I like to think of myself as an organized person. I meal plan. I have a running Google doc of several weeks of meals and I rotate through. My grocery lists are divided by department and I always know where my kitchen gadgets are. If you looked at my bookshelves, or the clothes hanging in my closet you might whisper to yourself about my OCD tendencies. But, when it comes to scheduling work projects and remembering to pay the bills, I’m a mess.
So, when I ran to my favorite Facebook group where my kick-butt business friends hang out, my friend, Molly Gold, offered to let me try her GO MOM! DIY Planner. I was all excited as I downloaded what turns out to be a beautiful, colorful, and ultra-organized planner. You can fill it out on the computer and print what you need, or print the pages you want to use and then fill them out by hand. There are pages that look like a calendar sheet, meal planning helps, school schedules, sheets for emergency contacts, babysitter sheets, stuff for sports, packing sheets for traveling and so so so much more; 33 different sheets in all!
Getting Started with the GO! Mom DIY Planner
I started printing. First just one copy of everything, so I could see what was there and what I might want more of. Then extras of the calendar sheets. I went out and spent way too much money on a pretty leather portfolio type binder and some pretty pens. I knew if I was going to switch from steno pad to full-on planner, I’d have to convince myself with pretties. But guess what I forgot? A 3-hole punch. Note to anyone buying this system: Make sure you have a 3-whole punch.
It’s beautiful. It’s beyond amazingly designed and is such a good idea. I know a couple of women who absolutely love it. I am certain that if you have kids in different sports, or you’re a mom who has a chaotic life and you need a major overhaul, the GO MOM! Planner would get you on track and organized. So much thought went into the layout and it’s obvious a mom created this system, cause it covers everything!
Some really cool things you must check out:
Head to the GO MOM! DIY Planner product page and check out the Get Organized for Free section where you’ll find sheets for things like a back to school checklist, holiday planning checklist, fall organizing checklist, and the Organized Conference sheet I used (and loved!) for BlogHer. there’s also a fantastic set of instructions for making your own planner, samples of what the planner pages look like, and instructions for filling it out electronically to save yourself a lot of time!
Here’s where I show you my sad face…
The planner is big. The printable sheets are 8.5″x11″ so I needed a big book to put them in. My workspace is a very small table of which my laptop covers at least 2/3 of the width. Next to my laptop, where I write everything down and try and keep some semblance of organization on my steno pad, I have about 6 inches. The binder and GO MOM! Planner don’t fit in the space I use, so I found it really cumbersome for me, which was of course discouraging and making the switch harder for me. Molly is hopeful that they’ll have smaller versions in the future, so I’m looking forward to that and will certainly try again, because I love the idea, the design and being organized!
So, go check out Molly’s product, cause while it’s not the perfect fit for me, it is a fabulous product for busy moms! And even though I’m not using it myself, I’m going to give it a 5-star rating and use an affiliate link because it really is a genius idea and I would totally be using it if I had a larger workspace!