It's like 'porn' for mums!

To be honest with you, I wasn't sure if my title for this post would attract some 'undesirable' attention to my blog, so if you are a perv, then log off now! However if you are a busy mum, stay tuned!

I used the words I did in the title because I'm talking about something I get excited about - being organised! I have a good friend who wanders the aisles of Rymans looking longingly at the clean, hard-backed covers of the journals, the thick leaded pencils and the soft, tactile personal organisers in all their colours! I can totally relate - I love getting new stationery and feel more in control when my activities and the schedules of my two children are managed in one place, so I was excited to get a new diary for 2010 from Mums Office (www.mumsoffice.co.uk)

This pink handbag sized planner has room for not only my own schedule but also space to insert up to 4 other people, so I have labelled the columns for husband and my 2 children and am going to use the last column to plan meals for the week. It's nice to have a separate space to do that! However if you have 4 kids then you will need all the columns for them - it's hard enough juggling two, so hats off to you if you are managing more than that - you should be an Executive PA!

Here is the handbag sized pink diary- it matches my pink phone and just fits into my faux Chanel quilted shoulder-bag! (Chanel price, in the £000's. My price, £1.96 from Primarni! Bargain!)



What I loved:
I thought the pages specially for inputting 'Children's Details' were excellent. You could store their doctors and dentists details here along with their National Health No, plus all their school term dates - this would be a Godsend for women with children at different schools, in case their term dates differed. Opposite the Children's Details page was a page for their 'Class Contacts' so you can keep track of their friends' numbers and address. I have manually created this sort of thing in the past so it was nice to have a proper page printed out for this purpose. If I was to suggest a small addendum, I'd have loved space to also put on their little friend's birthday date for easier card sending and their parents name (I sometimes forget the Mum's name if they are just someone I speak to at the school gate rather than a more close friend, so it would be nice to have somewhere to remember this rather than just saying "Chloe's mum!)
I also liked the 'Travel Plans' page which I have already filled out with the trips we're taking in 2010. There will be a few as I have 2 weddings to go to so these will involve weekend breaks - plus a hen do that I have been invited to for one of them (another weekend!) and the Gift Record part was inspired! Great idea to have space to put what you bought for everyone to ensure you don't duplicate next year! I usually have a separate notebook for this reason so it was nice to have it with my actual diary.




What I didn't like:
It's hard to do and keep the diary to a convenient 'handbag' size but I would have loved more space for my activities rather than a 'Week to View' space. I tend to use my daily space for recording appointments but also reminding myself to post a card or even use for a shopping list. There wasn't space to put a shopping list in there so this could be perhaps an idea for an addition for a future diary!
The only other thing I didn't like is that with this diary I'd have to write out all the 'basic' information' about children's details and their friends plus my contacts address and phone numbers, over again in next year's diary. If the Mums Diary was in a format that could be inserted into a personal organiser where I'd keep my existing address book information and other items, I'd not be duplicating activity by re-writing all this into a Mums Diary next time round!

Overall this diary is brilliant and great value for money at £14.00 At this price it would make a very nice Christmas present for a busy mum!

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2 comments:

  1. If you’d like a tool for managing your time and projects, you can use this application inspired by David Allen’s GTD:

    http://www.Gtdagenda.com

    You can use it to manage and prioritize your goals, projects and tasks, set next actions and contexts, use checklists, schedules and a calendar.
    A mobile version is available too.

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