So glad you are joining me for this series on how to choose the right planner. We are diving into which is the best planner layout: week or day? If you missed my previous posts you can find them here: why use a planner and what you should track in your planner.
The layout refers to the either the day or week format in a paper planner. There are many options and combinations possible in finding the best planner layout. The layout you choose can make or break the planner. One layout is not better than another, only that certain layouts will work best with your perspective. For example an extremely detail oriented individual may love a day layout while a global thinker may prefer a week layout. But this is not always the case.
First let’s look at the different options. The daily planner layout is set up for one day per two pages or one day per page. If you feel overwhelmed or distracted looking at more than one day at a time then using a daily layout may be best for you. Usually one page is for your appointments and tasks with the other page for notes, though these can be combined differently. This is an excellent choice if you need the extra writing space for notes and enjoy a daily page layout to reduce distractions. If you like the daily layout but do not need extra space for notes then one day per page is a better option.
The weekly layout usually shows seven days in either a horizontal or vertical format. Any horizontal format displays the seven days from left to right, similar to the week in a monthly calendar. Vertical format of the week is similar to reading a book, listing the days from top to bottom. Often the left page displays Monday through Thursday and the right page show Friday through Sunday.
So which is the best one? If you ask avid planners you will receive many different answers so my first suggestion is not to ask others what layout they like but why they like it. Usually the layout is one of the reasons a person enjoys a specific planner. How you visualize your schedule to make decisions will determine the best layout for you.
First pretend you are talking with a friend who asks, “So what do you have going on this week?” When you begin to answer the question, often you will mentally recall your calendar in your mind. How do you see your calendar? Here are some questions to consider:
- Do you see yourself looking at just 1 day? For example can you only think of Monday’s activities and then mentally shift over to Tuesday?
- Do you think of the entire week, each day in sequence? Do you mentally think of your calendar as connected days of the week impacting each other?
How you visualize your day and week can often be the key to the best planner layout. It can be difficult choosing which is the best layout for you at this time. I qualify my comment since as life changes the type of planner you prefer now can be very different five years from now. For years I used a Franklin Covey daily planner with notes since it worked best focusing on only one day at a time. As I my life and process changed I switched to a vertical week layout planner with Plum Paper Planner. Five years from now I am sure my planning process will change again.
Here are some suggestions for each type of planner to get you started:
If you haven’t found the right planner, take heart. There are so many options for you as never before.
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