How to Use Your Planner Every Day

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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

 

Control Your Email Inbox Today!

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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Cheers! 10 Ideas for a Successful New Year

Bob Sadowski:

Want a proficient, organized and productive 2014? Use these Top 10 ideas from our friends at Day-Timer to kick the year off in the right direction.

Originally posted on Day-Timer:

toastHappy New Year from everyone here at Day-Timer and the ACCO family of brands. We wish you only the best times ahead and hope you find success through better organization and productivity in 2014.

To start your year off right, here is a list of the top posts from the past year on the Day-Timer Blog:

  1. Mission Declutter: 5 Ways to Organize Your Workspace
  2. 6 Tips to Start Your 2013 New Year’s Resolutions
  3. The 5-Minute Personal Organization Tip That Works
  4. Mix Outlook with a Paper Planner for a Productive Day
  5. Ask Jeff Q & A – Readers’ Outlook Tips
  6. Ask Jeff: What Type of Planner Should I Use?
  7. The 5 Minutes of Planning that Will Save Your Day
  8. Dedicate Yourself to a Better Notetaking Solution
  9. To-Dos and Tasks – Maximizing Your Daily Planner
  10. 6 Easy Steps for Buying Yourself More Time

Want more tips and tricks for a better 2014?

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