How to get The Most out of Your Planner

HI guys! Planners are my thing recently and it’s a really great tool to get organize. I use a paper planner called Create 365 The Happy Planner by me & my BIG ideas, they are my favorite!

Using a planner is a really great tool to get your life on track. I love using them and I use a couple. My post, How to Organize Your Life for The New Year talks about what to do to start organizing your life using a planner.

In order for you to want to use your planner regularly, the first thing to do is decide on what planner you will be using. Paper or electronic? You need to buy and use a planner you love. Having one you love will encourage you to use it more and more. For my personal use, the most effective for me is using a paper planner. I like to write everything down and I enjoy decorating it however I like.

If you’re new to the world of planners or simply need some advice for making yours more effective.. below are some ways to get your life (and planner) together. Let’s get started. 😍

 

 

Be Consistent

Being consistent is probably the most important thing to do. Our biggest mistake when using a planner is not being consistent. A planner can only work if you continuously update it. I like to set up my planner every Sunday and finish it up on Monday and write down any plans/goals for the week. What gets scheduled, gets done! 

Take it to Go

Taking my planner to go is a must! From my experience, it has helped a lot. Having your planner with you at all times will eliminate you forgetting important things. Whether you have errands or things to buy, you will never forget what needs to be done. I carry my planner with me in my purse anywhere and everywhere. It’s basically always with me.

Fill Your Planner

Start writing and fill up your planner with everything and anything you wish to plan. Dates, goals and appointments are some of the things I have in mine. It really helps to fill my planner with whatever I need, to help me keep on track, to not forget anything.

Use a Good Pen

Plain + simple. You really just need a good pen in order to really engage in your planner. You want it to be easy to read and having a good pen really helps. I like to stick to one color, black, to make it have a clean look. It really is your choice, I know a few people who loves to fill their planner with other colors.. that is completely up to you!

Make Time to Plan

I love making time to plan. Take ten minutes or thirty to get this done. I do mine once a week for my weekly goals and every month for my big goals for the month. You really need to make time to plan in order to get the most out of your planner. Take your time and make a list of things you want to happen or to simply just keep track of something.

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There you have it guys, those are some ways I do to get my life (and planner) together. What do you do? Leave me a comment and let me know! Have a good day! 🙂

Amy. xx

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How to Organize Your Life for the New Year!

Hey guys! It’s the start of a New Year and it’s the perfect time to get organize. I like being organize because it’s always a good idea to have a system in place that works for you. So if you guys are interested, I have picked up a few tips on how to get started. Let’s go!

 

GET A PLANNER

In order to start organizing your life you will need to invest in a planner, paper or electronic, that you love.. something that will work for you. There are so many options. My personal favorite, Create 365 The Happy Planner by me & my BIG ideas, is a paper planner. I really like their planners a lot and this is the second year I have been using it. Their designs get better every year and they are super cute. The format is fantastic and it’s affordable! The sizes varies depending on your style. I’ve used the mini planners in the past but have upgraded to a classic/medium, they are great! So worth it.

SET YOUR GOALS

For this step, you will need to think on a larger scale. What do you want to accomplish this year? What are your goals? Brainstorm and write them all down.

WHAT IS IMPORTANT?

You will need to know what’s important. What are you prioritizing this year? A new business? Time for yourself? Health and fitness? A new hobby? You will need to write all of these down as well. You will need to keep in mind what you are prioritizing when you plan each and every day. So knowing what is important will help organize your life.

LIST IMPORTANT DATES

This is important. You will need to figure out any important dates such as birthdays, school activities, vacations, appointments and anything else you already know about that is coming up so you don’t forget it. Write them all down in your new planner, whatever system you end up using, that way anything important is all set and will not be forgotten.

START MAKING APPOINTMENTS

After you write down all the important dates in your new planner, the next step is to determine what needs to be done for the year and start making appointments. Make a list of any appointments such as seeing the doctor or the dentist, meetings and car appointments. Get it started now and you will have a very organize year.

WEEKLY REVIEWS

With this, you will need to review your upcoming week and plan things out each day. I like to do this on Sundays and I finish it up on the following week ahead. It’s important to focus on what is important to you so that you can accomplish your goals. For example, if you want to focus on health and fitness, you will need to schedule in some time for exercise. Don’t forget to schedule other things as well such as chores or play dates.. whatever floats your boat. Really.. anything that you want to do.

ORGANIZE

If you want to work on a couple of things or have several goals for the year and you think one planner will not cut it, do not be afraid to have more than one. Personally, I have two planners this year to get me organize throughout the year.

My first planner is all about my everyday to dos and personal goals, and my second planner is all about organizing my bills and savings. I also added in a one word journal in my weekly spread. I love having two planners because it makes everything more organize. I know others who have more than one, so it’s really up to you.

BE CONSISTENT

This is the last step.. being consistent! If you have done everything listed above, you are doing great and are off to a great start. It is very important to continue to use the system you have created throughout the year. Don’t forget to reevaluate your goals regularly and this will help you continue accomplish your goals. Good luck!

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If you want to know more about using a planner, check out my post on How to get The Most out of Your Planner.

What are you doing to organize your life for the upcoming year?

Amy. xx