I’m a huge advocate of using a paper planner to organise all the compartments of my life. So much so that I wrote a whole series of how and why to use a planner to organise your blog. But I don’t just plan my blog, I plan all the things! If it’s a task I need to tick, a goal I want to hit, or a memory I want to keep. Into the planner it goes. And by doing this for the last 3 years, I’ve discovered some surprising benefits of using a paper planner.
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Life has never been more hectic, so taking time to format a plan to make the most of my time just makes sense to me. Of course planning helps to be more organised, but I have found lots of extra benefits that have nothing to do with being organised.
1. Declutters Your Mind
Breaking down all my weekly tasks in to daily items declutters my mind. So now, I don’t have to concentrate on remembering all these trivial items. They are written. I can do them, or ignore them. But I don’t have to struggle to remember them, and that clears a lot of mental junk from my brain.
2. Provides Stress Relief
I have a ritual at night of sitting with my planner. A calming cup of camomile tea, a fancy pen to tick off the tasks, and a few minutes to breathe. Time to reflect, and reassess. On top of that, I often add in a special memory of something that happened that day, and it’s just such an enjoyable, feel-good timeout.
3. Encourages Creativity
You might not associate planning with creativity. However, take a glance at Instagram and see how uniquely and creatively people organise their planners. For example, I love planning with washi tape, stickers, and coloured pens. It allows me to indulge my artistic side in a no stress way (note I use the words artistic very loosely, as I can’t even draw a straight line with a ruler). But it feels imaginative, and somehow that spills over into other areas of my life too.
4. Helps You Steamline Your Life
Reviewing my plans at the end of a week reminds me that I can’t achieve everything. No one has time for perfection in every area of their life, and sometimes good enough will do. A long to-do list focuses my mind, and stops me tweaking something that delivers minimal results.
5. Provides A Sense of Accomplishment
Every task that I tick off my list makes me feel like I’m getting something right. Even a week where I feel I achieved nothing is made better by a glance through my planner. I can see that I really did accomplish something, which then motivates me to do more.
My Planning Process
So that’s why I plan. In a nutshell, I use it a road map to get where I want to go. Not so much follow the yellow brick road, as follow the washi tape goals! On top of the direction it provides , it also helps me enjoy and appreciate the journey. For the last 3 years, I used and adored The Erin Condren Life Planner. This year , I wanted a change. Just because. So I invested in a Carpe Diem A5 planner, and even just taking it out of the box, my heart pounded with excitement. Hand on heart, I can’t wait to create the life I want in 2018 with it. And the life I want comes decorated with washi, and scattered with stickers because that’s how I roll.
Win a Mystery Box of Planner Supplies
Lastly, in case I haven’t encouraged you to start planning, maybe my giveaway will give you an added incentive. I have a mystery stash of planner goodies up for graps. Some rolls of washi tape, planner stickers, motivational reminders and a cute notebook.
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This Planner Blog Hop is hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup with Lauren @ Shooting Stars Mag. Be sure and visit their blogs, to see all the other planner posts for inspiration and more giveaways.
Talk to Trish: Do you plan? What system do you use? And what is your favourite thing about it?