My life is ruled by an old-fashioned pen and paper list. Grocery lists ensure my get-in-and-out approach to shopping. To do lists give me a sense of accomplishment. I love crossing off each task with a firm stroke of the pen.
I’ve struggled the last few years to find a planner that fits the needs of our family and my schedule. From Franklin Planners to a $.99 notebook from Wal-Mart, I’ve given it a try. So, when this planner landed on my doorstep I couldn’t help but get excited.
Heart of the Farm planner is made just for me – a farmer’s wife, farm mom, volunteer, chef, chauffeur and ‘go’fer. In reality though, it is made for anyone searching for a way to sort her thoughts and feel organized, if not get organized.
Wire-bound, hardcover and large, this planner is not trying to slide into your purse or disappear on your desk. It’s purpose is to be present and helpful for whatever 2016 throws at you.
You’ll find the usual monthly dated calendar, weekly dated pages, notes pages and long-term planning sheets. Unique to this planner and perfect for a farm family are the monthly master task lists and priority pages which include sections for outdoor work, household jobs and farm and business activities.
Each month also includes a freezer inventory page and weekly menu planner. I don’t know about anyone else, but I’ll spend days preserving garden goodies, stick them in the freezer and promptly forget they are there. Nothing is more disheartening than cleaning out the freezer and discovering food stuffs no longer good to serve the family.
The section of the planner that speaks to me though is titled Field Meals. As you know my sister-in-law, mother-in-law and I share the task of feeding our harvest crew. Planning for, preparing and delivering those meals takes some effort and a lot of time. The field meals check-list maps out what to have on hand in order to meet everyone’s field meal needs. It is a week by week strategy designed to keep stress to a minimum when stress is at its height around the farm.
Peppered among the pages are beautiful pictures and inspirational quotes. When I flipped open the planner for the first time, the pages fell to the July tab. Emblazoned on a black background was, “You got this!” In July, with fair planning and preparations in full swing, I’m going to need that extra motivation.
Some people roll their eyes at my list-making. But I’ve found it helps keep me and my family on track. And as the Heart of the Farm planner states, “Make time for what matters most.”
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