How to Organize a Daily Planner

Learning how to organize a daily planner does not have to be a difficult or time-consuming task.

Organize a Daily Planner
Keeping your daily planner organized will help you plan and manage your time more efficiently. .

Determine if your daily planner fits your needs. A well-organized planner saves time and improves time-management skills. Binder-style planners should be organized with the most-used sections in the front and the least-used sections in the back. Fixed-style binders should have the most frequently used sections marked with a paper or binder clip for quick reference.

Clean out your daily planner. Planners record what you need to accomplish during a given day and should not contain papers, Post-its or other documentation unless they are relevant to the day's or week's events.

Color-code entries with highlighters in your daily planner that are frequent or important. Color coding allows for quick referencing, saves time and prevents you from missing important events.

Organize events in a daily planner according to time. By categorizing events by hour, morning, afternoon or evening allows you to reference events quickly.

Keep daily planner entries short. Each entry should contain the date, time, location and event. Any additional information should be recorded on a Post-it or separate piece of paper. Attach this information to the same page of the daily planner or store it in a section that is easy to access.

Things You Will Need

  • Highlighters
  • Post-it Notes
  • Post-it Flags
  • Paper clips or binder clips


  • Do not overuse color coding or Post-its. Instead of making events easier to reference, it will make organizing a daily planner more difficult.

About the Author

FaithAnn Marie began writing in 2009, and her work appears on eHow and Answerbag. Her areas of expertise include health, science, computers, information management, data organization and computer networking. She is a certified phlebotomy technician and is working toward a Bachelor of Science in clinical laboratory research.