I don't know about you, but when I was growing up Memorial Day was the beginning of summer. I wasn't out of school yet, but might as well have been. My family usually had a big barbecue with all my parents' friends and our neighbors. There were kids running everywhere and the adults were enjoying adult beverages and getting the food together. My dad always put the flag out. I guess all the adults knew what that meant but I don't remember us kids paying any attention.
The festivities of Memorial Day weekend continued when I was a young adult. It was still the beginning of summer and there was a big party because we had an extra day off from work.
Then I married a veteran. A veteran who was an on-the-ground soldier in a war. A veteran who was shot and bears the scars. A veteran who knows the costs of war and those who paid it.
Please take a moment on Memorial Day to think about all those who have served in the military, particularly those who did not return from war. Thank a veteran for his or her service. Thank a family of a fallen military service person -- they have a difficult burden to bear.
Remember freedom isn't free and there are people willing to fight for our country and our freedoms so we don't have to.
So that we can enjoy a barbecue at the beginning of summer.
So when it comes to planners, journals, calendars -- all that stuff to keep us organized -- it seems there is a continuing debate about the pros and cons of each. You know, back in the dark ages (before smart phones, so 10+ years ago) everything had to be written down. Well, you could use your work computer's calendar, but....it wasn't with you 90% of the time and, it usually crashed at some point. So you had to have a paper backup anyway.
I've used paper planners and calendars exclusively and I've used digital apps and software exclusively. So what are the pros and cons of each?
Here's what I think...
Paper Organizational Tools:
Digital organizing tools
So what do I use? Well, a combination of both. My family and I share a digital calendar. And if it’s not on the calendar, then it doesn’t exist and there’s no belly aching if someone else schedules something over your event.
But I also keep a paper bullet journal. I sit down on Sunday afternoon and draw my minimalist weekly layout and put down all the events that are on the family’s digital calendar. I add a To Do list, menus for the week and that’s about it.
But since I have started selling planner/journals/diaries “dijournners” on Etsy and writing this blog my daily To Do list has exploded. I still haven't wrapped my arms (or head, for that matter) around how to organize all that needs to be done. I am using a digital project planning app, but I’m not entirely thrilled with it — maybe just the learning curve.
The purpose of planners, calendars, reminders and notes is to help us remember things we don't want to forget: the things we have to do, the places we have to be and when we have to do it or be there. So, it's important that each of us really think about what we need to remember and then find or make the organizational tools that will keep us remembering all the stuff we need to remember, when we need to remember it.
The bottom line here, I think, is each of us is unique. The lives we live and the way we think are uniquely ours. So, it stands to reason that the organizational tools we use would be unique and easy for us to use. What works for your friend may not work for you. Keep trying new tools and tweaking them until you have the perfect system for you.
Thanks for stopping by this week. Please leave a comment with your thoughts and ideas.
Check out this cutie I just added to my Etsy shop. Just in time for graduation or a summer vacation trip.
check it out at my Etsy shop: WAMLcrafts
Hello. My name is Laurie. Thanks for stopping by.
I have had a love affair with paper and pens all my life. My sister is a quilter so now I love fabric as well (But I don't quilt--I just love the colors and prints of fabric.) And I enjoy making things that combine all those loves.
I also like to be organized. I play with calendars, planners, journals and make lists upon lists. I try to combine all these things into one book -- my "dijournner," as I call it. Or before the advent of smartphones I called it "my Brains" and I am truly lost without it.
So that brings me to the topics of my blog. I am going to write about planners, calendars, journals, etc. I probably will slide in some organizing stuff (think lists and layouts and maybe office organizing ideas. Oh! And don't forget office supplies!)
I love inspirational quotes so those will appear when I find a good one. And maybe some tidbits about life -- after all, we all have a life that we are trying to manage but it just gets out of control now and then.
And maybe a little arty stuff. I am not a trained artist by any stretch of the imagination. I love to play with mixed media and fabric and fibers. So that might pop up when I have something particularly interesting and fun to share. Please indulge me here.
So lets be friends and play together. You can find me in various social media playgrounds: Pinterest (WAML with all my love), Instagram,(avllayla) Facebook(WAMLcrafts) and my Etsy shop, WAMLcrafts.
(I'll figure out how to link all this stuff -- I promise)
Hope to see you here every week. Leave comments about you and what you are working on. Or your planner layouts. Or organizing tips for productivity and life. I can't wait to play with all who stop by.
Thanks for stopping by.
I hope to see you next week.