Designed for the busy homemaker, this planner will help you efficiently organize your schedule and de-clutter your mind. Includes pages for yearly, monthly, and weekly planning (2 extra transitional months included), as well as space for tasks, events, and addresses. A handy section of perforated pages in the back is included for weekly shopping lists—enough for the whole year. Thumb tabs, dog-ear page markings, and contextual calendars make this a fast reference tool. Along with inspirational quotes about God's promises, this edition includes Scripture promises for each week to point you to the homemaker's true Source of all help and hope.
This daily planner features an introduction highlighting the benefits of time budgeting, and then is divided into the following seven sections (with thumb tabs for quick reference):
- Yearly Calendar
- Monthly Calendar
- Weekly Planning
- Tasks List
- Projects and Events
- Shopping Lists
This is for jotting down upcoming events, or making note of a special happening. The additional pages include 52 sections—one for each week. Homemaker's Friend Planner users asked for these additional pages on which to journal or write prayer requests, birthdays, and quotes.
Record upcoming events such as church meetings, weddings, school activities, appointments, reunions, and holidays. This becomes helpful for weekly scheduling because you can see at a glance what will be happening over the next several months.
Under the heading Tasks List are spaces to jot down specific duties you want to accomplish—phone calls, appointments, balancing the checkbook, and so on.
It's beneficial to take time to sketch out weekly tasks in advance. If a dentist appointment needs to be scheduled, write it down. If laundry is the biggest event on Monday, write it down. Look for short slots of time to do small projects. It only takes a few minutes to schedule a dentist appointment or to send a card and if it is written down, you are more apt to grab those precious few minutes when the opportunity arises. If a suit needs to be taken to the dry cleaners, jot it down so it isn't forgotten on the next trip to town.
The shaded area to the right of the day of the week is a place to write birthdays or weekly reminders. The menu block is for main meal of the day.
To make the current weekly layout easy to find, clip the top corner of the page on the dotted line. If you write with a pencil, daily tasks can easily be erased and rearranged to accommodate the unpredicted issues that come along.
The pages in this section are untitled, allowing you the freedom to create monthly, bi-monthly or seasonal lists. If you do a lot of gardening and food preservation, title the page Summer Projects. Then make a list of things you want to freeze or preserve. As each food project is completed, you can enjoy the pleasure of crossing it off the list.
Projects and Events
The Projects and Events section is for occasions that need more space for writing. If planning a baby shower or a family gathering, keep that information in your planner for a quick reference. These pages are untitled for flexibility.
Use this section for phone number and addresses needed temporarily. When placing an order, jot down the number so you won't need to look it up again. This is a good place to write addresses for a card shower or the information for the eye specialist.
These may be used as comprehensive shopping lists or as a central location to write the items needed for upcoming events, projects or menus. A running shopping list helps to make the best of a trip to town, whether it is planned or unexpected. The lists are perforated for your convenience, making a total of 54 weekly lists.
Consult Your Planner Often
At first it may feel stiff like a new shoe, but the more it is used, the more you use it, the more it will feel like a friend. When scheduling, balance home responsibilities with other obligations to create a realistic schedule that is best just for today. It is typical to veer from a daily plan when urgent matters arise, but a written plan will refresh your memory and keep your focus on what is most important.