Exploring the Potential of Planners

Use a planner to give yourself a boost—every day of the year!

Are you already organized at work, with an effective scheduling system that alerts you to upcoming meetings and deadlines? If that’s the case, then your planner may be more suitable for your life outside work, when you want to get away from the computer screen and let loose your creative side while staying organized.

No need to wait for the new year, our brand-new 18-month weekly planners are perfect to get started in now! The larger planners are 8.5 x 11 inches, and they are perfect if you want something a bit larger to write in. If you are planning on carrying your planner with you, we recommend the smaller, more compact version. These are 6 x 8 inch planners.

Use highlighters or different colored pens to categorize your activities—assign different colors to social events, fitness, hobbies, travel, and time for yourself. Revisit your activities each week to see how well you are balancing the different areas of your life.

List those dull but ever-important household tasks that need to get done, and check them off before the end of the week to cash in on that feeling of accomplishment. Need to clean the gutters or get rid of clutter from the garage? Get it done before Friday so you have the weekend free!

Count down to a big date such as a vacation, a family reunion, or a celebration by writing goals and tasks to be done—and don’t forget to ruminate on how much you are looking forward to it.

Are you a bookworm, a music junkie, or a movie aficionado? Add colorful stickers to upcoming release dates, or create a mini review section at the back of your planner for reference whenever someone asks you about what you’re read, listened to, or watched.

Record random encounters with interesting people—you never know if that person you met at the library or at a friend’s party will one day become a lifelong friend. Months or years later, revisit that first encounter together and laugh about how you met, your first impressions, and the amazing story that never would have been if it were not for your bumping into each other that day.

Keep a weekly list of new things you’ve learned, such as an obscure fact about your favorite city, a new job skill, an innovative life hack, or a tasty recipe.

Of course, you can always use your planner to keep track of appointments and to-do lists (after all, it is called a “planner”), but these ideas—and any others that suit your needs—can transform a planner into a more personal and inspiring keepsake.

A planner is more than just a weekly and monthly calendar—it can be a useful tool to help you focus on the things that are important in your life. But before you start jotting down appointments and to-do lists, you may want to take a step back and ask: Is my planner being put to its best possible use?

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