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6 Daily Planner Tips for Being More Organized

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There’s an easy way you can enjoy better time management in your life: make daily planning a habit.

Here are a few key guidelines for making time management a habit:

• Set your “Plan Time:” Choose a specific time each day for your planning activities. For example, you can devote 5 minutes over breakfast each morning and hold a 15-minute weekly review every Sunday afternoon. Setting a schedule keeps you accountable and makes planning a normal everyday life activity.

• Commit for 1 month: Make a goal for yourself that says you will unfailingly stick to your planning system for one month. You’ll start feeling a sense of progress and accomplishment with each passing day. Be sure to write your goal date into your planner so you can celebrate your success. Then, commit to another month of planning.

• Be realistic: Start at a planning level that feels manageable. For example, you might want to start simple and keep just a weekly schedule and to-do list. Don’t attempt a process that may overwhelm you. Once you get the ball rolling, you can add activities such as monthly goal setting and time tracking.

• Carry it: Keep your planner with you at all times, and spend a few minutes reviewing your plans during downtime at work or at home.


Read the rest of the tips at the AT-A-GLANCE Planning Center…


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

 

How to Turn Plans into Action

So you’ve made yourself a plan—now what? Your ability to take action on your plan is just as important as the planning process itself. As the old saying goes, even the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

We love it when plans come together

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The planning process is your launching pad for achieving success. Here are some guidelines for turning your plan into action and getting better results:

Make a Better Plan
Developing a strong plan of attack is the cornerstone of getting done what you seek to accomplish. Plan thoroughly, making certain that your planning process includes the following Continue reading

Keep Your Family Calendar Balanced for Back-to-School

Keep Your Family Calendar Balanced for Back-to-School

Back-to-school is not only one of the toughest times to get your family organized, but it’s also the most important time to be organized.

There’s one tool you can use during back-to-school season that will outshine all the others.

It’s the trusty family calendar, and it can easily become the most important tool in the house. Continue reading

Create a homework routine

Create the Right Back-to-School Homework Routines

Good news for back-to-school time. You can get your kids to do their homework without constant prodding. It’s not as hard as it you’d think.

It starts by teaching them a few easy time management skills. Try these essential back-to-school homework tips to help make it happen. Continue reading