Welcome! I am Mary, the creator of Clarifilo. This site is dedicated to planning, organization, and living a life of intention. Since starting the site, my daughter and I were diagnosed with ADHD, so you’ll also read some frank comments about how I use planning and structure to manage some of the ways our brains work differently.
I could offer a few obvious descriptors: Woman. Wife. Mother of two – a teenage boy and “tween” girl. Full-time doctoral student and part-time researcher. Pet owner with a love for reading, notebooks, and salted caramels.
I used to be an elementary school teacher and now I’m working on my dissertation proposal. I hope to receive my Ph.D. before my son goes off to college. Tick tock!
To manage the various aspects of my life, I’m a paper and planning fiend. I harbor a techie side as well, so I rely on some apps that complement my paper system.
I tell my friends and colleagues, “If it’s not written down, it doesn’t exist.” My system is what works for me. You might find bits and pieces from my posts to be helpful. At the very least, you can learn from my mistakes!
I would love to be more artistic in how I use my planner, but for me – for now – it is all about function. What matters to me is: Is this helping me live the life I want to live or am I using my planner as a form of procrastination? I have to be mindful of the distinction.
Clarifilo is about finding a little clarity in life, one list at a time.