Picture a day in a life of someone who uses a planner. This person has spent the evening plotting down a schedule for the day ahead. Every waking hour is productive with appointments, tasks and schedules to keep track of.
The reason for doing this is to never miss a beat. Despite a busy life, planning ahead works to set everything right. By the time this person wakes up to a brand new day, all of the day's activities have been meticulously organized. The day should resume without a hitch. Should there be any surprises along the way, it can be managed somehow knowing what's past and what's ahead.
Think about that for a second. Does this life look like something you want to lead?
We all have busy lives and we handle it our own way. But if you ever find yourself needing to get your life more organized in a manner that will guarantee positive and permanent changes to happen, you'll need a planner. That's right, a planner is the only tool that can get the job done of organizing your life and do it in a way that will train you for good.
Here are the most important reasons for having a planner, now more than ever:
Planning is the key to an organized life. And being organized is the result of having habits that encourage you to be active and productive.
Perhaps, the most obvious reason to need a planner is to make organization a habitual exercise. Some might say that it is easier said than done. But that's not the case with planners. The main reason a planner is the most efficient way to be organized (and stay that way) is to help you create intentional choices regularly as if it were a natural way of doing things for you.
Planners are methodical and its contents are based on what science calls behavioral structures which can be corrected or coached into setting routines and forming habits that pave the way for a balanced life. In other words, you can learn how to get organized. It isn't something easily done though. You must commit, first and foremost, to follow through as the planner intends.
The way a planner is created is for you to have a solid system to follow. First, the pages are sectioned off into Daily, Weekly and Monthly portions (among others). Each section has a pattern that repeats all throughout the pages. Following this setup allows you to be constantly lead by a routine. The habits you then form would have been paced and controlled intentionally.
For example, times of the day are set per hour. Tasks are broken down into priority lists (top and secondary). Goals need to be set in the beginning as well. These are concrete steps that persuade you into becoming consistent at delivering as the planner suggests. Eventually, you'll find yourself habitually scheduling in your activities as if it was just by instinct.
That's how you know the planner is already working its magic on you.
- Savvy at Time Management
Planners are great for developing time management skills. This entails a measure of one's ability to use one's time effectively or productively on the times when you need to.
There are so many definitions around these two powerful words. All of them stem from the concepts of planning and controlling the amount of time spent on your activities. Time management is really your ability to control your time: how you manage your 24-hours in order to meet your daily goals.
We keep hearing people complain that there's never enough time in a day for what they need to do. But how would you explain why there are some people capable of managing it. The answer? Those who complain a lot forget time management is a necessity for survival- good time management, most especially.
Panners are designed specifically to help you achieve that. It gives you an element of control. The planner enables you to create a schedule which is befitting your current lifestyle and activities. It holds you accountable for actions and priorities set at any period during the entire 24-hours.
It's also called being smart about the use of your time by getting more done. Normally, planners provide this in a layout with built-in hourly schedules and dates of the week. A monthly section then follows to help you see the bigger picture if you need to.
The trick is to never plan on the day unless to make necessary adjustments on the schedule. Plan ahead of time and be diligent about it. Not doing so will be detrimental to the planner's purpose. And of course, if you fail to manage your time effectively, you'll have some undesirable consequences to be expected, such as:
- Missed deadlines.
- Inefficient workflow.
- Poor work quality.
- A poor professional reputation and a stalled career.
- Higher stress levels.
- Planning for Productivity
Planners are productivity assets as well. It is a primary tool that coaches you how to maximize the use of your time by planning ahead.
Productivity is the result of what you repeatedly do with your planners. Having it constantly with you so you can regularly use it can promote proper time management which will lead you to get more done.
If you make a habit out of planning your time, you can face your day with expectations of preparedness. You know what to expect and when to expect it. This is important not just professionally but personally too.
Productivity also pertains to what you do outside of your work such as being at home or sustaining relationships. For example, you can include personal errands or do some cleaning into your daily schedule. You can also set aside time to go on dates with friends and other people.
- Keeps the Stress Away
When you know ahead, you can amply prepare what you need. And this exercise of productivity eliminates pressures and stress which is another benefit to using planners regularly.
There's beauty in knowing how your day is going to be. What a planner actually does is to let you carve out a schedule that you're most comfortable with. You take control of what happens, and thus, create a proper mindset. You can face the day feeling good about the appointments you've set or the tasked you've listed. Also, going in prepared lets you face challenges head-on.
More importantly though, once you know how to manage your time wisely, you can now give yourself some time to relax and enjoy. For example, you can keep your days off free from any chores (or relax by doing chores, totally up to you). In this case, you are using your planner to gain more time to really enjoy the things that matter most in your life.
- Key to Good Health Habits
Have you had missed doctors' appointments unintentionally just because you forgot? That can be eliminated with a planner. Perhaps if you had added in that appointment ahead of time, you'd have planned out the day with the intention of meeting that doctor on time, as scheduled.
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Using a planner to keep track of your routines can benefit your health too. In fact, this is the reason why so many people have been creative about adding some good health trackers into their planners in order to form life-changing health habits.
Some popular examples are meal trackers, exercise/workout trackers, water or calorie intake. You can also set important doctor appointments months ahead in your planner's monthly sections. You can also set weight loss goals and schedule in regular workouts or diets that target those goals.
These benefits last a lifetime. And it takes one planner you have to commit to - but it has to be the right one. Hope your quest for a good planner will be just as fun as the actual planning process. Take your time, get to know your planner and use it to your advantage.
“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.” —Rodin