I've always been obsessed with stationery, planners, notebooks, pens... you name it. In university I was a big Bullet Journaler (if you know, you know) and I came up with this brilliant page layout that worked so well for me! I eventually got tired of having to replicate that layout in my blank journal every week, and I figured that what worked for me might work for others... and so the Signature Weekly Planner was born.
Printed on a 6"x10" Post-It Notepad with 50 pages, it makes the perfect (almost) year-long planner. In this blog post I'll teach you how to get the most out of the planner and how I use mine every week.
1. fill in the dates
The First thing you want to do in your planner is fill in the dates for the week. Start by circling the month at the top of the page, then fill in the dates for each day of the week in the top half of the planner.
2. fill in your appointments
The next step is to fill in your appointments for each date on the top half of the planner as well. This space is used to add reminders or appointments for specific dates and times.
3. write your to-do list
On the bottom half of the planner is the space for a running to-do list. You can add to this list at any time during the week as things pop up and you'll hopefully never run out of space. Write all of your to-do's for the week here and get all of your ideas out onto paper, in the next step we will worry about scheduling each task. I write my tasks with a little dash beside them, which will come in handy in step 5...
4. scheduling your week
Now, here is where this system really works for me. This is where we schedule our tasks for each day of the week. Simply put a dot in the correct column for the day of the week you'd like to schedule the task for that row. As your week changes and shifts around, you can add additional dots to change the days you'd like to work on something, and even add multiple if your task is a multi-day project, like "create offboarding template" is in the example below. Make sense? Let's move on to the last step
5. using the "key"
This is another one of my favourite features of this planner -- the "key". The Key is a set of symbols that help you know what needs to get done and what has been completed at a glance. See the example below to see how my key works -- feel free to use it for yourself too!
Examples of how to use the key:
In the example below, let's pretend it is the end of the day on Tuesday. According to the to-do list, I've booked my doctors appointment, started working on the offboarding template, and on Monday I booked my flights. The other tasks will hopefully be completed during the rest of the week.
So there you have it! That's how I use my Signature Weekly Planner. If this system seems like something that would work for you, you can grab your own notepad in my online shop. Happy planning!!