Happy New Year!! I really cannot believe it’s already 2018! I love the beginning of a new year. It’s a fresh start, a clean slate and a great time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new year with goals in mind.
It’s also a time to get organized – to clear out the clutter in your house, your office and your mind. One particular thing I love about a new year is a new paper planner! I LOVE planners, and I have tried so many different versions. However for 2018 I’m going back to one that I used about 5 years ago – the Franklin Planner 5 Choices Wire-Bound Weekly Planner. I love this planner becuase the daily time slots are flexible and I can add in the times I do have something going on. I also love all the space at the bottom to write my weekly to-do’s. I have used daily planners in the past but I do get tired of transferring any to-do’s I do not accomplish over to the next day. Now I have them all visible for the entire week.
Here are 3 ways my planner helps me create peace in my life:
- Quick visual reference to my day, week and month. With my planner I can easily see my day and my week so I am not surprised by upcoming due dates, projects and appointments. If I do not have a visual of my day, week ahead and month it causes me anxiety and stress. As I am planning new projects and making plans I can easily see all that I have going on so that I can schedule around certain events and allow myself enough margin to keep my days peaceful and relaxed.
- Getting it all out of my head and onto paper. Not only do I enjoy having a place to write everything down – my to-do’s, my appointments, birthdays, random thoughts, reminders, etc. – but I also can let go once I write something in my planner. Once it’s written down, I can rest easy that I will remember to do whatever the task is when I turn to that page. Otherwise I would have to keep everything I need to do spinning around in my head and for me, that is extremely stressful!
- Helps me stick to my New Year’s goals and resolutions! Sometimes goals can be overwhelming and that also can cuase stress. To help guide you through the year on your way to your goals – in a very calm and peaceful manner – use your planner for help. As you make your New Year goals and resolutions come up with individual action items that you can do on a daily, weekly and monthly basis and add them into your planner. Block off time now and it is much more likely to happen. For instance, if you want to lose weight, then develop your plan of action. That may include exercising daily, meal planning weekly, meal prep of healthy meals each week, etc. Once you have those action items listed out – start putting them one by one in your planner. Block out the times you will excercise each day, block out meal planning time once a week, as well as meal prep time. If you merely make a list of your New Year goals – they will still be on a list somewhere that you may forget about until the end of the year when it’s time to make new ones. However, if you create action items and you schedule them – you are MUCH more likely to put the plan into action and achieve your goal!
These are just a few reasons that planning in a planner helps me stay organized and peaceful – but find what works for you. It might just be that you start making lists of your to-do’s and keeping a monthly calendar on the wall for important events and appointments. Or you may rather go digital and only use the calendar on your phone and computer. The bottom line is that planning ahead can help create a sense of peace in your life.