How To Use A Planner Effectively + Giveaway

January 2, 2019

Ready to learn how to use a planner effectively and be productive? These tips will help you put that new planner to use and get organized.

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Happy New Year beauties! It’s so hard to believe that we are officially in a new year — 2018 was so fast and I bet 2019 will be the same. I want to start off by thanking each of you for being Beauty With Lily readers. I started out doing this as a hobby and now it’s become a passion of mine. So thank you for being so supportive and encouraging!

How To Use A Planner Effectively

Since it’s a new year, it’s time for a new planner! If you’ve been a reader of BWL for awhile now, then you know that I am a planner addict! So it’s only right that I start off the new year with a planner related post. I’ll be sharing a few of my tips on how I use a monthly planner to help keep all of my blog related things organized — don’t worry, if you aren’t a blogger, these tips will definitely benefit you too.

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Find The Right Planner

It can be hard to find planner peace. I’ve used a variety of planners and after coming across Erin Condren planners, I knew they were the ones for me. She has a variety of planners, so I can choose and customize what I need. I suggest writing down what you NEED in a planner, along with a few wants. Once you’ve narrowed your list, start shopping. You can find planners all over the places, varying in different prices. Find what suits your lifestyle and needs. My current planner is the Deluxe Monthly Planner from Erin Condren. It has everything I need and want all in one!

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Utilize The Notes Section

Take advantage of ALL the extras your planner comes with. For instance, I use all of my notes pages for different things. I have a section where I keep track of my statistics, another for my monthly income and expenses, etc. Don’t let those pages go to waste.

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How To Use A Planner Effectively // How To Use A Planner // How To Be More Productive // Erin Condren Planner // Monthly Planner // Organization Tips // Planning Tips | Beauty With Lily

Write It ALL Down

If you know something is coming up, write it down. If there’s a movie coming out that you want to go see, write it down. The easiest way to plan for something to actually happen, is by writing it on your planner. That way you avoid scheduling something else in it’s place.

Check It Off

Now that you’ve written in all down, once it’s been completed, check it off. There’s a huge sense of accomplishment when something has been done and checked off — and it also keeps you on task.

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Be Realistic

I’ll be honest, I can get off track every now and then, but it throws me completely off. And it’s a feeling I don’t like. So don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t get into the groove of things. Also, don’t over-schedule yourself! Keep tasks to a minimum of 5-7 per day, depending on their work-load. You want to avoid getting frustrating and overwhelmed by the amount of things you have to get done in a day.

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Using your planner daily and effectively is key to accomplishing your goals and day-to-day tasks. I’d love to know how you use your planner and what your favorite planner is at the moment. Let’s chat in the comments! 

Are you a planner addict? How do you use your planner?

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