My best friend. Honestly they are the key to productivity. But you need to use them the right way to get what you want out of them. I used to use my planner wrongly for a very long time. I never really had an idea on how to use it.
Most people will just say write in it. And to a curtain degree I agree with that. But that is not what makes this system work.
Every month I check witch projects need to be completed. This are the big things I want to get done that specific month. I write those down on post it notes and stick them in the beginning of my planner.
After I have identified my goals I make a check list. This list includes every single thing that needs to be completed to reach that goal.
Every week I take a small part of that checklist and add it to my weekly plan. Now I can see myself actively working on something. To me that’s just an amazing feeling.
This will maybe surprise you but every single evening I check what I planed for that day. And I ask myself if I can complete it. Some tasks are not fun to do, so I give myself more time to complete them. Let me give you an example, I am not a big quantum physics fan so instead of spending a full hour on the assignment I hate. I will spend 10 minutes on it that week. This makes it bearable and sometimes even enjoyable.
To do list
Yep I couldn’t leave this one out could I? I love my to do list. It’s that one thing I can’t live without. Every night after I have checked my goals I write my to do list. Checking it off as I go the next day.
Planning for the future
I have a big planner and I hate taking it with me. So I simply don’t. In my to do list book there is a note section. Behind every to do list I can write down witch dates I am given. All the deadlines that I am given, I write down in the notes. When I get home I transfer it to my agenda. The good thing about this is that you aren’t taking a lot of suff with you. And you are forced to open up that agenda.