Now that we are getting into the active days of summer, I’m finding I need to make and update plans on the go more often. I use a big planner, and I don’t take it out of the house with me unless I know I will need it. But plans are getting busier and changing all the time, and more than once lately I’ve been out without my planner and needed it. I’ve decided to use a satellite planner.
A satellite planner is a small, portable planner you use in addition to your larger planner. The idea is, the big planner stays at home and the small planner goes everywhere with you. Usually the large, at-home planner has all your details of your schedule and tasks, goals and plans, and everything else you need in your planner. The smaller planner is a stripped-down version with just your schedule and events.
You might wonder, what is the point of using two planners? Why not just use the smaller planner?
But when I’m out and about, I don’t need all this information with me. I just need to see when I have things scheduled and what’s going on each day so I can make plans on the go.
The key to using a satellite planner effectively is you must synchronize it daily with your bigger planner. It’s very important that you don’t forget to put newly scheduled events and updates into your big planner when you get home.
One trick I discovered very quickly is to write the dates I’ve updated on the current day space for quick reference when I’m synching my planners. For example, last week I was at my kids’ school talking to my son’s teacher about a field trip they have coming up and some other events. Since I had my handy dandy satellite planner with me, I was able to check the dates and write them in. I wrote the field trip into the date (May 25th), and wrote in the other events on June 1st and 6th. Then on the current day I wrote in parentheses: (May 25, June 1, June 6). When I got home I knew exactly which days to synch with my big planner, so I didn’t have to try to remember all the updates and possibly forget to transfer any events. After I wrote the new events into my home planner, I drew a line through the dates in parenthesis so I knew those dates had been synchronized.
I’m using the pocket size Sapa X planner I reviewed here as my satellite planner because it is so slim and light. There are lots of other pocket size options including the Space 17 weekly planner (reviewed here), IB traveler (reviewed here) and the Sapa X Academic planner. (Click here to see our planner size chart to check out all the pocket size weekly planner options.)
Do you use a satellite planner? What are your tips for using one?