Being a single mother is hectic. You have the kids, work, and just life–and doing it solo can be ultra demanding.
As a single mother, I could not have made it without organization and planning.
DON’T GET ME WRONG. I’M NOT ONE OF THOSE HYPER-ORGANIZED PEOPLE…BUT
Anytime I had too much on my plate and decided to forgo the planner–things went from disorganized to chaotic. Juggling school activities, household duties, doctors’ appointments and just plain old life is enough to stress anyone out. As a result, I live and die by my planners–especially when I have a lot to do.
What single mothers don’t need any more of is stress, which is why I believe in planners and what they do for my life, and here’s why you should too:
#1 PLANNERS ARE TIME SAVERS
As single moms, we get more done before 9 a.m. than most people do all day. It’s a constant balancing act; enter a planner: your very own personal assistant on paper. With so much to remember, it’s just easier to quickly jot it down in your planner and keep it moving.
No more forgetting an appointment; what to get from the grocery store; and the umpteen things that are on a single mothers mind during the day. You don’t need to fumble around looking for the back of the envelope or that napkin you jotted an important number down, it’s all in your planner.
#2 PLANNERS ARE MOM CENTRAL – YOUR HUB
When you use a planner, you have ONE central place to keep your life organized. And I’m so serious about that. Instead of having notes scattered everywhere – you have everything in your planner. From important contact information to doctors appointments to scheduled car maintenance–everything can be in your planner.
So, what areas of your life can a planner help you with:
- Grocery shopping
- Meal planning
- Excercise and fitness
- To-do lists
- Contact information
- Calendars (daily, weekly, monthly, yearly)
- Notes section
- and much much more
#3 PLANNERS ARE MEMORY SAVERS
I’ve had diaries, planners and journals since elementary school and when I say that I absolutely love that I documented what was happening in my life and how I was feeling. I stopped using diaries a long time ago, but I still like to jot down what I’m doing, along with my goals in a planner.
Ready to try a planner? Here are some simple, easy-to-use, and budget-friendly planner options under $20.00:
- A Simple, budget-friendly planner: Try the Blue Sky 2018-2019 Academic Year Weekly & Monthly Planner, Flexible Cover, Twin-Wire Binding, 8.5″ x 11″, Analeis $14.99 (I personally use this brand/style every year for work. Simple to use and great for the beginner)
- An affordable and small, purse-sized planner: Try the 2018 Bloom Day Planner available on Amazon for only $7.99
- Small and Pretty Planner: HARDCOVER Academic Year Planner 2018-2019 – 5.5″x8″ Daily Planner / Weekly Planner / Monthly Planner / Yearly Agenda. Bonus BOOKMARK (Spring Floral)
As single mothers, we have to do a lot more with less time, and that means we need to have organization and systems in place. Keeping everything nice and organized will not only help you get things done, but you’ll also be less stressed doing it.
- Do you use a planner? If so, any tips to share?
- If you’ve never used a planner, how do you stay on top of things?
- Regular planner user? If so, what’s the best planner for single mothers or moms in general?