It’s LET’S LOOK!!!
Once a month, Erika and I host a link up where we “look” at little aspects of our lives. If you’re a blogger, make sure you blog and link up!
Here’s what we’ve been “looking” at so far this year…
In January, we looked at the coziest spots in our house
In February, we looked at our favorite reads
In March, we looked at the people in our family!
In April, we looked at our pantries!
In May, we looked at our favorite #OOTD
In June, we looked inside our suitcase
In July, we looked at a day in the life of us.
In August, we looked at shows to binge watch.
And today, we’re looking at OUR CALENDARS!
On my calendar today, it’s SEPTEMBER 11TH which means, it’s Madeley’s 3rd Gotcha Day!!!
If you missed my post yesterday about her special day, you can read it HERE. Also, if you have adopted, are in the process of adopting or are prayerfully considering adoption, please join my adoption Facebook group! It is such a wonderful community filled with people who are so helpful, knowledgeable, encouraging and uplifting. We would love to have you a part of it!
Okay, now we’re looking at our calendars.
I am such a calendar person.
I pretty much have calendars for my calendars.
I like them organized, color coded and typically, not electronic.
I use three calendars every day:
1: My desk calendar.
2: My Google calendar.
3: My Erin Condren planner.
And I use them all.
Let’s start with my desk calendar…
…hahaha! I had to blur it because I didn’t realize until I took a pic of it how many personal things/passwords/logins/etc I had written on there. So, sorry for the blur but at least you get the general idea. I always buy this one (I bet I’ve used this style for like 8 years). It’s just the right size for my desk and allows me to see the month at a glance. On this calendar, I have some bigger events, but not all of the little things. This lets me see the month at a glance and kind of the “bigger” picture throughout the day.
This one is not color coded…but I do keep it “seasonal” with festive stickers and markers. Right now, it’s “fall-ish”.
My second calendar is my Google calendar…
…this is not my actual Google calendar, but one I found online. I only use this calendar for Mix and Match Travel Agency. I put all of the information for all of my clients’ trips on here. I don’t have anything non-MMTA related on here as I don’t want to ever miss something because it’s too busy with other things. When I open my Google calendar, I know that it’s only work-related things, so it keeps it all nice and neat. It’s color coded 🙂 . I put all of my departure trips in green, my balance due dates in red, my excursion reservations in purple and so on. After I “complete” a task, I change it to yellow, so by the end of the month, every single detail is in yellow (as it’s been completed). I love that I can look at my Google calendar on both of my computers and my phone. Plus, I love how I can make myself reminders and then receive them on both my MacBook and my iPhone.
My third calendar is my fave…
…my Erin Condren Life Planner…which indeed holds my life.
Thiiiiis little book has everything in it not work related. So, it’s here that I write down all of our doctors appointments, birthdays, school activities, sports practices, games, church events, play dates, notes, grocery store reminders and on and on and on. I also kind of use it like a journal/diary because I don’t ever throw them away, so I can make little notes about the kids, life and such in the margins and then I always have that next to the date it occurred.
Since my planner has #allthethings in it, I can’t really show you the real pages, so I made some fake pages that way you could get the idea of how I “do” my Erin Condren planner…
…as you can see, it’s color coded. Instead of writing down “Smith’s dentist appointment”, I can just write “dentist” in orange and I know that it’s for Smith. It makes it so helpful on busy Saturdays when we could potentially have four different sporting events, to just be able to put the words “game at 4:00” in purple and know that’s Ashby’s soccer game, etc. Also, when everyone has their own color (mine is green!), I can quickly look at the day and/or week and see who is busy and who isn’t quite so busy. When it’s an even that involves more than one of us, I’ll use an alternate color.
So, over the years, I’ve asked you guys for different apps to use for family calendars, and I’ve never been able to keep up with one because I just love paper and pen so much. Andrew and I just tell each other what we have going on and then we add that to our calendars where applicable. That being said, if you have a new app that you just LOVE that you think will CHANGE MY LIFE, then please feel free to share it! I’m always willing to try something, just as of now, nothing has been able to “stick” with me.
That’s how I calendar, friends. How do you? Is it weird that I’m super curious about the inside of your calendar???? Because I am! Hahaha!