Kristin Fink January 22, 2021 Planner
Take your planner with you to appointments and check with it often. Check your plans for the day the night before, the morning of, in the afternoon. Have a blank notes section in your planner to jot down ideas, goals, notes, and anything you do not have a regular place for. You may find yourself making a section in your organizer for it later. Set aside some time each evening to prepare your details for the next day. Make sure you have your to-do`s listed so you can get right at them first thing. Your organizer will evolve as you become more comfortable with using it to manage your life.
Planning starts the moment you realize you have a task to finish within a set time frame. From that very moment your own brain starts working on gathering information, evaluating resources and even assessing your agenda. Amazing, right? This is why at any given moment you are aware of "how much work needs to get done." The trick is to work with your own cognitive process rather than doing things redundantly. Writing, recording or typing the most important things that come to mind will help you to execute the project more effectively. This in turn will also enable you to more accurately gauge your timeline.
Time is the self-proclaiming constant in any project. Resources, schedules, even requirements can change but no one can manipulate time. And, from my own experience I can attest that "rushing against time" never works. Time always wins that race! This is why "planning" is your trump card. Knowing and understanding your plan and everything you have to do at all times will give you the leverage you need to shift gears at any moment. Schedule your various tasks with enough time to comfortably finish each task properly and adequately. Your motto should be to "do it right the first time and forget it."
When selecting a printable planner, consider how you will use it. Do you like one full, letter-size page for each month, like a traditional wall planner? Do you prefer a planner that is oriented horizontally or vertically? Do you want all 12 months on one page to tack to a bulletin board by your desk? Or perhaps a wallet-sized planner will best suit your needs. planners won`t help you keep track of your life if they are inconvenient to use, so be sure to choose one you like.