I wanted to share this organizing tool in January, but I never got around to it; now that I’ve used it for most of the year I am even more pleased and thankful that a couple of homeschooling mothers designed such a resource for the Orthodox homemaker.
It is a large spiral calendar/planner with plenty of space for writing in each day’s box, plus sidebar spaces for menus, intercessions, and notes. The creators have a more specialized homeschool planner as well.
Each week, month, and fasting period has a double-page spread, as does Holy Week. Even the whole year, with the Twelve Great Feasts on the sidebar, has its two-page spread, “2020 at a Glance.” Fasting days are listed, many saints’ days, readings according to the new calendar, and quotes pertaining to the Christian life.
I remember when the first planners like Day Runner were popular — was that in the 90’s? I had seven people to organize, feed, and keep track of, and I tried to use various systems, all of which required shrinking my handwriting down to fit on small pages. In those years I eventually learned about myself that I can’t think if I am writing small. One thing I love about this planner is the size, and the way I can get a wide analog view of a week or a larger period of time.
In the last year or two I’ve also used my phone to help me remember things, and I will often type things into one or another app when I am away from home, but then I have to copy the name or date, etc on to paper soon, if it is going to do me any good.
This planner will perhaps appeal to very few of my readers, and probably those have already seen it. But to the theoretical Someone: The publisher is Parousia, and this would be a good time to consider it for 2021. You can see pictures of the creators of this resource on the website. A big THANK YOU! to Natalia and Maria!
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I too operate more efficiently when I write things down on paper, so a good planner is essential.
Seems very useful. I tend to do better with paper and pen than with electronic planners. Have a great week.
What a beautiful and helpful book! I love that quote about humility.
What a good idea. I like that there is plenty of room to write. I have paper-and-pen for that too — not online. Although these days, there isn’t much in it!
I saw the title of your blog yesterday but didn’t read it until today, so in the meantime I wondered what child you know was planning something for church…
Oh, you mean a “planner.” I used to rely heavily on “week at a glance” type date books but now something the size of a checkbook suffices.
I’d love something like this but in a “personal” sized planner. (3.5 x 6”)
I have great memories of Ansel Adams spiral-bound planners that I used to buy each year. But probably in the last 5 or so, I’ve succumbed to electronic calendars since work and family calendars are hard to do on paper. But the beauty of this specialized one has many useful features that you’ve mentioned. So glad you are finding it helpful!