When most think of planners, they think of something to jot a quick note down in or record an upcoming appointment. Planning is so much more than that. The key to getting the most out of your planner is to really take the time to understand exactly what you need it for.
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What Do You Need to Plan?
The first step to using your planner successfully is to sit down and list all of the things you do on a daily basis. This could be your daily routines, weekly tasks and even aspects of your business that are note-worthy.
Planning Ideas for Home
Need some inspiration? Here’s a few ideas.
- Daily Tasks
- Special Events
- Cleaning Lists
- Menu Planning
- Health Tracker
- Water Intake
- Bill Reminders
- Medication Reminders
- Order Tracking
Planning Ideas for Business
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Whether you run an online business or a physical location, it’s valuable to track certain things as well. Here are a few ideas. These will work well for you if you’re a blogger, online shop owner, etc.
- Daily Tasks
- Blog Post Schedules
- Sale Days
- Content Sharing
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Types of Planners
The next step is to figure out what kind of planner will work best for your needs. After writing down your list, research what kind of planner you need. There are a bunch of different styles and types of planners out there so it is easy to get overwhelmed very quickly. The key is to stick to what your needs are.
Here are a few different types of planners based off of various needs one may have, but they can all be used for both business and personal planning.
A life planner is basically a planner than can be used for a multitude of different things. You can use it for your home planning or for your business. Life planners are also great if you want to plan both at the same time.
I highly recommend planners from Erin Condren because they are extremely well made. They also have a variety of planner style options to suit your needs.
I have used the Erin Condren Hourly Life Planner in the past and would say it works great for anyone who needs to time-block their plans. This year, I am using the Print Pression Weeks planner. You can read why I chose the Print Pression Weeks planner and my review of the Print Pression Weeks planner after using it for one month.
Bullet journaling is great if you’re into making lists. While bullet journaling requires a more creative approach, it is great if you’re looking for a completely custom planner. You can create pages in your bullet journal specifically for each task such as a page for gratitude that you use throughout the month, a custom habit tracker so you can write and track what you need and the ability to have full pages for brain dumps and ideas.
A bullet journal has many other uses as well. It’s is a great way to reduce stress. Sometimes, writing down your thoughts, fears and troubles are all you need to keep your productivity and creativity going.
The traveler’s notebook is almost the same as the bullet journal, but it’s slightly different. With a traveler’s notebook, you can keep separate books for each topic. This style of planning is perfect for those looking for a more organized approach to planning.
Tips To Using Your Planner
Now that you’ve figured out what you need to plan and what type of planner to use, here are some tips when using your planner.
Color code each topic you plan to track in your planner with a different color, decorate pages with brush markers to make the pages seem more personal to make you want to utilize them more, use stickers to make special events and important appointments pop off the page (You’ll notice them more!) and block out time with washi tape.
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The whole point of planning is to be more productive and to stay organized. You can be as fancy or as simple as you want. Whether you choose to add stickers or color code, making it work for you is the ultimate goal. The key is to try new things to boost workflow. There’s really nothing better than to be able to check something off! ?
I hope that these tips to getting the most out of your planner will help! Do you have any suggestions? Share them in the comments below!