So we are in the midst of half term now at The Ana Mum Diary house. We were all really ready for the break, like most families, we’ve been juggling lots of balls, and I may have dropped a few this term. The last few days of the half term, were a struggle for all of us to stay motivated, and tiredness definitely had taken a firm grip on the household.
So this half term, I made plans for leisurely mornings, and hopefully a few lie ins, evenings chilling out together doing things that we all liked to do. These would be woven expertly in between visiting family, friends, two sleepovers, and a coffee or two with friends. We also planned a trip to the the library, cinema and a visit to the local art gallery. As much as we like to chill during half term, and slow down, my girls still like to do lots of things too.
So with our busy schedule, I was delighted when I was asked to review a new organisational tool. A desktop diary, which enables me to write to do lists (where would we be without lists) notes, add things we are doing onto the calender. There is also a really cool feature, and that is useful I think for parents and people who work at home alike, a storage facility for documents.
As I started to add things into the Journl for the week, it was visually really obvious that I needed to double up a couple of things, otherwise I wasn’t going to be able to fit them in.
So I thought I would share with you some images from one of those busy days and what we got up to :
We headed to the Nottingham Contemporary, to see the new exhibits. Its an amazing local art gallery, that has fun activities for the children to be involved in during half term, as well as a fantastic cafe.
We got all of our shopping sorted! We had quite a few things on our list we needed to get, so this worked out perfectly, as we were in town anyway. I also didn’t need to remember what was on my list, as I had all of the shopping list already as I had downloaded the Journl app.
We did make sure we had time for tea and cake though at cake o’clock!
Well we needed to have a little bit of a rest, and we couldn’t resist the peanut butter, banana and chocolate chip cake!
A real fun filled day!
Thanks to the fact there is a free app with Journl, I was able to add to and amend things, as well as mark when I bought that were on my shopping list throughout the day on my phone. Lets face it, its much less bulky than having to carry a notebook or filofax around, and we all would naturally have our mobile anyway.
My Overall thoughts on Journl
I think once you are in the habit of using it, Journl is an incredibly useful tool. I love that it had everything I would use all together, so making me more likely to use it on a day to day basis. It’s very customisable, I added a section on the calender for everyone in the family, including the dog and when I looked at the calender, I could see what everyone was doing. It was colour coded too, so very easy to see at a glance! The real USP for me though was that it was all those things and had storage for important documents and you could even upload photographs.
Price : 4.99 per month for one user or £39 a year.
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