Through school and just about every job I’ve had, I’ve used some form of planner in addition to copious amounts of lists. While I’ve dabbled in digital planners and to-do lists, I keep coming back to analogue methods.
Post-it notes are great for short notes and lists. And recently I have adopted the Bullet Journal method of planning. I won’t go into a lot of detail about how the system works, maybe in the future I will share more on how I use it. But it’s the first planner I’ve used since school that I actually find useful.
Using a physical planner keeps me more organized because I find I retain more information that I’ve written out than if I type it. (However I find typing much faster for longer entries.)
With juggling work, theatre, and all the other projects I have going on, planning ahead keeps me from panicking when things get busy. While I do often have my schedule and to-do lists in my head. It’s reassuring to have them written down. I don’t feel like I’ve forgotten something when I can look at my week laid out on paper.
Plus it’s also so very satisfying to be able to check off tasks as they are accomplished; and it gives me a place to jot down thoughts and ideas. Later I can flip back through the journal to reference an idea or reflect back on a specific day or memory.