The 4 Wonderful Things Your Planner Can Do For You
These days, stress is easy to come by. Just go through an entire workweek without a carefully managed schedule and you'll get knocked down by stress in no time. Stress will easily overwhelm you and for this reason, you begin to succumb to a lot of other pressures too.
If you're the type of person who is a magnet to a lot of stressors, you might need to think about why this is happening. You may need a plan and a concrete action to overcome stress. If there is plenty to begin with, then it's time to ask for help.
We have a suggestion, albeit, a solution. You need just ONE thing.
Yes, only one thing may work.USE A PHYSICAL PLANNER as a way to beat stress. There are so many wonderful things a planner can do for you. The most vital of them is to teach you practical preparation methods that can overcome stress or reduce it significantly.
We are not kidding here. By learning some applicable planning or management techniques, you could be living a very different life. All it takes is to use the right planner.
1. PROPER CONTROL OF YOUR SCHEDULE
You can get ahead of stressors by planning out what to do with the fast-moving elements in your life. You may be moving in a space where you know what you have to do but can't get a foothold on where to start. You may be simply out of sync and letting things get out of control.
In short, your life has many moving parts and have no idea how to manage them all properly.
The reason you are overwhelmed is you don't follow a schedule. You move as you go which is actually a very unproductive process. You can reduce your stress significantly if you take control of your schedule, plain and simple.
It's easy to get started on this. Begin by trusting the system that's laid out on your planner. This personal development setup allows you to prioritize tasks each day and plot out a practical schedule for all of them. And this practice is done on a daily and weekly basis.
By simply plotting out your schedule, you're already adding structure into your day. Your first step is to learn how to prioritize your time. Assign your tasks according to the times of the day that you should be most productive. For your waking hours, do whatever you need to get done but do them according to the schedule you've set out.
This way, YOU remain in control of what your day is going to be like. In doing so, you know what to expect from beginning to end and better prepare for them. If there's a need to adjust your day, you can easily navigate through the schedule because you made it. Nothing should overwhelm you to the point of stressing if you follow the system until it becomes a habit.
2. A GLIMPSE INTO THE FUTURE
At the very beginning of your usage, almost all planners require you to make a pivotal step into shaping your future by using the Goal Settings feature. This is how your future develops because of your goals. How good at you at setting them?
The number one rule we allow in our system is not to treat any goal as being “too small to matter”. Our philosophy is: there are no SMALL goals. What matters is you follow through with ALL of them. Big or small, whatever it takes, you MUST direct all your actions - daily, weekly or monthly towards achieving those goals.
In general, goal settings have 3 facets: First is aMind Map, then create avision board and eventually moving towards bothpersonal and inter-relationship goals. A Goal Mind Map is a visual diagram you create of the dreams or aspirations you want to achieve. It's a process you go through while segmenting what dreams take precedence in your life. If you have plenty (as we all do), a mind map is also when you create vital steps in knocking them out one by one.
Mind mapping your goals gives way to the creation of a Vision Board which illustrates tangible things that represent your dreams. This is where you list or attach some very useful information which will eventually reveal a lot of things about yourself. That's what makes this process fun.
Personal and inter-relationship goals are the ones you set aside for yourself and the people you want to foster lasting and meaningful relationships with. The consequence for making such goals is to determine if they are practical for the moment. They should be feasible enough to achieve within a timeframe. And yes, setting a deadline is important too.
3. GENUINE REFLECTION GUIDE
If you think that a planner can't open your mind to positive reflection, think again. The system in your planner incorporates proper guidance into what should be a process for review and assessment of all your actions (or inactions). At the end of each week or month, this planner system gives you time - toSTOP, PAUSE and REFLECT.
Generally, reflection is that portion of the planner which asks you a bunch of introspective questions such as:
- What things have you failed to do this time?
- Why haven't you done them?
- What do you plan on doing about it?
- What is your next course of action?
- What lessons have you learned at this point in time?
- What did you discover about yourself?
These questions offer a glimpse into your past actions. Spend time and genuinely reflect on the things which should have had an impact but you failed to prioritize. More importantly, why haven't you done what you should have? Trust that these questions are not meant to judge you or your planning skills. At this point, it merely serves as a guide for you. Otherwise, you normally wouldn't allow yourself a chance to reflect, right?
The planner gives you weekly and monthly chances to do this right. Consider it a mandatory pause - a time which you're forced to do some much needed decluttering. After spending a week or an entire month of planning and scheduling, how has that improved your life? The premise is your past actions should influence all decisions/actions moving forward.
All things considering, the reflection section also asks you: What's next? It's important that you take this chance and give yourself a break. That's it.
4. OPPORTUNITIES TO PLAN FOR “ME” TIME
Preparation and control are the two most important keywords when dealing with stress using a planner. You'll see why in a minute.
Planners are tools that you can use now to implement many divisive ways into setting aside some time for yourself which is also an essential part of planning.
Since you are now exercising significant control over your schedules per day through time management skills, there's no reason to miss setting up a time in a day for yourself. You must also have some time to prepare for self-improvement. All actions here must have no other basis but prioritizing your own personal development. Nothing outside your own ZONE OF THOUGHT must occur. Think of it as a reward - having time for whatever you wish to do for yourself only.
The bottom line is this: It's all about YOU.
All that you have been doing with your planner is gearing you towards having better relationships, better time management skills and then see improved productivity in your life. All of them tantamount to having a stress-free life. Why? Because you've prepared adequately for them.
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”