How To Actually Use Your Planner
I’ve gotten this question a couple of times over the past 2 years and since we are heading into July I thought this would be the best time to break down the different things that you can do to ensure that you ACTUALLY use your planner.
Choose the planner that’s right for you: A lot of times we will look at the type of planner other people use and feel like we should use the same. Just because a planner works for someone else it doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you. There are different things that you need to consider when choosing a planner such as size, customizability, & style. The only way to see if a planner is the right fit is to experiment with different ones. Once you use a planner for a while you’ll discover what you like and don’t like.
Keep Your Planner Visible: If you take the time to plan your entire week or month and then put your planner on a shelf or in a drawer it makes the planning process pointless. Keep your planner visible and open. Put it in a place that you will be in every single day so as soon as you enter that space you can automatically refer to your planner. I like to keep my open on my desk in my office but you need to keep it in a place that will encourage you to use it consistently.
Set A Time When You Are Going To Plan: Plan when you are going to plan. If you don’t set a scheduled time for you to plan your upcoming day, week, or month, it will get away from you quickly. I have a set routine on Sunday in which I set up my upcoming week. And since it’s every Sunday at 3 pm, the routine ensures that I don’t forget.
Add all tasks to your planner: Many times we feel like it needs to be a big event or task in order to add it to our planners, but I have developed the routine for adding EVERYTHING to my planner. This allows me to use my planner to the fullest extent and not worry about making it “pretty”
If you want to see some additional tips on how to actually use your planner. Watch the full video on “How To Actually Use Your Planner”