Planning: The key to praise and a raise

If you’re like most PR junkies, you want to make your mark on the world. You want to impress your employer. You want to succeed. Take the world by storm.

Ever wonder how to do just that? I have. A couple semesters ago I was struggling to keep track of assignments and use my time wisely. My A-type personality was going crazy! I couldn’t keep it together. I was disorganized, a mess. I needed help.

So, I turned to an old-fashioned pen-and-paper planner.

The Paper Planner

There are a lot of planners out there, ranging from paper to electronic. Electronic planners like the iPhone or Google calendar boast capacity and portability. Each has scheduling and notification tools that help you stay organized and on-task. But each is bound by battery life and the ability to connect to the Internet.

I found a better way to plan by using a paper planner. Writing is not only better for cognition and memory, but if you write something down, you will remember it. Plus, paper planners never run out of battery.

In the 90s, the famous paper planner was the Franklin Planner. It boasted itself as the best planning tool. Today there are even more inexpensive options.

Some paper planners to consider include the Simplified Planner,the Passion Planner  and the Mini Parker Planner.Each planner has structure and offers a day-by-day or week-by-week planning style and each comes at a fraction of the cost of a Franklin Planner.

The planner I chose, and have found the greatest success with, is the Mini Parker Planner. It’s about the size of an iPhone and lasts four months, perfect for a semester of school. It’s undated so days aren’t wasted. The left side of each page lists the hours of the day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the right side of the page has a checklist for tasks.

Parker Planner

Mini Parker Planner


Today marks almost a year since I started using my handy-dandy paper planner. With the planner, I complete my tasks ahead of time. It has even got me praise and a raise.

How to get Praise?

“The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities,” Stephen Covey, co-founder of Franklin Planners.

Ergo, schedule your priorities. First, schedule things you must do such as meetings and work and then schedule flexible tasks. This systematic planning will insure you are organized and timely. Your employer will take notice and applaud your performance.

I used my planner to help me manage tasks while working two internships last semester. I scheduled my time wisely becoming efficient and organized in my efforts for each company. You know what happened? The supervisors took notice. Each was impressed and praised me for my efforts.

How to get a Raise?

Forbes reported that the top five things employers are looking for in 2015 graduates are as follows:

  1. Ability to work in a team structure
  2. Ability to make decisions and solve problems
  3. Ability to communicate verbally with people inside and outside an organization
  4. Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work
  5. Ability to obtain and process information

As you see, planning is extremely important. If you want to impress your current or future employer become a great planner. Learn now to prioritize tasks. Accomplish the tasks that are time and money efficient.

The best way to accomplish this is with a paper planner. It will define your success and ability in your career. You will rise or fall based on your ability to plan and organize.

So what planner will you choose—paper or electronic?


Images courtesy of Carrie Duford

Carrie is a middle kid out to prove herself. Growing up in the middle of the country, she loves all things outdoors and is currently training for a half marathon and a triathlon. She is married and loves to go on long bike rides with her hubby during the summer. She serves on BYU’s PRSSA event committee running various activities throughout the year. A few years ago she started a community service organization for youth in her hometown, which remains alive and well to this day. Carrie is known for her hard working personality and ability to get the job done. She has completed internships with Motu Juice, Gigg and BYU Men’s Rugby. Additionally, she has worked on projects for both Intermountain Healthcare and the Western Carwash Association.

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