So you bought a day planner to help you manage your days, tackle your to-dos, stay organized, and keep track of #allthethings…
Here’s what often happens:
- You buy a planner. 📔
- You wait impatiently for it to be delivered. 💌
- When it arrives:
- you rip open the box,
- do a little dance, 💃🏼
- maybe even scream a little,
- and post a photo of it to Instagram. 🤳🏻
- You think it’s the answer to your prayers!! 🙏🏻
But then it sits out on your desk FOR MONTHS collecting dust.
Girlfriend! Your planner has a job to do, so put it to work for you!!
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HOW TO MAKE FRIENDS WITH YOUR DAY PLANNER
Maybe you’re afraid to mess up your planner. 🙅🏼♀️
Maybe you’re not sure how to use it. 🤷🏼♀️
Maybe you think (because you missed a few months) it’s now too late to use it. 🤦🏼♀️
Whatever your excuse, I can help with that!! 🙋🏼♀️
Today, I’m going to show you how to make FRIENDS with your day planner and actually use it!!Your planner has a job to do, so put it to work for you!! Click To Tweet
1 | GIVE IT A PURPOSE
I know this sounds a little odd, but giving your planner a purpose gives it value and ultimately makes it an important part of your life and business. I truly believe you’re more likely to use a day planner when you realize you can’t do life or business without it.
So take a few minutes to think about why you bought it.
Maybe it was to help you manage your day-to-day schedule, to keep better track of your projects, to tackle all those to-dos, to simplify, to stay organized, to help you find some sort of balance between your work and your life…
Whatever the reason, I GUARANTEE that once you give your planner a purpose, you’ll find:
- that it works better for you
- that you can actually get things done with it
- that you’re more productive and efficient
- that you actually want to use it
- that you end up relying on it even more!!
2 | KEEP IT NEAT (BUT DON’T BE AFRAID TO WRITE IN IT!!!)
So many people will buy a pretty day planner and then not use it because they’re afraid to mess it up.
But you know what?
Your planner’s sole mission in life is to be written in and messed up!!
If you didn’t get to a couple of tasks one day, cross them out and write them on the next day!! Love to use pen, but change your mind a lot? Let me introduce you to my best friend: wite-out!! Hate your handwriting? You’re the only one that’s going to see it–so get over it!!
Write in your planner. Mess it up. But (you had to know from the heading that there was a but coming) still try to keep it neat and tidy. If your planner is filled with all kinds of random notes, brainstorms, doodles, scribbles, and scratch-outs, you’ll never be able to see what important tasks or to-dos you have to do.
Keeping that planner neat will help you manage your days and tackle your to-dos with less stress and more efficiency, I promise!!
Photo via Simplified
3 | LET IT AIDE YOU, NOT CONTROL YOU
Your day planner is a tool (and like most tools) is meant to help you and make your job/life easier. It is NOT meant to stress you out or control you.
Just because you wrote something in your planner, does NOT mean it’s set in stone. Things change, plans change, to-dos change. Embrace flexibility and a little thing I like to call white space grace.
In other words, don’t fill up every square inch of your planner with things to do. Give yourself some breathing room!!
Pro Tip: Erasers and wite-out are white space grace’s best friends. In fact, wite-out happens to be my (not-so-secret) secret for keeping my planner so neat!!
Related Post: How to Use the Simplified Planner for Life and Business
4 | GET CREATIVE
My planner is my happy place and yours should be, too!! 🙃 Make it a pretty, productive, and fun place to “hang out”!!
Use different colored pens (or pencils) to block schedule your day. Use stickers or washi tape to easily identify important dates, appointments, or to-dos. Use a pretty paper clip to clip important papers to the pages of your planner. Use a magnetic page marker to easily flip to and get excited about your day!!Giving your planner a purpose gives it value and ultimately makes it an important part of your life and business. Click To Tweet
5 | USE IT EVERY DAY
Just buying the pretty day planner won’t do you any good. It won’t magically help you manage your days, stay organized, or keep on top of things if you don’t actively and consistently use it.
I cannot stress this enough, you guys.
Commit to using that planner every. single. day. Check in with it (at least) three times a day: in the morning as you start your day, midway through your day, and when your day is ending so you can plan for the next day.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to check off tasks and to-dos as you complete them throughout the day. Seeing that you’re making progress is a HUGE motivator to getting more things done!!
I hope this post inspires you to dust off that pretty day planner, write in it, use it, and put it to work for you!! I’d love for you to come back and tell me when you’ve done so!! 😊
Leave any questions you have in the comments below!
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