Britney Dearest: How I Use My Daily Planner

/ Monday, December 8, 2014

How I Use My Daily Planner

Hello Ladies!

This is kind of a part 2 from my desk organization post. I didn't want to make that post too long so I decided to post about my planner separately.

I have faithfully used a planner since middle school. My mother introduced me to planners when she bought me my first faux-leather planner when I was in the 7th grade. In recent years I have debated between going all electronic or staying manual, but I have a constant desire to check off lists and write things down so I could never fully give up using a manual/write-in planner. I'm lost without my planner! Nowadays, I use both manual and electronic. 

Here's how!

For fall I used my brown, green, and orange colored pens. Since it's now December, I'm using red & green :-)

A customized planner from a seller (like Erin Condren) would cost me $20 and up. That price for a planner is not currently in my budget, so I made my own! For 2016, I may just cave and make the purchase. They're so cute and perfectly detailed.

There's a transparent opening in the front cover. I used a piece of scrapbook paper and gold letter stickers from Hobby Lobby to create a personalized cover.

The inside:
It's not that pretty, however, it's very functional for me.

One of my favorite things about this planner is that it's in vertical list form. I like to plan my daily duties and check things off as I go. It helps me feel a sense of accomplishment.

I keep track of what my kids wear to school and have since they began elementary school. I did the same for myself from 7th grade up to my community college years.

My "Key"

I purchased and planned to use washi tape and decorative and festive stickers and I did on a few pages when I first bought this planner, but I just haven't done it in awhile.

Pocket behind the cover.

My "planner bag"

Electronically, I use:
  • Google calendar/iPhone calendar sync. When I'm on the go without my planner, I add events and appointments to my phone and write them in my planner later.
  • iPhone clock alarm reminders. I use alarm reminders to keep me on track throughout the day. I get side-tracked really easily and at this point in my life I'm seriously working on developing my time management skills which, if I'm being honest, are a set of skills I have never had. The only place we're early to everyday is my kids school. I don't want them to develop my bad habits.

I saw these gorgeous planners at Target and one of them seriously has me contemplating on buying a new planner:

I saw some really cute planners at Walmart too! There are so many options out there to suit the likes and preferences of everyone from written planners (eg: desk calendars, notebook/disposable planners, and refillable planners/filofax; and monthly/weekly/daily) to electronic planners. There are literally thousands of apps! If you're interested, there's no doubt in my mind that you can most definitely find one that fits your preference.

December 30 UPDATE:

I went ahead and purchased this little cutie from Target for $7.99

So! Quick question,

Do you prefer a manual planner or electronic? 
If you don't use any type of planning system, why not?

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