Back to school means back to planners. Planners are what keep families and individuals sane during the school year. It’s where we keep dates, deadlines, meetings and ideas. With ADHD, having a great planner is a must. When I work with families, one of my first ways to make a difference is to recommend a planner. In one family I work with, all the members know the value and are excited about using their planners. Here’s the story of one ADHD family, five planners.
Mom’s traditional planner
Mom uses a traditional, month at a glance calendar. She is working 2 part time out of the home jobs and her “family manager” mom job. Mom loves to quilt and is a member of a quilt guild too. Her calendar keeps her on track with where she should be on what day. Mom like the month at a glance view to keep from being overwhelmed.
Big sister’s creative calendar
Big sister is starting an advanced degree. Her schedule includes a part time job and part time school. Big sister’s calendar is customized for her routines, like cleaning her apartment, and self care, like hydration. Big sister has a combination, daily, weekly and monthly calendar system bound together in a spiral. She loves that all her priorities are in one place.
Little sister’s Agendio planner
Little sister is starting her final college years, works a busy part time job and attends college full time. She found a daily planner overwhelming and uses a template in Agendio to create a weekly/monthly planner. She keeps her syllabus in her planner, as we as uses time blocking to keep up with her schedule.
Little brother Academic Planner
Little brother is beginning college. While not a big fan of planners, Little sister has highy recommended this as a crticial element for colleg success. Little brother uses order out of chaos academic planner because it’s big blocks to enter information.
Dad and his digital planner
Dad keeps all his information digitally. He views it at wor on Outlook and checks his phone at home.
The big take away from this family is: Use a planner that works for you and be productive!