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How to Use a Weekly Planner
Are you looking for tips on how to use a desktop planner for organizing your week? This may seem like a trivial topic, but believe it or not, using a weekly planner can reduce stress, keep you focused, and actually help you get your work done faster. It's also a must-have tool for anyone with a hectic schedule. Yearly planners are very usuful and can give you that 1000 foot view. A weekly planner, however, is a little more concentrated, it's easier to follow, and can help you stay focused on the present.
Getting Started with a Weekly Planner
When you plan things for the week you can really concentrate on just that week
Step one is to sit down on Monday, map out your week, and don't stress about anything else until the next Monday.
“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry―
A good weekly planner does more than just remind you about your appointments and your to-do list. A good planner gives you a visual layout that helps your brain to compartmentalize everything that must get done.
Are you looking to get started?
Planner Tips For Beginners
Before you purchase a weekly planner and start pencilling in all your meetings and appointments, there are a few beginner tips that will make life infinitely easier for you going forward.
Take a look at these great planner tips for beginners.
1. Get a Planner You Like
Purchase a planner that you like to use. This is probably the most important tip we can offer. If you like it you will use it, and if you use it you will find the benefit.
If you don't like the way your planner looks, you will be less inclined to use it.
Make sure that your planner matches your personality, so when you see it sitting on your desk you actually want to open it and take a look at what's coming up in the day and week.
2. Have a Planning Session
The first tip is to set aside 20 or 30 minutes at the beginning of the week, Sunday is usually best, and go over all the plans for the next seven days. This is your chance to lock down everything that must get done in the next week.
Don’t think beyond the next Sunday!
3. Look at Your Planner in the Morning
It's happened to all of us.
You wake up, a thousand things to do flood your brain, and you crawl out of bed feeling overwhelmed.
Tip number three is to take 30 seconds in the morning while you drink your coffee and look at what needs to be done for the day. Seeing it laid out in a grid in front of you will immediately calm you down and get you prepared for the next 24 hours.
It will also help you keep things in the proper priority sequence. You will feel much more motivated as you cross things off the list.
4. Color Coding
Tip number four is to colour code everything in your planner.
Most of us have busy schedules that are divided between business and personal. To assist you in the priority sequence, code your business and personal tasks in different colours so that it seems like two separate lists.
This will make going about your day much easier
5. Write all the Important Details Down
Each of us respond to information differently, but learning to be detailed can make or break the effectiveness of your planner.
We recommend writing down all of the important information so you don't have to go looking for the other details later on.
For example, be sure that you write down and schedule every deadline, event, and appointment. Include things like directions, addresses, phone numbers or travel times to certain appointments.
It's also handy if you write down reminders such as when you should begin starting a project, studying for a test, or getting the kids ready.
Purchase a planner that you like to use. If you like it you will use it, and if you use it you will find the benefit.
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Use Task Lists to Help You
A task list can be another very clever way to stay organized. There should be a space on your planner where you can write the to-do list.
Whenever a new task comes up, simply slide it into the to-do list. Seeing the list of all the smaller things you have to do besides your schedules will give you a better chance of staying organized and on top of things.
It's also great if you prioritize your tasks. You can scrawl numbers next to them, highlight ones that are more important than others, or identify them in some other way. Just make sure that everything is prioritized properly.
Keep everything in categories. This is another way to stay organized. If you have personal goals you need to set in a day, then you have other things do like taking the dog for a walk or cleaning the car, be sure that you write them in different colours of ink or categorize them in such a way that they are discernible from one another. This will make it easier to see how much personal work you have and what actually has to be done immediately.
How Do I Fill Out a Weekly Planner?
The first step in filling out your weekly planner is to sit down and do it.
For this, we recommend putting aside 30 minutes on a Sunday and writing out your week. Sit down with your coloured pens, maybe a cup of tea, and plan out the week.
But what are you supposed to put on the planner?
We recommend starting with the most important things and then working your way to the less important things.
Whatever you feel is important enough to be reminded of during the week can be put on your planner.
To help you with this, take a raw piece of paper and jot down every single thing that you will do in the next seven days. Once you see it physically with your eyes, you can translate it into an organized plan on your planner.
Of course, you will need to divide things into different groups, like home & family, finances, calendar & schedule, health & fitness, and work & business. There are also other things you may want to keep track of, such as your hobbies and extra activities.
With a bit of practice, you'll be filling out your weekly planner in no time.