Day Planners

Written by Sarah Provost
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Day planners are crucial to keeping yourself organized, especially if you prefer not to enter all your information into an electronic device. With such an amazing variety of sizes and styles of day planners available, choosing the best one for your uses can be a process of trial and error. If you're responsible for ordering day planners for your organization, choosing one to suit everyone can be a challenge.

The first question to ask yourself is, what is a typical day for a typical employee? Does he or she have many appointments in a day? Perhaps a daily planner with quarter-hour divisions would be best. If your employee works on a single project most of the time, with only a few meetings and deadlines to keep track of, a planner with one month displayed over two pages might do very well.

The format I prefer is the weekly/monthly. Each week has a two-page spread, with room for lists and notes. In addition, at the beginning of each month there is a two-page monthly calendar. I can glance at the monthly calendar for an overview of what's coming up, while using the weekly pages to keep notes and a to-do list.

Order a Variety of Day Planners

How to solve the problem of individual preferences depends on the size of your company. As an office manager in a 40- person office, it was easy enough for me to pass around a sheet for people to indicate which of a selection of styles they would prefer. In a larger organization, though, that isn't practical. Consider letting each department decide what kind of day planners the majority prefers, and order by departments.


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