Whether you’re currently in college, are balancing numerous family schedules, or simply need something to help you keep track of your days, a great calendar or planner is a crucial tool for staying on top of your time!
But, that doesn’t necessary mean it’s easy. I get it — managing to keep your planner organized can start to feel like just another task on your never-ending to-do list. And, I won’t argue. Staying on top of your planner organization can definitely take some work. But, it doesn’t need to be an overwhelming or insanely time-consuming process. Here are four hints for maintaining an organized planner — without feeling like you have another part-time job.
1. Be Diligent
I know plenty of people who have planners and organizers, but never end up actually using them. In order to maintain effective organization, it’s important to be diligent about jotting down important appointments and reminders. Make an effort to enter meetings and notes right as they come up to avoid having a planner that remains empty and just sits idly by. After all, what good is a planner if there’s nothing written in it?
2. Schedule “Update” Time
Of course, constantly being on top of appointments and schedule changes can be difficult. And, there will undoubtedly be times when you simply don’t have time to make updates as they occur. So, set aside some time each week when you can sit down and spend some time with your planner. Enter any reminders that haven’t been added to your planner yet. Cross out any cancellations. Get a good handle on your upcoming weeks. Not only will this keep your planner organized, but it will also help you feel stress-free and in control!
3. Color Code
If you want to be able to just take a quick glance at your planner and get a handle on what you have coming up, color coding is key. Use colored pens (or text colors if you’re using a digital planner!) in order to differentiate between different things. Perhaps all business meetings will be blue and all deadlines will be in red. It seems like a minuscule detail, but it will really make a difference in the effectiveness of your planner!
4. Eliminate Loose Papers
I know it can be tempting to treat your planner as a catchall for all of your random documents and loose pieces of mail. But, do your best to avoid cramming assorted papers into your planner. This serves only to clutter your system — and make it difficult to read! So, handle all of this loose paper clutter right away. Or, if you can’t manage to stay on top if it, set a simple paper tray on your kitchen counter that you can sift through when you have time. At least you won’t be carrying it all with you — and risk losing it!
Maintaining a detailed and organized planner is crucial for great time management and an organized approach to your weeks. But, managing the planner can be a challenge itself. Put these tips to work to have the perfect planner, and a brand new attitude!
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