Of Calendars and Planners

I'm a paper person. I like nice-looking notebooks (count on me to have several notebooks stashed away for future use at any time) and I think I will always prefer those regular, paper planners to all those electronic gizmos to tell me what I'm supposed to do when.

So every year, I go to Powerbooks to buy myself a planner and two calendars. The planner will be used for my meetings and reminders (birthday, significant events, things to note) while one calendar will be used for work while the other will be used for home. The calendar at work will list everything down: from deadlines to leaves, etc. The one at home will take care of bus payments, school events, family parties and reunions, etc.

I will also receive a planner or two from clients. One I will use for keeping track of expenses and for reviewing the family's financials.

This year, I bought a calendar for moms for the home. This provides for space for each family member per day -- so I can scribble the names of each family member and so I know where they are, what they need, and what I need to do for them daily.

For the office, I bought a Cattitudes Calendar. It features cute photos of cats and a "cat-like attitude for the month," together with an appropriate quote. For January, for example, the attitude is COURAGE and the quote is: "In order to attain the impossible, one must attempt the absurd." -- Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

For my planner at work, I bought the Art of the Spa -- Spas of the World 2006 Calendar. It features very nice, relaxing photos of spas from all over the world, one photo for every week. So even if am stressed out by all the things I need to do, all I need to do is look at one photo and dream away... =)

As for the expenses planner, it is still a toss-up between an arts-y one and one focusing on health and wellness. We'll see.

So, if you haven't gotten hold of them calendars and planners, might be good to start this year. Have an organized year everybody!

[By Angelica Viloria | Monday, January 2, 2006]

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