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A new planner comes with infinite possibilities, but it also comes with infinite questions and decisions to make.
Do I write in script or print?
What style and color of ink pen do I use?
Do I get a page marker
for my planner?
What gets written down? What doesn't?
Do I hole-punch the bound planner to make it ring bound?
Am I going to use any codes or abbreviations?
The questions could paralyze the strongest individuals. Don't let that happen to you!
*Dedicate a Page to Planner Rules
Create a page in your planner to write down the rules that you want to follow for your planner.
If timed event always go in the left column, under the date, and untimed tasks go in the right column, write down that rule.
If you color-code, write down the codes.
If you abbreviate (like using a code for each child or an E for Errands and a B for Blogging), note that on the "Planner Rules" page.
You can always change some decisions later, based on what works and what doesn't, but at least you can glance at this page as a resource to keep things consistent.
*Write Down Appointments and Tasks
If you don't do anything else, make sure you start writing down all appointments and future tasks/due dates IMMEDIATELY.
Don't wait. Don't worry about perfection.
Appointments and tasks are the reason that you have a planner. If you don't start a habit of writing down everything AS YOU THINK OF IT, you will experience planner fail.
Trust me. I've been there. I've been a failure at planning!
*Do NOT Panic
As long as you are using your planner, there is no right way or wrong way.
Do what works for you, and if it ever stops working, change it.
*Read Giftie Etcetera
I have oodles of tips for using a planner, so go to my sidebar and explore some old posts! Use what appeals to you and ignore the rest. You'll notice some contradictions because even I use various systems and methods over time, depending on what works in my planner and my life at that very moment.
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