To organize a monthly planner, set realistic, achievable goals and objectives. List all your activities, sort by priority before entering events into a calendar, and then clean up by eliminating conflicts.
The first step in getting and staying organized is establishing a big picture vision of what you want to achieve at the end of a given period. From your goals, identify and break everything down into daily, weekly and monthly activities.
A daily plan is a detailed to-do list. It should contain accurate information including time and place where your proposed activity will happen. You may use color codes or itemized lists to show prioritized tasks. Setting reminders helps you stay on top of planned activities.
The next level of your monthly planner is the weekly overview. This provides a clear picture of what your days look like at a glance.
Next, settle on a method to track your activities. You may choose to depend on a printed calendar, diary or electronic journal. Software based calendars such as Google Calendar and Microsoft’s Outlook Calendar easily integrate with email programs and are accessible from various devices such as smartphones and tablets. Some of the features include reminders of your contacts' birthdays. With these, you can plan for many months ahead.
You should always enter accurate details into the planner. This helps you review and reschedule missed activities when planning for the next month.