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...]

How My Planning System Has Evolved

Planners

I’ve been using a planner since I got married, 33 years ago.  My first planner was simply a 3x5 week-at-a-glance calendar.  I really didn’t have much to write down so it worked fine.  And back then, there weren’t very many planner options that I was even aware of. I was at the office supply store one day for work and saw a 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 3-ring notebook.  The cover was red vinyl.  There were no … [Read more...]

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Franklin Planner Studio Planner

FC Studio Planner

  Franklin Planner recently introduced a new planner – the Studio Wire-Bound Weekly Planner with a start date of July 1, 2014.  This planner is a bit different than Franklin’s usual fare.  It’s designed for the person who wants to be organized but also wants room for inspiration and memories.  The Planner sells for $69.95 with a cover that can be customized in several different ways.  … [Read more...]

Why I Don’t Use My Planner as a Wallet

Planner and wallet

My daughter combined her planner and wallet a while back.  It’s working great for her.  I’ve read about other people who combine their planner and wallet.  I find it interesting but I’ve never been tempted to do it. Here’s why: I leave my planner out on my desk or my kitchen cabinet ALL the time.  I don’t want my personal information (driver’s license, debit card, credit cards) out, … [Read more...]