I remember when I was writing my post about the 2016 Stick to Stigu Planner I had thought my life was busy. And it was. Two children, two step-children. Wedding planning, holiday planning. Volunteering and blog life. Well, 2016 ended up being even busier! With the start of school for Little N, another baby on the way and working from home added to my ever growing schedule. The need to be organised is a priority, but so is the need to switch off for five minutes. And that's where the Stick to Stigu Planner comes in.
Many studies have shown that our brains are better at remembering things when we write them down, and for me this is so very true. The act of writing something down on paper seems to cement it in my mind a lot better than if I put a note in my phone, even with a reminder. I find it helpful to have something physical to look at, with a list of what I need to do, and it's satisfying to tick things off!
Stick to Stigu Planners are high-quality pad sized (240 x 200 x 13) paper-based planners, with a well-being twist. Yes, they are an annual planner, a to-do pad, a notebook and a diary, but they are also a guidebook on self-care. Stigu aims to get our lives organised and energised by encouraging you to make time for you and so each week there is a new "zest and rest" practice for you to try. There are also tips and quotes to help recharge and motivate us along with sweet and funny illustrations of Stigu, the little stick person that features throughout the planner.
As well as encouraging me to make more time for myself, one of the things I really love about this planner is that it has several columns on each weekly page. What I like to do is allocate a column for each of us, so I can see at a glance when an appointment is to do with me, or the boys, or school, or Ian, for example. It's not big enough to use for planning my work, so I do have a separate planner for that, but I can use the Stigu to add reminders about things I need to do such as Twitter chats or a particular deadline.
On the opposite page, where the "zest and rest" tips are, there is a big empty space, perfect for writing lists, thoughts, ideas and doodles or sticking post-it notes. And there are lots of blank pages at the back of the planner that can be used for anything really as well as a big pocket at the back for keeping receipts or other important notes.
By sticking to Stigu I'm looking forward to a more relaxed and organised 2017. Pop over to find out more about Stick to Stigu and see their new range of planners, notepads, sticker pads and even a new app!
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With thanks to Stick to Stigu for providing the planners to review and giveaway.