Do you use journals and planners? There’s something about writing things down that makes them more concrete. Writing by hand is a tactile experience and for many people, going through those motions tend to help things just stick better, especially mentally. For other people, it can sometimes seem like a waste of time, but that simply isn’t always true! Both planners and journals offer a lot of benefit to your life. Here are some reasons to start using them.
First, let’s discuss the benefits of using planners. Planners are different from traditional journals because you can add different inserts into a book or binder, such as appointment sheets and various types of lists. The following includes a list of reasons you should use a planner:
They Save Time – One of the top benefits of using a planner is that it helps you to save more time. Think of how chaotic things become when you forget about appointments, so you have to scramble to get everything done in order to get to those appointments. Or, when you are trying to look through a bunch of different notebooks and calendars to find the right list you wrote down. I’ve been super guilty of this one, thinking I needed to keep everything separate, but it’s such a pain in the butt. If everything is in one place, you are not only more organized, but you are going to save a lot of time as well.
We often try to keep our business life and our personal life separate but the truth is—they both have items that happen each day. Why keep a time sheet and task list for your business in one planner and your personal stuff in another? It just makes good sense to have one central planner.
You Won’t Miss Any More Tasks – Another reason using a planner is beneficial is because you won’t miss or forget all those tasks that seem to get overlooked. This may not seem like a big deal, but when you keep forgetting to make a phone call or go to the store to pick something up, you find yourself overwhelmed with all these things you have to get done at last-minute’s notice. It is much easier to add all tasks, big or small, to your planner and schedule when you will do them.
It Reduces Stress – With these other benefits, you can imagine how much it relieves stress in your life. A lot of stress is from things you can actually control, like organizing your life with a planner or a journal. Take full advantage of it and see how your life and happiness transforms.
You should also be aware of all the reasons to use a journal. Here are some advantages of having a journal at your disposal:
They Help with Mental Health – Journaling is often recommended for people with a lot of stress, or who struggle with anxiety and depression. It really helps with your mental health, providing a safe space to release all those thoughts and feelings, and even find triggers for your panic attacks or depressive episodes.
You Can Find More Clarity – Have you been struggling to make a decision about something? If so, journaling can really help you to get un-stuck and find some clarity. Jot down all those thoughts that you can’t seem to focus completely on, and you just might find your epiphany.
It is great to have both a planner and a journal to de-stress, save time, and help with any issues you are currently facing.
If you haven’t used either in a long time, it’s a great time to give it another shot. Check out Sue’s Createful Journals website. She has some great free content you can check out before you decide to buy. If you do buy, her prices are extremely reasonable because these come as printable files, meaning you can print as many copies as you need without having to repurchase a new journal every month.
All the best,
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