If you’re looking to boost your productivity and want to be successful throughout the year, look no further than a daily planner. I have found that writing something down is far more effective than making a mental to-do list or to track my goals. Keeping a planner allows you to organize your thoughts and figure out how much you have done (and what’s left to do).
But in your quest for productivity, here’s a few things you need to do first:
1. Determine its purpose.
First things first and that is to figure out what you are looking to get out of planning your day or week ahead. Is it to track your progress? Diarize your appointments? Or are you simply writing down your top priorities and goals? Think through what you’re looking to get out of your daily planner before you get one.
2. Choose the right layout for you.
Once you’ve determined its purpose, the next step is to figure out what the right layout will be to suite your needs. Is it weekly or monthly? Take a look at each planner available to see whether the breakdown works for you—do you need it by hour, day, or week? Just make sure your planner has lots of space for note-taking and wiggle room for adding in some extra pages if you need them.
I use my planner to sort out my daily to-do list and goals for the month, so my ideal planner is a refillable journal (because I use so many pages). Plus, it has multiple cards and organizer slots. But if you are looking to use a monthly planner instead, I would recommend something like this super cute cactus monthly planner.
3. Keep it simple.
Make sure your planner is simple and easy to use. There is nothing worse than a planner that is oversized or too heavy for your daily use and is hard to navigate. While multi-tabbed, thick planners may be perfect for tons of writing, they’re often too heavy and big for day-to-day use. Keep it simple by going for a simple notebook or journal that is compact enough for you to slip into any bag you carry. Because, if you’re anything like me, you’ll need to take your planner with you everywhere you go!
4. Be a goal getter.
Setting goals is part and parcel of being productive. While some goals can be achieved in a matter of days, others take more time. You can set out how long you want to give yourself to complete your goals in your planner. Before you start using your planner, jot down your core goals and when you want to complete them by. Then fill in each “deadline” throughout your planner. This is one of the best ways to stay motivated!
5. Embrace color coding.
Tracking your daily tasks, goals, and habits is key to being productive. Using highlighters is one of the best ways to do this. By color-coding your tasks, it will help you track how much time you need to dedicate to each task or goal, so you can balance your day. This gives you a visual representation of how much progress you’ve made, and it turns your journal into a beautiful, colorful space! My favourite are these Zebra MildLiner Double-Sided Highlighters because of all the beautiful colours to choose from.
6. Use it all the time.
Consistency is key. What we do all the time matters more than anything. So using your planner each day is really important for keeping track of your life. Whether it is to reflect on where you want to be tomorrow or to plan your time throughout the day, your productivity will only increase the more you invest into planning with your journal.
Leave a comment below and let us know what you use your planner for!
- How To Use A Planner To Instantly Boost Your Productivity - September 16, 2017