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Why I Bought a New Planner Before the New Year + 3 Steps to Set One Up

Hello, lovelies!

I love to plan. I usually buy a new planner every January, but this year I decided to buy a new one in November. The planner I previously owned did not have adequate space for my daily scheduling and I know I’ll need more writing space once I head into a new internship in January.

What planner did I buy?

I bought a large, spacious planner from my local bookstore. This one originates from a brand called ban.do. It features a 17-month spread (August 2017-December 2018), color-coded tabs and yearly/monthly/weekly calendar pageviews. To satisfy my inner organized nerd, it even contains a coil-bound closure and internal pockets.

So, why did I buy a new one before the year ended?

This new planner serves two purposes:

  1. It tracks all my reminders – Important dates, reminders, and schedules popped up throughout this semester. I already used up a lot of space in my previous planner, and required more writing space to track everything. (Grad photos, party reminders, group work, etc.)
  2. I can schedule activities in advance – I already have a few important dates scheduled for 2018. This new planner allows me to write those dates and times without waiting until January.

Tips to set up a new planner 

Setting up a new planner doesn’t need to be time-consuming. Here are three tips I use whenever I buy a new one:

  • Transfer all important dates into your new planner before throwing the old one away
  • Determine how you will colour-code your planner to organize it

How do you organize a new planner?

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4 Tips to Help You Use a Planner for Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Organization 

Hello, lovelies!

I like to plan. I’ve used various planners throughout the past couple years. These have included three notebook-style ones, and my phone. Staying organized keeps me calm – my to-do list, and relevant due dates are all visible in one place. Today, I’ll share tips I use to maintain my planner for organizing.

Dedicate a specific day to plan the upcoming week 

I take one day per week (usually Sunday) to sit down and plan my week. I pencil in any weekday and weekend plans, and appointment dates. Dedicating a specific day of the week for this task keeps your brain refreshed. My Kate Spade planner offers separate spaces with monthly, and daily views.

Colour code

Using different colours for appointments, assignment due dates, and other items. This helps separate them. I use a different colour pen for each of the courses I take in a given semester. For example, I write due dates for one of my Social Work courses in blue ink while I write Sociology due dates in green ink. Colour-coding is effective to ensure important dates stand-out from daily activities.

Prioritize each task

If you’re like me, you often have 100 different things and ideas in your mind at once. Writing a prioritized task list helps you identify the most important ones.
What are your top tips for using a planner?