While there are many apps that help you organize your life, nothing beats the feel of writing down your tasks, goals, and notes on pen and paper.
In order to get organized, you need to have a strategy. You need to know what to write down and why. It's time to grab a gorgeous planner and get started with hustling for the year. Here are seven things you should include in your planner:
#1 Important datesThe Getting Things Done planner has space for your personal notes which allows you to see your important dates at a glance so that you have ample time to plan for the things you'll need to do for these important dates. This is also a great way to work your budget around occasions like birthdays and anniversaries.
#2 Goals and daily challenges
Always write your goals in your planner. This allows you to review them each week to track your progress while also serving as a reminder for the things you want to accomplish so that you'll remain focused. We designed the Getting Things Done planner to start with a quote of the day so you can also set yourself daily or weekly challenges at the beginning of your planner and see how far you get with them. This is a good way to chip away at a looming goal.
Another important thing that you'll need to include is your budget. It's essential to know how much money you've got to play with when you're scheduling meetings or dinner dates so that you can set a limit to how much you will spend on each appointment.
This can really help you save money, as well as the stress that comes with handling your finances. There's also a section for your expenses and shopping lists in the Getting Things Done planner, so you'll be able to keep track of what you're spending.
#4 Health appointments
Sometimes, doctor appointments can be scheduled 3-6 months in advance. Instead of relying on your brain to remember everything, write them down in the personal notes section of your planner as soon as you've set them.
This way, you can remind yourself and when the appointment comes up, you'll never miss it!
Great ideas can sometimes happen when you're commuting to work or having your mid-day coffee break. Writing these ideas down in your planner will help you remember them, as well as to motivate you to get started on them.
#6 Phone numbers
You probably already have them on your smartphone but if you ever get a new phone or if it gets lost/stolen, you'll need these numbers. Even if you do have them in cloud storage, it's still great to have a backup of phone numbers and addresses in print. Even if you only write the most important ones down and leave the contacts from 7 years ago on your phone, we won't judge.
#7 Motivational quotes
Start the day with a motivational quote and whenever you need it, write one down. Whether it's in the margins or in highlighter, nothing beats motivation like writing down quotes that resonate with you and that you can remind yourself every day of Whether it's right at the front page or a quote a week, write them down and review them when you need some motivation!