5 Benefits of Using a Planner
Because most of us lead such busy lives it’s all the more important to keep organized. We have the demands of school or work (or sometimes school and work); we have social lives, family time, hobbies to maintain, events to attend… TV shows to watch! And very few of us have the brain capacity or the memory to effortlessly keep track of all of these demands on our time. That’s where a daily organizer or planner can come in; a tool for helping you plan and organize your day-to-day tasks.
If you aren’t already using a daily organizer here are 5 benefits that will convince you to start!
1. Improve Your Time Management
Time management is all about planning and controlling the amount of time spent on your activities, and a planner is one of the best tools for doing this. Planners tend to have daily or weekly overviews that allow you pencil in all of the events and tasks on your schedule, as well as any other ideas and information you need to jot down. You can organize the events of any given day according to time (by hour, morning, afternoon, evening, etc.) Ultimately this will help you to get a “big picture” view of your schedule, allowing you to better control and plan your time and helping you ensure none of your commitments conflict with each other.
And once you’ve improved your ability to manage your time, you’ll be privy to a host of other benefits: You’ll have better control over your life, you’ll be more productive, and you’ll meet more of your goals.
2. Remember More, Forget Less
Put simply, a planner will ensure you never forget anything important again. Given the option of writing it down, setting it to a specific date and time, and referring back to it regularly, you’re not likely to forget or miss dental appointments, important payments, or friends’ birthdays. Just like the benefits of time management, having a planner will mean exercising more control over your life.
3. Increase Productivity
Because you’ll be more organized and able to prioritize your tasks, you’ll be able to get more done. Basically a planner will lock you into a “system” and keep you focused and moving towards your various goals. Without this “system” you’re less able prioritize every task on your schedule and you’re more susceptible to procrastination.
4. Decrease Stress
After gaining a sense of control over your life from the above three benefits, you’ll be privy to another important benefit: less stress in your life. After outlining your schedule and prioritizing your to-do list in a planner, you’ll be released from the feelings of being out of control or overwhelmed with tasks. Add to that that you’re never forgetting important events and your productivity have improved, and you’ll benefit from minimized stress and an improved quality of life.
5. Have a Record
The final advantage that comes with keeping a planner is that you’ll have an easy-to-access record of all of your tasks, appointments, and notes. Don’t remember the last time you met with your friend or saw your doctor? Just grab your planner and flip back a few months. Keep track of phone numbers, meeting notes, and more.