Despite the ubiquity of electronic calendars, many business owners still use—and can’t live without—a physical business planner. It’s a good place to write down everything, from meetings to appointments to to-do lists to contact information. All of this important information can live in one handy place, and the bonus? You don’t have to constantly worry about whether your phone is charged or the Internet connection is working in order to access it.
But choosing the right planner for your needs takes some research. How do you know what kind of business planner is best? It’s good to compare factors like sections, format and size to find the one that fits your needs. Here are the key types of business planners to consider.
Traditional business planners
Looking for a place to primarily keep track of your schedule along with writing down your to-dos and contact information? A traditional planner fits the bill. You can choose the format that fits your needs, whether that’s a day planner, a weekly planner or a monthly planner. You also have a wide selection of brands, each with its own design and format. So it makes sense to compare options like Day-Timer, At-A-Glance planners and Blue Sky planners.
Professional note-taking systems
If you need to take and organize lots of notes—whether at meetings or while brainstorming—a professional note-taking system may be the ticket. Discbound planners such as the TUL note-taking systems give you the flexibility to easily add and rearrange pages and sections, essentially custom designing your planner as you see fit. You can color-code pages or add dividers for easy organization as well as add calendar pages for keeping track of your schedule.
Beyond having a more traditional business planner or notebook, you may also need a quick and accessible way to view your schedule for the day or week or to jot down tasks you (or your team) need to do. Desk calendars or dry erase calendars that can be mounted on a wall are a natural solution for that.
As you’re choosing your planner, you can think about how you can improve your time management and organizational skills in the year ahead. The right business planner can help you do just that.
About the Author
Kelly Spors is a freelance writer and editor based in Minneapolis. She previously worked as a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering small business and entrepreneurship.
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