As an advocate of one planner for one life, it might surprise my Loyal Readers to learn that I use a notebook at work.
The truth is that I believe it's usually fine to maintain several planners, even if I mostly preach a one planner philosophy.
What's not okay?
Maintaining several calendars!
(If you must do a work calendar or family calendar, I understand, as long as one is your main calendar that contains EVERYTHING.)
In that spirit, I use the calendar in my main planner for scheduling work.
Once at work, though, things go in my work notebook.
My notebook contains most of the same stuff that I would put in a planner.
Tasks, due dates (with important ones ALSO listed on my personal planner calendar), projects, and file information go in my notebook.
It's okay to get a whole separate planner, like the new Franklin Covey Livi planner (which comes in compact or classic and in purple!!!) just for work.
But if you ever need to archive information, I suggest a bound notebook instead of a planner because the information stays archived.
How to Make a Notebook Work for You
1. Create an Index
If you use a notebook, you MUST create an index.
I have a video explaining how (starting at about minute 3:30).
Use the same system for your notebook.
Since the Giftie indexing system allows you to put information in ANY order and still find it easily, just reserve the first page of the notebook for indexing.
TIP: That's actually a good place to note starting and ending date of that notebook.
TIP: If you end up having to pull information from the notebook to file it separately (like the instructions for using voicemail that you use daily on your desk), you can either just copy the pages for your files OR pull out those pages and note that you removed them and where you filed them on the index.
I don't add things like an insignificant task list to the index. Limit added topics to those things you might go back to, like customer names, vendors, or routine processes.
2. Use Post-It Tabs
Having tabs for stuff that is in the index and that you might refer back to makes life so much easier.
3. Borrow Ideas That Work in Your Planner
*Tasks - List them as you do in your planner. If you use context codes or subtasks, do that!
*Labeling - Label each page in the upper right-hand corner.
*Phone Log - If you use codes to log phone calls, use those codes in your notebook. For example, I write, "TC w/ Joan, LM 5:17 p.m. re: crash mting," which translates to "telecom with Joan, leave message 5:17 p.m. regarding crash meeting.")
*Indents - Indent the writing so that you leave a column on the left to note due dates and follow-up tasks next to the writing.
Let me know how you use your notebooks in the comments!
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