“Getting Organized” always manages to find its way onto everyone’s list of New Year’s Resolutions. According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, it is the second most common New Year’s Resolution of 2015. If you’re ready to stop missing appointments, and better plan for projects, a planner could be the answer to your organizational needs. We’ve compiled a few tips to get you started on your planning journey:
- Physical Best. Try opting for traditional paper and pen. While the planner on your phone is convenient, physically writing things down can increase your cognitive engagement and give you a mental boost. Then you don’t have to worry about the size of your thumbs or the flaws of technology, plus you can give your eyes a break from the strain of the screen. Your boss will never catch you dawdling on your phone, and it never needs charging. If you’re worried you’ll forget something, pair it with a reminder on your computer.
- Timing is everything. Planners come in a variety of time increments. You can get one broken down by the month, the week, the day, and even by the hour. Choose the one that’s best for you. If you have a lot of meetings and phone calls, then an hourly planner is perfect, while a monthly calendar may give you a better perspective on future projects. An hourly planner may sound borderline neurotic, but it’s a great way to make sure you schedule enough time in your day for everything.
- Task Force. Make daily to-do lists, and always prioritize. After all, does anything else feel better than crossing something off your list? Keep track of daily, weekly, monthly, and annual goals, and make regular reminders and advances to achieve them.
- Accessorize. Don’t be afraid to color code with highlighters, organize with post-its, and use binder clips. You don’t have to schedule trips to the bathroom, but the more defined you make your planner, the more likely you are to hold yourself accountable to it. Use a binder clip to hold your place so you don’t spend too much time searching for the page, and highlight deadlines and reminders so they pop off the page. Remember, it’s YOUR planner, organize it how you see fit.
- Actually use it. Seriously. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, only 8% of people achieve their New Year’s Resolution. You will have to teach yourself and learn how to utilize a planner. Do whatever it takes to make you use it, use glitter, splurge on a leather bound planner, stickers! But most importantly, hold yourself accountable, because you deserve the peace of an organized life.
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