One of my favorite things about the new year is being able to buy a new planner. Don’t worry if you’re behind, you can do this at any point in the year. I love all things that make me feel like I am more organized than I am. There is something about planner stickers and multi-colored pens that give me so much excitement. My planner is my lifeline! It is hard to balance life when you are unorganized. It helps me keep my work schedule, The Strength of SHE business, sorority and personal life in order because I am good for overbooking myself. My favorite planners have come from Target and Michael’s because they usually are colorful and provide for a lot of space to write additional information if you need it like me. I need all the space I can get in a planner because if I do not write it down, it does not get done. However, there is more to a planner besides just having one. I suggest finding a system that keeps your planner organized so you do not get overwhelmed. Here are a few ways that you can keep your planner organized.

How to Organize Your Planner and Life

Create a Color-Coded System

I started color-coding in college to keep up with all of my tasks and responsibilities. I am into vibrant colors and it helped associate a task to a specific category. I write my work schedule in red because I wear red scrubs and I put my sorority business in pink because it is one of our colors. I suggest keeping a key in the front of your planter until you have the system memorized.

Use Post-It notes or Washi Tape

Post-It notes and other sticky notes are a great tool if you need important information to jump out at you on your planner page. Post-Its are resourceful if you run out of space and can be tossed when they are no longer applicable. They come in various sizes and colors so you have a variety to choose from. Washi tape serves the same purpose.

How to Organize Your Planner and Life

Choose a Planner with a Weekly and Monthly View

Planners with weekly and monthly views provide more options with staying on top of all of your obligations. The monthly view can be used to let you know where you need to be. I put days that I work, meetings, appointments and fun events on the monthly part of the planner. It also gives me an opportunity to plan ahead since I have all the dates right there. On the weekly section, I save this for actual tasks that I need to complete on a specific date. This is excellent if you are a blogger or in school.

Add Entries with Time

The planner I have separates the day by hour, which I absolutely love. It helps me put a time frame on my tasks and keeps me from wasting time. Adding a time frame to your tasks helps you maximize the hours in your day, especially if you feel like you waste a lot of time in a day.

Now I know some of you are thinking, it is 2018, and why don’t I just use my phone. I have learned that I would have ignored my notifications and snooze them as much as I do with my alarms when I am trying to wake up for work. It is so easy for me to just swipe a notification away but when I write things down, I commit them to memory better. If organizing yourself in your phone works for you, then keep at it! There are amazing apps you can download that mimic planners. If you are like me and love carrying around a planner, Pinterest is a great resource to find other ways to optimize your planner. Hope these tips help you stay organized and that 2018 will be your most productive year yet!