Am I the only one who looks at the clock some day and say to myself where has the time gone?
When I was in my teens, I can remember purchasing a planner for the start of every new school year. Jotting down homework, marking friends birthdays and ultimately keeping whatever “teenage business” I had organized. Now, in my young adulthood it has become sort of a “hobby” to search for the most stylish planner (the planner being cute is an incentive!) to motivate me in consistently scheduling out assignments, future engagements and setting goals.
I haven’t always utilized my planners to their full potential and as a result I may not have managed my time as well as I could have. So, along with setting goals for myself in 2016, I’ve also established a theme for the year ahead. Consistency is my theme for all aspects of my life in 2016. And I would like to share with you all my top 5 tips for consistent daily planning and how to make it fun and convenient!
- Set aside time to dedicate to daily planning.
Just as you’ll schedule out priorities for school, work or travel…you have to make planning a priority as well. Set aside 30 minutes or less in the morning before your day begins or in the evening to jot down what you would like to accomplish and important dates.
- Keep your planner in sight and on your person.
“Out of sight, out of mind.” If you don’t keep your planner near, it’s really easy to negate the task of utilizing it. I know from experience…lol Make it apart of your daily life and it’ll become a rewarding habit.
- Colorize and accessorize your planner (and planning utensils!)
It may be because I’m a tad bit of a girly girl however writing in multi-colored pens, adding colorful tabs and using cute designed Post-It notes just make planning so much more fun!
- Kickin’ it old school: Write it all down!
Ok…so I know that there are many apps out now that is great for planning. Especially since more often than not, we’re glued to our phones. But I firmly believe that taking the time to write out your goals, important dates and assignments in detail is more effective. To be able to look back at your weeks, months and year in review on hard copy just seems more worthwhile.
- Embrace the effectiveness.
Take the time to consistently plan and watch how much more effective you become. Nothing will motivate you more than seeing what you accomplish and how much more you can achieve when you plan ahead.
Are you a brilliant planner? What methods are most effective for your daily planning? I’d love to hear from you!