Planner placement matters.
First, for a planner to work for you, it needs to be placed nearby and in an accessible location.
When I am working, the planner sits to the left of my computer. (I'm a lefty. If you are a righty, put it to the right.) It's easy to jot a note or scratch out a task that way.
When I am in the living room watching television or in the bedroom reading, my planner is put right next to me on the side table. In the kitchen, it goes on the island (where it is accessible but away from potential spills).
Yes, I really do use my planner in those locations.
In the living room, I might note the day and time of a tv show premiere. In the bedroom, I might note that I ran out of my medication (which sits next to the bed). Or I might get an idea for a blog post and jot it down. In the kitchen, I add ingredients to my grocery shopping list as they get low.
Second, the placement of the parts of the planner page, including the daily docket, should be chosen carefully, making a planner easier to use.
I know lots of people don't like the double hole punch, but I like to be able to move extra pages and daily dockets to either side of the planner.
TIP: Keep the daily docket on whichever side allows you to view tomorrow's weekly spread entry without turning a page.
In the picture above, the placement of each aspect of the planner layout matters.
To the left, a running list of upcoming gifts to purchase is covering the crossed out Monday space. There is no need to see that space since all the information has been transferred to the daily docket or is old.
After that, the layout allows me to see tomorrow and future days on the weekly spread. If something comes up, there is space to schedule it.
My ink pens are readily available (not even in holders while I am actively working).
Today's stuff is all on the right, as any Daily Docket from the beginning of the week is placed.
The parts of the Daily Docket are listed in the picture in green to give you inspiration.
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