We are almost stepping into the last quarter of the year and it's almost time to shop for new planners again. Almost.
But wait, how many planners have you used to the end? Or rather, how many have you changed before the year reaches June?
It's all about planning your planner with a goal in mind.
Have you ever written stuffs down on your planner but forget to look at them or even forget that they existed?
Here, we'll share a few tips on how to make the best use of the planner you have in hand, or to prepare for your next planner.
Before Getting Your New Planner
Decide what type of planners work best for you
Do you prefer bullet journals? Do you like to write a lot on your daily planner? What size of planners are you comfortable with, in terms of space and portability?
Be vigilant about using the right type of planner that works for you, for instance, refrain from using bullet planners if they confuses you and if they don't relate to you. You might not enjoy jotting down in point form.
Once You Have Got Your Planner
Decide how you want to use your planner
Do you want to include everything in your planner including your life goals, bucket list, future goals, etc? Do you want to include other areas of your life in your planner such as your business list, or your inspirational quotes in the same planner? Or do you want to just focus on your activities for one year?
If you have a bullet planner, a monthly overview, a weekly planner and a daily planner, it will make your life difficult when you have to update all the different sections with the same activities. It will only add more tasks to your day and frustrations if you have to take more time to arrange and rearrange them.
Map out your planner content on a draft first
Set aside some time to plan how you want your planner to be arranged.
Otherwise your planner will look messy and dirty, which will prompt you to change a new one perhaps even before the new year starts.
Sort your planner according to your preference
There are several ways you can sort your planner out to achieve the best efficiency when you use them.
For instance, you could sort by your favourite colour and add stickers or tags to mark important pages, or sort by importance or functionality.
Use and record only what you need
It's tempting to want to include everything we want in our planner, especially when we try to make it all-in-one with our life, career, health goals, motivational quotes, pictures, etc in there. However, it may make your planner bulky and heavy.
Decide what you want to keep in your planner and see if you could keep the rest in a separate booklet or file that you can refer to occasionally.
So there you have it, planning your planner with a plan in mind.
Planners are great with they are beautiful and new. Beautiful planners motivate us to write nicer and jot down more great memories. However, it is also about being effective and efficient when we can get the best out of our planners as they are meant to make our live easier as well.
Corrine writes and coaches at L3 Hub, where she inspires and motivates girls and women to live true to themselves with self-confidence and self-leadership. She is also passionate about achieving success through goal setting and proper planning with the maximum effectiveness and efficiency. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at the L3 Hub Facebook Page.