“It think it’s funny that with technology, so many people still use written planners,” that’s what my friend Candy said to me after I showed her my new OrganizHer planner when she was back in town. It’s true. I L.O.V.E. writing things down. We have talked about this before, it’s just something about Seeing it On Paper. I write lists. I write my schedule. I write down our meals. I wrote down our to-do’s. I use a daily journal. I use a journal book. I use handwritten cards. I used to be all about iPhone lists but the truth is – if it’s not written down, it’s much less likely that I’ll remember to get it done. In fact, I think my dream technology would be a way that I could just write my words and it automatically turn into text.
Ryan and I actually talked about this the other day, he is the opposite. He is all about the iPhone lists and reminders. I told him that I feel like I’m so involved in technology that I think I need that disconnect to be extra productive. There is just something about writing it down, seeing it on paper, watching my hand write it out. To me, when I’m sitting at the computer and typing something out, it’s just part of the routine I’m drawn into the screen and the beat of the keys. Don’t get me wrong – I love typing things out too, but there is this line within my mind that makes me need the two to be separate. Sometimes I love the rhythm the keys make as I am typing out a long blog post or document, there is something about it that just keeps the juices flowing. But there is something about the flow of my hand as I write something down whether it’s a note, or a list – it’s like the words are embedded into my mind.
The Weekly Menu section has the days of the week listed and lunch and dinner. The truth is, I don’t really use the lunch section. Ryan takes his lunch, and A & I just take our lunches day by day. But dinner time, we always do dinner together so I do like the dinner section. Sometimes if I don’t write down the plan for the week I have a trouble making a decision about what is for dinner. Anyone else have that problem?
The Monthly Expense Section in the book is the second one back and my least ultilized section of the Memo-Book. This is solely because we have a system that works for us in a password protected spreadsheet. For me, this section will be great for moving and paying out those expenses. It would also be great for business expenses. So, since I don’t use this section very much – I asked my friend, Katy, who I recommended get this All-In-One Memo Book to see how she feels the Expense section has helped her. When I asked her she said “I definitely think that the Expense section has helped my budgeting. Being able to see it and write it down helps me see the money we have and where it’s going.”
My Favorite Section: The Schedule Section. I love the space that it offers, allowing me to write everything I need to down. I love that it has the versatility allowing me to have sections that I need based on the week.
What I Think it’s Missing:
- I do wish it had a way to bring you straight to the week you are in, like a movable tab. This is pure preference though – as it does have the ability to have the pages torn out thanks to the pages being perforated, so you week can technically be at the front. My easy fix was a simple paper clip.
- I would love if it had more space for jotting down notes, again totally personal preference since I’m a bit list maker and write down way too much! 🙂