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How do you keep your schedule?  Do you have a monthly calendar hanging in your kitchen, overflowing with scribbled appointments & birthdays?  Do you have a pocket-sized date book or a large, expensive FiloFax?  It really doesn't matter what tool you use to keep up with your busy schedule -- as long as it WORKS for you.  So, is it working for you?

Raise your hand if this scenario sounds familiar:
You get a planner at the beginning of the new year and fill in all of your important dates: birthdays, anniversaries, annual appointments you already know about.  Then for the next few months, you write nothing in your planner.  You don't plan out your months/weeks/days and you can't figure out why you never have enough time for anything or why you missed that dentist appointment.  It's happened to most people; myself included.  

Here are three tips for keeping up with your schedule:

1.  Plan to Plan.  Specify a time each week (Sunday night perhaps?) to plan out your week, or at least the next few days.  Fill in daily to-dos that don't necessarily have a set time around booked appointments or events.  But be careful not to fill it too much -- it will get overwhelming and you won't keep it up.  Cross tasks off as you do them -- you won't believe how good this feels and you'll want do more things just to be able to cross it off the list!

2.  Color code.  Now this doesn't have to be a real detailed system to work.  Just pick a different color for you, your spouse, your kids, or whoever else you need to keep track of on a daily basis.  My color is blue, my husband's is green and my girls are pink and purple.  Bills are red, blog posts are orange, etc. etc.   You can either get lots of colorful pens or pencils, or you can use regular black ink and highlight each person's appointment or task in their designated color.  Do what works for you.  That way, you'll be able to see at a glance what's going on and who it involves.

3.   Look at it.  All the expensive planners, colorful pens and cute stickers won't keep you organized if you don't look at them often.  If it's impractical to carry your planner with you, keep it in a central location (a corner of your kitchen counter or on your nightstand?) where you will most likely to check out what's on the docket for the next day.  I personally carry my planner with me just about everywhere.  
 Even if you use an electronic calendar -- the one on your phone or Google Calendar -- I think these tips will help you stay on top of your schedule.
If you're wondering what kind of planner I use... I'm currently enjoying my 2014-2015 eighteen month Erin Condren Life Planner.  There are weekly and monthly views, event stickers in the back, laminated tabs, and year at a glance calendars for the next two years... among tons of other great features (and more planner paraphernalia on their website).  

If you'd like to try an ECLP, or see anything else on their website you like, use THIS LINK to get $10 off your first order!  Then tell me what you think :)

Disclaimer: I'm not getting paid to talk about Erin Condren products, except for a $10 referral credit if you decide to use my link.



09/16/2015 12:11pm

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12/19/2016 5:16pm

I love planners! They don't have to be pretty or expensive. They just need to be small enough to fit inside my bag but they need to have enough space for me to write about more than one activities in a day. I take not of everything - where I went, how much I spent and what do I need to do in the future. Thank you for your advice. I am still a little disorganized. Maybe I should also set a specific day when all I will do is plan to plan.

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07/23/2016 11:17am

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08/18/2016 5:42am

I can't live without my planner. These tips are very valuable for me. Big thanks for posting them.

09/06/2016 9:26am

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09/08/2017 5:56am

Great tips and very easy to understand. This will definitely be very useful for me when I get a chance to start my blog.

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12/07/2017 1:36pm

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