I think many people who are just starting out with using a planner tend to get a little overwhelmed by the multitudes of information available out there. It may detract from the actual use of a planner.
The easiest question to ask yourself before using one is why you will need a planner in the first place.
- Do you need to sort out your time?
- Do you have important dates or events to remember?
- Do you have tasks to get done?
- Do you have routines to establish?
- Do you have lists to jot down?
Planning doesn’t have to be complicated. Forget about the various systems and start with the basic questions. Then, open up a planner and write. You can move on to different formats, systems and sizes once you are comfortable with using a planner.
I still like a loose-leaf binder because it offers me more flexibility as I can add or remove pages and sections as I start building a planner to suit my requirements. Try to get a planner with diary refills included in the right calendar year so you can begin using one immediately. If you’re more adventurous, you can opt to print your own from various free or paid resources.
I didn’t have many fancy stamps or washi tape when I first started using a Filofax. I used to draw my own boxes and write down whatever that needs to be done. Cute stationery is nice but not necessary. I do find myself using different coloured pens because I like my writing to stand out against the plain ol’ white pages.
I guess what I’m trying to get at in this post is to start using a planner and not over-think it. It’s just daily reminders and to-dos, not a thesis. You can use a simple notepad or even your smartphone. But I do find that a proper paper planner helps me be more organised and motivated in using one consistently.
Just use a planner; don’t over analyse!
If you are using a planner today, how and why did you start using it? If you haven’t used one yet, do you think a planner will help you organise your time more efficiently and will you consider getting one? Do let me know in the comments below.