It is never too late to set up your life planner for the new year. It is better to begin now than later so you get the most value from your time using your life planner. After all that is what a life planner is all about. Managing your time most efficiently.
Set Up Your Life Planner
Follow the tips to get you started on the easiest way to set up your life planner.
Gather Event Information
If you had a planner last year, then mainly all you need to do is transfer all important dates such as birthdays, anniversaries and such into the new planner. If this is your first planner, then you must start from scratch and gather all this information. Luckily it is way easier to do this from social media.
I use Facebook to gather family and friends birthdays and anniversary dates.
If you are attending school or have children in school, then placing dates for holidays, in service days, beginning and ending days are very important. If you don’t have a school calendar, most school districts have a website that contains this information.
Mile Stone Events
My daughter is graduating high school this year so there are several crucial dates that cannot be forgotten. Each time I get an email or letter concerning graduation or the start of college, I record these dates into my planner. I don’t want to forget any deadlines.
This is a good time to record any mile stones you or your family may experience this year. It is much better to plan for them than to let them pass you by.
You should now begin to think about any vacation time you have. Are you going anywhere? When? The sooner you plan for this, the better off financially you will be. Not to mention getting everyone to schedule time off.
We all know when the major holidays are but too often we are caught by surprise at how quickly they come about. Start thinking about plans for the holidays. Will you be traveling? Having family come to your home? Need a budget for Christmas spending? Use your life planner to set deadlines now so you are prepared ahead of time. This will relieve much of the holiday stress.
Knowing what to buy when will save lots of money. We all know about Black Friday and After Christmas sales. January is the best time of the year to replace linens with the White Sales. Each month, there are certain items that regularly go on sale. Consumer Reports has put together a list of such items. This is especially helpful for an expensive purchase.
Go ahead and think about what you want to accomplish this year. Then make a deadline for it. You need to think about how you are going to achieve those goals on a weekly basis. Use the side bar of your life planner to brainstorm ideas about how you will reach your objective.
By following these tips, you should be prepared for those dates that you know will happen. It is no fun to remember events after the fact. Being prepared makes every day so much easier.
One last tip, keep your planner open to the current week where you will see it daily. Whether it be on your desk or kitchen counter. This will be a reminder to use your planner daily.
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