I actually love my new job. It perfect for a lawyer who loves blogging. I'm working part-time as a IT attorney.
But it leaves me less spare time for my favorite hobby - blogging about planners. Boo!!!
Now that I'm in a groove with work and home (and, full truth here, now that I hired a slew of babysitters and a housekeeping service), I have time to sit and type at my laptop again. (P.S. Housekeepers are way cheaper than I had imagined.)
It seemed fitting, then, that I tell you how I am using two planners - a work planner and my trusty personal planner - without experiencing The Overwhelm.
You are familiar with The Overwhelm, right?
It happens when your personal planner notes that you have a dentist appoint at 10 a.m. and your work planner notes that you are giving a seminar all day. When do you realize? Over your morning coffee. At work. At 9:30. After the seminar has started without you and too late to avoid paying missed appointment fees to your dentist!
It's the reason I stuck with one planner for so long. But, honestly, I have so much to do and coordinate at work that I need two different planners.
So I'm making two planners work with a few simple rules!
Rule 1: Always write in the correct planner.
If something is personal (e.g., drop off dry cleaning), it goes in my Franklin ring-bound planner.
If I have to do something for work (e.g., upload Form 324 by Friday), it goes in my work planner.
Rule 2: Carry the personal planner everywhere, including work.
Look, it's not that important that I bring my work planner home, unless I am planning to work for home (something that I still do often). But my personal planner? Of course I need it at work! What if a friend wants to go for dinner or my doctor calls to give me instructions? Those things happen at work, no matter how much I am focused on my job. So I keep my personal planner with me.
Rule 3: If something happens outside of normally scheduled work hours for work, DUPLICATE it in your personal planner. If something personal must happen during work hours, DUPLICATE it in your work planner.
Next weekend is my office picnic. It is totally work-related, but if I hadn't noted it in my personal planner, I wouldn't have known that it conflicts with my soccer game.
Also, sometimes I have to schedule an appointment during work hours. Obviously, the time off and the note to request time off has to go in my work planner. But I still note "dentist" in my personal planner, in case I want to look back and see when I went.
Plus, following the rule of duplicating really does keep me from stupidly forgetting about something. It's easier to follow Rule 3 even when it seems silly to duplicate because writing in both planners becomes a habit and leads to fewer mistakes.
If you are using two planners, let me know how you do it in the comments!
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