We are 4 days into a brand new year. This is when we start fresh with a brand new calendar and an optimistic set of resolutions.
You most likely intend to make 2011 a better year than 2010. I think that’s pretty universal.
But the question is, how are you going to do it?
More specifically, how are you going to plan and keep track of all those good intentions?
Do you have a planner? What kind is it? Paper? Electronic? A little of both?
A good planner that you will use and that will work successfully for you is vital to managing your life and your ADHD.
Did you notice that bold part? The part where it says you will actually use it and it will work for you? That’s really important. That’s the whole point of using a planner.
I know a lot of people who swear by paper planners. They like the idea of pen and paper and say that it’s easier for them to make entries into a paper planner.
If it works for you, great!
But I see a lot of people lugging around those oversized binder kinds of planners, and they’re bulging with extra pieces of paper and sticky notes. They look like a huge mess and I find it hard to believe that they actually do their job effectively.
What I recommend is an electronic planner. You can use your cell phone if you want. If you’ve got a smart phone, it will probably do the job very well.
If you’re like me, your kids have the cool cell phones and you’re still using one that Zach Morris would be proud of. In that case, you can use a seperate electronic planner. I use my iPod Touch, but there are others out there, too.
Here are some of the reasons I like electronic planners:
They are lightweight and easy to carry
They have an alarm setting that beeps at you to remind you of whatever you set an alarm for
They hold more information than you will likely ever need, and it’s all in one place
You are less likely to lose it
They are extremely versatile and usually do far more than just provide a calendar
Most have a search feature, which means you can find what you need quickly and easily
With a little practice, it is just as easy if not easier to enter your appointments and reminders in them than it is to write them in your paper planner
So, do you have a planner for the new year? Is it working for you? If not, you know what to put on your to do list.