Has your life become a bit chaotic lately? Do you feel like you are constantly running behind or missing appointments? Has your stress increased? If so, you might need a little more organization in your life. Even using apps on your phone isn’t always enough to keep up with things, since it can be a bit tedious to use.
Many people have found benefits of instead using a physical planner, whether you get one from your local store, or you print out planner pages to customize your own daily planner. Here are some ways to organize your life by using a daily planner.
Use Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Calendar Pages
When you first start using your planner, especially if you want to use it to become more organized, begin with the basic calendar pages. Whether you use a store-bought planner or a custom-made one from printable pages, you will typically start by using the calendar.
Here are some steps to get started:
Add important dates, anniversaries, birthdays, and events in the monthly calendar.
Add appointments and other dates to the monthly calendar.
When the monthly calendar is done, add these dates to the weekly calendars and daily calendars. You can then expand on them, such as adding tasks on certain days leading up to appointments or dates, adjust them, and add other information later.
Have Detailed To-Do and Task Lists
Another big part of using a daily planner is your to-do lists and task lists. To-do lists are typically just lists of what you need to do every day, but you can have some for the week or even the month. This allows you to cross each item off your list, and when everything is done, you know how much free time is left for the day or week.
With task lists, they are more about tasks for a certain project, goal, or event that might be coming up. Similar to the to-do list, but often a little more required of them.
Plan Future Events and Functions
Do you have parties or special events in your near future? You can plan them right in your planner, including everything from setting a date to creating menu plans, shopping lists, delegating tasks to different people, planning where to host it, and buying supplies. There is a lot to be done for these types of events, so having everything in one place is really helpful.
When someone asks for a specific detail, you are not rummaging through notebooks and pieces of paper since it’s already in your planner, perfectly organized.
Set Goals and Actions to Achieve Them
A daily planner is a great place to start setting goals and choosing actionable tasks that will help you to achieve those goals. You already have your basic schedule laid out, sot he next step is to look where you have openings with free time to start working on other goals or projects you might have. Plus, like planning a party, it is incredibly useful having all this information in one place.
The calendar pages of the planner can be used to input different tasks on certain days, so that you keep up with all your goals on a regular basis.
Leave Room for Adjustments in Your Schedule
When you become more organized thanks to your daily planner, you should always leave room for adjustments. Things happen, people cancel, and last-minute changes are bound to happen. If you are well-organized, you are more likely to have room for making these adjustments without too much trouble. It is yet another benefit of using a daily planner.
Use the Planner for Meal Planning and Home Activities
Lastly, don’t forget about all these extra benefits of using a daily planner. You can create a meal plan for each week, listing the shopping list needed for the meals, and plan out what day to prepare each meal. This also works great for running errands and doing any home activities, improvements, or responsibilities.