By Naomi Cook
Can you believe that 2013 is right around the corner? Are you ready for it? Better yet, is it ready for you and all that you have to do?! Now’s the time to figure out your plan for your planner, and what better place to start than FranklinPlanner, where you can find a variety of paper planners to create your own unique system!
Do you prefer a paper planner, or do you favor having an electronic planner on your phone/computer? Maybe you have taken on a hybrid of both, where you write down personal appointments in a paper planner, but add work appointments into your electronic planner. I have gone through stages where I prefer one over the other, but have found that a paper planner is the right fit for me, because I am a fan of check marks and crossing off tasks. Yes, I am a professional organizer and a perfectionist, and I’m proud of it!
Here are some simple steps that you can take to prepare your own perfect paper planner! Can you say that 10 times fast?!
– Things you will need: a mechanical pencil, an eraser, pens in different colors, paper clips, one brightly colored binder clip and a warm drink. Are you asking why you would need a warm drink? Well…it’s because you may be getting hand cramps from writing so much, and therefore it will come in very handy!
1) Get out your 2012 planner, don’t toss it yet! There is a lot of valuable information in there that will be repeated in your 2013 planner like birthdays and anniversaries.
2) Ok, well you know what I’m going to say next…add in those birthdays and anniversaries to your new planner. Use one color pen for birthdays and another for anniversaries. As a quick trick to always remember how old someone is or how many years they have been married, add in parentheses after the name(s) that age of the person or number of years of marriage, and increase it by 1 every time you update to your next yearly planner!
3) As you are scouring your 2012 planner look for any other pertinent information like any tasks that never got done, and any phone numbers or e-mail addresses that were quickly jotted down.
4) Gather all of your new appointment cards and invitations and start entering those. I like to use pencil for these dates in case any get rescheduled. It looks cleaner to erase than cross out. Once I’ve jotted those down, I like to staple the appointment card or clip the invitation to its coordinating page. It may make your planner a bit thicker, but you’ll be able to see when an event is coming up. Once the date has passed take out the appointment card or unclip the invitation and toss it.
5) Add the brightly colored binder clip (so you can differentiate it from the paper clips) as a page marker so that you always open it up to the current week.
Now that you’re done, put the planner aside until January 1st, celebrate the end of 2012, and get excited for the beginning of an organized new year!
Until next time, stay neat people!
Thanks Naomi for sharing these great ideas! I look forward to getting a new planner every year and your tips will certainly be helpful.