The Planner to Top All Planners.
My Erin Condren planner is my NEW best friend! I had heard a lot about the cute, colourful planners with the fancy stickers and casually shrugged it off as another planner that would end up in the graveyard with all of my other fancy-this-is-the-planner-to-end-all-planners. I am the first to raise my hand and admit that I am perhaps a slow learner and always seem to be on the down slide of upward trends. But this Christmas brought me my Erin Condren planner, a few years behind the curve, but better late than never.
As I opened the box, the beautiful shiny cover had MY NAME in silver letters, just shining out and beckoning tantalisingly for me to come on in. It wasn’t easy to refuse. And refuse I did not. It was really like Christmas in a box. There were the stickers, the bling page markers and the pens. Oh, every teachers delight; those multi-coloured felt pens!
I have been a convert for three months now. And my Erin Condren vertical planner is my right-hand woman.
Stopping to Smell the Roses.
I use the vertical planner for both organising my three personalities: teacher, mother and then Susan. Of course, colour coding is expected. I can use the first two sections for work and school related activities and the top part is where I manage to squeeze in time for myself: gym, haircuts, hikes and so on. The vertical lists at the side of both pages allows me to set goals for my week and to add to my never ending to-do lists.
I especially love that it has a special place for stopping to smell the roses; for noting down what it is I am most thankful for each week. My friend and colleague and I take time once a month to stop and smell the roses over a glass of wine. We look over our plans and goals for the coming month. Sharing our professional plans with our friendship helps us to stay connected both within school and outwith. With the craziness that comes with living life in the fast lane of the USA, Erin Condren’s planner has actually created a few moments for reflection, pause for thought and the all important awareness of gratitude. For that alone, Ms. Condren, I am grateful.
Anyone with additional direction or useful knick-knacks to add to these planners, please let me know. I’m all ears and open to learning.