If you’re like me, you probably have too many things to do in not enough time. I’ve been a planner from my early twenties, (so, yesterday – grin). I’ve recently started using a lot more color in my planning process and it seems to help. It’s certainly made it more fun.
I carry a Franklin Planner, and have for a long time. That’s where I do most of my planning. I’ve tried to use online tools, but the problem is that I’m a kinesthetic thinker, so it’s better for me to write things down by hand; plus, the calendar view of every calendar program I’ve tried doesn’t do what I need it to do: show me the month at a glance. It shows the month, but there are too many things on the individual days for it to be useful. So, I go back to my two page per month planning calendars and my two page per day daily planner. It’s what works for me. In fact, there’s a Facebook group dedicated to paper planners: Paper Planning and Publishing Peeps. Join the paper counter revolution.
What I’ve started doing is use a large desk blotter calendar, and then I use calligraphy in different colors to schedule out my month’s promo. This could just as easily work for kids’ chores and family events, homework, writing tasks, or any sort of hobby or volunteer activity. I find it helps me put the month in context so that I – hopefully – don’t miss any deadlines.
What about you, Dear Reader? What are your favorite planning tips?