How to Save Your Day When Schedule Changes Overwhelm You


Have you ever had one of those days where you woke up with a plan – and it was actually a GOOD plan – but then one small thing changed and it threw the whole plan into disarray? I don’t know if it’s an ADHD thing or not, but sometimes when that happens to me I have a really hard time regrouping.  Sometimes I can go with the flow without any trouble, but other times, changes paralyze me.  … [Read more...]

How to Use Your Daily Planner for Blogging

Filofax Malden

  If you’re not a blogger, you may not be interested in this post.  However, the post still could be helpful for providing ideas about how to incorporate other activities/hobbies into your daily to-do list and planner without having to set up a separate book. I’ve been blogging for 3-1/2 years now.  When I first started, I set up an 8-1/2x11 notebook and filled it with all kinds of … [Read more...]

It’s Okay to Have Blank Sections in Your Planner

Fish Life Mapping Inserts

Have you ever looked through your planner and noticed blank sections – pages that weren’t being filled in?  And when you saw those blank sections you immediately started thinking about how to fill them?  Or you felt guilty because they weren’t being used?  Or you wondered if maybe your planner was too much since it had unused sections? Here’s a secret: You don’t have to write on every page or … [Read more...]

How My Planning System Has Evolved


I’ve been using a planner since I got married, 33 years ago.  My first planner was simply a 3x5 week-at-a-glance calendar.  I really didn’t have much to write down so it worked fine.  And back then, there weren’t very many planner options that I was even aware of. I was at the office supply store one day for work and saw a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 3-ring notebook.  The cover was red vinyl.  There were no … [Read more...]

And the Winner of the Franklin Planner Studio Planner is  . . .

FC Studio Planner

  Ann Caron Ann, please send me your mailing address at homemakersdaily (at) yahoo (dot) com by the end of the day on Sunday, July 6th, 2014.  If I have not received an email by that time, a new winner will be chosen. Congratulations! … [Read more...]

A Day in My Life . . .

juggling mom

A reader requested a peek into my daily life and routine.  It’s pretty boring, but here goes . . . First of all, a little about this phase of my life.  My husband is a self-employed remodeling contractor and we’ve been married 33 years.  We have two grown kids:  Rachel, 28 and Danny, 26.  Both are married and live nearby.  Danny and his wife, Ashley, have two kids:  Ivy, 4-1/2 and Calvin, … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Use My Planner as a Wallet

Planner and wallet

My daughter combined her planner and wallet a while back.  It’s working great for her.  I’ve read about other people who combine their planner and wallet.  I find it interesting but I’ve never been tempted to do it. Here’s why: I leave my planner out on my desk or my kitchen cabinet ALL the time.  I don’t want my personal information (driver’s license, debit card, credit cards) out, … [Read more...]