I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like life is too big for just one planner. Between work and school and kids and marriage and side hustles and volunteering and church and more, we all have a lot to keep up with!! But, imagine this—–
You cannot remember the appointments you have tomorrow, but you know where all of your appointments are located. So, you flip to the page and oh! you have a doctor’s appointment, a haircut, and a birthday party for your son’s best friend. Luckily, buying a gift for PJ went on your to do list a week ago. You even remembered to add a card.
I think that living this kind of well-planned life is accessible to us all. You just have to know how to use multiple planners. Now, I know what you are thinking. Multiple planners!? I can’t even keep up with one!! To which I would say, Exactly!! That is because you have way too much life crammed into one little book, and it just cannot manage it all for you! I use three planners right now, and I am getting so much more organized than I was lat year. So, if you are ready to get organized, keep reading to learn how to use multiple planners!
First, choose your purpose.
The most important step of choosing multiple planners is not choosing the planner itself. It is deciding the purpose of each planner. Otherwise, you will end up writing all of your tasks and events from the various aspects of your life throughout all of your planners, and you will end up more confused than you started. This is how to use multiple planners without losing your mind.
Now, there are several ways that you can do this. You can divide your planners into categories. For example, one planner is for work, another is for home, and another is for your church activities. This method would work well if your life has more structure; work can stay at work, and all other tasks be done before or after work. Otherwise, you will write in your home planner “Go to dry cleaner during lunch” and then forget because you left your home planner at home and didn’t write the task in your work planner. Keep that in mind when determining your method.
Another option is to divide your planners by specificity. One planner could simply be a monthly calendar, and you keep only important events in it. Another planner is a list of tasks that must be completed with or without a time deadline. Another planner is your every day planner for all categories of your life. Perhaps a third planner is for project planning only. While choosing the purpose for your planner this way can work very well, it does require you to flip through your planners more frequently.
So, I personally have a hybrid of the two methods. I have a specific blog planner, and I have a ring-bound planner primarily for events and recurring routines. Then, I have a bullet journal for daily planning and all tasks, brainstorming, or lists that I need on a regular basis. Again, if you are interested, check out my Youtube video.
Choose the right planner for you.
This may seem to go without saying. But, a lot of people constantly buy the newest, most popular planner. If that is your hobby or works for you, fantastic. Keep doing what you are doing. But, if this stresses you out, then just stop. buying. all. the. planners. I am speaking to myself as much as to you.
Select which planners you want based on the purposes you designated them for. If you have no idea where to start or just want some assistance deciding, please check out my post on different types of planners. Also, if you want to look at reasons to plan or something specific like a traveler’s notebook, please check out my other posts on planning.
Be willing to experiment.
You are not going to find the perfect set up the first time you try to set up a planner system. It takes time to learn how to use multiple planners. But don’t give up!! Just assess what is going wrong, and try something new. Planners are not unicorns; there is no perfect and magical setup.
For me, planning is a constant experiment. I have been in A6 sized planners, B6 sized, personal sized, and A5 sized. And that is just in traveler’s notebooks!! You are never bound to just one method for the rest of your life, so do not be afraid to try something new if what you are doing isn’t working for you.
Personally, I think that there is no one better than Miss Vicky Bee when it comes to experimenting with planners. She has a wealth of resources, so be sure to check her out!
So, just remember these three things if you are ready to head into the universe of multiple planners! If you’ve got any questions, please leave it in the comments below. And let me know how you use your planner or planners!