I’ve kept a planner since 6th grade. (I still own them all, they survived all my waves of minimalism). Year to year basic academic planners, broken down by week. How I use them now- my husband and I both have weird and variable schedules. For example this week, I have-
Monday: SirB, (event) (place) (time). My study interview call (time).
Tuesday: SirB, (event) (place) (time). Imperfect box arrival reminder.
Wednesday: SirB, (event) (place) (time).
Th: SirB, (call) (time). Reminder to schedule Latte’s upcoming 2 year old appt.
Friday: reminder that fridge will be delivered today.
On the right hand column for every day, I track the amount of time we spent outside that day, in pursuit of my “1000 hours outside” goal. Every Sunday I have the week total and YTD total on that.
I have a small set of pens I keep nearby and I color code some basics. Orange for SirB events. Dark green for dr/dentist type appointments. Bright green for Lil Pup appointments (this helps me easily spot, say, when I last took her to get her nails clipped). Red for “pay attention”. Pink for social, ie, remember that your in laws are coming Saturday, self!
I hope that helps? It’s not particularly cute. I used to do a lot more to do items, when I was a student and took it with me everywhere, but now most of those are voice reminders or on our white board in the kitchen, because my life is not my own haha.
Feel free to ask any Qs.