I have found planner peace. After a few years of trying a bit of everything, I have found what works for me. It's nothing fancy or complicated. But it is very precise! Here's how I'm staying organised in 2017...
FIND THE PLANNER FOR YOU
I personally need a A5 sized planner with an elastic strap. A dated week on two pages, plenty of room to write daily tasks and a notes section somewhere on each double page spread. A ribbon marker is handy but not essential. I tend to leave my planner on my desk every day and only take it out with me on occasion, but for the times I do, I want to throw it in my bag without adding too much extra weight. The elastic strap keeps everything together (sometimes I shove extra notes and post-its in there that need to stay inside). I know a lot of planner addicts like a dateless diary; one with gaps so you can fill in the date yourself. But this doesn't work for me, I plan ahead, a lot, (like months in advance) so I need to be able to see the days and dates coming up. I write using the bullet journal system or my own version of it anyway so lots of space to write down daily to-dos and events is necessary. A notes section is where I write things that don't belong to a certain date.
USING THE BULLET JOURNAL SYSTEM
I have a whole blog post all about bullet journaling! You can read it here, it's very in-depth. I use a twisted version of the original format and it works well for me. Squares for tasks, circles for events and appointments, stars on those tasks with top priority. A tick to complete and an arrow to move the task to the next day. I also use highlighters so I can see at a glance what sort of thing I have coming up.Work is orange, blogging tasks are pink!
I still use Google Calendar every single day. I have my four calendars on there; Work, Personal, Blog and a Couple's Calendar with Josh. An online planner is very handy to have because I can access it wherever I am from different devices. I couldn't get by without my online calendar. But I don't use Google Calendar as a task manager, I write all my 'to-dos' down in the paper diary and check them off throughout the day. Google Calendar is for mainly for my work photoshoot bookings, any personal appointments and important dates.
And that's it. It seems simple enough to me now I've been using this format for the past 9 or 10 months. Will anyone be trying out a bullet journal for the first time in 2017? Or are you an avid Filofax fan? I'd love to hear how you plan to stay organised in the new year...
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