Life is crazy busy, right? It seems like we’re constantly being pulled in different directions. With the pressure of work and maintaining a home and digital life, there always seems to be things competing for our time. It’s hard to keep up with all these demands. Fortunately, I’ve always been one those people who is always organised. Well, almost always. I’ve used many methods to stay on top of the to-do list and have always looked for the best diaries and planners to get life organised.
Early in my career I learned that I retain information better by the physical act of writing. I’m a copious note taker and often, I don’t even refer back to my notes. Rather, the act of writing commits information to my memory.
I also happen to be digitally sophisticated, so love using apps, my smart phone and computer to assemble information. Finding a balance between my need to write information and record it digitally has been tricky, but I’m in that happy place now.
Best diaries and planners to get life organised
I’ve lost count of the different diaries and planners I’ve used. Pretty ones from the on-trend stationers, average ones from the office supply companies, okay ones from independent makers. This year, I found the absolute best diary and planner I’ve ever used.
Made by The Control Freak Co, the #HeyControlFreak Diary hits all the high notes for me.
A little side note here. I’m not one for buzzwords and phrases, typically these sorts of words annoy me. Words like control freak would fall into this category. I’m so glad I pushed past this annoyance to try out the product because it is the best diary I have ever used. So, if you’re thinking the name doesn’t appeal to you (or perhaps you’re thinking this is the most awesome branding ever), give it a go.
The Control Freak Diary
My diary really needs a day to a page. Each diary page needs to have structure and order but it also needs to have plenty of space for me to jot notes, ideas, information as well as random thoughts. My diary reflects the way I like to think and act: there needs to be structure but also flexiblity. The Control Freak diary gives me a perfect balance on structure and space on each daily page.
A point of difference in the Control Freak diary is that it’s a quarterly diary. Each month in the quarter has a full calendar, planning pages as well as the day-to-page diary. Breaking down goals for a year into quarters seems so much more achievable. Receiving a new diary, setting up the goals for the quarter and tracking them regularly is so much more productive (and fun!) than a regular ole annual diary. Ugh.
But that’s just the beginning. The diary is a planner too!
The Control Freak Planner
The Control Freak diary includes everything you need and what you might not know you wanted in a planner. There’s an index at the front to quickly access key pages. And, you’ll see from my photos, I add tabs to quickly locate regularly used pages.
What you can expect inside the Control Freak is:
- To-do list (monthly)
- Social media analysis (monthly)
- Social media content plan (monthly)
- SWOT analysis pages
- Quarterly goals
- Quarterly budget
- Wellness check
- Accountability check
- Current year calendar
- Next year calendar
- Meetings and scribbles pages
- Feedback and Control FREE zone
- + more
Get Your Freak On
I’m not much for ra-rah, manifesting and happy-clappy stuff. That might sound like I’m a tad dry, but I’m not. I’d prefer to consider myself focused, productive and organised. This approach to life gives me time to do other things that are important to me.
What I like about this diary / planner is there is a good balance of useful checks and balances for most personality types. Or, as they say in the diary: How to get freaky like a professional. The diary evolves quarterly as designers check back to the community for wish-list items for inclusion. The diary develops with the customer in mind, which really refines its structure and usefulness.
The girls at Control Freak also like to surprise and delight. From erasable pens, drawstring bags, mini-Freaks – you just never know what might turn up in your parcel.
And, one of the things I really love? Each quarter you choose from one of two cover designs. Each design is distinctly different and offers the option of a colour design or black and white design.
Do you use a paper diary or planner? Or do you prefer digital tools?
Perhaps a combination of both, like I do?