, months down the line, looking back at it and seeing if I’ve made progress on any of it.
Here’s the weekly view. I like having my weekly to-dos here.
Helping people create their best lives is what I’m all about and, it turns out, that’s what the Choices planner is about, too. It really does have everything I want in a planner. It’s a one-stop-shop for my life and only $28.
So, you want one? And maybe one for your BFF, your mom, your grown daughter or niece? It makes a terrific gift! Here’s where you order one. But I’m also giving a couple of them away. Leave a comment telling me how you will use your planner here on the website and you’ll be entered in a drawing. Giveaway open to U.S. residents only and closes at midnight tomorrow. You know you want one! (Thanks, Kimberly!)