Now let me give you a tour of this wonderful product. I chose this beautiful turquoise color and personalized with my name in the bottom corner. I love this tiny detail... something about having my name on something makes me so much more productive. One of my favorite features of this agenda is that it has two ribbon bookmarks. I keep one marked on the current month and one marked on the current week.
The myAgenda is very practical because it has helpful and informative pages throughout. After the introduction, it explains various ways to use this agenda, lists online resources (useful websites), toll-free numbers, and then the date of holidays for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. After this there is a yearly calendar for 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Next, we begin the monthly calendars! On the left, there are small monthly calendars for the month before and the six months following. Every month also has a special quote at the top of it.
The weekly calendars are divided up into five sections: one large section at the top and four smaller sections below. Each week has a unique quote on it and a small monthly calendar for the current month and the next month. I use the top section for my weekly to do list (chores, dinner plans, meetings, etc.). Since I'm in college, I use the bottom four sections for my classes. I put due dates for those classes in there according to that week. I like to put check boxes next to everything (even dinner plans!) because I just feel such a sense of accomplishment when I get to check those boxes off. These smaller sections could be used for so many things and I just love the versatility that it provides! Once May comes, these boxes will no longer be filled with class assignments and I cannot wait to find a new way to use that space.
After the weekly calendars, there is a vertical column for every month in 2013. This is a great space to do some future planning and make note of upcoming events! Next are eight lined pages that allow great versatility. The individual pages are titled: books, movies, music, fashion, restaurants, wines, health, and fitness. Next are pages to keep track of expense records, entertainment resources, party information, vacation ideas, and vacation planning. Then there are twenty-eight lined pages to use for whatever purpose you want! I use mine to write in schedules, workout classes, internship hours, and several other things.
Next is a separate booklet titled "myEssentials." This is attached to the agenda with a small elastic band and is easy to take out if you desire. The purpose of this booklet is to keep permanent information (addresses, birthdays, anniversaries, etc.) within reach - but also save you some serious time in the long run! You can remove this booklet after you're done with this agenda and stick it into the back of your new myAgenda. Which means, no more refilling out birthdays every year! Yay!!
If you're wondering how this system works in relation to my templates from my last post (class assignments, to do list, week at a glance) let me tell you... I primarily use those printed templates as my attempt at not procrastinating. Sometimes I re-print them several times a week because I didn't get enough done one day or something came up and changed. I fold up the most up to date version of those printouts and keep them in my agenda at all times. I primarily use my agenda, however, to keep track of due dates, meetings, and plans that usually don't change. This system really allows me to feel like I'm always in-the-know and on top of everything I've got going on in this ever-changing life!
MyAgenda can be purchased online at momagenda.com! I would highly recommend going and looking online at the variety of sizes, colors, and patterns available to you. They release new editions as we get closer to the next school year but they are currently selling the 2011-2012 edition at 50% off!! If you're in need of an agenda to get you through 2012, this is an incredible deal!
I hope this review of my agenda has given you some ideas on how to organize your own life, as well as given you some insight into the wide world of agendas! Keep an eye out for more regular posts from me coming up - just trying to figure out what routine will work best for my current schedule (once a week, twice a week, etc.). So please keep checking back here! :)