We continue to ask readers to send comments and questions about planning, productivity and time management, to Jeff Doubek, Brand Spokesperson. Your response has been fantastic. Here is an answer to a user question that might be of interest.
Thanks for all your terrific tips; I incorporate them as often as possible. I have been using the Portable size paper planner because it fits in most purses, and having it with me is crucial. But I have recently found that the Desk size planner actually works better for me. Short of buying huge purses, is there a tip or trick that will help me keep the Desk sized planner with me at all times?
Thanks for writing. I’m pleased that you find my tips useful. I too use a Desk sized planner and have been for the better part of 15 years. It just works for me in terms of its writing space to portability ratio.
No, it doesn’t fit in your purse too well, so the best tip I can offer is that you create contexts in your life where it fits in, and know other times when it might not. For example, I might not take the planner into the grocery store, but I always keep it in the car.
(In any case, I never leave the house without it — but quite often leave it in the car. It’s never too far away.)
The secret to this is that I always have a back-up plan… usually in the form of a small notepad that fits in my jacket pocket. That way I can carry shopping lists and jot down thoughts and ideas that I have while away from my planner. It all gets transferred into my planner the minute I get back to the car — or my desk in the case of going to lunch.
So as you go about your day, follow some standards as to when you will take it and that will in-turn increase the likelihood that you will do so.
Some examples of when you would/wouldn’t carry your planner:
– Car: yes
– Restaurant: no
– Coffee shop: yes
– Social function: no
– Library: yes
– Teacher’s conference: yes
– Shopping: no
– Airport: yes
Hopefully, you see my point – you’ll have to make your own rules. Keeping a small notepad (or smartphone) in your pocket will help bridge the gap while you’re away from your planner.
Hope this helps.
Enjoy your time — Jeff