Have you ever had one of those times when you were either discouraged or frustrated and you didn’t use your planner? You left it closed on your desk or in your bag? And while your planner was sitting on the sidelines, your life was spiraling out of control?
Those times when you don’t want to use your planner are probably the times you need it most. Even if you don’t use it properly, having it open and visible can be helpful.
Here are three reasons why:
1. Your planner most likely has your appointments and important things you need to do, like pay a bill or mail a birthday card. Even if you do nothing else, having it open and visible will remind you of those things you MUST do.
2. It gives you a place to write notes or record information. If it’s open and visible, it will be easier to jot things down. Then when you need the information, you’ll have it.
3. Having your planner open, even if you’re not using it well, will still make you feel better than if it’s closed on your desk or in your purse. And if it’s out and visible, you just might end up using it more than you think.
And then there’s the to-do list…
When I’m struggling with my planner, this is the part that annoys me the most. Usually I’m really busy and my schedule is chaos so making a to-do list seems like a big, fat waste of time. It’s discouraging to make lists, day after day, and never get anything done. That’s usually when I want to chuck my planner.
And having a to-do list when you’re stressed can make you feel like your list is bossing you, and nobody likes to be bossed, especially when they’re stressed. So you don’t make a list. But here’s the thing, you’re the boss – not your planner! You get to decide what to do and what not to do. Writing things down simply helps you remember. And when it’s on paper, it’s out of your head, and that helps reduce stress. Ignorance is not bliss. Not writing it down doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
So if you’re going through a tough time and you’ve abandoned your planner, you might want to get it back out, dust it off and start using it again. Your planner is designed to help you keep your life in order and keep you from feeling out of control. But it can’t do a thing for you if you’re not using it. And honestly, using it half way is still much better than not using it at all.
Have you abandoned your planner? Why? Are you better off or worse off not using it?