The purpose of a planner is to keep you in control of your life. Everyone's needs are different, and your planner can be anywhere from basic to complex.
Ideally your planner should be your life management tool. Below are some functions of a planner. How many of these do you need your planner to do?
Appointments: The most basic function of a planner is to schedule appointments. But a planner can be so much more.
Tasks: I need to write tasks directly into my planner, prioritized daily, weekly and monthly so I know when I need to do them. Seeing my tasks alongside my schedule allows me to see what I need to do and when I have time to do it.
Goals: I use my planner to set, track and record my goals so they are in front of me all the time.
Academic: assignments, papers, exams and homework all need to be tracked in your planner so you get everything completed on time. You can also use your planner to track course requirements and grades.
Projects: Whether at home or at work, your planner can help you track progress, milestones, deadlines and deliverables.
Family: There are several brands of family organizers with a weekly grid pattern that allows you to see what each member of the family is doing each day. Some planners even have carpool pages, babysitter information pages, and places to track after school activities.
Financial/ Budget: Your planner is a handy place to keep track of your finances and budget. Some planners have dedicated budget forms to fill in monthly to help you stay on top of your financial situation.
Meal planning: Some planners have specific meal planning spaces in the weekly pages to encourage you to plan ahead for meals so you can save money on shopping and know what you're making for dinner every day.
Food diary: People who are dieting can use a planner to record all their food every day to help them eat healthier.
Medical/ health tracking: Your planner is a good place to record medication, blood pressure/ sugar levels, weight, exercise, symptoms and anything else you need to monitor your health.
Record-keeping/ archival: Some people need to keep official records at work. Others (like myself) like to keep records of their days to remember when things happened. Paper is a great way to archive information. Chronological records in a planner can show progression or evidence.
Journaling: Your planner is a great place to capture thoughts, events, hopes and dreams. It's also an easy place to jot cute things your kids/ grandkids say and do.
Art: Some creative people like to do a sketch each day, decorate their planner pages, and use their planner as an artistic outlet.
Holiday planning: Some planners have pages to plan Christmas, vacations, parties, events, birthdays gifts and cards.
Which of these functions does your planner do for you? Are there other functions you need beyond these? Which planner are you using and does it do everything you need/ want it to do? Please post a comment!