A New Planner For A New Year — Get Organized!

It’s the start of a new year, and all new blog posts for me. So, of course, a new method for planning out and keeping track of blog post items is in order. After dinner out with my husband one evening, we stopped at a Redbox outside one of our local Walgreens stores to pick up a few movies. I needed to buy some sodas and tissues (since our son had a cold, poor guy), so we went inside and wandered around for a while.

While perusing the aisles, I saw this totally beautiful 2016 Blue Sky Planner and it (almost literally) jumped in my cart and begged me to take it home! LOL

Planner in CartI love the plastic layer that protects the floral print on the front cover of the planner. It’s thick and durable, perfect to stand up to the stains my coffee cup will insist on leaving since I will be able to simply wipe them away with a damp cloth.

Planner-floral cover insertYou can get pretty creative with this floral background if you want to personalize your planner more. Think of it as a scrapbook, you could layer pictures or stickers or add your favorite quote here to make it uniquely you.

Blue Sky 2016 Planner

Monthly View

I love the monthly view for a simple listing of the blog posts that I publish. It will allow me to see at a glance how productive (or non-productive I’m being overall).

Blue Sky 2016 Planner

Weekly View

And this weekly view will be very handy for me to insert a little more information, if needed, regarding the posts. I like that Monday – Friday have large writing areas, but that Saturday and Sunday are smaller. I don’t work much on the weekends, as that is family time, so those spaces would be great to use instead for “To Do” lists for the week, perhaps.

The planner also has room to keep track of Contact Information as well as blank Note pages to jot info down on.

For those of you on the washi tape crazy train, you can use that pretty stuff (or stickers, or whatever scrapbooking items you like) to embellish and personalize your planner even more!

This is going to be so much better than how I was keeping track of things before. Check it out…

Journal cover

Journal page-month view

Yup…that’s just a lined-page journal that I hand-drew a monthly calendar in. That’s how I kept track of what I posted. Then I also had separate pages to make notes about what needed to be included in the posts. I got tired of flipping back and forth so much between the lists and wherever the calendar page was located for the current month. December was a pretty busy month, and it would have been great to have more room to make notes in. But, I kept forgetting to get a planner. I’m not sorry to say goodbye to drawing a calendar page every month, and I’m excited to have a pretty, dedicated blog post planner to work with for 2016.

How are you going to make the new year more organized for yourself? Tell us all about it, we can all use some great tips!

Disclaimer: I have no material connection to the brand featured in this post and no compensation was received from this brand. I bought the planner shown with my own money and am simply excited to share with readers how I plan to use it. All opinions are 100% my own.


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About Wendy

SAHM of 2 kids, one adult kid (my 21 yr old daughter) and one middle-age kid (the hubby). Currently interviewing to return to my career working with juveniles in foster care and/or with cases in the district court system after taking time off to raise my own children. Avid animal lover who cares daily for our dogs, cats, fish, rat and chickens. My MIL says I need a cow for fresh milk; I say No Way!!! (LOL) Hobbies include listening to music, reading, writing, blogging (a new passion), watching TV (Homeland and True Detective are new TV-drama obsessions) baking, cooking, crafting, crocheting, and cross-stitching. I'm a laid-back mama who prefers not to micro-manage the lives of my family (though I feel sometimes like they micro-manage mine as my schedule mainly consists of coordinating all of their schedules). But, I love it and wouldn't have it any other way.


  1. Love this! I have an organizer arriving tomorrow. Hoping it’ll help keep me on track this year.

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