Top 5 Reasons To Love Your Planner
It's the first thing you do every morning and the last thing you use at night. Do you love your planners enough to dedicate your time like that - to commit yourself to plan like that?
You should. There's something in your planner that works.
But if you haven't decided on what to do despite buying it, you're missing out on the planner's full potential. You are right on one thing, however. This planner was made to bring balance to your life by teaching you how to help yourself.
There are so many planners in the market in all shapes and sizes. But only very few live up to the nature of their being - as “planners” and as “goal setters”. And most of the time, it's the user's misuse of not maximizing those benefits from the beginning.
This is our pledge to change that. As your advocate, the goal is to let you appreciate your planner even before you start using it. There are heaps of lessons to learn from using your planner. But before we can even begin to teach you, your heart needs to be in the right place first.
Consider this planner the one you should have invested in. Here are the reasons why you should fall in love with your Wordsworth Planners:
MAKES YOUR DREAMS VALID
Planner creators hope that their work will speak for itself. All of the effort into creating a planner system which can be a great help for all - one system to fit all - culminated into one physical thing. You have it in your hands and there's power in that too.
If you didn't know, a planner is more than just a physical notebook with tons of paper inside it. It's more than just lines or dots strewn across the paper. First and foremost, your planner is apersonal organizational tool. Note that much emphasis must be placed on the word “personal”.
The reason it exists is to become your guide or your own personal implement which is small enough to carry with you at all times. The purpose of making the covers durable is so that the planner itself will last under the assumption of continued use. And even after all the pages have been exhausted, storing it will not degrade its value, most especially when it has served its purpose.
The best gauge is that you will have bought another planner just like it. That is the most tangible evidence to show how much you have accustomed yourself to making the changes the first planner was aiming you'd make. If you decided to continue with the system, it simply means it has worked for you.
We can only see one reason for your continued use - you have been transformed by the planner itself. Yes, a planner did that. The planner pretty much taught you to better organize your life and helped you become more productive. You got better at making actionable steps towards your dreams. And if you were able to do all that, by yourself, by following the system the planner laid out for you, it means some great things will happen to you.
Your Wordsworth Planner foresees the future you should be investing your time on. And humbly coaxes you into creating dreams, one after another. And it nudges you to always make that happen. To dream big will not be a problem if you only trust the system and keep pushing forward.
GIVES YOU FREEDOM
Many assume that planners are just calendars with more spaces. That could not be true for all. We believe all planners must provide flexibility to its users by creating spaces that are meant for free writing.
At its main construct, an effective planner must come undated. That is different from having a yearly calendar in it. All planners should have a dedicated calendar but the monthly, weekly and daily pages (the heart and soul of any planner) must be date-free. It should organically be free of tight dates where the user is no longer able to use those past due. That is simply wasting valuable real estate - unused pages to be specific.
There have been countless dated planners abandoned because they didn't extend to the user's freedom to mark their own dates in and start anywhere they wish to.
Planners are used mainly because of the contents and how well they are organized. But to be even more effective, the contents must be methodical and not recklessly added on. Your planner must only have the bare essentials in them starting from the very first up to the last amiable page.
This is what we call freedom to create and decorate on the pages. And that is a precious gift to have - any user can decide which parts of the planner they want to use more in order to suit their tastes and lifestyle. The planner does not, and will never, dictate how you should use the spaces. It merely guides you. Remember that the main author is YOU.
That's why it is important to eliminate all the unnecessary fluff including bulky decorations and elements that will overwhelm the senses in the long run. YOU have the freedom to be creative but the planner will not require where and how far this creative exercise will go.
ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR BEST
All your best effort in one place. That is one of the main attractions to this planner. It was designed with you in mind - to make you exert enough effort into acknowledging your achievements, day in and day out.
Acknowledging your own efforts is not an easy thing because we normally don't make a habit of noticing accomplishments we make especially if they are “small”. They only matter when they are big enough or impactful enough to make a difference. That's wrong. Totally wrong.
The first step to making a positive change is to acknowledge ALL of your steps. We keep saying it - there are no small steps or small goals. Every step you take has an impact on your personal development. Our mission is to make you acknowledge every stride you make and never label them as small, unimportant or had no real impact.
The planner system works to make every day a chance to make serious changes. Your overall development is dependent on overcoming daily, weekly or monthly challenges. You become better by knowing you did something positive.
For example, you start off each day with a gratitude statement. The purpose of which is to keep the positivity flowing through a daily basis. If you surround yourself with positive thoughts, you will go forward throughout the day stressing less about things. And it helps you see what is important. It helps you create a strong task list leading to one important (daily, weekly or monthly) milestone.
At the end of the day, when you get to sit down and review how it went, you will see not just how productive you've become but also how much more open you are to people, to emotions and to “small” wonders that came out of your day.
That, in itself, will be your impact on the rest of the world.
ROOM FOR SELF-CORRECTION
The planner also helps you realize just how human you are from beginning to end. You’ll make mistakes and even stumble along the way. You can’t possibly get things right ALL the time. At some point, you’ll feel discouraged even though you planned and worked hard to prevent mistakes. It will happen.
However, that does not mean you can dwell on this mistake, failure or truth for too long. YOU can correct yourself.
The planner gives you second chances. And we all need second chances, don't we? A LOT of them. And this planner keeps on giving. It does that by providing self-corrective methods like a review and reflection.
This allows for a “do-over” for all the plans that did not materialize or the tasks you failed at accomplishing. The planner will even ask you why it happened and then correspondingly ask you for corrective action.
You get to plan, correct when things go wrong and then reflect on the future - all in one space. That is power in your hands. Imagine what you can do with the ability to rectify wrongs.
SUCCESS IS YOUR ONLY DIRECTION
The road to success doesn't need to be complicated. That is how we should proceed going forward. The secret is to follow the routine set in the layout.
Planning and Goal setting should be easy. That's the rule. If those were hard, you would not dare make them. After counseling you into setting wrong things right, you will be guided toward the direction of success.
Simply put, the planner sets you up for success; directs you towards your goals and a favorable outcome. From the day you started on planning and envisioning your goals, up to the point of where you are able to tick off dreams from a checklist, you got there by your own determination and ambition.
Pretty soon, you'll realize that there were no small steps, after all. You began with just a pen and a planner in hand and a belief that you can get better. You have a planner that will make you a master at making small but tangible plans happen.
Trust your journey with it. You already know you are headed in the right direction when you acquired it.
“Great things are not done by impulse, but a series of small things brought together.” - Vincent Van Gogh