As many of you know, we’re expecting our little bundle of joy this December! Well, let me tell you…pregnancy brain is a thing. I used to be such a judgey wench about pregnant people…especially when I was in my teens and 20s and spent my time going to the gym, spending money on coffee & cigarettes, and lived on fast food. Did I mention I was much thinner while doing all of that? Anywho, I thought a lot of symptoms like pregnancy brain and emotional uprisings were just women being annoying and whiny. Now that I’m older and, well, pregnant, I can assure you pregnancy brain is real. And my tech-driven method of planning with a new family on the way was not going to work. I’ve always loved a paper planner for planning my lessons, but my personal life was always on my phone…until I forgot to set alerts that is. First, a bill went unpaid, then I missed a meeting with a friend by 2 hours, and finally I said enough.
I went down the Erin Condren road and loved the planner itself, but needed something that was easy to tote around. Then, I thought about a Passions Planner that one of my students had (and it was pretty B.A.), but still the size was hindering me. While walking to my summer teaching gig, I found the most adorable fox staring back at me. How could I leave him there alone? So, why the change you ask? Let me explain!
- Studies have shown when you write something down, you remember it!
- No need to set an alert, that’s already done for you by jotting down your plans.
- Dependability. There have been times that my iCal and my Macbook did not sync up, resulting in double booking myself which is completely humiliating!
- I need a ritual. Checking my planner allows me to have that ritual and reflect on the week ahead. This article talks about the importance of building in writing time.
- Fresh starts. My new planner has a week at a glance rather than an entire month which can sometimes overwhelm me.
- When you have multiple people to plan for, iCal doesn’t cover it. I have myself, Keith, Myles, and a future little gremlin. Enough said.
I’ll still use my iCal for on the go things if I don’t have my planner with me. But, I’m going back to basics starting in August. How do you keep it all together?