Having a healthy daily routine is the first step to becoming the best version of yourself. You can do this by using either a daily planner or a journal every day. These both provide similar benefits, including helping to organize your life, set and achieve goals, and improve both your physical and mental health.
Keep reading to learn how to use a daily planner or journal in your daily routine.
Use a Planner, a Journal, or Both
The first thing to do is decide if you want to use a planner, a journal or both. You can definitely use both, especially if you have different reasons to use a planner or daily journal. Here is a quick rundown of the features and benefits of each option:
Planner – First you have the daily planner. Planners can have a lot of different types of pages, but the basic pages include daily, weekly and monthly calendar pages, areas to write down to-do lists, and often some blank pages to use as you want.
You can get a planner already put together, or print planner pages if you prefer using that method.
Planners are great when you are mostly trying to organize your life, stay on top of things, set goals, and utilize to-do lists. If you aren’t doing a lot of writing, such as with journaling, just a planner might be all you need.
Journal – The next option is a journal. A journal can also be used in a variety of ways. You can use a journal like a planner, such as with a bullet journal, or write in it like a diary. Journaling provides some unique benefits, such as finding more clarity, expressing yourself creatively, and getting to the bottom of any issues you might have.
You can also use both a journal and a planner, especially if you want the benefits that each one provides you.
Choose Your Daily Routine
Once you have decided on using a planner, journal or both, you can then turn it into a daily routine. This is really important because it will remind you that you need to use your planner every day, but it can also become a healthy daily routine you use for self-care and lots of other benefits.
Think about your current schedule when deciding on the best routine for you. This might work best in the evening when you are winding down before bed, during your lunch break when you tend to have a few minutes to yourself, or first thing in the morning before everyone else wakes up.
The time of day doesn’t matter, but try to choose around the same time each day as a good reminder of when to use your journal or planner.
You can also think of other things to do around this time, like having a cup of tea in the morning, or writing in your journal in the evening after your bedtime yoga.
Define Your Objectives and Motivations
As you begin your routine and start using your journal and planner each day, one of the first things you should remember is WHY you want to use them. This is going to give you more motivation to keep up with the practice and be consistent. You will benefit the most from this daily routine when you keep reminding yourself what you intend to get out of it, whether it is a more organized life, reducing anxiety, or getting more clarity into your life.
As long as you are consistent, but also open to adjustments in your schedule and routine, both a planner and journal can work really well for you.