When you have more then one thing in your life I believe it's important to keep track of everything with a calendar. Not just your phone calendar a real one, you know the ones made of paper that you use a pen to write in. While there are tons of apps for that these days, there’s a reason why good old hard-copy planners never go out of style.
Here are a few tips to get the most use out of your planner.
Color coding/colorful markers
It's easy to get lost in your planner with the abundance of activities and tasks that you need to do. Using color coding for different activities puts into prospective - plus it makes it look good!
Highlighters, stickers, different-colored pens or Washi tape all work wonderfully for separating urgent tasks from monthly bill payments and birthdays from work appointments. Choose what you like best, develop a color-coding system and stick to it. Next, watch your life get more structured!
Choose on you really love
If you haven’t done so yet, invest into a planner that really appeals to you. After all, you’ll be stuck with it for over 300 days. So making sure that you like how it looks and feels just makes it easier to use it regularly. Make sure when you chose one that the inside meets all of your needs
Keep it all in one place
A planner is designed to be your time-management centerpiece, and it works best if you use it this way. The idea is to keep everything in one place so that you don’t have to search for that important note you made on a random napkin at a café.
Make it a point to use your planner every time you need to write something down. Resist the temptation to scatter your thoughts and to-do lists across different notebooks. Life is just so much easier when you don’t have to keep track of your time-management tools.
Make it a habit
Simply buying a planner is not enough to organize your life. You need to actually use it, and you need to do it consistently.
The key to using a planner regularly is to do it the way you enjoy. Some people like laying out their week on a Sunday night, others like to split their weekly planning into two sessions. Find out what routine works best for you, create a ritual that you enjoy and follow it.