Organisation is not something that comes naturally to me. I look at Pinterest accounts of people with perfect bullet journals, schedules they stick to and houses so clean they gleam, and then shrink back into my own life and wipe away the crumbs and stare at unfolded laundry. Every year I resolve that this year is to be the year of organisation. I download the apps. The lists get written. I even manage to keep a handle on the laundry for oh, about a week. I do find writing things down tends to help with this, so I was thrilled to receive a Busy B Busy Life Diary in the post last week to help me get on top of my resolution.
The Busy B Busy Life Diary 2018 comes in two styles. The one I’ve been using is the Contemporary Style. The other option is the “Pretty” style and is a gorgeous lilac affair. They always manage to get the colours just right.
The Busy B Busy Life Diary helps me to lay out my life, a week at a time, but for much more than others do. For one, it gives me two sections for each week; one I designate as my personal diary, the other is for blog and freelance related stuff. We’ve got a busy couple of weeks ahead, as the purchase of our house is at the very finishing stages, so it’ll definitely be looking a whole lot more worn out as the weeks go on.
It’s living in my handbag and the handy pen holder means that I’ve got one stashed with me at all times. It’s not yet become home to piles of paper – hopefully this will continue. At A5 it’s a decent size to actually fit everything into, but not so big to be awkward to carry. When you’re a busy mum, space is at a premium, and anything too bulky or heavy gets the toss out of my bag.
As well as the two page spread for each week, every three months there is a useful pocket for storing bits and bobs. Handy for stashing notes and receipts until I find the proper place to put them. Because I’m definitely working on that this year. Ahem.
Like the 2017 diary, as well as the double-page-per-week layout, it’s also got a great grid layout for each month for longer-term planning which is great for things like working out work shifts, holidays etc.
The Busy B Busy Life Diary retails for £10.99 on the Busy B Website. If you’re looking for it elsewhere they’re on Amazon for £10.43 and numerous other bookshops. I’m already eyeing up a few other products on their website, especially the sticky notes and perhaps some other notebook bits and pieces. I think it’d make a fantastic gift, and an even better start to your own New Year if like me you’re vowing to get more organised but have yet to make it happen two weeks into the New Year. If you’re in the UK, purchases above £15 have free delivery. This isn’t the case outside of the UK, so I’d be inclined to get them sent to something like Parcel Motel or Parcel Wizard to save your savings instead.
If you love the idea of the Busy B Busy Life Diary, you can win one. They’ve very kindly given me one to give away to one of my readers. So – to win the big prize:
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