Learn how to use a Monthly Planner to make the most of every month in five simple steps.

Budgeting, scheduling, project planning, event planning and more, the Erin Condren Monthly Planner (available as a 12-month coiled planner or an 18-month binder planner) is a powerful addition to the LifePlanner™ for every type of project—personal to professional. Here are five ways to help you use this agenda and notebook in one to get organized, reduce stress and reach your monthly goals.

Step 1: Decide how you're going to use your monthly planner.

A Monthly Planner is an incredible tool when it comes to tackling specific or specialized projects like budgeting or building out a content calendar. First, decide what your goals are. Second, set your intention for planning. Then, start planning!

Before you begin, read on for more helpful tips to set you up for successful planning in your Monthly Planner.

Step 2: Set goals in the two-page goals spread.

Start your planning by setting intentions. Whether you're setting goals by the month (with one box for each month of the year) or targeting specific topics (like health, finances and personal), make a point to make a goal.

Step 3: Add dates to your monthly calendar.

Next, add important dates to your monthly calendars. From birthdays to holidays, exams to anniversaries, note those important days you don't want to forget.

Step 4: Use the note pages for jotting thoughts, list-making, bullet journaling & more.

Take advantage of the additional notes pages between the monthly spreads and combine the best parts of a Monthly Planner with the structure of a notebook.

Step 5: Customize your monthly planner.

Create a personalized planner that's perfect for you. Customize your cover and add on the extras like storage pockets, snap-in to-do lists, sticky notes, whatever is clever! You can even add on more notes pages to fit your needs, with three layout options: lined, dot grid & productivity.

Don't forget to accessorize with new, stylish planner accessories! There are so many ways to organize your days and expand your planning potential with this must-have Monthly Panner!

Need more organization inspiration to get started? Check out How To Start Planning in our Inspiration Center!