When you are running your own business, keeping everything organized can be difficult. A great way to help you keep everything straight is to use a planner. However, for many of us, starting to use a planner is a bit like making a New Year’s resolution: we do well at first, but we lose steam pretty quickly.
But when it comes to your business, organization is the key to success, so it is important you stick with it. Here are a few ways to use your planner well and stay on track.
Probably the biggest barrier to success with using a planner is finding one you like. Every planner will come with its own unique features, and digital planners tend to have aspects that really differentiate from the competition. When looking at planners, consider size, cost, space to write, and how the pages are broken up. If you are looking at digital planners, look at features such as setting up recurring events and notifications.
While most people tend to stick with the daily or weekly view, you should take time to enter items into the monthly view, or in the case of digital planners, check them regularly. When looking at the bigger picture of the monthly view, it is easier to see things, such as a deadline that is coming up a lot faster than you had expected.
Make yourself enter items every day, even if it is just a reflection on how the day went. Keeping a routine of entering items into the planner means that you are less likely to forget when something important comes up.
Finally, as part of your routine, you should check the planner at the start and the end of each day. If will give you a clear idea of what you must accomplish and what you have accomplished, motivating you as you go.