Do you use a planner in your business?

I mean, it could be a diary, it could be an app on your smartphone, or it could just be a plain old notepad which you write things down in?

For the last two years I have spent a fortune on a lovely colourful life planner from Erin Condren, but this year the weeks have sped by so fast that looking back through it just now I realise I am not making the most of this expensive planner. Especially as I also use a plain notepad for my daily to-do list, what a waste of paper!

 

New Erin Condren planner has arrived! 😊

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Earlier on this year I saw a Kickstarter campaign for the Passion Planner, it was right after I’d already ordered my expensive planner (which incidentally costs a fortune to post outside of the US!). As it’s coming up to the end of the year I decided that I would give this new planner a test drive in 2016…

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It’s not quite as colourful, in fact it’s in black and white, but as you can see I can quite easily brighten it up on the inside. Plus this cost me around half of what I paid for this years planner (and the year before).

The Passion Planner is back on Kickstarter too, so if you fancy purchasing a sparkly gold version then take a look.

What do you use a planner for?

Going back to my original question, what was your answer?

One thing that I am hoping to use my new planner for is my daily to-do list, that should save on the notepad use. I also use mine for life and business appointments, although being virtual and living in France I don’t often have face-to-face appointments, just Skype calls.

There are so many planner alternatives out there, I must have used a fair few iPhone apps over the years, and don’t forget Google Calendar (which syncs with my iPhone). I still think that paper is the best way to get your ideas out of your head, although I do use my iPhone for noting things down on the go… it’s not like I want to lug a planner around with me when I’m taking the dogs out for a walk!

Share your planners with me, only a virtual assistant can get excited over such things.

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