Ways that I have learned along the way to effectively use my planner besides keeping my schedule and important dates.
If you have a lot on your mental to-do list like me, let’s talk about ways to use your planner other than keeping your schedule to be the most productive. Over the years I have used planners for so many different things. Right now I want to talk about a few different ways you can use your planner to help keep things organized and keep your self on track. As a mom, wife and business owner my planner is how I keep up with the many tasks that I have through the day/week/month and year. While you may only fall in 1 or none of those categories, you will still be able to use this list.
1. Habit Tracking
I don’t know about you but every week I feel like there are things that I forget. Things that I do every week or that I only do every once in a while. I find myself asking myself “Did I bathe the dog?” “How many times did I make it to the gym?” on busy weeks I even have a tracker for cooking and cleaning. However, I am much better at remembering to do a repetitive task or introducing task that will be repetitive daily, weekly or yearly with a habit tracker. There is really no limit to what it is you can track, which is why I love customizable pages. you make them just for you! There are several different types of habit trackers, i.e. daily, weekly, monthly, check off or color in, minimal or fancy. And let’s be real, coloring in boxes on my habit tracker makes me sooo happy! Here is an example of a yearly habit tracker I have used and is currently available in the Etsy shop.
2. To-Do List
My day consist of several to-do lists, and the best way for me to keep up with my different list is to write them all down. In my personal planner (I have 3: Personal, Budget and Business) There is a space for my business, self-care, household, and kids to-do list. So that I can keep up with all the aspects of my life. But, if you only have 1 planner or like to keep all your to-do’s on separate pages there are daily, weekly, monthly quarterly and yearly options. Lately, I have been tinkering with a running weekly to-do list for my business because most task are not day specific they just need to get done. Is there a specific type of to do list you like to use? Or does it not matter as long as it is written down and gets done?
Having your goals wrote out is a great way to utilize your planner. It can keep you on track being able to refer to your goals often to make sure what your doing day to day is in line with what you want to accomplish. It is so easy to get off track but having your goals in a centralized place is a good way to stay focused. I personally use the top 3 for my daily weekly and monthly goals. and they all feed into each other. So for May one of my top 3 is to be more active on my blog and get more of my content out there. Every week in my top 3 will be get a blog post written on published. And Everyday will be a task to make that happen, research, writing, photo editing or any other of the things. By using this method I am able to accomplish so much more. And it feeds into my bigger quarterly and yearly goals. If that doesn’t work for you and you just need to get your goals down with steps on how to complete them (I do that too) It works, just get them goals down. I find using the S.M.A.R.T. method works best for me (more on that in another post).