This week has been craaaaazy so far.Â A lot of funâ€¦
â€¦ And a lot of work.
This week is National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, which is always a huge deal for Operation Beautiful.Â On Monday, I spoke at University of North Carolina Pembroke.Â On Tuesday, I spoke at Davidson College.Â And tonight, Iâ€™m flying to Reno for an event at the cityâ€™s University of Nevada branch.Â Â Needless to say, Iâ€™m a bit sleep-deprived â€“ but Iâ€™m so happy to spread our positive message during such an important week.
Soâ€¦ I figure thereâ€™s no time like the present to share my thoughts on switching to a paper calendar!Â Because if my new paper calendar can handle this crazy week, then it can handle pretty much anything.
I was inspired to purchase this Erin Condren planner after reading about it on The Shu Box.Â I think the decision to switch was brought by several things.Â First, I stumbled upon my high school planners, which were EXTREMELY detailed (like, crazilyâ€¦Â I guess I spent a lot of class time doodling in my planners!).Â Looking back on my 17 year old self was inspiringâ€¦ I really had everything so neatly organized.
But as an adult, I have relied exclusively on Google Calendar.Â Now, donâ€™t get me wrong.Â I think there are lot of great aspects of electronic calendars, mainly that you can sync it up with your smart phone!Â I love being able to check my phone when Iâ€™m out and easily access conference call information or important addresses.
However, a few months ago, I realized that my love affair with Google Calendar was definitely waning.Â I couldnâ€™t get a clear grasp on what needed to be done and when, and I felt the need to write things out to efficiently plot my work schedule.Â My desk was covered in To Do Lists and Post-Its, and the breaking point was a few weeks back, when I lost a VERY IMPORANT To Do List and freaked out.Â There was so many important things written on that little scrap of paper! I tore apart my desk looking for it (and eventually found it â€“ thank goodness), but the experience made me realize that it would be nice to keep everything â€“ appointments, To Dos, and deadlines â€“ all in one spot.Â Itâ€™s harder to misplace a whole book than one tiny sheet of paper.
Now â€“ this Erin Condren planner is definitely pricey, but itâ€™s so thoughtfully organized, but most importantly, the quality of the cover is very high.Â Itâ€™s reinforced and strong.Â Oh, and I love that you can customize the photos on the front!Â Itâ€™s nice to have pictures of my family on my planner.
There are multiple ways to look at each month â€“ thereâ€™s a larger yearly view, a monthly view, and a weekly view.
Hereâ€™s the monthly view:
Hereâ€™s the weekly view:
Oh, and there are sections for Notes, Contacts, and Birthdays.
The planner also comes with stickers (which you can customize).
And in the back, thereâ€™s a little folder with pockets.Â I LOVE this part â€“ Iâ€™ve been organizing our bills in the pocket.Â Thereâ€™s also a plastic zipper pocket, which Erin Condren stuffs with samples of their labels for birthday gifts, etc.
Iâ€™ve struck a nice balance between Google Calendar and a paper calendar.Â I still put my appointment details (like addresses and phone numbers) in Google Calendar so I can access that information when Iâ€™m out and traveling without my calendar.Â But my To Do lists go in the paper calendar.Â So far, my desk is MUCH neater, Iâ€™ve eliminated all those Post Its, and I have a clearer picture of what needs to be done when. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll ever go back to just using an online calendar!
Are you an online calendar kind of person or a paper calendar kind of person?