Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Keeping your planner clean

Keep your planner clean

Hello Dears,

Today we are going to talk about keeping your planner clean.

What does that mean? Do I have to wash my planner?

No I'm not talking about the outside, which is also important.

I mean who wants to carry a dog eared dirty planner around with them? I sure don't.

What I'm talking about is the inside of your planner.

What pens are you using?

Picture this, you have written down a night out with friends, a play date for your kids or your work schedule. All nice a neat with a biro. Then something comes up and the date or the time has to be changed. Now what?

With a biro you have to cross it out or use Tip-ex (white-out). Tip-ex is not always nice to write over. A line through the date leaves no space to write another date in it's place. We normally don't leave it with just the one line through the date or time, we scribble it out. This makes it look kind of messy. 

Why should I keep it clean?

Keeping it clean with out scribbling things out, means you can see what you have written down at a glance. It will also help you want to use your planner more because it's clean and nice to use.

Also you can let others look inside, if you want to and don't need to feel ashamed that it looks a mess. This is good if you have a customer looking over your shoulder. She will think "Oh isn't she organised, I wish my planner looked as neat as hers does, she must be good" :)

What you could use instead

You could use a good old pencil with a rubber / eraser to do the correction. Or if you are like me and you love colour you could use pens that rub out.

My favourite pens are the Friction /Frixion pens. They have plenty of colours to choose from and also different sizes. I love the 0.5 the smaller point. You can write a lot neater and smaller which leaves room to write more.

If I make a mistake then all I have to do is rub it out, write over it, finished. My planner looks neat and tidy and organised.

Don't write appointments all over the place.

I feel that an organised planner is an organised mind. No more missing appointments because you have crossed too many things out. Find the best way to organise your planner for you. OK so that didn't help. This is what I do.

I like to write appointments that are in the morning at the top of the page. The lunchtime appointments in the middle and afternoon appointment after that. Evening at the bottom.

This means no more missing appointments because everything is clear and structured

Write down your appointments as soon as you get them

Don't wait till you get home to write them down. Do it there and then. This way you know if you can make and keep the date or if you have to change it.

Now over to you

What pens do you use inside your planner? How do you keep your planner clean and structured?

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Happy planning

Yours Susan


Sunday, 1 February 2015

Look inside your planner

Look inside your planner

Last week we talked about taking your planner with you everywhere.

This weeks question is:

What's the point of having a planner if you don't look inside it and use it?

Planner use me

Looking inside and using it everyday.

More than once a day.

This is how I use mine

I look inside my planner every day and more than once a day.

When people ask me why I have a planner I just say I'm a forgetful person and I need to write things down to help me remember (We all know I'm a planner addict but also forgetful).

Each morning before getting out of bed I reach for my planner which is on my night table.It's there just in case I think of something in the middle of the night and I can write it down. NO need to get-up.

My morning look at my planner is to get my mind in the right frame. This way I know if I have time to go slow because my class starts later in the morning or when to hurry.

I kick start my brain into remembering what I have to do that day. Do I need to change something because I'm not in the mood, or am I not feeling too well and need to cancel?

Who do I have to call today?

What bags do I have to take with me, school, Kindergarten or both?

Do I have to cook today because hubby is out working the whole day and won't be in for dinner?

Do I have any extra appointment that I have to be at and when/ where?

Do I have a very full morning and then the afternoon off? Love those afternoons means I have time to do things that I really love.


After lunch I have an other quick look to see who's coming for classes and how long I have to teach. Do I have a webinar that I want to take part in and at what time? Is it my master mind Tuesday and have I done all my home work?

After my home teaching classes I take a peek in my planner to see what the next day look's like.

I then pack my bags for classes and tidy up my English class room. My bags are then put in my hall way ready to go. You never know if you will over sleep and have to rush out the door.

If I have over seen something like double booking myself now is the time to change things up a bit. Cancel or tell people I will be late or just pass the job onto my husband or assistant to do, if I don't have the time. If I had small kids I would ask another mother to take over my driving the kids around.

Evening planning

I take a look inside my planner before going to bed.

I am a believer that you can visualise your day to come and how you want it to go. This helps me to take out any stress that could come up in a busy day. I run through the day in my mind starting with getting up.

This is how I do it.

Tuesdays I know I have a 6 a.m master mind Skype call in the morning and have everything ready for that call. I picture myself getting up and having a look to see if I should have a shower before or after my call (thank goodness no webcam). I see which way would be better for me and then pick. So in my head I know I will shower before or after, then take the call. After the hour call I finish getting ready for school. I know how many schools and classes I have one after the other and if I have time to do a wee bit of shopping in between driving from one place to the other or not. Then I come home have a quick cup of coffee before leaving for the last school of the day. Then I go through each lesson. I visualise having the perfect children to teach and that each lesson will be fun and finish fast.

That's how my visualising goes for the morning. If I find places or times in my day that could be stressful I picture them being easy, not bothering me what so ever. I change my state, my way of thinking about the stressful part. It sounds easy and too good to be true, but it is, both easy and true. Try it.

Life is only as stressful as we let it. We are in control of our time and planner. If we don't want things to go a certain way then change it.


So over to you

How often do you look inside your planner?

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Happy planning

Yours Susan

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