Do you ever feel overwhelmed with the planner that’s supposed to keep you from being overwhelmed? It can be hard to know how to organize your organizer. Here are some easy-to-implement tips to keep your planner what it’s supposed to be: a simple tool to keep you organized.
Do what works for you! There are a million suggestions and tips and outlines for how to create a planner, and they can be very helpful as you try to make your own planner. However, don’t take any of these suggestions as laws! Think of them as tools to implement, but not as ideas you have to use. You’re in charge, and you’re the one who is going to be looking at your planner every day. So pick ideas that make you smile, and don’t worry about the suggestions that sound stressful.
Planning Mindfully suggests giving yourself grace by cultivating a growth-oriented mindset that accepts mistakes. If you try to make your planner perfect, it’ll be more stressful than helpful. Embrace the mistakes, and learn from them! You’ll discover more from letting yourself try things with the freedom to fail than if you hold yourself to a standard of perfection. So don’t be afraid to cross things out or draw arrows or highlight boldly; it’s all part of the fun of your crazy life.
Student Tutor recommends breaking weekly goals into daily chunks. This way, it is more manageable to conquer those goals. Start out by thinking of the big picture: What do you want to accomplish this week? What vocational and educational goals do you have? Then, take those goals and break them into daily goals. What small ways can you work toward these big goals? Perhaps that means setting aside 15 minutes per day to study for an upcoming exam, writing one page a day for an article, or stretching for 10 minutes each morning. You’ll be amazed at how much more manageable the big goals are once you break them down into small segments.
Entrepreneur had an interesting article highlighting planner tips. One tip they give is to incorporate self-care and family times into your planner. That way, you can make sure that you’re living a balanced life, and spending time with the people you love. Don’t just use your planner to write down activities such as school and work, but also use it as a place to block off time for you to spend doing things that will refresh you. This is especially relevant in this current season of a global pandemic. With so many things changing, giving yourself some time to breathe and do something enjoyable might be just the break you need. So don’t be afraid to proactively schedule times for you to rest and rejuvenate.
Be creative, and try new things! If the whole paper planner isn’t your favorite, give online planners such as ClickUP, Toggl, or MyStudyLife a try. Maybe Google Calendar is your jam, or you prefer a daily to-do list. Try out different things, and see what helps you the most. As summer is around the corner, it might be the perfect time to switch it up and use something new!
However you like to plan your activities and to-do lists, remember that there are many creative ways to make work and school fun. Write things down in a way that works well for you and that you enjoy. It’ll make the activities in your life more enjoyable, and the times of rest more peaceful!