A Tale of Three Planners

threeplanz

No, they aren’t all mine, although I do often sit on the couch with three planners on my lap (personal, compact and classic) trying to decide which one to use.  But in this case, that’s not what I’m talking about.  What I’m talking about is how three different people use the same planner but in completely different ways.  Take a look: Rachel Rachel is my daughter.  She’s married and expecting … [Read more...]

How I Use My Planner for Motivation

Planner for Motivation

Motivation is something I struggle with regularly – especially in regard to homemaking tasks.  You might assume, since I have this blog, that I like homemaking and don’t have any trouble getting homemaking tasks done.  But you would be wrong. I like having a clean, peaceful home but I don’t necessarily love doing the tasks that make it that way.  Homemaking tasks tend to be repetitive and … [Read more...]

My Planner Works Well When I . . .

Planner Page

Have you ever noticed that sometimes your planner works extremely well and other times it doesn’t work at all?  There’s a reason for that.  Actually, for me, there are 8 reasons. 1.       Having it open and convenient.  If my planner is closed, in another room, trapped in my purse or buried under a pile of papers, I won’t use it.  For me, having it open and available is the biggest key to using … [Read more...]

9 Random Tips for Getting More Out of Your Planner

Planner Tips

1.       Subdivide your to-do list.  Physically divide it into two or three sections to match your life.  For example: Morning, Afternoon, Evening Work, Home, Menu Priorities, Blog, Home Subdividing your list keeps you from having to sort through the list to find the appropriate tasks for what you’re focusing on now. 2.       Color code your notes – but not necessarily … [Read more...]

How to Choose a Planner (or switch planners)

How to Choose a Planner

Once you decide you need a planner, things can get VERY complicated because there are SO many to choose from.  Back when I purchased my first planner, a Franklin Covey Compact, there weren’t very many choices and that made it a lot easier.  But now . . . WOW!  And if you don’t like what’s available to purchase, you can make your own.  Can you say overwhelming? You might think the first thing … [Read more...]

How to Save Your Day When Schedule Changes Overwhelm You

Filofax

Have you ever had one of those days where you woke up with a plan – and it was actually a GOOD plan – but then one small thing changed and it threw the whole plan into disarray? I don’t know if it’s an ADHD thing or not, but sometimes when that happens to me I have a really hard time regrouping.  Sometimes I can go with the flow without any trouble, but other times, changes paralyze me.  … [Read more...]

How to Use Your Daily Planner for Blogging

Filofax Malden

  If you’re not a blogger, you may not be interested in this post.  However, the post still could be helpful for providing ideas about how to incorporate other activities/hobbies into your daily to-do list and planner without having to set up a separate book. I’ve been blogging for 3-1/2 years now.  When I first started, I set up an 8-1/2x11 notebook and filled it with all kinds of … [Read more...]