I used a disc bound bullet journal as my planner last year and developed a nice system over time, as you can see from my quarterly updates. But, I wanted to try something new this year and I’m going to be using a 2017 Sugar Paper (for Target) White Weekly Planer.
Year End Work Planner Organization Review
At the end of the year, I conducted a planner / work organization review and assessed my needs in a work planner – and using a Bullet Journal.
- I need space to write to-do lists | which is the backbone of my system. Most of the things I write don’t have deadlines and are reminders to follow up on emails etc. BUT I would like to put some kind of timeline on myself, or I end of transferring them from month to month.
- Future planning | Monthly Calendars for the entire Year. I need to do yearly audits and it helps if I lay them out on each month of the year in advance. i.e. just write in on the month that they should occur for the entire year.
- Keep the system simple. My planner serves just 3 purposes ..
- Track trips – times I’m away from the main office
- Track my to-do list
- Track items that I am waiting on other people to repsond to via email. Every time I send an email that I need a response to – I write down a reminder to follow up with that person on that issue.
Why Look for An Alternative to the Bullet Journal
I could have continued with the bullet journal in 2017 – but I decided to see if there was a pre-printed planner out there that fit my needs a little better. I wanted to start adding tasks / to-do’s to a specific day instead of having a super-long running to-do list every month BUT I don’t care to draw these layouts myself in a bullet journal, and I don’t particularly want to use printables. So I decided to see what’s out there.
The 2017 Sugar Paper Planner
💓 The #1 thing that sold me … having the days of the week on one page AND a to-do list on the opposite page. So tasks with a due date go on a page – and reminders for follow-ups go on the page to the right.
Other things I like about the Sugar Paper Planner …
💓 It starts out with quick overview of everyday in 2017 and 2018 – what would have been even better was if there was a Julian Date calendar in there too … but OK – nobody does that.
💓 There are 2 pockets in the front to save those miscellaneous papers – suh-weet!
💓 There’s a traditional monthly layout across 2 pages BUT with a little notes section on the right side. This is perfect for listing out future plans.
💓 There’s also a notes section at the back with about 10 pages. I’ll probably use this to free-write quick notes from meetings.
So this year, I’m trying out using the Sugar Paper Planner for work. Do you use a planner for work or daily life?