Who’s going to use a daily planner? There’s no difference between that and a diary, is there? Is there?
A diary is for appointments.
If a diary is for appointments, what’s a daily planner for?
No More Missed Dental/Doctor Appointments.
If you use your diary for work appointments only, how do you make other appointments with, say, the dentist / hairdresser, etc?
I have an excellent system involving my kitchen wall and sticky labels.
And how many sticky labels end up on the floor then walked through your home?
Scrub the sticky labels, scraps of paper and keep a daily planner. It’s for so much more than appointments.
A daily planner does exactly that. It helps you plan your day.
One page will have a set of blocks and each block is for a different set of tasks.
You could have four blocks – Task list (work), To-Do list (personal), Exercise and Meals. That way, you can keep organised. Each list could have four items max.
There are also two daily journal pages for “bullet” style notes on what you’ve done that day – one liners, not your life story.
Better Time Management.
You manage your time better when you know what you’re doing each day.
If you’re a “fly by the seat of your pants” kind of bod, how much time do you waste in a day?
Using a daily planner means you can plan your day.
How much time do you waste on social media, checking emails and reading? They’re all good things if done in moderation.
The planner would help you do those things in moderation.
A daily planner will improve your work-life balance.
Improve Focus and Productivity.
What’s your priority?
Mine is to produce something to sell while having time to go out and socialise for a couple of hours.
Using a daily planner makes me set out what needs to be done that day. At cob (close of business) for that day, I plan out the same for the next day
It’s improved my focus because I have that thing to do on that day so I will focus on that thing and get it finished.
Poor time management is farting about and not getting a task finished so having to revisit it the next day.
The knock-on effect is that when I focus I finish tasks and produce something to sell, as well as socialise for a bit.
The best thing a daily planner has done for me is –
You can’t avoid all stress but, because it affects you physically and mentally, it’s important to reduce as much as possible.
Work out your priorities, rank them in order of importance and decide which you’re going to add to your Task list that day, starting with the biggest.
Anyone can work on the four least important priorities but remember that you want to reduce stress.
Working on the four “least stressful if they don’t get finished” priorities will probably add to your stress, not reduce it!
Be realistic, people!
Decide what you can say “no” to and step back from it.
** If you say “no” to something and don’t step back, people will think you didn’t really mean “no”.
We’ve all fallen in to that trap 😉
When using your journal pages, note important things that happened that day.
Maybe a goal achieved, you did something for the first time, you managed not to break anything.
Save them to look back on later.
Let your daily planner become your memory book – a snapshot, “a day in the life of……”
What benefits can you think of?