I love planners. I love them big or small, pretty or professional, detailed or plain. Mostly, I love how they get me thinking about how I spend my days. Because, as Annie Dillard has said, "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."
So, I was super-excited to review The Daily Planner designed by Sue Hooley, a wife married 23 years and a mom of six children ages 4-20.
What makes this planner unique is that the layout specifically has a homemaker’s needs in mind. For example, it is rare that one day in the life of a stay-at-home mom will be the same as the next, and therefore not all her tasks will fit into the structured time-slots of more traditional planners.
Sectioned off into seven areas (yearly calendar, monthly calendar, weekly planner, tasks lists, projects, information, and shopping lists), it measures about 6” x 8.5” and easily fits into most handbags.
Features of The Daily Planner I especially like include:
Tabbed sections. Each of the aforementioned sections have easy-to-thumb-through, rounded tabs making it a snap to flip from the year-at-a-glance area to the weekly schedule, etc. Also, within each section, there are pre-marked dotted lines that can be snipped to create even more accessibility to specific pages.
Year-at-a-glance pages. This planner has a page showing all the dates for both the current year and the following year as well as handy “dates to remember” sections for sketching in birthdays, anniversaries, or other special events.
Month-at-a-glance element. Featured on two-page spreads, every month is laid out for viewing, and the date boxes are big enough to jot down short notes.
Weekly schedules. For every week of the year, there is a two-page spread of dated spaces for writing more detailed notes for each day.
Tasks lists. Each of the weekly sections has a sizable, lined, blank space for daily tasks. Every mom knows that there are somethings that just don’t fit neatly into a daily schedule… things that might pop up. This area is a great place to write details for those items.
Projects & Tasks tabs. There are two large, tabbed sections that include ample space for taking notes and jotting down ideas, for making lists and recording a-ha moments. So many times, organizers fail in this area. I love the amount of space for note-taking here!
Perforated shopping lists. This is brilliant! There is a whole section with paper easily separated by perforations that are long and skinny — about 2” x 8” — perfect for keeping a running grocery list, tearing out, and slipping into a pocket. Love this!
Bible verses. Each week focuses the attention around a different verse from Proverbs that specifically encourages a woman in her homemaking journey.
Price. This planner is very affordable. At $13.99 each, it is comparable to planners available in big box stores. And trust me when I say that after pouring over the planners in the big box stores, this organizer is a step above any you’ll find there for an equal price.
I'm excited to tell you that Sue Hooley is giving away TWO copies of The Daily Planner. To enter, just follow the instructions below.
And if you'd like to purchase a planner (or two or three for friends!), here's a great deal just for The Better Mom readers!