This is a topic that comes up frequently in my online planner conversations. Should you use a separate planner at work and another for your personal use? Or should you use just one planner for everything?
The answer, as with most things, is: it depends.
There are several situations where you might want or need to use a separate planner for work only. Some professions have security or confidentiality rules that forbid you to take information out of work. Another situation, which I’ve done and is very common, is to use an electronic scheduling system at work that other people can access, and another planner system for your personal life. Some people prefer not to think about work outside of work hours, to help their work/life balance. If you have a job where your work time is completely separate from your personal time, and you don’t need access to your work schedule outside of work, you can have a separate work planner.
However, as it gets more difficult to delineate work time from personal time, there’s a lot to be said for the one-life-one-planner mindset. Even when you think your work life is separate from your personal life, there are still situations that cross the work/ personal barrier like remembering to iron your best outfit this evening for your big presentation tomorrow, or to leave work early to go to your child’s school event. And there’s always the issue of scheduling doctor or dentist appointments around work schedules.
Over the years, I’ve done both. While working in a big company, we all had to use Outlook for meeting scheduling so I used a separate planner for my personal life. But several years ago while I was working full time, taking classes and applying to graduate school, I had to keep everything visible in one planner so I could schedule everything around each other.
Do you prefer using separate planners for work and personal? Or do you prefer one-life-one-planner?