To-Do or Not To Do: A Friendly Guide to Planning your Planner
We all love making to-do lists.
We all love curating our daily calendars.
We all love making our chaotic, messy work lives a bit more organized.
We all love making our planners more and more colourful, every day.
But, do we really know how to make love to our planners in the correct way?
Getting a planner diary is just the first step, not the final level of being organized. And yes, we do agree that taking this first step already helps you win half the battle, but you still have to win the second half nonetheless, right? You can never go wrong with the intention of planning your day, but, there are chances that you might go wrong in optimally planning your day. The journey of organising your life is as important as the destination, if not more. In fact, when done right, it can magnanimously impact the end-results.
In this blog, we will help you go through some of the do’s and don’ts of working a planner into your routine so that you can get maximum benefits out of your efforts:
DO mark monthly events and goals to be achieved by the end of that month. This will give you a direction to work towards and will also paint a clearer picture of your personal life, in case of marking important birthdays or anniversaries that will not change.
DO make daily task lists. Make it a habit to note down your tasks at the start of the day and by the end of each day in your ruled notebook, check out the tasks completed or additional tasks to be carried forward the next day. A better way to go about this is to make time-wise task lists, where you write down the tasks to be completed by 11 am, 4 pm, 8 pm, etc. This would work much better for people who need that extra push of structure and direction. This whole process will not only help you become more productive but also reinforce your belief in your efficiency and competency.
DON’T mix your notes with your planner. A clear demarcation between your planner and your notepad should continue to exist at all times. Avoid writing down your meeting notes, ideas, or any other important information in your planner. You should only use it for its overarching purpose- to plan your day, week, month, and year better. When you look back at your schedules, we’re sure a bunch of scribbled notes will only make your life more chaotic and less streamlined!
A good place to start off would be checking out our master planner and using it while keeping the above points in mind. Once you’re all set, the world is yours to conquer, one to-do list at a time!