Why We Love Planners (And You Should, Too!)

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It’s no secret that planners are very useful in prioritizing your life and business, but did you know how many different types there are? Today, I’m going to share what’s out there, and what I use!

 

1. Monthly planners

Everyone knows what this one looks like. It is a basic big calendar planner. They look like this:

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2. Weekly/Monthly

You have the planners that break down the weeks and months into sections to help you prioritize, which look like this:

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3. Virtual Planners

If you are a techy person, then Google Calendar may be your best friend. The problem with virtual planners, for me, is that I am forced to look at it. With a pen and paper planner, I open a page and see my entire month.

 

4. My planner

I love my little notebook I was given as a holiday gift from a client. It is a blank journal, and I fill it as I need with things to do, projected income for the month, etc.

Recently, I bought a little binder from Target’s dollar bin to try for 2017. They’re not only productive, but cute as heck, too! I have a monthly calendar, weekly, daily and hourly planner, as well as a notes area.

 

5. The war zone

This, I have to laugh at. Carol and I recently shared our war zones with each other. They mostly consist of papers on a bulletin board, which my husband doesn’t understand how I see that as organized, but I do. We have a system. After all, we’re working on our next course and it has a lot of topics and subtopics to plan!

 

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Sometimes I don’t feel organized until I’ve spent a half of a day organizing myself, but it gives me a sense of peace when I can get things done in an orderly manner. Its just part of being productive! Sometimes, you can spend a day thinking you are going to get things written and done, but you end up just organizing, but this clears your mind to write, so it’s perfectly okay!

 

Now, although I prefer a traditional planner for my writing business, I use Google Calendar for my family and I’s crazy schedules. This works great for things like kids’ practices, my other job, and family functions!

 

What works for you? Is there a better way I can organize my life?

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Janine Kelbach

Nurse and Writer at WriteRN
Janine Kelbach, RNC-OB, started her nursing career in a community hospital learning the basics of labor and delivery, admitting patients, the normal newborn, and scrubbing into the operating room. She quickly became a breastfeeding resource nurse and certified CPR instructor. In 2007, she took a position in a higher acuity facility in the Cleveland, Ohio area. There she worked postpartum and labor and delivery. She became the assistant manager and educated new nurses, developed educational content, and managed other labor and delivery specifications. She has worked homecare jobs with high risk pregnant women in the inner city of Cleveland, Ohio, obtained her CCW and decided her life was not worth losing over her work. She has 2 young boys, a husband, 2 cats, and a great Dane. Writing has always been a passion of hers, but launched her career while caring for her grandmother in 2012...and never looked back to the streets of Cleveland. She still works in the hospital part time as the charge nurse in labor and delivery.

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