How do you plan?

These days our lives are getting busier and busier. If you are working from home, especially on a part time basis then your time is absolutely critical. How do you keep track of everything that needs to be done? Here’s some tips that may help

Use a whiteboard

Display a whiteboard or chalk board in a prominent place in your home or office. This can particularly help with after school activities. Divide the board into the days of the week with your family members names along one side. then you can write in the squares what activity each person is supposed to be doing on any particular day.

If you are in business, then a whiteboard can help track when employees leave the office, or important upcoming meetings or events.

This can also be used to help measure projects and track completion of tasks.

Use a diary

A diary is a great idea for keeping track of appointments. And there are a variety of styles and designs to choose from. A printed diary on your desk that is spiral bound could be a good investment if you have to plan appointments, tasks and projects throughout the working week. A spiral bound diary will lay flat allowing for easy entry writing.

Electronic diaries are also great tool to use, these days most of us have access to a diary on our smartphones such as Google Calendar or iCal. With Google Calendar, you can share your personal diary with others to ease collaboration. This can be particularly helpful if you have a staff member who makes appointments for you.

You can learn more about how to use Google Calender or iCal with our Digital Literacy Skills programs. Call our office for more details.

Journalling or Planning

Another great option for keeping on track with tasks and everything else is to use a journal or professional planner. There are a great range of tools available online – or you can design your own using Word or Excel.

One of my favourite planners to use was purchased from http://www.SweetLifePlannerClub.com. This particular planning printable pack included the monthly planner, weekly planner and daily planner among other items. Simply print one out, and add the dates and other relevant information. I keep this one on my fridge at all time.

There’s many other options available in printed or digital format. What’s the best thing you’ve found to help keep you on track?

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