Recently I came to the conclusion that there are two types of people out there: the ones who love planners and the ones who hate them. I’ve been on both sides of this spectrum, so I understand why there are a lot of people who dislike the idea of keeping a planner. But now that I’ve committed to using one, I genuinely can’t imagine ever going back. Have you ever heard someone say their planner is their whole life? I bet you they weren’t exaggerating. I’ve only regularly kept a planner for about six months now, but I can tell you that it’s pretty much become my life.
Anyways, if you’re someone hates planners, these are a few reasons why you might want to reconsider your stance. And if you’re someone who loves planners, hopefully you’ll be able to relate to some of my experiences.
#1: “I would do it but I always forget…”
Anyone else guilty of using this phrase when you realize you’ve forgotten to do something that you were supposed to have done? We all have that one thing that manages to slip our minds and never actually gets finished. For me, this used to be things like cleaning my makeup brushes and organizing my purse. And while these chores were never really critical, I was constantly annoyed by the fact that I could never remember to get them done.
Having a planner has made it a lot easier to remember all the things on my to-do list, no matter how big or how small they may be. Making note of the stuff that’s easy to forget helps jog your memory when you need it to. Ever since I started using a planner, I’ve been more consistent in my work habits and a lot less likely to let something slip.
#2: Plan, de-stress, repeat
If you’re someone with a stressful and, at times, overwhelming schedule, planning can make the busiest of weeks seem manageable. A lot of the time, I think we manage to work ourselves up about busy weeks because we’re looking at the big picture rather than one step after the other. My planner has really helped me see the meaning behind the phrase “divide and conquer.” When I break down a week’s worth of activities into miniature to-do lists, everything seems a lot less chaotic.
#3 Achieving long-term goals
This one somewhat coincides with the last, but having a planner is perfect for the person who worries about achieving their larger, long-term goals. If you’ve got a big project coming up, for example, it’s a lot easier to get it done if you’ve made checkpoints for yourself in your planner. For me, it is most convenient when it comes to blogging. If I know I won’t have much time to devout to blogging during a given week, chances are I’ll set myself a general guideline in my planner. This allows me to budget my time and get up blog posts even when I’m busy over long periods of time.
#4: Checking things off your to-do list
One of the greatest feelings is being able to physically check items off your to-do list. After I finish something, I love being able to look back and make note of it in my planner. It acts as a sort of self-check and is a good way of measuring how productive you’ve been throughout the day.
Thank you so much for reading! Sorry for not getting a post up yesterday. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen that I had a lot going on and didn’t get the time to write. I usually tweet about days when I won’t be posting, so feel free to follow me on Twitter if you’d like updates.
How do you feel about planners?