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Nothing like a good planner to help you stay organized and keep track of your appointments and daily activities like meal planning. You can also know when any given task it’s due and assign your time accordingly.

A well-laid schedule allows you to focus on the things that matter the most. Besides, planning ahead reduces daily stress by targeting top priorities and not feeling like you’re jumping from one thing to another on a whim. 

Planners are a personal tool to help you manage your time, it’s not easy to remember every little thing you’ve got going on and maintain a good work-life balance.

Select the right planner for you

Daily, weekly, or monthly — each planner layout serves a purpose. The whole point of having a planner is to make your life easier and actually help you accomplish your goals. So, take into consideration your own needs and preferences to find the one that is right for you.

  • A daily planner is perfect for you if you want a focused and detailed plan for your day. They fit people who have lots of appointments each day, or who want to record information such as phone calls, expenses, and tasks.
  • Weekly planners allow for detailed daily planning while giving an overview of the week. If you’re someone who works on projects and tasks over multiple days frequently and just likes to jot the main things down, this is a good option for you.
  • Monthly planners can be of great use for you to write major meetings, events, and dates, or some other sort of milestone, like things you want to accomplish by the end of the month. Pick this planner if you don’t need to include too much information.
Bi-Office Pastel Magnetic Monthly Planner Board on a wall of a home office setting.

Organize your life and work with 1 or 2 planners

Having everything in one location is the most obvious advantage of using one planner. Also, if you keep only one calendar, you can spot any possible conflict of events. As a result, you don’t have to cancel or reschedule, just plan around them. And because you’re using one system, your work and life won’t overlap, making it less likely to forget key appointments or tasks.

On the other hand, having two or more planners encourages time management in various areas of your life. You can have one for work and another one for your personal activities if you prefer to keep work these two separate.

Just think about everything that you need to get done over a day. Placing all that information into one location can lead to a jam-packed, almost impossible to read, calendar.

With so many things to keep track of, you’ll have to choose if it’s easier for you to put everything into one planner, or separate work and your personal events using two calendars.

You might be tempted to organise your life based off on how someone else does it. But this can be very limiting, so don’t do it how you think it’s supposed to be done, do whatever it’s best for you.

The only way having a planner will work is if you adjust it to your needs. Take the time to try out different planning techniques to figure out which one is more adequate to plan out your life.

Start planning today to get where you'd like to be in a year from now.