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Friday, February 5, 2016

How to Use a Planner for Work and Real Life

I have trouble using two planners. I double book things, miss things, and get confused if everything isn't in one place.

Personal, work, planner, combining work and personal planners

At the same time, I need my work stuff separate for filing purposes and privacy.

Lately, I've been dealing with that problem by putting a notes page (the pink paper in the picture) and a task list (the black diamonds in the picture) under my normal daily docket in my personal planner.

When once the tasks are done or the notes completed, I file away in a box. That way, I can look back if necessary. (A spare planner would also be a great place to store these pages.)

With this system, I can combine work and personal stuff in one place, but still determine my work without having to carry a separate planner everywhere.

Let me know in the comments if you use one or two (or more) planners.


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Mary Wimbley said...

A short while back, my best friend had experimented with keeping a separate "project planner." I thought it was a cool idea, so I tried it as well. Since then, she has gone back to using a single planner, but I'm thinking that all my own system needs is a little tweaking. I'm going to continue experimenting to see what really works for me.

Anonymous said...

My job is very task-oriented and the only appointments are either a scheduled conference call or the shredder guy coming. Plus I don't work from home where it would conflict with my personal schedule so between 8-4 everyday it's strictly work stuff (aside from breaks and lunch)

I use the bullet journal system for work because it's the best for when you have lots of tasks. Plus it stays on my desk, open, at all times and does not come home with me. Nothing personal goes into it. My planner, likewise, just keeps my personal schedule, tasks, errands, household, reference information, etc. The only time I do 'cross the streams' is maybe at night or on a weekend where I think of something I have to do at work, and even then I put it on a post-it rather than write it on my actual planner pages. This way it's removable and disposable.

And I have that same pink notepaper - Target Dollar Spot!

Carrie said...

I have to have two separate planners as I work in Child Protective Services and my work planner has names and tasks relating to the families I work with. My personal planner holds all my stuff and my husbands stuff.

Plannerella said...

I use a separate planner for work and one for personal things. This has worked better for me, especially since my job duties have changed over the last two years.