One of the many things a working mom needs to keep organized is a social calendar: in addition to the lunch meetings, budget meetings, media meetings, planning meetings… we are supposed to remember birthday parties, too?? Ok, I live my days with a calendar full of appointments. As an event planner, you’d think I’d be completely on TOP of the social calendar but I’m not: invitations come in the mail – not via email – which means there is a very likely chance they don’t get added to my iPhone calendar. In addition to that: gifts, thank you notes, etc. don’t get added to my detailed task list on my iPhone, so we’re often running in Target minutes before the birthday party is about to begin.
And, if it’s not on my iPhone, it is most definitely not going to happen.
Tangent: My first job out of college was a retail sales person at Franklin Covey. I had the day planners in college – before the time of electronic calendars – and was kind of a nerd about it. I was even nerdier as an employee and spent most of my first two month’s worth of paychecks on a Palm Pilot. I had absolutely NOTHING to put in the calendar: I think I actually put things like “drinks with Brittny” on the calendar. I had no day to plan: but I wanted that electronic day planner. My love affair with calendars has not dwindled.
Ok. Back on track to my post: there is something about a social calendar that requires paper: and anything social, for that matter. A hand-written thank you note is essential to an actual acknowledgement of thanks, at least in the south. And there is something about paper that makes a calendar a little more real. Parties aren’t appointments: they are fun, something to look forward to. So I ordered a calendar from Blurb that has all of the elements of functionality: a month calendar plus space for each day of the week – perfect for social planning! I will keep it in the kitchen and add all of our special dates to it. Plus – it is customized with pictures of Thomas, so we’ll love to look at it. I chose photos from every month of the year – so in January, I’ll see a picture of the previous January and et cetera. It was very simple to make. They have very easy to use and cleverly-named software, BookSmart, that makes it simple to create a book, calendar, or planner.
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