How to Make Your Own Daily Planners and Rules to Follow

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A planner is a helpful tool for anyone with a busy schedule or a set of goals they want to achieve. It can provide you with an easy place to take notes, record deadlines and divide up your work so that you don't get caught with too much to do at the last minute. Planners can be helpful for students, professionals, stay-at-home parents or freelancers. Creating your own planner gives you the freedom to design the template that best suits your individual needs. You can also decorate your planner to suit your taste.

Things You'll Need

  • Binder
  • Computer
  • Paper
  • Hole punch
  • Dividers

Making a Planner

  • Design your planner pages on your computer and print them out. You can place each day on a separate page or divide each page into sections to fit the week. You might want to look at some examples of planners before designing your pages. You can also print out planner templates from various websites (see Resources).

  • Use a hole punch to make three holes in your paper.

  • Place the paper in the binder.

  • Mark dividers with the months of the year and insert these between months in the binder. You can also add a section for notes, contacts, deadlines or anything else that will help you stay organized.

  • Decorate your binder with photographs, paints or material. Make it look as fun or sophisticated as you like.

Setting Your Goals

  • List your goals for each month. What are you hoping to accomplish with your time? Do you have certain projects that you need to finish? For instance, maybe you have a presentation coming up at the end of the month that you need to prepare for.

  • Divide your larger goals into smaller goals and set deadlines. Write these deadlines into your planner. For instance, maybe you need to complete research for your presentation by the end of the first week of the month, write a proposal by the second, create presentation slides by the third and practice your delivery so that you can be ready to present by the fourth.

  • Repeat this step for each month as you go through the year. Don't forget personal goals as well as professional. If you are trying to adhere to an exercise program, you can place your goals for each week in your planner. Perhaps you want to run a marathon at the end of the year. Try to set goals that help you run a little bit farther and a little bit faster each week.

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  • Photo Credit day planner image by kenny123 from Fotolia.com
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