How Sticking to Your Day Planner Can Help You Succeed

This week we are featuring guest blogger Madoline Hatter. Madoline is a freelance writer and blog junkie from ChangeOfAddressForm.com

While you may try to remember the events that are planned for your entire day, it’s very easy to get sidetracked. In some cases, the sidetracking is done by yourself as you manipulate your schedule in order to try and fit something else in. However, are you able to commit to the various items you have planned while trying to remember to do everything else you had scheduled? It can be maddening at times.

The day planner can be used for more than just keeping phone numbers safe. It is a way to keep your days in check while providing you with the comfort of knowing that tasks can be accomplished without sacrificing something else. How can this help you succeed?

1. Keeping Focus – Keeping yourself focused may be difficult as it is without trying to remember what needs to be done that particular day. The planner can help you organize your time to help you keep that focus for each specific task. As long as you use a measure of reality when scheduling your week, it could be quite easy to get everything done and provide you with a sense of accomplishment.

2. Important Meetings – Many times, students and professionals miss out on opportunities because they simply forgot to attend meetings or arrive at specific locations on time. Keeping a day planner can help you keep all of these meeting times organized making yourself more marketable as a professional. No one likes to be kept waiting and remembering to meet with someone at the last minute could be detrimental to your future career.

3. Habit Forming – Forcing yourself to stick to your planned activities can help you develop a habit for organization and punctuality. Employers love both of these aspects in employees and it could go a long way to solidifying a career. Organizing time is one of the most difficult things to do as it continuously advances in a linear state. Having a habit of making each activity important and completed can go a long way to promoting yourself as one who can “get the job done.”

4. Burnout Prevention – Sticking to your day planner schedule can help prevent yourself from suffering from a burnout. Putting too much on your plate can be very detrimental to your state of mind. It could cause anxiety, stress and lower your expectations of yourself as things you wanted to get done are put on the back burner. If you don’t have time for a new task during the day, schedule it for a day that you do have time available.

5. Feelings of Accomplishment – It’s a good feeling you get when everything on your list has been accomplished. It’s so good in fact that you’ll want to continue the same trends every week. This reinforces the positive outlook you have of life and will influence your personal and professional interactions with others. You’d be amazed at how well a positive attitude can influence every aspect of your life.

In the beginning weeks, you could spend a great deal of time trying to find the best way to handle your day. Once you find your niche, everything will seem to click into place like pieces of a puzzle. It may take some dedication on your part, but the rewards will be worth the experience in the long run.

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