I know the feeling. You’ve got 300,000 things you KNOW you need to be addressing – some personal, some you’ve been avoiding for months and then there’s the worklist too. Right?! There’s stuff you’ve GOT to do urgently and then there’s also the things you probably should be doing, but can’t find the time to commit to doing them. Believe it or not, I’ve felt this way. And it can be SO overwhelming and sometimes even be paralyzing to the point where you don’t do anything at all. Know what I mean?
Well, let’s talk about Planners. YES PLEASE!
I have been using planners for as long as I can remember, I mean, I’m talking high school years. (you know, just the other day..) I’ve always felt like I was more productive when I was able to visualize my day, week, and month on paper. And I have probably tried almost every planner out there, and even though there are some great brands and different styles, I am very specific of how I like mine, so I found the one that speaks to me the most. If you know me you already know which one I’m talking about. YES, that’s right. BANDO!
BANDO Planners have been my go-to for the past 4 years now, and I’ve gotten most of my friends hooked on it. They are fun, pretty and easy to help you get organized + they come with little inspirational quotes inside that will cause you to unexpectedly smile and feel inspired.
Okay but, enough of that. Let’s talk about why having (and using) a planner is so awesome. One of the main reasons is obviously to list your day to day tasks so you don’t forget, but I don’t necessarily use it to schedule anything as such. With all the digital resources we have, we can schedule all of our tasks, color coordinate them and get reminders throughout the entire day.
I personally use Apple Calendar, which I share with my husband Pablo, and that way we can keep each other coordinated with our day to day activities. However, I do love writing things down, I find it relaxing and therapeutic. (I’ll get into detail)
Find a planner that you love and stick with it. Getting yourself organized and having a method to your madness does not have to be boring. If you find a planner that you really like, it will motivate you to use it for everything and not leave the house without it. This is why I prefer Bando planners, they’re just fun! I feel like an 8th grader every year when I get the “Planners are here!” email notification. Plus I am on the VIP list so I get to shop and customize my planner before they release. (how boujee) Ha! 😉
They fit everywhere! It will be so easy to take with you anywhere you go. Plus, a spiral planner opens up flat, so you can just lay it next to your laptop/computer on your desk, conference table, coffee shop, etc… This way it will be easy to access and view what you have written down and/or take notes. Trust me you will love it.
How many times do we come up with an idea or an important task, but we don’t write it down, and we end up completely forgetting it? Good Lord! Don’t put that kind of pressure on yourself by trying to remember EVERY little idea that comes to mind. We have 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day. When we try to remember everything, usually what happens is that we get stressed out and anxious. Making yourself remember throughout the day, the week, or MONTH will absolutely drain you. Since we have all of our tasks and activities on our Apple calendar, I use my planner to journal my day + write down whatever ideas or tasks that come up during work or take notes during creative meetings, to then officially schedule them on our Apple Calendar. This way I don’t forget anything, and when is time for us to coordinate our week, I have all my notes to help me arrange it ever so smoothly.
This is a big one! Seating down with Bae once a week to coordinate schedules is also a form of good communication in a relationship. Especially if you and your better half are in the Creative/Entrepreneurial industry. Working together is a bliss when you have your days coordinated and organized. We don’t revolve our lives around 9am-5pm jobs, on the contrary, our work schedule revolves around our lives. So organizing our meetings, events, and tasks once a week is of the utmost importance for us. For example, Last year we decided to keep only one car, (I’ll unpack that in another money-saving post because, really what is the point of having two cars, filling up two tanks, paying double the tolls, and car insurance for two, if our business requires us to be at the same place, at the same time?) …Anyway, Pablo also teaches music lessons, so scheduling our week ahead of time allows us to be able to run whatever individual errands we might have and organize our business. But, for instance, if something comes up in the middle of the week, I quickly write it down on my planner, then Pablo and I will review our existing schedule and once we agree on how to tackle the new task at hand, it officially becomes part of the Apple Calendar. ;p
When I feel overwhelmed by the all of the 300,000 to do’s, the only thing that makes me feel better and usually a little bit more motivated to actually do something is to do a thorough brain dump – where I write EVERYTHING down. I’m in the creative business so whenever I get an idea to design something, develop a concept for an event, think of a subject to write about, or just something I want to share with you guys but have other 299,996 things to do, I braindump and write it down on my planner. It’s very therapeutic and helps my brain to run wild with the creative juice. (It really does!). If you are into goal-setting and habit tracking, try using a planner and if you don’t know where to start, look into Bullet Journaling.
These are just some of the things I do to get organized and use my planner effectively. By all means, I do not have all the answers, so please tell me about your planner situation. Do you use a planner? How do you use it? Are you into journaling and brain dumping? What are you planning tips? Tell me everything!!
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