Does any of this sound familiar?
"My life is so busy- I seem to be juggling 20 balls and it never seems to stop!"
"I usually find I've left it to the last minute and have to pay extra postage for next-day delivery."
"There is so much to do! No matter how much I rush around, I can't seem to get it all done."
If so, it's time to transform your chaos into calm and enjoy a better life.
And a simple weekly and daily planner is part of the solution. You'll find that you can relax, find balance, develop some positive habits and find time to focus on those things that are really important to you.
So, how can you find more time in your days and particularly, time for those things that you enjoy? And, just how can a planner help?
One of the first things to do to achieve anything meaningful in your life is to sit down and create realistic and doable goals. This involves doing a number of important things.
Write It Down – When you put something down in writing, it makes it more concrete and real.
Break It Down – When you know the goal, take it apart and make it into small steps that are easier to accomplish.
Prioritize – Put the steps in order. There is always a logical way to do something. For example, you can’t run the dishwasher until it’s been loaded. You can’t load the dishes until they’ve been rinsed.
Set Milestones – You want to check up periodically on whether or not you’re on track to reach your goals. If you set deadlines for each milestone, you will have a realistic expectation of when you will reach your goal.
Be Specific – When you write your goals down, be very specific and detailed. You’ll have much better results if there are no gray areas.
Track Actions – Using a spreadsheet or other app on a computer, or a paper calendar, keep track of the actions you are taking to reach your goals.
Measure Progress – Is your plan, and the steps you’ve set up, working to get you closer to your goal?
One Thing at a Time – When you set up your steps, it’s important to understand that you can only do one thing at a time.
And yes, a simple way to do all this, is to use a monthly, weekly, daily planner. You can find a beautiful planner pack here ready to download, print, write down your tasks and achieve your goals. Always, keep your planner open and beside you so that you can check it and track your progress.
This gorgeous weekly overview and daily planner with coverpage features a watercolour flower design with quaint birds. You can easily schedule and review your tasks and priorities for the week. The A5 daily planner allows you to list your daily tasks and includes added features such as daily water intake, top priorities, appointments,dinner planning and more. Now, you can have all you need to pause, refocus and achieve all that you set yourself to accomplish for the week.
Download, print and present as a beautiful set
Once you have downloaded and printed copies of this weekly and daily planner, you can hold the sheets together with a clipboard. I printed an extra copy of the planner cover-page and used it to cover the front of the clipboard. Then I added a small ribbon bow to the top of the clip.
Alternatively, you can print off the required number of pages for your planner and take it to a printer to be bound. (Officeworks bound mine into a tear-off pad and charged only $0.75. Or, you could use a spiral binding.)
Do you need to take your planner with you?
How about storing your weekly/daily planner in a slimline document case. All your planning is kept together and you can take it with you, along with pens and other stationery items for easy-to-access planning. I added the cover-page to the front of my slimline document, too. (Included in the download.)
Clipboard folders come in all sizes and covers, too, so search around for something you like and add some ribbon and trim for an individual touch.
Make more planner sets to use as gifts
As this planned pack is downloadable, you can print extra copies and package them up as gifts. Not only will you be creating an attractively packaged gift, you will be providing the means for others to achieve simplicity, clarity and peace of mind with their own personal planners.
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