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When I hear that people don’t have a planner I am absolutely stunned. How do they function? How do they keep up with their life? How do they not over plan?
It’s not that my life is so crazy busy I have to plan every second of it, but as I’ve said before, I am a list maker. I feel like having a planner is a form of a list, just a long on-going list. It helps me keep track of everything from bill due dates to doctor’s appointments to days we have planned with friends. It helps me keep my life organized, but more importantly, it helps keep me SANE.
The planner is such a big aspect of our lives that my husband always texts me or calls me before he makes plans or agrees to extra days at work. He knows that everything we have going on is in that planner, and I’m the keeper of it (LOL).
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The main reason I cannot live without my planner is that it keeps my life organized, and it makes sure that I do not miss anything important. Below I am going to list a few reasons why you absolutely NEED a planner in your life!
My favorite planner is The Happy Planner. It comes with super fun stickers and has many positive sayings throughout the planner. I love to deck out my planner and make it fun! You can also buy more stickers to be as creative as you want! It also has plenty of room for me to write down everything I have going on.
1. Never Miss Due Dates
Whether it is due dates for my bills or my library books, I am never behind on due dates! Whenever I get a new planner, I take the time to put in the due dates for all my bills and bank drafts. This way, I know when I need to pay something or when the money will be drafted out of my bank. I am never caught off guard by a payment, and I never get late fees for being behind on my payments!
I graduated from college a few months ago, but when I was still a student, my planner was a lifesaver so many times! At the beginning of the semester, I would always put all my due dates and test dates in my planner. This helped me to keep track of everything, with four different classes, it definitely gets overwhelming at times!
2. Never Miss Appointments
Whether it is a doctor’s appointment or an appointment with an important client, you will never miss one again! As soon as I make an appointment for ANYTHING, I immediately write it down in my planner. I write the time and the location of where the appointment is so that I know exactly where I need to be and when. This assures that I will know where to be and when!
Sometimes, if I have a lot going on, I will highlight the appointments in my planner so that I do not overlook them.
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3. Keep Up With Other People’s Lives
So this one might sound strange, but it’s something I love to do. When my friends and family tell me about things they have going on, I like to write it down. If I don’t, I may forget simply because we all have a lot going on in our lives. Someone having surgery? I write it down. Someone going out of town? I write it down. This way, I can call them and tell them good luck or to have fun!
Either way, I like to keep up with what is going on in other people’s lives, and this is the best way for me to do that!
4. Keep Up With Other Important Dates & Events & Everything in Between
This time of year, there is always something going on! I love to keep up with the events going on in my home town and surrounding areas. I will write in my planner the festivities that I want to go to. I write down their dates and times so that I don’t forget!
Birthdays are also another important date to keep up with your planner. Facebook is great at reminding us whose birthday is today, but how many of us pay attention to that? (I know I don’t). I put the birthdays in my planner that are important to me so that I never forget to wish a friend or family member a happy birthday!
Most planners have a section for contacts, notes, to-do lists, etc. I love this! I can keep EVERYTHING in one place! I don’t have to keep all my bajillion different lists together because they’re already together in my planner! MY planner even has a little pocket to keep loose pieces of paper in for all the other lists I make throughout the day (I’m telling you- I make a lot! Lol).
Having a planner can also help you see the big picture. You can see days, weeks, and months in advance. You can tell what will be going on in your life, and sometimes this calms me. I can tell that I am going to have some free days or weekends, so when I am busy, I know that my life will be slowing down soon.
I hope you will start keeping a planner from now on! They are amazing and will help you keep your life organized and keep your stress level down!
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