If you are looking to organize your time, routines are your solution. A routine is an activity that you practice every day to make your days more predictable and run smoothly. You already have a routine for what you do when you first wake up like brushing your teeth. Why not try to get into a planning routine that will increase your productivity and help you to get more things done every day?
A planning routine like any other routine has many benefits. It makes the tasks of checking into your planner easier. Once you make planning a routine it becomes natural. It relieves you of stress and anxiety from knowing what to expect next. You’ll no longer toss and turn at night thinking about all the things you have to do. Writing and planning out your days the night before will prepare you for what’s to come. With a planning routine, you will be able to focus and concentrate. Most importantly, it will help you get more done in less time.
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The Planners I’m Currently Using:
Erin Condren – Home & Family – Daily To-Do List
Untimely Planner – On the Go Planner – Appointments, Lists, Ideas, Notes
Blue Sky Personalized Planner – Blog Planner -Weekly To-Do’s, Daily Schedule (Time Blocking)
My Planning Routine:
To use my planners efficiently every day, I had to find a system that would help me increase my productivity. I had all these planners but I wasn’t using them all to their full potential. A planner is a tool to help you get organized, it won’t make you more organized.
I write down all of my appointments on a printable sheet like this one here, so when the time comes closer I will look for it here and schedule it in.
Night Before/End of Day –Every night before I go to bed I review my day and start journaling. I use a lined traveler’s notebook as my diary. I write down all my accomplishments and everything I am grateful for. I like to watercolor in it and doodle as well. Zinnia creates a traveler’s notebook watercolor palette which is perfect for this. You can find it here in her shop! I use that and this pentel watercolor brush! It makes my journaling so much more fun looking! This is a great way for me to wind down and start getting ready for bed. I then start to plan for the next day.
Day Of: – When I first wake up I always check my planner to see what’s happening today. I then start following my schedule and start with the biggest task. I do the hardest thing first like Brian Tracy suggested in his book, “Eat That Frog”. (If you haven’t read it yet, you have to get it now! I love reading books about being productive it’s a great motivator for me!) The morning is usually when I am most alert, and also when the kids are still asleep. It’s the best time for me to do the most daunting task.
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