If I had to pick one thing that keeps me more organized than anything else, it is my day planner. It holds my schedule, my yearly and monthly goals, and all my important reminders. I want to share with you how I set up a day planner to keep me organized. Step One: Choose Your Planner
Picking a planner that will work for you is the number one most important step. Here are some things to consider.
- monthly view vs a weekly view vs both
- more writing space
- a spot for goals
- a yearly overview
- Note Section
I have this one and you will see it in the pictures. It begins in January and runs through December but it does have bonus pages for a few months prior to the start of the year. I have loved this one in the past and used it for 2016/2017. My only issue is that it begins in July and I like to start fresh with a new calendar in January.
Step Two: Gather Your Equipment
I use the washi tape to draw attention to important days or stretches of time that have something going on like school vacation weeks or birthdays.
Step Three: Color Code
The colored pens are great for color coding topics. I keep a little color key on the inside flap to remind me of which color is for what. It helps me see, at a glance, what I have going on each day by “category.”
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Step Four: Block out Time
I use the washi tape to block out days for things like vacations, things I don’t want to forget (like birthdays,) or days when I have something going on and can’t schedule anything else-black out dates, if you will.
Step Five: Goals
The “Notes” section in the back of the planner is a great place to write your yearly goals. I like to use my yearly goals as a place for larger overviews and then use more specific, actionable ideas in my monthly and weekly views.
For instance, in my yearly goals I would write “Eat Healthier.” In my monthly goals for, say, January, I would write “Add 3 servings of vegetables into my diet each day.” For that month, that is what I am working on to achieve that yearly goal. Use the “Notes” section on each monthly view to write your goals for each month.
Step Six: Use Your Weekly Pages
Your weekly pages give you plenty of room for daily to do lists, scheduling time to meet your goals and any notes you want to make.
Step 7: The Most IMPORTANT
Open your planner every day! If you write all this important stuff in it and never go back to it, it is absolutely, 1000% USELESS!
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