To say I love my BusyBodyBook planner/organizer is an understatement. I’m about to start my third planner, and I’m hooked! When I started using the BusyBodyBook with it’s unique 5-column grid system, I had never been able to stick with a planner. Oh, I always started out using it — filling in not only appointments and deadlines, but lists of things to do, menu ideas etc. But my resolve to use a planner in the way its intending always fizzled after a few months.
Not so with the BusyBodyBook. Perhaps because when I got my first one, I had more to keep up with — more kids, more deadlines, more appointments. But I think it was the user-friendly format that opened up new ways of using it that caused me to become dependent on it.
For me, the layout is ideal.
The right side of the page holds a week’s worth of the 5-column grid. I use the first column for appointments and regularly scheduled activities. The second column is devoted to keeping track of my hours for the freelance work I do. Column three is for keeping track of giveaways and scheduled blog tours for 5 Minutes for Books and 5 Minutes for Mom. Columns four and five are sort of for overlap. When I’m on my game, I use the last one for meal planning, but that doesn’t always happen (however it does make a lot more sense to keep it there than on the back of shopping list, which is the other place it ends up).
The left side of the book is blank on the first half and has a lined to-do list (complete with a place to check it off) on the right side. This side of the page gets my brainstorms, my hope-to-do list of household chores and errands, reviews that need to be written etc etc.
The BusyBodyBook organizer comes in two formats: The school year from August 2009 – August 2010 or the calendar year January – December 2010. I get my act together when we go back to school, so I always use an August – August planner.
They also have a wall calendar, which uses the same grid-system, but it now has seven grids. So you can devote a column to each family member’s schedule, keep one for meal planning so that all can see what’s for dinner, or write across two columns to keep more detailed information.
The Busy Body Calendar runs from August 2009 – December 2010.
We have one BusyBodyBook calendar and one planner to give away, so leave a comment stating if you’d prefer the planner (Aug – Aug or Jan – Dec) or the calendar, or either one.
This is part of the 2009 Back-to-School Giveaway. We’d love it if you helped spread the word!
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- New giveaways will be posted through August 26. Winners will be announced August 31.
- Check out the list of the other giveaways in the 2009 Back-to-School Giveaway at the main post.