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Day Planner Buyer's Guide

This is a brief guide helping you choose the right day planner for your needs.

Day Planner Software

A software day planner has many advantages over its pen and paper counterparts. It is much easier to make changes and updates using day planner software, just like it is much easier to edit text using a word processor instead of a typewriter.

A good day planner software package should provide a hierarchical project/task outline where you can break up large items into smaller steps. This helps you get organized and take control of your to-do list. You should also have a calendar display where you can schedule time for your projects and perform weekly planning.

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Free Day Planner Template

If you just want a free day planner template, this Excel file may fit your needs. It lets you write down your projects, appointments, and tasks.

You can download the Excel file from here (Excel 2003 format) or here (previous Excel versions). The current configuration is printable as a landscape page.

Organized Day Planners & Day/Weekly Planners

One of our favorite paper based day & weekly planner is the "Planner Pad" from PlannerPads. We like it because it supports many of the time management principles described in this website.

You can easily combine a paper based day planner with supporting software like Achieve Planner to create a custom day planner system.

Academic Day Planners - Student Day Planners

If you are interested in academic day planners, Quo-Vadis and At-A-Glance provide a variety of day weekly planners for the academic year.

You should also consider Achieve Planner, which provides many features that students would find useful in student day planners.

Using a Custom Day Planner

In some cases, you may not find exactly what you need from any existing solution. In that case, you often have to get creative and come up with your own custom day planner taking different ideas from here and there. You can start by choosing the one that is closest to what you need and developing small tools or systems to cover its weaknesses.

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