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Mobile applications to help you plan your goals are everywhere. But let’s be real, the idea of writing down in a physical planner is still exciting. Planners are easy to read, edit, and even decorate. They are also perfect for jotting ideas, doodling, and making to-do lists.

While using a planner is thrilling, maintaining it and maximizing its use is the hardest part. With that, allow us to give you some tips and tricks on how to use your planner effectively.

1. Use a single planner.

Some people prefer using two different planners for work and for personal use. But if you want to be more organized, it’s best to use a single planner or journal. Try color-coding work and personal tasks. You can use a blue pen for anything related to work and a black pen for personal agendas.

2. Use the monthly pages.

Every planner has a monthly overview. You can use this section to take note your plans that won’t change like birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, holidays and bill due dates. Make it a habit

3. Maximize its special pages.

Most planners have its special pages. There are expense and bills tracker where you can write how much you saved for the month. Use the goals page jot down your goals and plans. Some even have a menstrual tracker so you can track your monthly periods.

4. Be consistent.

Maintaining a planner is like any other plans in life –  you have to be consistent. If you want to use it effectively, make sure that you have your planner with you all the time. Check it frequently and leave it at a spot that is easily accessible. It might be like a tough job, but eventually you will get the hang of it.

5. Don’t stress yourself filling it up.

Don’t look at your planner as a stressful task. It’s there to help you plan your daily, weekly, and even monthly tasks. Figuring out your own style will also help you use your planner efficiently. You can write down everything or you can stick with only relevant stuff. Some days can be too eventful, some are not. Don’t get stressed if there are empty spaces in your planner.

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