As a full time worker, business owner and student, it’s fair to say that my life is HECTIC. I often wonder how I coped with life before I kept a planner. I haven’t always been a planner enthusiast, it was only a couple of years ago that I started to research planners on the internet and become obsessed with all things stationery . Since then my life has changed.
Now I never leave home without my planner. I literally use it for everything – keeping track of appointments, meal planning, habit tracking, finances… I could go on.
By integrating a planner into my daily life I finally feel that I am in more control of my life than I ever have before. That’s why I wanted to share these tips with you to help you take charge of your own life too:
DIVIDE YOUR PLANNER INTO SECTIONS
Think about what categories to include in your planner. The most important section to have is your monthly planner. Seeing your entire month in one place can give you the confidence to say NO to focus on other responsibilities, as well as enabling you to see where the majority of your time is being spent. By adding other sections to your planner you’re telling yourself that these are important areas in your daily life that you want to track and be in control of. My planner is split into five sections – monthly planner, finances, household, productivity and miscellaneous (this includes my contacts, to-do lists, goals and space for annual planners such as Christmas planners).
GET INTO THE HABIT OF REVIEWING YOUR PLANNER DAILY
Make sure that you dedicate a small amount of time each day to review your planner. Add adding appointments as you schedule them and cross off tasks on your to-do list as you complete them. Leave it every month or so then it’s guaranteed that you will forget something.
CREATE A TO-DO LIST
This can be as simple or complex as you like. I like to keep two master-do lists – personal and business. I keep some lined notepaper in my planner as a ‘brain dump’ as I think of things I need to do throughout the day.In the evening I will then review my notes and add any important tasks to my master to-do list with a due date next to it.
TIP: Save time and don’t add the obvious tasks to your to-do list like shower and making lunch. This will only clutter your list and make it seem overwhelming – stick to the important tasks.
BUDGET FOR THE MONTH
The start of the month is the best time to budget, once you’ve been paid. Use your online banking to see what bills you have that month and your monthly planner to see what plans you have. The leftover money can be used for savings or paying off debts. I must say that budgeting has been my greatest improvement since using my planner – I’m on top of my finances and can see where my money is being spent each month, giving my much more control over my spending.
You can purchase a budget planner in the shop to help you keep on top of your finances – here.
SET YOURSELF GOALS
Break down your annual goal into smaller goals and add to an action plan with deadlines. This will make your desired result seem more attainable and less daunting. For example as I’ve just started this blog, my goal is to reach 500+ daily readers by the end of the year (2-3 months time). I’ve broken this down into small achievable goals such as writing at least 3 blog posts a week and posting to social media each day.
Write down your goals on post-it notes and stick them around your desk or write them on the first page of your planner. Making your goals visible can remind and motivate you to keep working towards that end goal!
I’d love to hear whether these tips work for you! Feel free to email me or tag me on social media to get me know how you’re progressing.