Planning Tips! 3 Ways to Become a Daily Planner

Planning Tips

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.

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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.

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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.

20160228_0843403. Set aside 10-30 minutes every evening to get the next day’s plans written down.

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!

Journaling <3

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Just as a little background, from 2005-2014, I was a diligent, obsessive, crazy Journal-addict. My journals kept me sane through Jr. High and High School and I love them dearly. In fact, I have begun backing them all up digitally (scanning them onto the computer one by one) and keeping them on a flash drive in my firebox because they mean that much to me. However, when I had my second child, I kind of let everything fall by the wayside because I was so busy taking care of two kids a year and half apart. Those 2 years that I only wrote sporadically really hurt me emotionally and as of a month ago it was really starting to show. So along with rededicating myself to health and fitness and this blog I turned my everyday planner into a “bullet Journal” of sorts. I have only been at it for like two weeks, but I can already see the 20160101_194810difference in my day to day outlook. I like how the bullet journal concept prompts you to make more lists and organize things more efficiently. When I was journaling in the past, I was keeping everything in there, but it was all spread out and kind of hard to find sometimes because as the days would pass I would leave those pages alone and 20160101_195228continue writing things down as they came to me. I am really enjoying having things divided into sections and then having the middle part hold my daily planner pages and journal pages. I absolutely adore being actively productive and seeing all that hard work laid out on paper. Here is just a small sample of how things have been going with that lately.20160101_194839