How To Use Your 2017 Planner More Effectively

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If you have resolved to improve your time management in 2017, you have likely been searching for tools to plan your schedule and keep track of your goals more effectively. While there are tons of apps for that these days, there’s a reason why good old hard-copy planners never go out of style.

Here are a few tips on how to get the most out of your new 2017 planner.

Choose the one you truly like

If you haven’t done so yet, invest into a planner that really appeals to you. After all, you’ll be stuck with it for over 300 days. So making sure that you like how it looks and feels just makes it easier to use it regularly.

Go to a store and devote some time to leafing through various planners and deciding on what layouts you like most. Once you find something you fall in love with, buy it with no regrets and relish every moment you touch it.

Color coding/colorful markers

Being busy makes it easy to get lost in the abundance of tasks and activities. Using color coding to organize items in your planner will make the picture much clearer – and more vibrant!

Highlighters, stickers, different-colored pens or Washi tape all work wonderfully for separating urgent tasks from monthly bill payments and birthdays from work appointments. Choose what you like best, develop a color-coding system and stick to it. Next, watch your life get more structured!

Keep it all in one place

A planner is designed to be your time-management centerpiece, and it works best if you use it this way. The idea is to keep everything in one place so that you don’t have to search for that important note you made on a random napkin at a café.

Make it a point to use your planner every time you need to write something down. Resist the temptation to scatter your thoughts and to-do lists across different notebooks. Life is just so much easier when you don’t have to keep track of your time-management tools.

Make it a habit

Simply buying a planner is not enough to organize your life. You need to actually use it, and you need to do it consistently.

The key to using a planner regularly is to do it the way you enjoy. Some people like laying out their week on a Sunday night, others like to split their weekly planning into two sessions. Find out what routine works best for you, create a ritual that you enjoy and follow it.


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  • Spot on! I know a lot of people wouldn’t bothering decorating their planners and making it colourful, but I always make a point to because it soothes me. And, it’s so pretty and pleasant to look back at!

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog
    http://charmainenyw.com

  • I’ve finally put a monthly calendar in my planner and it has made such a difference having all of my organisation in one place!

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

  • I use a planner constantly. It’s were I write everything down and keep organized =o)

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

  • Fatima

    My planner is my life!! Great tips :)

    Fatima xx http://www.fatima-writes.blogspot.com

  • ceereejay

    I started using two planners to separate school and blogging, but I think I should use one planner for both.

    http://www.alittlebitofcinnamon.com

  • I have one master planner that I use for everything I need to get done, and bullet journalling has also worked really well for me! I agree with your point about keeping everything in one book – it’s so much more convenient.

    daringtojess.wordpress.com

  • Mila S

    That moment when you don’t even have a 2017 planner😩 You guys make me feel so disorganized 😂

    x MILA x
    || http://www.topknotkindaday.com ||

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  • I’m so bad for sticking with planners- I usually buy them, use them for a week and then go back to keeping everything in my head! I got an undated one this year though so hopefully that, paired with these tips, will help me use it properly- colour coding is definitely the way forward!

    http://taradaniella.com/

  • I’m still in school, so I buy planners based on an academic calendar, but I love all of these tips! I definitely agree that you need to make it a habit because planning makes life so much easier, but requires constant effort!
    -Sisi
    http://www.modernbeautygirl.com

  • I just bought mine today for 2018 and am putting it to work already! Great read!

    with luxe, Val
    https://blog.lookliveluxe.com