Benefits of Using a Planner – Why Bother?

Sure you probably know the basic benefits of using a planner but may still be hesitant about adding one more thing to your already bursting at the seams busy life! Perhaps you’re still not convinced of exactly how it can actually help you in your daily life and not just become “another thing” you have to do. Take a look at some of the reasons why everyone – including you – may want to consider regularly using a planner.
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Planners Can Help You Reduce Stress

Stress has many forms, but one thing they all have in common is that it comes from being overwhelmed. You’re often stressed due to a hectic schedule, having too many demands, or just putting too much on your plate. Outside influences can also affect your stress level, but think of how different it could be when you actually have time for everything and are able to seamlessly go from one responsibility to the next without having to worry about missing something, being late, or having to back out at the last minute.

Planners Can Actually Benefit Your Health

As you might imagine, planners can help you stay healthy in a variety of ways. They can benefit your physical health by helping you track things like diet and exercise, scheduling regular doctor and dentist appointments, and reminding you to get enough fresh air and vitamin D by scheduling time to get outdoors and hopefully enjoy yourself (which is of course is also beneficial to your mental health). You get mental health benefits by reducing stress and anxiety, and even having journaling pages for when you just need a good brain dump to get the unending lists and thoughts out of your head and released onto paper.

Planners Can Remind You to Enjoy Life

Another benefit of using a planner is that because you’re sticking to a schedule for all your responsibilities, it opens the opportunity for you to actually schedule in all the little things that create meaning in your life and light you up with joy. When was the last time you worked on a hobby you love, took the first step to learning something you’ve been wanting to try, or took the time to dance with your partner or children? Now those are activities that deserve to be included in your planner!

Planners Can Help Manage the Time You Do Have

Do you find that there’s never enough time for all the things you have to do and want to do?
If so, it’s possible you’re not scheduling your time effectively, or when you write it all down you may find that it’s simply not humanly possible to fit all your to-do’s into the time you have . This can easily happen when you’re just running constantly, going from one thing to the next, without really thinking about everything as a whole. Using a planner allows you to schedule each event, appointment, errand, and task, so that you know what to expect and can plan accordingly. Set specific due dates and deadlines for everything to help you stay on track, and have extra time left for yourself and family.


Using a Planner Can Be Productivity Power-Up

Productivity is very important for your personal and professional life, and is closely tied to your overall happiness and satisfaction with your life.  While many people think of productivity as it relates to their job, you also want to be productive at home and in your personal development. This might include getting cleaning and home organization done, or working on personal projects you keep putting it off. Using a planner in most areas of your life can literally be the productivity power-up you’ve been searching for.

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