Plan on It: My love of Planners
For me, back-to-school time is the best time of the year–and I don’t even have kids! As the new school year approaches, I find myself wandering the aisles of local office supply stores in search of new school supplies to help me get (and stay) organized. In addition to teaching four levels of English, I also spend part of my day helping to keep our private high school running smoothly. In order to optimize my efficiency (ooh, doesn’t that sound grand!), I require a planner.
Finding a planner is never an easy task for me, and I’ve spent the last few weeks hunting for the ultimate one. I have several requirements that limit my options–an academic year (runs July to July) being the biggest one. During the school year, I make a daily to-do list but also have to keep an eye on the bigger picture. My planner has to have months so I can keep an eye on long-term projects, but also needs separate days and weeks because my to-do lists never fit in the tiny monthly calendar boxes.
My planner from last year was pretty good but didn’t have enough room on the day pages for my long to-do lists. I googled the manufacturer–Blue Sky–and while drooling over their inventory, discovered the perfect planner. Really, it was like kismet, as if the designers at Blue Sky tapped into my brain and knew what I needed.
Sadly for me, finding my dream planner is only half the battle. I went online this morning to order the planner only to find that it is OUT OF STOCK. School starts in a mere 24 days; I can’t dream of setting foot into the building sans planner! Angels are weeping, friends at Blue Sky! I dread the notion of picking out a sub-par planner from another company and hope it doesn’t come to that.
Is a planner an integral part of your daily life? Do you have any planner recommendations for me?