Do you ever struggle to keep your life organized? If so, you are in the same boat as most of us. Check out these tips on finding the perfect planner and start getting organized. When we are kids, we imagine how wonderful it will be to grow up and be able to decide what we are going to do and when we are going to do it. Sure, being an adult is pretty great, but that whole deciding thing? Not so true. And the older we get, the less true it is.

Tips on Finding the Perfect Planner

Tips on Finding the Perfect Planner

There is the morning routine: wake everyone up, make breakfast, pack lunch, ensure everyone is dressed, check backpacks so nothing is forgotten, make beds, and out the door. Then it is time for work: deadlines, meetings, lunches to impress, random tasks, and more. After that, the unexpected things: parent-teacher conferences, classroom parties, doctor’s appointments, and such.

And it doesn’t end there. Harder than having all these responsibilities? Keeping them all straight! Which is why everyone needs a good planner. But not all are created equal. How can you find the perfect planner for you?

Paper or Digital?

First, ask yourself which is best for you: paper or digital? Both options have their advantages.

Paper planners are great for those who find writing by hand to be therapeutic. These are the people who get a rush out of buying a beautiful new notebook. If you find the process of planning and writing things out to be your personal form of meditation, grab a paper planner.

If, on the other hand, you are looking for a quick and easy way to organize your life, go digital. There are many different planner apps available, and most of them have a free version you can try to start out before you purchase. Most will sync to multiple devices, allowing you to update no matter where you are.

Monthly, Weekly, and/or Daily?

Do you like to always have a clear view of the bigger picture? Or are you someone who lives in the moment? Or maybe you fall somewhere in between? Different people have different planning styles, which means the month/week/day options make a big difference. Most planners will offer both daily and monthly views; weekly views are harder to find. However, if you go digital, most options will contain all three and populate each view as you enter.

Other Features That Matter

These are not the only features to consider, but others are more minor. Some features to think about include:

  • Shopping lists
  • Dated and undated items
  • Due date features
  • Repeat items
  • Alerts
  • Notes/reflections
  • Quotes

Once you have an idea of what you are looking for, finding the perfect planner for you should be easy.

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February 9, 2016

Tips on Finding the Perfect Planner

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