How to use a planner

Hello Deskorators,

I would like to welcome you to a brand new Blog/YouTube series, where over the next 8 weeks I will be giving you a little insight in how to get the most out of your planners.

In the last month, I have had a couple of people come to me and say, “I want to be more organised, but I have no idea how to use a planner!”. Before I divulge into this statement, it is important to start at the beginning – what actually is a planner?

As unhelpful as the answer may be, a planner is whatever you need it to be. Most often, you will notice that planners are the combination of a notebook, a goal setter and a diary. A place where you can keep all your plans, to do lists and projects in one place. However, with the planning community. and the hobby in general, growing everyday, it is safe to say that the sky is your limit when it comes to what you can put in your planner. Even size isn’t an issue anymore as you can buy expanding rings, expanding strings, bigger discs or even a bigger planner. Ultimately, it is a physical dump of your life and thoughts into one home.

With this in mind, using a planner is as simple as it can seem! Grab yourself a planner, or even just a notebook, and begin jotting down everything you know that is coming up in your schedule: birthdays, meetings, anniversaries, self care days. You can do this in the bullet journal style of a Future Log, or just use the dated inserts which came with your planner.

Next begin to think of everything you need to do and everything you want to do. Allow yourself to schedule in time for items from both lists (this will help you take care of yourself and avoid burnout).

The rest is up to you! You can achieve so much in a planner, and you can really do whatever you want in it. If you are still in need of some inspiration, then don’t forget to check back over the next 8 weeks. In the next 8 weeks you can expect to see:

1) Goal Planning
2) Work Planning
3) Finance Planning
4) Time Management Planning
5) Habit Tracking and Planning
6) Journaling
7) Stress Buster
8) Motivation and Affirmation Planner

I hope you join me over the next 8 weeks either on the blog or over on YouTube to get your 1 to 1 on how to use your planner.

Until next time….

Amy x

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