Hi lovelies, how are you all? I’m fine alhumdullilah. The past 2 months have been the hardest ever, which explains why I disappeared off of social media for a while. Now, when thinking about that time, I realise a lot of it had to do with my planning. For years and years I have had a to-do list and that’s about it, but as life gets busier, it’s important to stress the importance of good planning. For several years I have tried to implement different ways in my planning to make it easier for me to narrow down things that needs to be prioritised, whilst I don’t forget the not important – not urgent tasks. Normal planners have never worked for me, mainly cause it’s so hard for me to scribble left and right and actually remember what I meant with abbreviations such as ASR and BPL. So after searching the entire internet for possible template sites, printables of manageable and easy weekly planners, to-do lists, inserts – ANYTHING that could get me on the right track of this never-ending circle of missing events, I finally found a technique that worked for me and that I’m currently using since 2 months back.
I know that a lot of talented ladies follow me with an EVEN busier schedule than mine, and so I thought I wanted to help those who are as lost as me when it comes to planning and how to do it with a technique that lets you tick off 90% of the tasks for the day whilst having a social life on the side.
It’s weird that I’ve never known of Google Calendar. I mean, I’ve used calendars before, especially the iPhone one has been a rock solid choice for years now, but it has never been for other things than work.
I’m not exaggerating when I say that my life has changed ever since Google Calendar was introduced to me. I feel so light, so motivated and so inspired all the time cause now I have a set amount of availability for things I love, things I must do (study, work) and other activities that are not that important but I still want in my life. It’s so easy to plan with this calendar and the best part of it is that you can sync other calendars on here, which not only makes it easier for you to overview the week, but also saves you heck lot of time.
I have my work and university calendars synced with my Google calendar and they show up automatically so I can plan around these activities without a worry. You simply click the plus icon under “other calendar” heading in the left menu and follow the instructions.
It’s up to each and one of you to use this calendar however you’d like, but I will now go through the way I do it. Google Calendar is very easy to use, so you won’t have any trouble if you want to go your own way but as my technique is tested and I’m surviving atm (lol), we can hear my plan as well!
Now, there’s 3 different tools I use the most. First one is the reminders. These are tiny reminders that you can add on to your schedule so you don’t forget what’s planned for the day. I was quite confused of how I was supposed to use these in the beginning, but later on realised this is for the tiny tasks you can’t really plan according to a set time and don’t necessarily need a whole event for. An example is when I had to buy a pack of batteries for my car keys – this wasn’t an event nor did it need a whole block to itself and putting it as a reminder helped keep my calendar neat and clean!
You add a reminder by clicking on “create” in the left top corner and then switching tabs from “event” to “reminder”. Remember to tick off in the “all day” box, or else you have to set a time for it and we just discussed why we don’t need that. You can see the total amount of reminders on top of the actual day.
Moving on to the daily schedule – since my work and uni is already synced, all I need to really plan is when I need to do the studying (note taking, reading the course literature etc). This helps me so much in terms of planning on a daily basis! I like to plan in detail, and so I even plan when I need to take my showers (loooool). I won’t say that I do everything IN time, but ever since I started with Google Calendar, 90% of the things I have planned, gets done one way or another.
Btw, I plan my free days in more depth as I feel I’m more keen to procrastinate when I don’t have anything to do. But since I work and study full time, I do one of these on my day off. A free day either calls for a spa at home, binge watching movies, going out for shopping or spending time with my better half.
I love looking at the week from “weekly” overview but you can change to daily, monthly and yearly as well.
Google Calendar really helped me a lot to get back on track. I hope this helped you guys as well! I would also love to know if you’re a planner and what programs you use to plan with? Do you do handwritten to do lists or did you take the digital path now as well? Tell me!