“Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.”
– Paul J. Meyer
If you are serious about reaching for your dreams or overcoming personal obstacles, you need to include planning in your everyday life. Having a journal or planner where you can write down your goals and action plans can help in a lot of ways.
5 Reasons to Maintain a Planner
1. Identify goals.
Set a direction for your actions. If you don’t know where you’re going, how are you getting there?
2. Improve yourself.
Having a planner can help you ask yourself if what you’re doing today is getting you closer to the person you want to be.
3. Stay organized.
For someone forgetful like me, I need a concrete plan of what to do each day/week/month. Otherwise, I spend so much time doing random things I can think of. When you have a planner, you can balance and maximize your time for yourself, family, friends, work, chores, and hobbies.
4. Have a purpose.
You can set a goal that makes you want to get up in the morning, and do something. You can also have a reward system for yourself. When you complete your goal for the day, do something nice for you. Try to put a fun twist to the things you need to accomplish.
5. Monitor your progress.
You can celebrate your achievements, and check which tasks you still need to work on. Break down your goals into smaller things to do. Take it one day at a time, so it’s not so overwhelming.
“You can’t do it all today, but you can do it. Big goals can only be reached with patience, persistence, and actions in their direction a little more every single day.”
– Does Zantamata
This list is actually why I keep trying to maintain a planner. I tend to be disorganized, so having a planner is perfect for me to keep track of everything. I know it’s not that easy, but I hope that we can all try our best to do what we can in having a better life for ourselves.
I went to my favorite bookstore to find a good planner for 2017. It’s just a short walk from my office. I actually saw a 2017 version of the planner I have now, but I’m still going to look for something with positive thoughts and other crazy fun ideas.
I get so easily distracted in a bookstore, honestly. Like a little kid in a toy store browsing through treasures, I lose all sense of time.
Here are some interesting finds I saw today:
Do you guys keep a planner? What kind of planner do you prefer or usually look for? Maybe you can post something about it, and maybe include a picture. You can also share it in the comments.