I’ve confessed just how much I love my planner before, but I’ve never really shown you a glimpse into how I functionally use it. But today, that changes! Keep reading to find out how I plan to perfection.
Before I really get into it, I should let you know that I use my planner to capture every little task or thought that I have. For me, it’s so therapeutic to know that everything is written down in one spot and that I don’t have to bother keeping it all stored in my head.
Because I write so much down in my planner, I need a system to distinguish between different tracks of work and to-do’s. What’s that system? So glad you asked!
Everything I write down in my planner falls into 1 of 5 categories:
- Social: Weekend plans, important dates (ie: birthdays, anniversaries, etc.), travel plans
- To-do’s: Various chores that I need to take care of
- Work: This includes all things business, from my day job to my finances
- Gym: The classes that I sign up for go here
- Blog: Any and all work I need to do for The Tidy Corner 🙂
To make the categories super clear and distinct, I use colored erasable pens. Yes, you heard that right! There are erasable pens out there and they are an absolute must because plans always change and you’ll certainly need to move things around from time to time.
At the start of the year, I went through my planner and added in several items under the “social category,” namely friends’ and family’s birthdays, as well as travel dates I’ve already booked. Then, as a new month begins, I always reflect on what I need to do and what I’ve already committed to and enter it into my planner. This does wonders in helping me feel like the month ahead is on track and my life is in order!
I hope you found this planner tutorial helpful, and if you have any tips for how you organize your own, please do share in the comments!