Back-to-school time (just like the beginning of a new calendar year) has many of us thinking about getting better organized. With the myriad of planner choices, notebooks, and colorful pens available to help us stick to that goal, we start off with the best intentions. For some of us though, staying organized and on top of our busy schedules doesn’t last for long.
I’m sure you know how to use a daily planner, but you might not know just how valuable they can really be! Let’s take a look at the benefits of using a planner–they go far beyond helping you remember your appointments.
9 Benefits of Using a Planner
Using a Planner Helps You Manage Your Time
Do you get overwhelmed with everything you need to do? It can feel like there just isn’t time for everything that needs to be done in our work and personal lives.
So many of us could actually “find” more time if we scheduled our tasks and our time more effectively. Instead, we’re constantly busy multi-tasking, which we now know is very inefficient. We hop from one thing to another, often not giving our full attention to what we’re doing, but instead worrying about what else needs to be done.
Using a planner to schedule appointments, events, and tasks means you always know what you need to do each day. As you fill in your calendar, block out the time needed for each task, so your days aren’t overscheduled. Be sure to schedule in family time and time for self care too.
Using a Planner Can Improve Your Productivity
We all have both personal and professional demands on our time. Using a planner can help you meet those demands.
You probably think of productivity as it relates to your job, but you also need to be productive at home. There are lots of household chores and tasks that are easier to stay on top of if you put them on your schedule–think weekly cleaning, meal planning, grocery shopping, home diy projects, etc.
Blocking out time on your schedule for your errands and household chores is a great way to improve productivity. Designating time to focus on one thing before moving on to the next is a sure way to boost your efficiency both at home and at work.
Using a Planner Means You’re Less Likely to Forget Something Important
It’s stressful to try to remember everything you have to do, remember the appointments you’ve scheduled, and the work deadlines you have coming up.
Using a daily planner to write down your to-do lists, appointments, deadlines, and keep track of birthdays means you are less likely to forget something important. Just the act of writing down the event or task makes you more likely to remember it!
Using a Planner Means Less Stress
It’s easy to become overwhelmed when we have so much on our plates. However, even a busy schedule feels more manageable when we allot time for the things we need to do. With everything written down and given its own block of time, we can go more easily from one responsibility to the next. There is so much less stress when we don’t have to worry that we’re forgetting something. And, when we use a planner, we don’t have to put things off because we haven’t planned enough time for them. Don’t forget to use your planner to schedule self-care activities too.
Using a Planner Can Benefit Your Health
There are lots of ways you can use a daily planner to help you stay healthy. Obviously, a calendar or planner will help you keep track of your scheduled check-ups and dentist appointments. But here are some other ideas: use your planner to schedule time for exercise and time outdoors (for that all-important fresh air and vitamin D).
Your mental and physical health will also benefit when you use a planner because your stress is reduced. Buy a planner with blank pages for journaling to get even more health benefits!
Using a Planner Will Free Up More Time for Fun and Creative Endeavors
When you stop trying to multi-task and use a schedule to make sure all of your important tasks get done, something amazing happens. You have a little (or a lot) more free time.
Make good use of that time–whether it’s for self-care, a hobby you enjoy, or trying something new. By the way, you can use your planner as a creative outlet. Add stickers to important tasks or dates, leave space to write, doodle, or decorate your planner.
A Planner is Place for Records
Another good way to use a planner is to keep track of appointments and important notes. For example, when you need to reference the last time you had a check-up with a doctor or when the dog needs their shots, it’s easy to look back through your planner to see when the last appointment was.
A Planner Allows You to Focus on Important Activities
It can become overwhelming to manage all of our daily work and personal tasks. Most of us have a lot on our plates, so we need to prioritize the most important things. Spending time on unimportant activities makes us less productive. Using a planner helps us make sure our essential tasks get done first.
Using a Planner Gives You a Sense of Accomplishment
Who doesn’t like the feeling of accomplishment when you’ve checked off everything on your to-do list? It’s a good feeing, and getting those tasks done is a great way to stay motivated to keep working toward your goals.
You’ll even enjoy your time away from work more when you know you’ve finished everything (or at least the most important things) on your list.
There are so many more benefits to using a planner than the obvious. Are you using one? Has our list given you any new ideas about how to get more from your planner?
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