If you haven’t used daily planners, then you should learn to do so when you read this. It’s one of the best-kept secrets of the girl bosses!
11 Ways to Maximize Daily Planners And Your Success
Are you curious how the world’s girl bosses MAKE-THINGS-HAPPEN? Well, the cat is out in the bag, and it has been for the longest time: they use daily planners! With these planners, they are able to set their goals and find a way to achieve them with a combo of persuasion, talent, perseverance, and determination. But listing down tasks isn’t the only thing they do. They also maximize these planners, which you can also do. Learn them right here!
The thinking process is just as important as the groundwork. Before you ascend to the top, you need to define what the “top” is. What is the ultimate goal? Is it to land the job of your dreams, get ahead at work, or even learn how to deal with your colleagues? In fact, you can create whatever goal you like including traveling to these awesome destinations! Write it down and do a bit of goal searching to set everything before you take that leap.
2. Break down your goals to smaller achievable tasks
Now you have your big goal, it’s time to have an actionable game plan. Break your big goal down to smaller feasible ones so you can have a clear view of what you’re about to do and how to make it happen. Would you like to know how to be the ultimate master chef? Then you begin by learning the basics such as how to choose or use the right knives.
3. Make the smaller goals into daily tasks
Here’s the problem when you break down big goals to small ones: you will have so many things to do! Before you know it, you feel as if you’re drowning from your dreams. Ack! That’s why you need those daily planners. Plot each of these small goals into daily tasks. Want an example? Say, your big goal is to look more presentable at work, so one of your small goals is to learn how to do makeup. Your daily task can include watching YouTube videos, which take less than 15 minutes of your time.
4. Align your daily tasks to your larger life goals
Got some work goals? Awesome! But guess what, work isn’t the only thing you do in your life. You also need to make friends, connect with loved ones, and take care of your health. To make sure you truly benefit from all your dreams, see to it they are also related or work toward your overall personal growth.
5. Commit to them
Feel stuck? Don’t worry, everybody goes through that (yup, including me!). However, you may also want to ask yourself, “Am I distracted?” If you want to make your daily planners and your tasks to really work, you need to FOCUS.
6. Get some inspiration
Being busy doesn’t necessarily mean you’re productive. I don’t blame you if you get burned out. Counter that by making sure you’re surrounded by inspiring things and people. Read a book or change your scenery.
7. Loosen up a bit but don’t forget to get back on track
Didn’t meet your goals for the day? Don’t beat yourself with it. Instead, take a breather, relax, but always remember to realign yourself to your goals – that is, go back twice as hard as you failed.
8. Track your progress
How do you know your daily planners are working? Of course, by tracking! Many custom planners these days now allow you to monitor your progress to a lot of things, such as your expenses, happiness or moods, and even health. Tracking these things are helpful in your journey to success, allowing you to slow down and check in with yourself. It’s also a great encouragement and reminder that you’re doing a great job!
9. Share your goals
Here’s another hack to be successful in maximizing your daily planners. Share your goals with your friends and family! They can help you become more accountable to your promises. Seriously, do you want to disappoint your loved ones by not trying your best to achieve your objectives? I doubt it.
10. Organize your daily planners
Are you one of those with different daily planners for your big goals? I prefer to centralize everything, which means I only deal with a single planner, but just in case you have many (and you still have weekly planners and to-do lists), make sure they are organized. Get a wicker basket, for example, and place them near you. If you want to check how you’re doing and cross-check your progress, it will be easier.
Finally, you’re getting closer to goal! Hooray! You made it through. It’s time give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve wine, cheese, chocolate, sushi, a trip to the mall, and everything else that makes you happy. Enjoy!
I know these tips on how to use daily planners may be overwhelming for you, so I’m sharing a video of a planner expert! Check out how she does it, and hopefully, you’ll get more tips:
Congratulations! Now you’ve read this article, you’re a step closer to your goal, but first things first. Get those daily planners now and start making your dreams come true.
How do you use your daily planners? Care to share some tips? Leave them in the comments section! In the meantime, if you want to get organization tips for your weekly schedule, you better read this!
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Editor’s Note – This post was originally published on October 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.