At 22 years old, I’ve been planning regularly for six years now. That doesn’t mean I’m an expert, but I would call the experience under my belt significant. Along the way, I’ve learned a couple of tips that I’d love to share with you.
1. Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
I’m super guilty of this, but I am consciously working towards getting better. It’s really easy to want to implement a new method of organization in a big chunk. Baby steps, though, are much more effective. Instead of buying a planner AND decorating it AND tracking everything in it, adjust just one part of your fay. For example, keep your to-do list in one place, instead of all over.
2. Trying to be someone else.
You need to find your own planning style. Following planning blogs or planning Instagram accounts can be really exciting. It’s always really nice to find great inspiration, but you cannot try to be them. You need to figure out what style of planning and decorating will work for you. You are unique. Your life and your obligations are unique. So too, your planning style must be.
3. Planning your planning.
I have seen people get so worked up about planning that they never actually start planning. Remember that the point of planning is to make you more organized and efficient. If you’re spending more time planning how you’re going to plan than actually planning, take that as a red flag that something isn’t right.
Past Posts and Future Posts:
1. June 20: The Importance of Planning
2. July 2: How I Plan
3. July 6: Etsy Wishlist
4. July 9: Using Stickers Effectively
5. July 16: Continuous Planning
6. July 20: Favorite Planning Blogs
Emilie is an Army Wife, Data Engineer, and CrossFitter with a love for working through her thoughts in this space on the internet. She is a contributor to many open source projects including dbt, Meltano, and GitLab. She lives with her husband Casey, their son RJ, and their pup Bo in Columbus, GA.