How To Use A Planner To Instantly Boost Your Productivity

photo: The Chriselle Factor

 

Looking to boost your productivity? Thinking that this might be your year after all? The best way to be successful is to plan for it, and we know just how; through a daily planner to help you manage your life. If you’re looking to get organized with a planner in your quest for productivity, there are a few things you need to do first:

1. Choose its purpose

What are you looking to get out of planning your week? Are you looking to put in all your social and work appointments? Are you using it to track your running times and gym goals? Do you want to write down five things every day you’re grateful for? Make sure you know what you’re looking to get out of your planner before you invest in one.

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2. Get the right planner for you

Do you need a weekly view? Monthly also, or only? Do you need a page for each day? Some planners will have a breakdown of every half-hour in your week, others have ample space for note-taking; some have removable pages for when you need a bit of extra room. Setting your purpose will help you pick which one is right for you, so when you’re browsing planners you’ll be able to recognize the qualities you want.

Speaking of which…there are even dedicated books to help you plan things like blogging nowadays, so you can save a blank planner for your everyday stuff. The Ultimate Blog Plan is perfect if you want to take your blog to the next level, it contains workbook exercises and strategies to help you plan every little thing towards your blogging success!

The Ultimate Blog Plan Available Here

3. Make it light

Sure, those huge, multi-tabbed thick planners are great for big writing, but if it’s too heavy or big for your bag, you’ll never take it with you (and that’s when you’ll need it — on the go!). Pick one that’s light enough to be portable.

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4. Set some goals

A goal without a timeline is just a wish, so if you’re goal-setting, look ahead to the following weeks and months and figure out where you want to be and when. If in six months you want to have saved $1,000, mark the date six months from now and work your way backward, setting small goals every paycheck. Your goals might be financial, health-related (such as losing weight, or getting your stamina up), career-oriented (like eyeing a new job or promotion), or anything in between!

5. Embrace the highlighters

 If you’ve got goals in more than one category, you should track each of them individually. Colour-coding is a great way to track how much time you need to dedicate to each of your goals, so you can find balance in the amount of time you’re spending on each goal. Not only will it give you a visual representation of how much progress you’ve made, it’ll also turn your planner into a rainbow of productivity. Score!

 

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6. Use it every day

What we do all the time matters more than what we do some of the time. Spend a few minutes at the end of each day to write down your progress, set future appointments, and reflect on where you want to be tomorrow. Plan your time accordingly, and your productivity will skyrocket!

 

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photo: The Chriselle Factor

 

Looking to boost your productivity? Thinking that this might be your year after all? The best way to be successful is to plan for it, and we know just how; through a daily planner to help you manage your life. If you’re looking to get organized with a planner in your quest for productivity, there are a few things you need to do first:

1. Choose its purpose

What are you looking to get out of planning your week? Are you looking to put in all your social and work appointments? Are you using it to track your running times and gym goals? Do you want to write down five things every day you’re grateful for? Make sure you know what you’re looking to get out of your planner before you invest in one.

Marble Notebook Available Here

2. Get the right planner for you

Do you need a weekly view? Monthly also, or only? Do you need a page for each day? Some planners will have a breakdown of every half-hour in your week, others have ample space for note-taking; some have removable pages for when you need a bit of extra room. Setting your purpose will help you pick which one is right for you, so when you’re browsing planners you’ll be able to recognize the qualities you want.

Speaking of which…there are even dedicated books to help you plan things like blogging nowadays, so you can save a blank planner for your everyday stuff. The Ultimate Blog Plan is perfect if you want to take your blog to the next level, it contains workbook exercises and strategies to help you plan every little thing towards your blogging success!

 

The Ultimate Blog Plan Available Here

3. Make it light

Sure, those huge, multi-tabbed thick planners are great for big writing, but if it’s too heavy or big for your bag, you’ll never take it with you (and that’s when you’ll need it — on the go!). Pick one that’s light enough to be portable.

I Am Very Busy 2017 Journal Available Here

4. Set some goals

A goal without a timeline is just a wish, so if you’re goal-setting, look ahead to the following weeks and months and figure out where you want to be and when. If in six months you want to have saved $1,000, mark the date six months from now and work your way backward, setting small goals every paycheck. Your goals might be financial, health-related (such as losing weight, or getting your stamina up), career-oriented (like eyeing a new job or promotion), or anything in between!

5. Embrace the highlighters

 If you’ve got goals in more than one category, you should track each of them individually. Colour-coding is a great way to track how much time you need to dedicate to each of your goals, so you can find balance in the amount of time you’re spending on each goal. Not only will it give you a visual representation of how much progress you’ve made, it’ll also turn your planner into a rainbow of productivity. Score!

 

Pink Leather Journal Available Here

6. Use it every day

What we do all the time matters more than what we do some of the time. Spend a few minutes at the end of each day to write down your progress, set future appointments, and reflect on where you want to be tomorrow. Plan your time accordingly, and your productivity will skyrocket!

 

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  • Perfect timing! Just today, I thought about getting a planner to get everything more organized. Now I am determined to do it as quickly as possible!

    Romina | http://www.hausofcrochet.de

  • I really want to start journalling more!
    Izzy | http://www.pinchofdelight.com

  • I love this! I am really getting the use out of my planner recently

    Ellie xx

    http://www.petiteelliee.com

  • I love reading this, journals are so good and useful but only if you actually use the,. It’s not a one size fits all- there are so many different types and sometimes people think that if one doesn’t work then no journals work for them, but they just need to try out different ones!

    http://thedianaedition.com

  • So many great tips! Having the right planner is so important in being productive!
    Lyndi

    http://www.stylecalling.com

  • Genya

    Love this post! I think my life would be upside down if I wouldn’t use one

    http://www.lifeofmissg.com

  • I swear by my journal and use it daily to keep on track!

    Gemma
    http://www.fadedwindmills.com

  • Totally agree! I created a custom Agendio planner so it would be exactly what I needed, and I love it. It keeps my head on straight!👌 (I blogged about the custom-builder experience here: http://www.flinntrospection.com/agendio-planner-review/)

    Hillary | http://www.flinntrospection.com

  • Lisa Autumn

    Planners are so important!

    xx Lisa
    lisaautumn.com

  • I use the Productivity Planner, it turns me into a super efficient, kick-ass human. Without it, I’m a lost, lazy mess.
    Love, Veronica

  • Vivian

    Planning is really necessary, i recently found it out or at least putting in practice before 2016 ended so i did my goals my goals for this year, i’m working on it every day, so i plan my week and do my every day lists and also my done lists and it’s been great experience makes me feel more in control, THANKS A LOT, Career Girl.

  • Toro

    I have always had a planner, just didn’t know how to use it effectively well.