When it comes to organization and keeping dates in order, I’m a stickler for planners and keeping track of dates and appointments on paper or via technology. Sometimes I’m told it’s a bit repetitious… but needless to say – it is a rare occasion that I’m late or missed an appointment because I keep my dates organized. With three children who all have a schedule of their own, it is a requirement to keep my life planned out.
Dotmine is a company that offers Family and Student planners that help you organize your busy schedule. Each planner offers 17 months worth so that your planner can accommodate both school and regular calendar years without you having to sacrifice your organizational needs. I rather like the 17 month year because I plan both for myself and my children and this allows me to not have to use a plethora of organizers for each of us in my family.
It all started with a simple “dot” back in 1999–Sarah, Lisa, and a commitment to reclaim our lives while helping you do the same. A serendipitous meeting in a London pub had given us the idea. Our corporate days — one of us pitching underwear and the other pitching laundry detergent — were far behind us. And for 15 years, backed by supportive husbands and seven fabulous children, our planners became favorites throughout the world.
This planner is great in organizing a busy family but also loved by teachers and nurses as well as bloggers such as myself. Developed by a group of moms, the Family Time planner is there to help you juggle multiple schedules all in one place. Those of you who have children or juggle more than one job I’m sure will definitely appreciate this.
The Family Planners are available in 3 designs (Dutch Treat, Free Bird and Petites Fleurs) and each retails for $24.99. Each planner is 8.5 x 11 inches and includes dates from August to December. Adorned with their fashionable designs that are printed on durable plastic, these cool planners include monthly and weekly pages on crisp white paper. I especially love that they include inspirational and humorous quotes each week, which is probably one of my favorite features of any planner as those that know me know that I look for daily inspiration before starting my day. Plastic coils keep this planner spiral bound and there are back pockets to hold important papers in place. Perforated margins for “tear-out” lists and note pages help to make your daily planning and errands a breeze. In my opinion, if you are looking for a quality Family or blogging planner without spending the hefty costs that some may offer – this planner will be a great addition for you.
What I love the most about this planner is how easy it is to use. There are pages that offer seasonal schedules which is awesome since my children are all involved in sports which often has practice and games on repetitive dates so listing these make it an easy reference for myself, my family or the sitter should I need one. Speaking of sitter… there is a babysitter page where you can easily insert a sticky note each time you go out so that the sitter knows exactly where you are or how to reach you each time.
I also love that Family Time offers a guide and tips on how to use the planner… simply take a look at the first few pages where it outlines exactly what to do and how to utilize the planner. From adding sticky notes to special dates or weeks to planning out “family business”… every detail you may have questions on can be found on the “Using family-time.mine Everyday” pages.
Overall – the price point is great considering I have paid well over $100 for other planners on the market in the past. While it is simplistic, it offers a wide range of organizational tools for you and your family. I love the perforated tear sheet options because this allows me to write down my grocery shopping lists or notes, etc. and tear them out should I need them on the go. The note sections are large enough for me to list a good amount of information as are each week and day. If I had to critique the planner in general, I wish there was a way to add on pockets to keep pencils or post-its or a book mark that will allow me to easily turn to my page of the day. I can definitely DIY these options, but it would be great if Dotmine offered something like this. I’m all about accessories and add ons and I think that those would be awesome options. I do definitely give this planner a 5 Sparkle rating because the options are wonderful considering the price point. For those of you that love reading my “Mommy Survival Guide” posts – this is definitely something I would add to a Mommy Survival Necessity. 🙂
Have you heard of Dotmine Planners? Could you see this meeting your families’ organizational needs?
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