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Each of us is an individual, with specific planner needs.
Maybe your planner needs to be fat and lined.
Perhaps it needs to be portable at all times. (Mine does.)
Some people need room to decorate or they will never even look at it. Others use their planners intuitively.
I think you can use a planner that is not quite perfect for you.
To be fair, I think most of us already do. Everybody dislikes something about their current planner.
I don't like that the daily layout I use has such bright blue coloring. But the layout is so good that I overlook that - and use the planner anyway - because I really don't have another option with that fantastic layout.
Surely everyone who plans has something like that going on?
New planners ask me all the time which planner I recommend.
Well, that's a really personal decision. You should consider your needs and your personal tastes.
Personally, I say start with a complete, inexpensive system, like a PlanAhead Organizer or a FranklinCovey Compact 365 Planner (both undated for starting anytime, fairly compact for carrying everywhere, and ring-bound, so they are easy to customize).
But, truly, you can make any planner work, with just a few committed steps:
*Write everything down.
The more you use your planner, the more you will use - and depend on - your planner.
*Bring it everywhere.
The biggest mistake new planner peeps make is to not bring their planner with them. They need to write something down or look something up and it's not there!
*Keep a list of what you want to change in your planner.
Instead of going out and changing things right away, live with your planner. Learn it.
Change what is cheap and easy (like adding a sticky note for a movable list), but just note bigger changes that you want to make on a list.
Once you are used to actually using your planner, you'll learn what is worth doing or buying and what isn't. You'll discover if it's worth carrying a bigger planner or if you are someone who needs to move to a small spiral-bound.
*Schedule a deadline to reassess your planner needs.
I recommend that you use any planner for at least 3 - 6 months to see what you need to customize.
If you really can't hold out that long, the need for a change is probably very high, so go ahead and invest in the change.
*Read Giftie Etcetera.
Sure, this is some serious self-promotion. But if you read my blog on a regular basis, I really do give solutions to planner problems all the time. A simple solution might be all that you need to make your planner work for you.
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