5 Reasons to Use a Daily Planner
I’ve been thinking and working on plans for 2020 since October! In this post I’m sharing 5 reasons to use a daily planner and what it can do for you. Good habits make your days go more smoothly and increase your overall pleasure. I’ve learned a lot about using a daily planner over the years and these are just a few of my key takeaways:
1. It’s a Great Memory Bank
A daily planner is a place to keep track of the things you might forget like the dental appointment that’s two months away. It’s fresh on your mind when you call to make the appointment, but like anything else, out of sight, out of mind. Next thing you know the appointment sneaks up on you! Take a few seconds to write it down in your daily planner when you’re on the call. As the date gets closer, you will be able to plan around the appointment. Plus, visually seeing things written down helps improve your brain’s visual memory.
2. It’s a Terrific Goal Setting Tool
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time, right? If you build the habit of using a daily planner you can use this tool to break down the goal into bite-size pieces. Write it out, step by step and schedule each action item in your planner. As you do each item, you have a terrific visual aid showing your progress.
3. You’ll Be More Organized
It takes self discipline to become organized. It doesn’t just happen, you have to work at it by building the habit. Get in the habit of writing things down, scheduling them in your daily planner and you will become more organized. If you are still trying to hammer out your plans for an amazing year, you’ll want to read this blog series right away!
4. Know When to Say ‘No’
When someone asks you to do something, flip open your daily planner and take a look. Have you already committed to something else? Is the week already jammed full? By having things written down, you can quickly determine if you are available to do whatever is being asked of you. And, you know what? It’s perfectly okay to say, ‘No.’
You can make all the plans in the world, but marking those action items off your list is so very rewarding! What gets scheduled, gets done. When your personal productivity increases, so does your joy. The habit of using a daily planner decreases your chance of missing appointments and deadlines that can get lost in the shuffle of your days.
What is your favorite tool that supports you best in getting things DONE? I’d love to hear about what works for you! Comment on this post or send me an email.