Since I’m balancing full-time work, multiple volunteer projects and family commitments, time-management tools are the key to my sanity.
Every year I buy an organizer to keep track of my schedule and hold all my to-do lists.
Since my weekends are every bit as busy as my weekdays, I hate planners that expect me to squeeze Saturday and Sunday into a tiny square. I like the BusyBodyBook for its spacious weekly grid format. Saturday and Sunday are given equal space, and the 5 column view enables me to track my work schedule, volunteer schedule, exercise schedule, family/household tasks, and husband’s schedule in an easy-to-read side-by-side format.
My cousin has two school-aged girls, so I could see her using the BusyBodyBook columns to track each girl, her husband and her work and family tasks. You could also use it to coordinate work projects or to record homework assignments in your school subjects.
There are other handy features, such as the planning calendar which lets you see 6 months in a glance. The 2008 calendar is useful for recording things like dentist and annual ob-gyn appointments. (Much better than trying to remember where you put those little reminder cards.) The two cover pockets are useful for storing flyers and invitations to events. Although I own a separate address book, I use the contact pages to list essential contacts I want to have with me at all times.
Best of all for a listmaker like me, every weekly calendar page is accompanied with a full page for writing and tracking your to-dos. There’s even a perforated section at the back of the book for writing to-do or shopping lists to tear out and carry with you.
You can purchase the BusyBodyBook for $16.95 at BodyBodyBook.com or at Amazon for $11.53. The makers of the BusyBodyBook also offer a magnetic 7-column weekly grid refrigerator pad. You can purchase the Fridge Grid Pad for $11.95 at BusyBodyBook.com.