Meet my newest obsession- Блокнот счастливой хозяйки, которая все успевает.
Let’s just start right there with the title. Planner for the Happy Housewife Who Manages to Get It All Done. It’s gloriously cheesy and ambitious. What’s not to love?
This planner is from a bookstore in Nizhny Novgorod, although you may also be able to get it online here. In the bookstore, it only cost 317 rubles. That’s about $5.25 USD, which is a score in planner pricing. My 2017 work planner is similar in size and scope, and it was $50 USD (but factoring in the price of the plane ticket, I guess it’s still cheaper.)
The creator is a young woman named Ирина Соковых. She lives in Елец, Россия with her husband + daughter and has a YouTube channel about being a счастливая хозяйка. In the video below, Irina talks you through her planner…
Why do I like this planner so much?
In addition to all the Russian inside it (ура!!), it’s well-designed. There is a page for everything. Everything! Blank pages, graphs, lists, boxes, you name it. It’s almost has as many possibilities as the uncalendar.
If you’re into cute little drawings, this is made for you. Lots of artwork is scattered throughout the planner. There are even massive two-page drawings showing a carefree fairy mopping floors and tidying up her little house. These pages are called чудесные “релакс-странички”. I’ll probably cover those up with various stickers and lists throughout the year, but the cats and jars will definitely stay.
It’s got all the planner elements you could ever dream up…
The big picture stuff:
Yearly review + next year’s plans:
Lots of pages in the back for lists and notes:
It also has charts for tracking income, expenses, etc.
I’ve used Russian language planners in the past (will put a link here soon), but they were always business ones. Good, but dry. This planner has so many more parts to read, even when it’s just mundane advice.
This planner also follows the important / urgent matrix.
I’m hoping that seeing all this Russian every day will make the language stick in my mind. The next step is to stop using English when writing in the planner.
Most of these photos are from 2016, when my planner was still blank, but it’s filling up slowly. If you’d like to see how other people are using planners in Russian, take a look at:
Do you write to-do lists to yourself in Russian?
How do you make the language a part of your daily life?