My Life Matters planner: review and giveaway

2 March 2011

I have trouble remembering to take my vitamins and calcium supplements. And at the moment, I’m having trouble integrating daily exercise into my schedule.

I think that’s why the My Life Matters planner appeals to me so much. It’s designed to allow women to pursue balance: there’s space to plan and note all aspects of your life: mental and emotional well being, physical health, spiritual well being, relationships, finances, work, life dreams, and passion.

I had the pleasure of meeting one of the creators of the My Life Matters planner, Laura Thake at a NAPO St. Louis meeting. When she showed me her beautiful planner, I told her I thought my blog readers would love it. So she sent me one so I could explore it a little bit more. And she offered to send one to one lucky blog reader.

Here’s a picture of the cover (from the My Life Matters website):

You can get complete information about the planner at its website, but I’ll list a few things here that I really like about it:

  • It’s beautiful. The graphic design is lovely without being overpowering
  • There’s a month-at-a-glance page for each month so you can get a birds-eye view of the month’s appointments
  • There are three pages for each week: a two-page spread covering Monday through Friday and an additional page for the weekend
  • On these weekly pages, each day has a checkoff area for health and well-being, where you can check if you’ve taken your medicines and vitamins, if you’ve eaten your daily amount of healthy foods, and write down what your workout was (or will be, if you use it for planning)
  • The page opposite the weekend page has blank space for each day of the week, giving you lots of empty space to write, which you can use for planning purposes or as a journal of what’s happened
  • Each month has a page devoted to the month’s goals and reflections on the accomplishments of the prior month
  • Each month also has a lined page for journaling about the coming month
  • Each month has two pages devoted to budget and expenses
  • It comes with a photo pocket so you can carry a photo of a loved one with you wherever you take the planner
  • It comes with lots of instructions and also permission to use it just how you want to

Since each month is 25 pages, it feels very expansive. The designers have cleverly divided the planner in half: January to June is bound together (it has spiral binding) and July to December is a separate volume. If all twelve months were bound together it would be a so thick and heavy you’d never want to take with you.


Laura at My Life Matters has offered to send a six-month planner (January-June 2011) to one lucky reader of my blog. To enter, just make a comment below and/or tweet about the giveaway. (Be sure and put my twitter handle, @janinea, in the tweet, so I’ll see it.) If you comment and tweet, you’ll get two entries.

A winner will be selected at random on Tuesday morning (March 8). I’m sorry, but the giveaway is open to people in the U.S. and Canada only. I’m making that stipulation so that My Life Matters doesn’t have to pay for overseas shipping.

If you’re looking for a paper planner that helps you keep track of all aspects of your (and feel good about yourself!), this is definitely worth checking out. The website is loaded with photos of pages and possible ways to use them.

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You got me at the first line: “ I have trouble remembering to take my vitamins and calcium supplements”. I, too, am still having trouble integrating exercise into my life. Since I like to write things down and see my notes in a book, this is appealing to me. It would be interesting to check it out.

Marita Perlak 03/02/2011 11:01 AM

Do they have something that can add organization to your genes? I am still working on my filing system. Thanks for your help. Karen

Karen Boucher 03/02/2011 01:45 PM

This is the planner I’ve been dreaming of! I’ve tried to keep track of some of this stuff in regular planners, diaries or plain old lists, but they never really work that well.

Thanks for sharing this Janine and Laura.

Shannon Wilkinson 03/02/2011 08:51 PM

I am a single “Mom/Nana”…what I mean by that is I have adopted my granddaughter ~ I have had her since birth. She is now 3 years old. She is just about the best thing that ever happened to me. She also has autism. She has LOTS of appointments with OT, Behavior Specialist. Lots of things I have to keep track of. Plus I have to keep track of things that happen with her.. things that “set her off” things like that.. I have papers here and there.. Trying to keep track of everything sometimes seems so overwhelming! I have wanted one of these but not been able to afford one at the present time.

Lisa 03/03/2011 09:12 PM

Hello Janine and everyone,

Thank you all for your interest in the My Life Matters planner in 2011. I dropped by to let you know for 2012 we are going to be selling a full-year download for $12.95 (no pre-printed edition, unfortunately).

2012 is a PDF file you download then print yourself and carry in your own binder. It will be available to purchase in time for Christmas. I’ve just put up a “reserve my copy” form here if anyone’s interested:

Bobette Kyle (Co-Owner)

Bobette Kyle 12/09/2011 12:23 PM

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