Every working woman knows the value of a good planner, but what they may not know is how to utilize it to its full potential. The most important factor when beginning to use a planner is choosing one that fits your work style. Easier said than done, huh?
Since grade school, I’ve always been the type of person who loved the idea of using a planner, but I always had a hard time keeping up with one. I used a basic Google Docs chart to keep me on track while I was in college, which worked well considering I was almost always on my laptop. Now, I’ve decided to switch back to a physical planner that I can keep with me while I’m at work or running errands (Shoutout to my mom for giving me this gorgeous Kate Spade planner as an early Christmas gift!).
If you've toyed with different kinds of planners and still don't feel like you've found your match, I'm here to lend a hand! One big question you need to address is: Should you use a physical planner or a digital one?
I’ve put together a guide for deciding on whether to use a physical or digital planner, based on my own experiences in using both. Choose the title below that you most identify with and discover which planning system is best for you!
For busy bees
Choose: Digital planner
When each day is more hectic than the last, prioritizing tasks can feel super overwhelming. Gals who’ve got a lot going on can often be so swamped that they can’t find time to schedule out the weeks ahead. Things are cancelled just as quickly as they’re planned. Reminders upon reminders stack up, making to-do lists a mile long. Adapting to a changing schedule becomes an art form for these professional multitaskers.
When days are moving at lightning speed, having a digital planner can really come in handy. Setting alerts, creating timers and scheduling tasks using a voice assistant like Siri or Alexa help to streamline the day-to-life of a busy bee, ultimately saving them time and energy so they can hustle harder.
Choose: Paper planner
Creative girls live with their head in the clouds, which is why they’re able to write stellar books, make incredible art and constantly wow others with their many imaginative talents. The caveat to a day spent dreaming is that sometimes more important things — like bills, chores and appointments — are totally forgotten.
Since “out of sight, out of mind” is a common problem for these girls, it’s best to keep a physical planner nearby. Having a tangible reminder of upcoming events — and being able to hone in one exactly what time things need to be done — will help to reestablish some focus and teach daydreamers to take things one moment at a time.
For neat freaks
Choose: Paper planner
Gals who embrace all things organization can find solace in the complete customizability of a physical paper planner. These planners provide tons of space to plan the month, week, day and even hour — giving these perfectionists total control over their upcoming tasks. Some planners also include space for notes, check lists, addresses, meal prep ideas and more. For the neat and tidy girl, the ability to have everything all in one place — instead of across a dozen different apps or scraps of paper.
Colored pens, paper clips, and sticky notes also make great complements to a physical planner. Use them to color code events, bookmark important pages and add extra info in the (slightly likely) event that you happen to fill up the whole page.
For lady bosses
Choose: Digital planner
Women who run their own businesses — either solo or with a hired team — can benefit from the connectivity of a digital planner. They’re consistently checking e-mails, responding to texts and scheduling social media posts to ensure their business runs smoothly. These pro multitaskers always have a ton of items on their to-do list, and they’re probably switching from cell phone to computer to tablet throughout the day.
Both Apple and Google calendars make it super easy to share events with multiple people, and they even allow you to set up multiple calendars under one account. Lady bosses could have one set of calendar events for staff meetings, for example, another for meetings with affiliates and a third for special biz events like e-book launches and webinars. Best of all, digital calendars easily sync across multiple devices, so you can stay on top of things no matter where you go.
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