August 29, 2008

Choose the perfect planner for you

Choose the perfect planner for YOU

By Marcia Francois

I love the time of year when all the calendars and planners for the next year start appearing in the stores.

There is such a wide selection that the choice can get really overwhelming.

So how do you choose the best one?

Here are a couple of factors to consider:

1. Paper or electronic?
Do you prefer paper or electronic? Don't feel pressured to use an electronic diary just to keep up with your friends if you're actually a paper gal.

I love Outlook as much as the next person but I need a paper planner for 95% of my planning.

That said, if you are techno-savvy, use it happily. Please just remember to back up your data regularly.

2. Size
Your planner has to be portable if you're going to use it most effectively.

Decide on a comfortable size and stick to that. If your planner is HUGE, no matter how cute it is, you're not going to use it unless you're strong!

However, don't go for a small size especially if you have big handwriting. Ahem ;)

3. Space per day
Do you like a week-at-a-glance or a page-a-day format?

I like the weekly format because I do weekly planning. And there's just enough space to jot down your 3 - 5 Eat the Frog tasks every day.

But more than that, I like space for notes, not just appointments.

4. Monthly tools
Do you need a monthly event calendar and a budget form? What about a monthly goals form?

Or is that not an issue for you?

5. Other tools
Do you need lots of name and address pages? Or note paper at the back?

My advice to you is decide on your non-negotiables and make peace with the rest. And make sure you LOVE your planner so that you WANT to use it.

I actually don't think there will ever be a perfect planner for me because I'm quite fussy. You'd never think, right?

My non-negotiables are size, space per day and I like lots of note paper at the back for all my personalised lists. I actually schedule time during the last week of the year to personalise my planner.

Next time, keep these points in mind before you go shopping!

Marcia Francois is a time management and organising coach who empowers small business owners and other busy professionals who want to make the most of their time. You’ll get simple, practical organising and time management secrets to help you work less and enjoy life more! Visit for your free Organising Success Pack.

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1 comment :

Ria's Collectables said...

Thank you so much Marcia for posting this! More importantly, thank you for finding it for me.