When faced with a blank piece of paper, you can provide some invisible structure by folding the paper into quadrants. Unfold it, and you have four perfect squares.
TIP: Line up the edges of the paper for perfect lines.
Note: I traced the lines for the picture, but you don't have to trace them.
In the picture below, I use the quadrants to make several different to do lists, based on context.
You could also make packing lists based on which bag will carry each item (carry-on, purse, tote bag, etc.) or party planning lists (menu, invitations, decorations, games).
Sometimes, I do this for grocery lists, based on the physical set-up of my grocery store.
Another good idea is to use two of these pages, side by side, to make an undated weekly spread and one extra box for weekly notes!
If you are note taking, try folding the paper into two parts. I like them to be not quite half and half. Instead, I folded about a third of the page (again, matching up the edges to make a perfect fold).
Then, when I take notes, tasks and important dates go to the left and notes go to the right.
Students can use this trick to study, writing terms and questions on the left.
Can you think of others uses for folded paper in your planner?