Using a Planner to Manage Your Schedule
There are many options when it comes to choosing a planner. Some people prefer electronic planners, while others prefer to use a book or notepad and write their various tasks and appointments in it by hand. Whichever way you choose to go about it, rest assured that using a planner to better manage your time will prove to be a big help if you have a busy schedule. I have found that once I started to use my planner, I am more organized and tasks are done more quickly. Most important is I don't forget !!
One of the first things you’ll need to decide when choosing a planner is whether or not you’d prefer to use an electronic one. Electronic planners are available for many devices including smartphones, tablets, and computers, and often contain features that aren't available when using a traditional pen-and-paper style planner.
I tried to use my smartphone as a planner but found it to difficult. I also tried to use my tablet but didn't want to take it out with me everytime I go out. I have several standard pen and pencil input planners and they work the best for me. Even so, some people still prefer the old school feel and ease of using a standard book planner.
The other major choice you’ll need to make when choosing a planner is how detailed your schedule will need to be. Will you need one that allows space for hourly plans or will a daily or weekly planner suffice? I use a day planner and write everything down as I have plans or work. I do not feel I need a time planner because my schedule does not call for it. Also keep in mind that some planners will allow you to write additional notes, while others will not. This is a must. I always need to add and find I run out of room if I do not have additional notes on the side.
As you can see, there are many options when it comes to choosing which planner is right for you. Whether that means managing your time electronically or otherwise, or using an hourly, daily, or weekly planner, the choice is ultimately up to you. By knowing which type best suits your needs, however, you will be able to get the most from your planner, which in turn will allow you to better manage your time. Write down what you need in your planner and then decide which one would work for you the best.