Time management Monday: Separate planners for different purposes

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Over the weekend I was reading some planner-related blogs and was surprised to see how many people use different planners for different purposes.

In a way it’s similar to using different notebooks for different purposes: of course it makes sense to use a different notebook for work meeting notes than the notebook you use as your personal journal.

Many people do a similar thing with different planners for different purposes. Planners aren’t just for scheduling; sometimes it’s easier to write/ plan/ record things in a predated format than in a blank notebook.

Here are some ways to successfully use separate planners for different purposes:

First of all, I recommend using only one planner for scheduling your days. If you have to look in multiple places to see what you are supposed to be doing each day, something is bound to slip through the cracks. For scheduling and time management, I recommend a planner with timed daily columns like the Trinote (with note spaces for each day) or the Minister (which also has monthly pages and comes in an academic year version too).

Timed daily columns in the Trinote (left), Minister and Academic Minister (right) weekly planners.

A planner is perfect to use as a Goals Workbook because the dated format will hold you accountable and keep you on track. The new Life Noted planner is designed to help you set, track, evaluate, and prioritize your goals all year long. It has pages to Assess, Prioritize, Set Goals, and Create Actions for your annual and monthly goals, and space each month, week, and every day to keep your goal tasks at the forefront. You can use it to record and track your health/ exercise/ nutrition goals; financial/ budget/ savings goals; personal/ professional/ school goals; and incorporate your goals for all aspects of your life in one book.

Life Noted planners have plenty of space to set and track your goals and record your progress all year.

The open daily spaces give you room to record your progress every day, for any type of goals you have set for yourself. The Life Noted planners are available in academic year or January-December formats.

Many people enjoy using a planner as a journal, record of their lives, and a type of scrapbook/ memory book. The open weekly format of the Hebdo (or academic year Scholar) planners give you lots of space to record memories, do art, add stickers, and the freedom to do whatever you like. The white, smooth 90 gsm paper is perfect for fountain pens and all kinds of inks. Here is an example of how Trish uses her Scholar academic year weekly planner for art and recording:


The 2018-2019 academic year planners are now shipping from Classic Office Products and other retailers! Take a look at the entire lineup of academic year planners to see which ones will work best for you!

One thought on “Time management Monday: Separate planners for different purposes

  1. Interesting post! I’ve always only used one planner in the past, and then notebooks for other kinds of notes, etc. However, I see how using more than one planner could be helpful. I might try that out at some point!

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