We've been talking about the advantages of using organizing planners - and choosing one that works for you. Back when I had fewer activities to track, I used the free Hallmark purse sized calendar – it went with me everywhere and was easily accessible. As my needs grew I graduated to a larger computer printed monthly calendar with repeating events, and today I use a DayTimer planner.
Choosing a Paper Planner
Paper planners come in all sizes and colors, and range from simple to complex. When choosing a planner I recommend going with a simple system in the beginning and adding, or adapting, to it as your needs change. Starting off with simple gives us the opportunity to master repetitive items before we tackle more involved tasks and activities.
Paper Planner Pluses:
+ Recording information feels “natural”
+ No batteries or electricity needed
+ Easily customized by using only types of pages you need (i.e. planning by the hour of day, or by the day of the week)
+ Minimal learning curve
Paper Planner Minuses:
- Misplacing or losing a planner is painful – there is no easy way to back up info
- Hard to share if other people need access to your calendar
- Recording repetitive information is time consuming
- Becomes bulky if lots of information is recorded or pages are added
Don’t think a paper planner is your key to time management? Check in next week for a post on digital planners, with tips for getting the most out of them. Already using a paper planner? I’d love to hear what kind you are using and what you love most about it – please comment below!