This is a 2-minute look at the Daily Appointment Book by AT-A-GLANCE, a daily planner that offers you a simple way to organize your life this year. It features a 1 page per day format and 12 months of appointments and activities all in one compact planner.
You’ve purchased your planner, now it’s time to begin your daily planning process.
Here are some tips for using your planner every day:
Keep your planner with you
The best way to begin using your day planner everyday is to simply just begin. A great tip for starting out is to carry your planner everywhere, to meetings, to the grocery store, and event to the coffee table as you watch evening TV. By simply making your planner omnipresent you will find yourself more frequently using it in different facets of your life.
Create a daily planning routine
To begin your planning process it’s a good is to create a cheat-sheet that offers quick reminders. It might say: “1) list appointments; 2) list daily tasks; 3) review yesterday’s notes;” and so on. At first follow the blueprint for your schedule to a tee. In time you will learn areas where you can be more flexible. Be sure to include time for planning throughout your day.
Commit yourself to the process
The hardest part of integrating planning into your lifestyle is forming the habit. Learning a new planning system requires breaking old habits like working without a task list, not keeping a schedule, and writing notes on random slips of paper. Commitment is necessary, otherwise you may find yourself skipping steps and falling off the planning wagon. You will enjoy better time management and productivity when you’ve bought-into your personal organizer system.
Plan in daily sessions
Schedule a 15-minute daily appointment with yourself. Choose a time of day that works best for you. How? Go read the rest of this tip at ataglance.com: Use Your Planner Daily
Facing a tough task? Here’s a quick video with tips for carving out task time.
Are you tired of drowning in email?
Inbox clutter isn’t restricted to your living space or place of work — it’s present in the digital world, too.
Here are several email organization tips you can use to keep email clutter from biting into your daily productivity:
- Create a Virtual File Cabinet: Within your inbox, create and use folders and functions such as color-coding and flags to divide, sort and conquer your email.
- Can Your Spam: Spam is an inbox killer that can eventually create an overwhelming maze of messages you have to sort your way through. Make sure to unsubscribe to any newsletters, and flag emails that sneak through the spam filter so that they will be properly dealt with in the future.
- Group Your Buddies: Create folders for each of the people you converse with on a daily or frequent fashion. After you read each email, drag the message into the folder for storage. This provides a chronological overview of all communications and issues discussed with those contacts.
Read the rest of the tips at ataglance.com: Tips on Taming Clutter in Your Email
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Here’s to a well-planned and productive 2014 — Happy New Year!
–from your friends at AT-A-GLANCE