Finding the Perfect Planner

I respect digital apps that make our lives easier. I have a calendar and tasklist app on my mobile phone that I just can’t live without. But I also keep an old fashioned planner – you know the kind that’s made of paper and needs an actual pen! 🙂

There is something I love about planners. I find its physicality just more personal. I am the type who likes making micro notes and a ton of micro checklists. It allows me to doodle in spaces, stick notes or used tickets, or use a colored pen whenever I feel like it. I’ve always kept one since I was in high school and it’s so reassuring to know that though my computer may crash or phone might go obsolete, my paper planners will always be there to give me an archaeological preview of the years that was.

That’s why I took a look at three Belle de Jour planners and hopefully this review will help you decide which one best suits you.

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1. Belle de Jour Power Planner

If you’re a girl who needs inspiration all year long, then this is the planner for you. It is filled with pages upon pages of empowering thoughts and tips that will help you achieve the life of your dreams.

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There is a dream board, a happiness list, a travel checklist, a menstrual tracker and so many more!

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What I like about this planner is that you can actually personalize it by adding your name on the front cover.

I bought my first Belle de Jour planner many years ago. Back then what excited me about it were all the discount coupons inside! What girl doesn’t love shopping and eating out right? The 2015 planner comes with a booklet filled with these discount coupons plus stickers, too.

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2. Everything is Possible Planner

Now this is the planner for dreamers! This planner will help you specify your goals and achieve it one step and one day at a time.

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The planner is filled with mantras to keep you on track, a priorities list, a space to document your life learnings and many more.

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3. NAVI: Your Life Navigator Planner

Men need to organize themselves, too! This is the planner for the modern-day explorer and for those who see life as one big adventure.

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It is filled with gridded pages to plot out your week, sketch or write down your thoughts while you collect experiences.

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It is also filled with places from all over the world that may just be part of your next life adventure.

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This concept planner also comes with an expandable back pocket that contains a booklet filled with discount coupons that guys will love.

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So much of our social, family and professional lives are determined by the systems we use to keep track of them.  Good luck finding the perfect planner for you!

Visit their page at www.ilovebdj.com or find them on Facebook.com/ BelledeJourPlanner

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WHAT’S FOR DINNER?

This is simple question that can create a lot of stress if you have to think about it every single morning alongside the daily morning rush.  It’s also equally stressful when you have to dash to the grocery at 6:00pm after a harrowing day of emails and clients, just so you have the right ingredients for a dish.

But did you know that it will only take 15 minutes a week to create a weekly menu?   I do this every Sunday morning, right before I set out to go to the grocery or the market.  I sit down, grab my favorite recipe book, log on to a few recipe sites, open my phone’s recipe app, and I’m all set!

This 15 minute of strategizing helps me spend less time and LESS MONEY at the grocery.  Best of all, it keeps my family healthy as it lessens our need to eat take out or fast food.

When you’re done planning, hang it up in the kitchen so that you can easily refer to it during meal preparation and so that you’ll never have to answer that age-old question again!

Create a chalkboard menu with chalkboard paint.

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Write out your meal plan on a large framed glass.  Don’t forget to use only whiteboard pens on these!

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You can use a picture frame and a blank menu. I love this idea!

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How about using a cork board?

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Creating a meal plan takes a little time but ultimately saves time and stress!