As a busy mom, 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.
Last year, I reviewed the BusyBodyBook Organizer. At the time, I was balancing full-time work, multiple volunteer projects and family commitments. The BusyBodyBook helped me keep everything organized.
Soon after writing that review, I found out I was pregnant. The BusyBodyBook helped me track all my doctor’s appointments, test results, weight gain and everything pregnancy related. Now that I’m a mom, my BusyBodyBook has a dedicated place in my diaper bag. I couldn’t stay organized without it.
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, blogging, volunteer commitments, baby’s playdates, baby’s pediatrician appointments, husband’s work schedule, and even my limited-now-that-I-have-a-baby-social-life in an easy-to-read side-by-side format.
If you have more than one child, you could use the columns on the grid to track each kid’s activities and projects. Students can use the BusyBodyBook’s grid to record homework assignments for up to 5 school subjects.
There are other handy features, such as the planning calendar which lets you see 6 months in a glance. The 2009 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.
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.
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