How To Gain Control Of Your Life With A Planner

Most Americans experience stress when they feel like they don't have control over the events in their life. One good time management tool is all that's needed to help people gain control over their lives because it makes it easy to keep track of how their time is used. This one tool eliminates stress. This tool is a planner with a calendar. It doesn't matter if you use an online calendar planner or a paper one, either will significantly reduce the stress in your life. And you might even have fun using it. Keep reading to learn more:

Things That Should Go Onto Your Calendar

The functionality of having a good monthly calendar doesn't depend on whether that calendar is online or in paper form. It depends on how much you put into using the calendar on a daily basis. In fact, successful calendar and planner users will consult their calendar several times a day to make sure they are on top of all their tasks, appointments, and deadlines. Here is a list of the most common items that you should put onto your calendar:

  • Birthdays

  • Anniversaries

  • Holidays

  • Doctor appointments

  • Classes

  • Meetings

  • Dates

  • Dinner with friends

  • Family outings

  • Project deadlines

  • Time sensitive errands

  • Focus time, or time that you've set aside to work on something important and don't want to be disturbed

The key to a highly functional calendar that helps you gain control of your life is that you should treat your calendar as if it's holy ground. This calendar should be the only one you use, and it should be with you at all times. Anything that involves a specific day or time should be entered onto your calendar. 

Things That Should Be Written Down In Your Planner

A planner is a little different than a calendar because, in most cases, it provides you with a lot more space to keep track of things. But the two are usually used hand-in-hand. A planner is often used as a place to write daily to-do lists, journal entries, milestones, and other similar things. Anything that you'd write on a sticky note should go into your calendar planner. Many people use their planner to keep track of tasks that don't have a specific due date or time frame. For example, you may list things like cleaning the bathroom or return a library book on your task list. But, if these things aren't done on that day, it's not a big deal.

Putting It All Together

Most planner systems include a calendar, to-do list pages, an address book, and other types of pages that will provide you with one tool to help you keep your life organized. At the start of each day, review your calendar to see what kind of commitments you have. Then review your to-do list to see if you will have time to complete any of those items. Also, take a few minutes to look ahead at the things you have planned for the next few days. You can then use the calendar and to-do list to plan your week. For example, if your calendar reminds you that you have a couple meetings to attend on Tuesday and no meetings on Wednesday, you will probably want to limit your expectations for getting tasks done on Tuesday and instead focus on getting several things marked off your to-do list on Wednesday.