Do you have trouble keeping track of everything? Me too! This is why planning is so essential to my sanity. I can’t stand it when I forget or misplace important things. As I said in my previous journaling post, bullet journaling is really amazing! For those of you who decided recently that you want to be a planner but have a hard time sticking with it, consider these little tricks to help yourself become a better planner.
1. Keep your planner where you see it all the time!
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it didn’t even occur to me for the first few months of planning. I would update it whenever I could, but many times I would forget to do household tasks.
Once I put my planner up on the kitchen counter, my productivity level went way, way up! I keep mine up on this little wire shelf so that it is safe from spills or any other kitchen mishaps.
2. Identify your weaknesses or things you want to change.
Daily planning is about more than just remembering appointments and tasks. If there are certain goals that you want to reach or habit changes you want to make, write them down. Take the opportunity to write down how you will change these things as well. I keep all sorts of goals. I have sections for “Long-term Goals” like my 5-year and 10-years plans and I also keep weekly goal lists to help me stay on track. If I don’t write things down, I won’t remember to do them until I no longer have the time.
This is the most important piece! My planning time is the most relaxing part of my day. I usually settle into bed with a cup of tea and spread everything out around me – planner, colorful pens, washi tape, stickers, and the book I’m gonna read when I’m done. Taking the time to plan the night before can make all the difference in the next day. Even if you think you don’t have time, you can always find an extra 10 minutes. It’s worth it, I promise!!
So for those of you who have been asking me how I stay on track with planning, here it is! Make it fun and fall in love with planning! All it really takes is a notebook and some colorful pens to maximize your everyday productivity! 🙂 good luck!