When Becky asked me to guest blog today, I was thrilled at the opportunity. Even though I blog about planning and organizing almost daily at http://giftieetcetera.blogspot.com, I learn something new and useful virtually every day from my fellow bloggers, planner Facebook groups, and friends who plan and organize.
Some of the best tips that I have learned from the planner community include:
* there is no right or wrong way to plan, whether paper, ring bound, spiral bound, or even electronic planning;
* no matter how limited the space, there are ways to minimize the need for more space or to use the space to maximum benefit;
* making an A-Z file at the end of a planner for portable, needed-on-the-go information, using the address index that comes with the planner;
* using future pages to minimize how many months have to reside in a planner at once;
* finding homemade or free internet pages for every need, including client contact log, menu planner, or exercise journal;
* understanding the difference between planners, including sizing and hole-punching;
* comprehending the true value of writing things down in handwriting for remembering and organizing information; and
* using a checklist, thin page marker, or sticky note for repeating tasks.
So get on-line and get involved in the planner community. Read blogs and comment on them. Watch YouTube videos. Join Facebook groups that speak to you about planners. (Be careful with that last one. You learn a lot more from being selective about your groups and really involved than you do just joining everything.)
And make some planner friends, like Becky at Planner Fun, Laurie at Plannerisms, Steve at Philofaxy, Patti at Homemakers Daily, or me. I'm Kristy at Giftie Etcetera, and I am thrilled to meet you.