Practical Planning Tips – Using your 12 Month Planner Like a Pro
January 25, 2018
We pride ourselves on the versatility of our products. The 2019 12 Month Planner was designed for women with different routines, task-lists and goals. No two schedules are the same, so why should your planners be!? We’ve worked hard to provide you with a framework that is comprehensive, but still customizable, putting you in charge of your schedule.
We’ve packed the 2019 12 Month Weekly Planner with the tools you need to organize your schedule and integrate your obligations, social life, and task list flawlessly. We often get questions about how to use the planner in different ways, so we thought it would be fun to sit down with Marissa, owner and principal designer at STIL, to get her take on three different planning methods.
// Health and Fitness Tracker
Tracking your health and fitness routine is an important part of holistic planning. It’s hard to tackle your task list when you aren’t taking care of your body and providing it with the nutrients it needs. We’ve had several women ask about how they can use the 2019 12 Month Weekly Planner to track their workouts and meal plan. Marissa suggested the following:
“When it comes to my workout routine, I like to see the big picture. I’d recommend tracking the days you work out by adding a symbol on the monthly calendar page. This helps you visualize your progress and consistency.”
When it comes to meal planning, Marissa suggests jotting down your shopping list or what you ate that day on one side of the task-based section. This leaves room in the other column for your to-dos, keeping your planner orderly and uncluttered.
// Budget Planner
Budgeting takes intentionality. The Design Love Planner has a built-in bills and expenses sheet at the start of each month to encourage mindfulness, so you can take charge of your finances.
“I think budgeting is an important part of monthly planning. Who couldn’t use a little reminder to manage their money well? I’ve included a space at the beginning of each month, so you can write down any bills or expenses due and record how much you spent and how much you budgeted for health and fitness, shopping, personal care, gas and transit, groceries, bill and utilities, and entertainment. I hope this structure provides planner users with a starting point, making budgeting a little more accessible and fun!”
If you’re interested in taking a closer look at your spending habits, Marissa suggests tracking your daily spending in the calendar section of the planner.
// Social Media Scheduler
If you’re a blogger or business owner, chances are you’re navigating a full task list and trying to track the best times to publish content. Marissa uses her calendar to plan publish dates for blog posts (like this one!) and the weekly, time-based pages to schedule Instagram posts.
“Social media is such a great way to connect with my customers. I try to do my research so STIL’s content is going out at the best times every day. I work several weeks in advance and use a content planning app, along with my planner, to stay on top of posting.”
Have questions about planner usage? Leave us a comment and we’ll get back to you with our take on a planning strategy!