Time management Monday: How to use task lists on your planner pages

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Continuing my series on planner tips for new users, this post will help you use task lists on your weekly planner pages. This is the third post in this series. You can see the first post in the series with general use tips here, and the second post helping you decide which type of planner to use here.

I always recommend using a planner that gives you space to write your tasks on the weekly pages. This allows you to see in one view what you need to do and when you have time to do it. Quo Vadis planners give you varying amounts of space for weekly lists.

Following the categories in the last post of free-form vs structured, I’ll go through the list areas of each type of planner and how to use them.

In free-form or open planning format planners like the Hebdo and Sapa X, there is space each week to write lists and notes. This is where you write things that need to be done sometime that week, but not on any particular day.

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Lists and notes space in the Hebdo weekly planner

What I call “structured planners,” with timed vertical days and designated list boxes, have more space each week for lists. These categorized list areas automatically organize your tasks according to topic, so you can easily see calls, emails, bills etc. Weekly planners with categorized list boxes include the Trinote and Minister planners.

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Categorized list boxes in the Trinote planner

The week + notes format planners (like the Space 24 and Space 17 planners) have the most space for writing weekly lists and notes. These are great if you have lots of tasks and things to remember. The unformatted space allows you to write your own categories, make sketches, and capture anything you need.

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You can use the weekly Notes page any way you like.

Click here to see a chart showing all the Quo Vadis weekly planners by category. The “structured” planners with vertical timed days and categorized list boxes are under Classic Format and With Daily Notes; the week + notes format planners are under With Notes Page; and the free-form weekly planners are under Open Format. Each types comes in various sizes, you’re sure to find one that will work great for you.

No matter which type of planner format you use, writing your tasks on your weekly pages allows you to see when you can fit tasks into your weekly schedule. This keeps you on top of your tasks, and keeps things from falling through the cracks.

If you have any questions on using planners or would like me to cover a particular topic in future posts, you can post a comment here or email me at Laurie@exaclair.com. I love hearing from readers!

One thought on “Time management Monday: How to use task lists on your planner pages

  1. I’ve never been a fan of vertical columns nor have so many appointments that I need to have a timed schedule, but I LOVE the right column of the Trinote with the cell, @ $ and notepad icon. This section setup would make for a great note/listpad to tear off, punch and put in your planner for these categories

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