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Planners are more popular than ever before. They’re SO much more than an ordinary calendar! Using one is the absolute best way to stay organized, especially when you’re super busy. For full disclosure, I have been using the Erin Condren Life Planner for several years. (Feel free to use my link for a discount on your first purchase. You get $10 to use on your planner, and I get a credit too!) Keep reading, to learn five great ways to make your planner work for you.
Use One Planner
Some people use two different planners, one for home and one for work. It’s typically much easier to combine the two. Simply create a color code system to differentiate between personal and business-related entries.
Create Extra Space With Post-Its
Chances are, there will be times that you run out of space on your daily calendar pages. Post-It notes to the inexpensive rescue! Available in lots of colors and sizes, not only do they provide extra writing room, they jazz up your planner too. In addition to Post-Its, try washi tape. I love using washi to add color and break things up in my week.
Avoid One Word Notations
Try to avoid one word notations when you’re adding new information to your planner. Remember, action verbs are your friend. For example, it’s much easier to remember to call someone when you write “call” before that person’s name. Writing the name alone doesn’t give you any indication of why you added it in the first place.
Keep Your Planner Within Reach
What’s the point of taking the time to maintain a planner, if you don’t have easy access to it? Make it a point to take it with you, every time you leave the house. You never know when you’ll need to schedule an appointment or jot down a future event. Seriously, you won’t regret it!
Review the Upcoming Week
Stay ahead of things, to the best of your ability, by taking a few minutes to review your schedule for the upcoming week. If you haven’t already done so, highlight the things that are most important.
These are just five (of several) ways to make your planner work for you. If you’re new to the whole “planner experience,” I can almost guarantee you’ll wonder how you ever got along without one!