It’s Friday. Need I say more? No matter how much we may love planning our busy weekdays, the weekends hold a special place in our hearts, yes? Our hearts sigh relief, the end of another week.
Consider the following: How much do we love when a meeting, class or something planned for a specific amount of time, is shortened. I remember Friday afternoons in college. The hope and prayer of every kid in class, quite possibly the only question on the minds of students were, “Is the teacher gonna cut us some slack and let us leave early?” The anticipation was palpable. And more often than not, we were set free to our weekends early.
Today, I am letting you off early, in a way. Because I am giving you a short and sweet Bullet list…and you get to get out early, too!
Top Tips For (Wanna Be) Planner People (#1-3)
1. There Can Be Only One: I know some of you are gonna stomp off an pout. The number one tip for keeping a planner and doing well with using it is to have one. Only one. I could give you enough reasons to justify a whole other post. But let me say this only: If you want to succeed with using a planner, choose one and make it your number one. When you make an appointment, plan or confirm, make it your business and habit to go to this planner only. This in itself will minimize, if not eliminate, your forgetting important commitments. I understand there are exceptions to the rule, but generally speaking unless you are truly a planning aficionado. One planner for you… NEXT! (Said in Seinfeld soup episode voice)
2. Check your planner daily: This sounds obvious, but in order to create the habit you have to Just Do It! Some days will happen AT you before you have a chance to breathe. Ideally your Planner serves as a partner in your day, but there are times when you will be a body in motion most of the day. This is why a morning and evening check in, minimum, are required. Obviously there are days which will be spent living more than planning. Good. But, beware being overly confident of your memory. This is when you need to trust the good planning practices you have established. One of those practices, is to open that planner- no matter what, check in and check out what is coming, and what needs to get done. That way if something comes up (which inevitable will happen) you have more of a chance of toggling your memory.
3. Keep it Simple: What’s good advice for working out, is good for planning. So many people make the mistake of going for elaborate exercises and training regimens when they have yet to master the basics. As a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, I’d see it again and again. The best athletes master the basics, then add on. Adding on before establishing a solid routine will do more to get you injured, burnt out or out and out discouraged than anything else especially when you are new to the routine. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the possibilities of all you CAN do, but just because something is an option does not mean it is a good option for YOU! Keep your planner (and fitness routine) simple for success, and add as needed. Don’t give yourself extra busy work to do. Who needs that?
A Practical Tip: Commit to using your current planner or pages for 31 Days before switching or making any changes. I will be sharing a video within the next few days about creating a Planner from a Simple Notebook for those who would like to fine tune and simplify their planning process. Consider this a Planning Boot-camp.
Quotes to Ponder:
Each day, awakening, are we asked to paint the sky blue? Need we coax the sun to rise or flowers to bloom? Need we teach birds to sing, or children to laugh, or lovers to kiss? No, though we think the world imperfect, it surrounds us each day with its perfections. We are asked only to appreciate them, and to show appreciation by living in peaceful harmony amidst them. The Creator does not ask that we create a perfect world; He asks that we celebrate it. ~Robert Brault
Who is rich? He who rejoices in his portion. ~The Talmud
The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life’s plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
A Prayer for Today: Lord, may I learn to live a well planned life, a life that magnifies that which is unseen and eternal and glorious to you. May I accept the good with the bad, the ordinary with the extraordinary and may I receive everything graciously accepting and acknowledging all from your hands with a heart of gladness, satisfied in You. In the name Of Jesus I pray. Amen.
This is Day 10 of the series Planning with Purpose: 31 Days of Planner Tips
I wrote an INTRO POST here explaining everything!
I have also made designated a PAGE for it. Hope this makes it easy. I am happy to tackle a topic, or issue with regard to your planner habits.
Feel free to leave a comment or e-mail me.
I pray this series is a blessing to you.