A Datebook Can Change Your Life

This month, I found a really cool way to connect with other bloggers from all over and I couldn’t be more excited. The B Bar announced it would begin hosting blog link ups on its blog, The Well, by posing a question each month and inviting fellow bloggers to write a post and share their link to be include on other participating blogs.

January’s question:

What did you purchase in the past yearΒ that became invaluable to you?

I like to think of myself as an organized person. I keep track of everything and, even if my spaces look messy or cluttered to everyone else, I know where everything is. As organized as I may be, I never had luck when looking for a datebook. Until I found this one:
IMG_0685This is an Arc notebook from M by Staples. I happened upon it early last year while wandering through Staples looking for things to reoutfit my home office. Not only do I love the cover (and the fact that it came with a few others I could choose from), but I love that the notebook is entirely customizable. Every other datebook I had tried before had something I didn’t like about it – the calendar boxes weren’t big enough, the book was too big for my purse, it was too bulky, the note pages were no good, etc.

The Arc notebook has a variety of pages and pockets. I chose the calendar pages, note pages, project outlines and to do pages – things I had been looking to find in a datebook for a long time. The other nice thing about the Arc system is that you can add your own pages with anything that you might need with a special punch that cuts the pages to fit the Arc discs. Unlike other datebooks, you can use this book year after year by switching out the pages.

What product has become invaluable to you? Check out some other favorites below!

Other blogs participating in January’s link up!

The B Bar Girl in Betsey Glitter & Bow Pretty Much
White Cabana Healthfully Ever After Boulevard House Always Craving
Southern Charm & Prints Perfect Enough For Us Modish & Main Alessandra Marie
Jenn Inspired Luv in the Bubble A Little Leopard All the Pretty Stars
York Avenue PR Blonde Alyssa J. Freitas A Loyal Love
The College Prepster Burlap & Lace Brunch on Chestnut Average Girl’s Guide
The Yuppie Files Cassandra Monroe Always Anita Life Modifier
Business Betties Cake & Lilies Little Wild Heart The Not Quite Adult
Annie Reeves Rossetto Lemon Stripes Meg Biram
Victoria McGinley

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    Jordana @WhiteCabana
    January 21, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Huh – I’ve never seen a datebook like this before. Thanks for the introduction. I’m certainly an agenda-using girl, but I often opt for something quite small (and then pair it with a larger notebook like a Moleskine).

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      January 21, 2015 at 9:41 am

      I actually have this notebook in 2 sizes: The large one is the one pictured and there’s a half-size one too, that’s the size of a typical agenda!

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    Annie Reeves
    January 21, 2015 at 8:10 am

    A good planner is everything!! Mine has already made the biggest difference this year. I totally agree – customizable is really important. Love finding your blog through the linkup! xo

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    Jess Zimlich
    January 21, 2015 at 11:26 am

    I literally can’t function without my planner! If it doesn’t get written down, it just isn’t happening πŸ™‚

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    January 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    It’s funny, even though I have my work, meetings and appointments in Google Calendar, I’m still so attached to my physical planner! There’s something about writing it down that just feels so much more concrete. πŸ™‚

    Always, Anita

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    kate // always craving //
    January 21, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    yess, a good planner helps so much! i *think* i found mine this year, but may be too soon to tell. will have to check this out if it doesn’t work!

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    January 21, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    There’s something about physically writing things down that makes such a difference to me. Whether it’s in a planner or a to do list, I can’t function without it!

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    Renay Howey
    January 21, 2015 at 11:18 pm

    Reusable is always a plus! I’ve seen those date books but never really checked them out. They sound great though, and how cool is it that you can add whatever pages you want just by using a special punch? I love it! I’m hoping that the new date book I got for this year will prove to be pretty great, but it’s not reusable…

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