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I love a good planner, and starting and using a planner is a great way to be creative. It’s also a great way to stay organized and stay on track. I am an avid planner and have been for some time, but planners can be overwhelming for someone new to the planning world, especially if you have experienced trauma (blog post coming soon!). Here are my tips for those who want to use planners in 2024.
I live by my planner and can’t figure out my life without it. I’m not sure if that’s good or bad, but for someone with ADHD, like myself, it’s helpful.
It’s therapeutic to use a planner to write out your appointments, have a space to be creative, and tailor your planner to fit you!
So, if you want to start planning in 2024, let’s dig into why you buy a planner or even start planning.
Let’s answer the obvious question: Why plan?
According to author Alan Lakein,, “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”
Planning is a great tool to help you organize, increase productivity, lower stress, increase motivation, and help you with your health goals. It’s also a great way to help you stay focused.
Who doesn’t love that?
So now you know why, let’s dive into the tips for planning for beginners.
Tip 1: Find A Planner
I love the She Plans planner because it is functional, comes in different sizes and colors, and has weekly, daily, and monthly planners. They also aren’t bulky, so they are great for traveling. I bought She Plans Planners with my own money, but I am an affiliate, so if you purchase a planner, I get a little bit of the proceeds.
Before you start buying all of the planners on the market, I want you to ask yourself the following questions.
- What do I write down the most? Appointments, events, reminders, etc.? Figuring out what you will use your planner for will help you determine the space you will need in your planner and help you choose between a planner, a weekly planner, a monthly planner, or a daily planner.
- What size planner works for you? Do you need your planner to fit into your purse? Figuring out the size will also help you determine the planner you are looking for.
- What kind of cover are you looking for? Do you need it to be flexible or withstand your toddler, who always likes to get into your purse? She Plans offers sewn planners, discbound planners and a plan your way line as well! Plus, they have notebooks!
- Do you need it for work or personal life? Determining what you need in your planner will help you with appearance, details inside the planner, etc.
These questions will help you find the right planner for you!
Also, if you need to know more about the planners She Plans offers, she offers a 20-minute zoom call to discuss her planners. She wants you to pick the best planner for you.
Tip 2: Pick A Day To Start Your Planner
Pick a day to start your planner. Determining a day will help you determine what you want or need in your planner.
It also helps if you are transferring from another planner, a piece of paper (I’m guilty of this!), or an email you received to confirm your appointment. (Also, guilty of this!)
Tip 3: Don’t Be Afraid to Try Different Planners
Be bold and try different planners if the first one doesn’t work out.
That guy you dated didn’t work out like you hoped. It’s okay to try and date again, girl. (I’m rooting for you!)
Returning to the blog, it’s okay if the planner didn’t work out for you. Planners are more than one size fits all or even most. It comes from trial and error, but having an idea of what you are looking for and your needs will be helpful.
Conclusion About Planners
Finding a planner can be daunting, but that’s why I love She Plans: They have many different options, aren’t bulky, and are calming. Plus, they are great for beginner planners or even seasonal planners. A planner doesn’t have to be complicated, and it can be fun. It’s all about finding a planner that works best for you in your current situation, picking a day to start planning and putting everything in your planner, and if you need to try other planners to see what works best for you.
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