Today we will be talking
about how to master your planning system just in time for a new semester.
The purpose of this video is to help you understand
what the best type of planner for your personality and lifestyle is,
and independently of the type,
being able to master it and incorporate it seamlessly into your daily routine.
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I am one of those people that finds trouble achieving planner peace.
I have jumped back and forth between ring bound,
coiled and hardbound planners,
as well as bullet journals, digital calendars andjournals.
有两点你需要知道 一 每个人都有自己
Here are two things that you need to accept right now: (1) everyone has a predisposition
制定计划的偏好 二 根据你自己的需求
for a different type of planner but (2) that will adapt according to your needs and the
way you manage your time, in a specific momentin time.
Mastering your planning system means understanding
these two steps and applying them to your current life situation.
For instance, if you have an incredibly busy schedule,
considering an artsy bullet journal will not be the best option for you.
On the other hand,
if you have a very straightforward lifestyle, without requiring tons of different things to manage,
perhaps an expensive Filofax planner will not be necessary, considering those planning needs.
Here is a very quick sum up of what I believe can suit most planning types:
– If you love customization to the max,
appreciate a classic planner layout but also enjoy keeping
tons of lists and spreadsheets for different things,
love portability and have a disciplined planning schedule,
a bullet journal is the way to go.
– If you are always on the go and have to coordinate multiple things regularly, like
比如家务 工作 家庭日程
your home organization, your work, family schedules,
hobbies and education,
I believe that a ring-bound planner such as a Filofax will be a great tool.
– If you are a straightforward planner,
being disciplined and patient with your planning
routine but also currently focusing on only one area of your life like school,
both a coiled or hard bound planner are great options for you.
– If you are always on the go,
need to manage and share your calendar with a team or your
family and prefer the ability to seamlessly alter things
in your planner instead of customization,
I recommend a digital calendar,
如谷歌日历 或者第三方程序 如BusyCal或Fantastical
like Google Calendar or any third-party app, like BusyCal or Fantastical.
– If you love to handwrite and customize
but also enjoy the feeling of not having to rely on a physical planner,
synching your data between devices and also prefer adding new
pages and creating almost a digital bullet journal,
you can buy a digital planner PDF
and use it with any PDF software
on your iPad or other touch-enabled device and a stylus.
I will be giving one of these digital planners away,
so stay tuned until the end of the video.
personality,I love each and every method and I have used all of them,
but I must admit I have been loving planning digitally.
It’s super-efficient and the color coding
allows me to divide tasks by topic or by function,
drag them and reschedule them on the go,
and check my calendar on my phone, if I am not
at home, or in my iPad or laptop if I have them at hand.
I also enjoy the fact
that I am not wasting paper and buying tons of supplies just to fit my planning routine.
After you think what your planning needs are,
let’s get on with four major tips to master your planning system.
Regardless of the choice of planner,
relying on a simple color coding system will allow you to be more efficient.
Being able to visualize tasks and time slots by color can be really useful,
and the ability to apply this system throughout your planner,
be it with colored pens, dotted stickers,
highlighters and even planner dividers,
it will automate most of the planning for you
and allow you to label and group tasks andevents accordingly.
If you are not much into colourful schemes and prefer neutral tones,
you can also opt for muted colors,
like I did using these Tombow Brush Pens or opt for a system of symbols,
which you can draw with any black pen.
A great planner has to be structured
in order to clearly distinguish between tasks and events.
Events are occasions limited in time, like classes,
预约医生 一场音乐会 或与朋友的晚餐
doctor’s appointments, a music concert or dinner with friends.
Tasks represent the work you have to do and in order to be actually done,
they should not be sitting idly in a to-do list at the back of your planner,
but rather be smartly incorporated into your daily routine,
as if you were scheduling specific blocks of time to tackle those tasks.
As such, a good planning system should distinguish
between events and tasks but also allow you to incorporate tasks
by blocking a specific amount of time in your day so you can treat them as events.
Calendar blocking is a great tool for this,
and you can use it in spite of the type of planner you choose.
A crucial thing about your planner or organization
system is having space to allow you to put your thoughts onto paper.
These can be bucket or reading lists,
mind maps for projects or notes for a meeting or a presentation.
Some people have the need to jot down notes every single day,
so they may benefit from a planner that incorporates daily pages.
People like me, who mostly rely on lists to organize their thoughts,
definitely need some loose paper in the back
of a planner but do not require a daily layout.
Independently of the amount of space you need to pursue your planning goals,
be sure to minimize your system without relying on multiple planners or journals,
which can put you out of track and make you feel even more unorganized than before.
My last practical tip to master your planning system is to learn,
一劳永逸 抓住主要的项目 把它分成小的 可管理的任务
once and for all, how to grab a big project and breaking it into smaller, manageable tasks.
This can look so simple but it makes
such an amazing difference in how you manage your time and get things done.
For instance, when I have to upload a YouTube video each Friday,
instead of planning that major deadline, I break each YouTube video
into smaller tasks that I can accomplish independently. Usually,
each one of my videos is createdthrough an 9-task process: brainstorming,
writing the script, recording the voiceover,
getting the footage filmed, do the first edit,
制作图表 缩略图 最后一次编辑 上传
create all the graphics and thumbnails, making a final edit and uploading.
Each of these individual tasks are also individually scheduled
in my planner, which allows me to spread out a big project into several blocks of time,
which makes me understand clearly
how much time I will actually need to reach the end
of the project, and how dividing that
也让我学会计划生活的其他方面 比如我的大学生活 或家务活
project in several chunks also allows me to manage other aspects of my life, like my university or house work.
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