I often find myself writing lists over and over. I'm not gonna lie - my desk is covered in paperwork and I hate it. My kids bring home a million pieces (at least it seems that way) of paper every day from school, and while I love seeing everything that they're learning and doing, the paperwork overwhelms me.
I love going paperless. If you read my other post, you'll know I use Evernote to scan a bunch of stuff and that's where I keep it 'filed'. I shred the physical paper. You have no idea how much this has helped me when I'm at a doctor's office and they ask for my child's official diagnosis code from like 3 years ago! Yeah - those are the kinds of things I don't remember off the top of my head.
Lately, my favorite is the Goodnotes app. I created a notebook for each of my courses and that's where I keep the syllabus and all my weekly assignments and tasks.
However, my home life is also kinda crazy. Each of my kids has their own schedule that I need to manage. I hate going to the store without a shopping list because I'm bound to forget something and I really don't have time to go to the store multiple times during the week.
Having said all of that, I needed to create a planner that could handle all the chaos. Life is about finding solutions, right? So I made my own solution: a planner that has everything I need, hyperlinked into one single file with yearly, and monthly (plus monthly habit tracker, not pictured), and weekly...
...AND daily layouts, plus, a perpetual calendar for important dates, a place to keep track of recurrent weekly events/appointments, a place to keep track of my cleaning, a handy guide/checklist for home maintenance, inventory sheets (for my freezer, pantry, and toiletries), a place to write our family's favorite meals, and somewhere to simply copy and paste from that favorite meal list onto a weekly menu, a shopping list, a section for my hundreds of passwords, and a 20-page section for notes.
I've been using it now for a few days and I have to say, my absolute favorite thing about it are the buttons that link the daily view to the weekly layouts. I could view the whole month of September, and with one click, I could see this week or today's plan. If I'm in the weekly view, I could click on the day of the week and immediately go to that day's plan.
If I'm in the daily view, I could click on the button that says, "This week" and it'll take me to the weekly view or click on the button that says "Next week" and it'll take me to next week.
These hundreds of hyperlinked pages are so much easier than having multiple separate digital planners/notebooks. I love having everything in one single file.
Take a look at this quick video that shows you the features of the planner
So, because 2018 is almost over (can you believe that?!), I'm giving away the 2018 version (only September through December) of the planner seen above! Yes, completely FREE! I even have it in two color options and each comes with two cover options (just delete the cover page you don't want).
2018 (September - December) Pink or Blue Planner Freebie
(Click to download)
I hope you enjoy it and use it as much as I do. If so, head over to my Etsy shop to buy the 2019 version of this! It'll be the new year before you know it!