5 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Diary and Planner
We’re nearing the end of the year (how that happened…we have no idea!), so you might be starting to reflect on the year you’ve had, and plan for the year to come. A new year is a great excuse opportunity for us to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. Setting goals and getting motivated to achieve them can be difficult, but being organised and planning for the future is one way to get on the right track. As they say – new year, new me! A must for us is a diary, planner or agenda. They help keep our days organised, keep us on top of our tasks and plan out our weeks and months. We’ve come up with some tips on how to get the most out of your diary so you can be as organised and productive as you possibly can be!
- Find a diary you love
Perhaps most important is to find a diary, agenda or planner that you really love and know you’ll be motivated to use. Whether that’s the style of the diary (size, spiral, hardcover, etc), or its design and layout, make sure you know it will work for you, otherwise you won’t enjoy using it and won’t be able to get the most out of it! Blushing Confetti has a great range of agendas and planners. We have two styles: a medium size with a spiral; and a more compact, hardcover option. They come in a range of patterns and designs – including some with linen covers – so there’s something there for everyone!
- Make your diary work for you
Everyone is different so obviously they’re going to be using their diaries differently! However you want to use your diary is up to you - whether that’s as a simple way of organising your time and noting important dates, or as a place to set goals and be intentional for the year. Blushing Confetti’s diaries have a lot of blank space for you to write whatever you wish, like to-do lists, deadlines, notes and ideas. Along with weekly views, Blushing’s diaries also have yearly and monthly views so you can easily plan for the year ahead. At the beginning of the year, write down any important dates into your monthly view so you can see your month at a glance, and get into the habit of writing them in as they pop up. It’s also handy to take advantage of colour-coding tasks and dates so they stand out and you know what’s going on at a glance!
- Break down your tasks
When writing in your daily to-do list, it’s always a good idea to break down your tasks into smaller, more specific and manageable chunks that can be tackled individually. By entering them in separately, you can better plan out your day, know exactly what you need to do and how long it will take. You’ll stay on top of your tasks and ahead of your deadline (well…hopefully!). Also – it’s so satisfying crossing off each individual task from your to-do list!
- Create a space for inspiration
A diary is also a good way for you to stay inspired. Our agendas have additional pages where you can write down notes, your bucket list for the year to come, important dates and life goals. These pages really help you plan out your year, and add that little extra motivation to achieve your goals and note down what you’d like to do, where you want to go, etc. It’s also great to have that extra space – that isn’t buried in the day-to-day view – to note down any big ideas or thoughts that might come to you at any moment. Think of your diary as a way to organise your thoughts – and that includes the random and wonderful ones!
- Make it a meaningful habit
The only way you’re going to get the most out of your diary is if you actually use it! It’s worth setting aside some time each day, or each week to plan out the following day or week. It can become a bit of a ritual, and taking the time to write out your to-dos and plans is a great way to relieve stress. You’re not only clearing your mind and visualising and organising the wild thoughts that might be running around your head, but you’re also able to see clearly what’s coming up, what needs to be done and how you’re going to achieve it. Try and keep your diary with you or always at your desk so you can keep track of tasks, appointments, and will always have somewhere to jot down notes.