I really hate scribbling out plans in my planner when meetings get moved, plans change, and games get rained out. So I started using page flags to plan a few weeks or month ahead. I just write down the information I need (what it is/time/etc) on the page flag and then stick it on the date. You can get a pack of page flags at the Target dollar spot or just cut a few sticky notes into strips if you'd like to use this hack for yourself.
When I go to plan a week, the first thing I do is write down all the appointments and big dates for that week. That includes meetings, days blog posts go up, exams, due dates, twitter chats, TV shows, plans with friends or family, hair appointments, doctor appointments, and anything else I might have scheduled for that week.
Write to-dos for the day.
I write down my to-dos each day. The majority of them go into my bullet journal, but I write down the top 2 or 3 in my planner. This helps me to prioritize what I need to get done for the day and stay focused.
If I have some extra room in my planner, I like to use it to journal. Now I'm not talking a dear diary entry (definitely not enough room for that), but I like to write down a few highlights from the day. It's a nice way to be able to look back and see what happened each day and what stood out.
When I plan.
I tend to plan week to week. Like I said, I hate scribbling out appointments and it seems like plans always change if I try to do it monthly. So on Sundays I sit down and fill out my planner for the week. I also do a little planning day to day as far as to do lists are concerned. I usually write my to-do lists the night before as I get stuff organized for the next day. I also do my journaling in the evening when I have the space. It's a good way to reflect on your day before heading off to bed!
Using my planner like this really helps me to stay on top of things so I'm not forgetting appointments or to-dos. It helps me tackle all the "boring" stuff so I can get to the fun stuff. I hope this helps you to be more organized whether you didn't know where to start with using a planner or you already use one and this just gave you a few new ideas.
How do you use your planner? Do you have any tips?