[Editor's note: Following is a guest blog post by Leslie Josel]
Back-to-School is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time to take stock and get your student organized for the new school year. Here are some sure fire tips for starting off the school year on the right track.
Use an academic planner to stay organized. Whether you use a paper planner or electronic calendar, make sure your planner is set up as a grid system so you can see your week at a glance. Record all your after school activities, weekend commitments, class assignments and projects so you can “visualize” your available time to get your homework and studying done. Include a row in the planner for “Organizing” so that you can plan your locker, knapsack and binder clean outs. Maintenance is key to getting AND staying organized. Continue reading →
Summer is typically associated with vacationing and enjoying relaxing free time for yourself and family. While this holds true to a point, this is also a season that presents multiple ongoing tasks, such as yard and garden work, home maintenance and improvement, and attending events ranging from youth sports to family reunions.
And with back-to-school season upon us, it’s noticeably obvious that you have a lot of things to do! But do you know where to start?
Below are the steps to making a powerful list that will offer you confidence that you are doing what you need to be doing, when you need to be doing it. Continue reading →
You’ve purchased your planner, set it up and studied its features and benefits. Now it’s time to begin your daily planning process.
Keep it with you
The best way to begin using your 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 even 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 routine
To begin your planning process, it’s a good idea to create a cheat-sheet that offers quick reminders. It might include action items such as list appointments, list daily tasks, 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. Continue reading →
Your paper and digital planning tools can combine to create a powerful hybrid planning system. The key to successfully using them is to capitalize on the strengths of each tool.
Digital tools offer a mechanical advantage. They simplify the management of planning data by making storage, collaboration and organization all easy, push-button processes. On the other hand, paper provides a more human experience, which compliments the personalized nature of planning. Paper and pen inspire creativity and emotionalism perfect for defining and pursuing your dreams and goals.
Your reasons will differ for using a paper and digital planning system. Some do it by necessity—their business uses Microsoft Outlook but they still enjoy using a paper day planner. Others are evolutionary types who enjoy digital technology such as the iPhone, yet find planning more effective on paper.
Planning is never a one-size-fits-all process, so you must find which tools work best for your individual needs. Continue reading →
Everyone wants to get a little more done each day. The truth is that you will achieve more once you discover a secret to more productivity—and it comes from preparing a better to-do list.
The to-do list is the simplest, most basic element of any planning system. Everyone makes lists at one time or another, whether it’s for the grocery store, school assignments or a wish list for Santa.
As you integrate planning into your lifestyle, you must embrace the daily to-do list. When used in combination with a weekly or monthly schedule, the daily to-do or task list forms the backbone of your personal planning system. Continue reading →
It’s the pot of gold at the end of the time management rainbow: Success. We seek this state of being where we feel in control of our lives, accomplishing our goals and dreams and living in a harmonious balance of work and home. Time management is the means to this end.
In its simplest meaning, time management concentrates our efforts toward the most positive outcome. It puts life in focus, by the minute, by the day, by the month and by the year.
For this reason your day planner becomes more than just a task list and a calendar—it becomes a tool for time management success. Continue reading →