How to choose the right planner for you


Choosing the right planner or calendar

Using a paper planner in this digital age can have some unique advantages. Using a planner that works for you, can help to keep you more organized and productive, which in turn enables you to complete tasks more efficiently. A planner can also help you to declutter your task list and keep on top of appointments and this in turn helps to manage your stress and mental health! Sometimes writing everything down, planning your day, and staying organized can actually help to boost motivation as well. And what feels better than checking everything off of your To Do list by the end of the day!

For such a seemingly small purchase, a planner is a big commitment. It’s your personal assistant for one full year, so it’s important to choose correctly so you don’t miss out on the most important things in your life. But there are so many options. How do you know which planner is right for you? We’ve broken down some important pieces of choosing a planner below!

First – think about how you like to plan – some things to think of:
Do you plan out every minute or do you just need to know when certain appointments fall?
Do you depend on lists?
Do you set goals? Do you want to start setting them?
Do you have a routine? If not, do you want to create one?
What isn’t working with your current planner, if you use one?
How portable would you like it to be?

Think about how you want it bound.
Do you want to be able to move things around? Do you like the idea of a bound, journal like book or does a spiral bound planner appeal to you?

How do you want it to look?
Remember, it’s what you’ll be looking at for a whole year or longer. So consider the style. Think about color, texture, picture or graphic. Do you want to be able to change the cover easily or not?

Some Types of planners:

Daily vs. Weekly

If you want an hour-by-hour view of your day, a daily planner is right for you. It will keep all of your appointments in one easy-to-find place. But if you’d rather take a quick scan to see what’s on for today without breaking it down hour-by-hour, a weekly planner is what you need.

Bullet Planner

Whether you need to get a better handle on your to-do list or want an outlet to help you relax, a bullet journal can help. Think of it as a next-level diary for not only writing but also drawing. Instead of blank, lined pages, or dated pages, a bullet journal contains sections to log daily to-dos, keep a monthly or weekly calendar, jot down notes, track both physiological and mental health, and record both short- and long-term goals.

Some features to think about:

Tabs

Need to flip ahead and see what’s coming up in October? Or do you want to keep your business and personal separate? Look for a planner with tabs. With a glance and a flip, you will quickly find the section you need.

Pockets

For the person with print-outs, receipts and business cards in every jacket, purse or wallet, a planner with pockets is right for you. It will keep all of your important documents in one place.

Note Fields

It’s the all-purpose planner. If you cringe at carrying an armful of notebooks, calendars and planners to the meeting, look for a planner with lots of note space.

Size

Want to journal, stay organized and keep contacts in one place? Go for a large planner. It may seem hefty to lug around, but when you consider all of the items you won’t need anymore — like a date book and note pad — it’s actually a concise way to go. If you want something that can fit into your clutch, forgo the extra features and look for a simple daily or weekly planner.

Tips for Organizing your Workspace


Get Organized for the New YearStop combing through the piles of paper on your desk to find that note you left for yourself last week.  Gain efficiencies and reduce stress by taking the time to organize your workspace and setup systems to keep your space organized going forward.  Here are some tips to get you started! 

Donate, trash, keep

First, take stock. Create three piles labeled donate, trash and keep. Then, begin organizing the contents of your desk into that space. Leave no item behind. When you’re finished, the desk should be completely emptied into your piles.

Before you decide to keep the item, ask yourself when you used it last and when you’re likely to use it again. You can also apply the well-loved Marie Kondo method: if the item doesn’t give you joy, it belongs in the trash. In other words, if the pen always smudges or gives you a callus, maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a new one.

If it’s an extra stapler that you never use, donating to a colleague or charity goods organization could be the answer. For the trash pile, ask what can be recycled or composted. Many of your old documents can probably go into the compost heap!

Use that shredder

Often, we hold on to old documents because they contain sensitive information. If you want to maintain client privacy while shedding redundant documents, head to the shredder. It’ll lighten your load without compromising your business’ integrity.

Clean it up

When’s the last time your desk was bare? Now that your items are sorted into piles, give every surface a good dust and spray.

Create new organizing systems

Before you start returning items to your desk, reconsider your placement. Perhaps it makes sense to use that bottom drawer for shipping supplies and the top drawer for invoices, but you had everything wherever it fit in the past. Make note of opportunities that will make doing your job more seamless.

Dress it up

It’s amazing what a potted plant or picture frame can do. Studies show that personalizing your workspace can have major psychological benefits. So get down with some feng shui or add a pop of your favourite colour. You’ll thank yourself later.

New Year’s Resolution: Get Organized


Still recovering from the stress of the holidays? Maybe there’s just one more thing on your mental to-do list; maybe you just can’t seem to find the energy to stay productive; maybe you already ditched that New Year’s resolution.

Around here, we believe the key to busting stress is organization. By keeping up-to-date calendars, personal organizers and notebooks, you can rest assured that everything is accounted for.

Personal organizers are the thing if you’re forgetful — keep your appointments and do-to lists at hand. Notebooks are great for tracking progress on that New Year’s resolution. And every household runs smoother with a family calendar on the fridge.

Staying Organized in the New Year

So this year, resolve to get more organized! To keep yourself motivated, check out our Ten Tips for Keeping Resolutions.