Now that the new year has begin, it’s time for all those who love planners to begin filling all those pages with birthdays, things to do, projects, meetings, and much more. As I mentioned in my previous post I got a new planner for 2016 and I’m loving it so far. To me there is nothing like starting fresh with a new planner to help me keep organized with work, home, and personal projects. However, it doesn’t matter how functional or stylish your planner is, if you are not writing and planning in it, you are not going to get much done. Sure some people have their planner with the all the time, and to be fair I carry mine everywhere I go, but there are times that someone catches me off guard and my planner is in the car or at home. So here are some of my tips for you to help you keep your planner organized and up to date.
- Birthdays & Important Dates: I know that not everyone knows what they will be doing 3 months from now, but I bet you know your best friend’s birthday, or your parent’s anniversary. All those dates that are important to you and you tend to celebrate every year are something you should write into your planner right away. It is an easy way to make sure you make that phone call or send that birthday card to that special someone. Also if you get an invitation to a party/wedding/happy hour write it down immediately that way you don’t double book yourself!
- Weekly Planning: I set a few hours aside once a week (usually Sunday) to plan the week ahead for meal prep, projects, errands, and for getting things done around the house. I also take this time to decorate my week’s pages, I enjoy doing this as a way to relax and have a little me time.
- Personalize your planner: Some people use extra pocket inserts to hold coupons, others keep track of their weight loss, etc. The possibilities of things you can keep track in your planner are endless. I started keeping track of my water intake and lunch/dinner meal preps, because I noticed that it allows me to plan my trips to the grocery store more efficiently and to not be wasteful with the stuff I buy. So no matter what you want to keep track of, added to your planner. You can customize areas within your weekly planner with washi-tape, stickers, and other stationary decor.