Wednesday, October 8, 2008

choose the perfect planner

I love this 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.
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!

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

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