5 Reasons Using a Planner is the Key to Success

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with the amount of tasks you have to manage, causing you to let some of them slip? Or have you found it challenging to focus on setting and achieving goals while dealing with the demands of day-to-day life?

I can identify with these sentiments. When I first started working for myself, there was so much to juggle that I often felt like I was falling short. I didn’t appreciate this feeling and realized that I needed to make a change. I couldn’t find a planner that met all my needs, so as a graphic designer, I designed my own with extra features.

And you know what? Using a traditional (some might say, old-school) printed planner made all the difference. It was the key to keeping myself organized and motivated, and it helped me stay on track. It empowered me to live the life I had dreamed of when I began my professional artistic journey.

Why not just use a digital calendar? Here are the top five benefits I’ve found in using a printed planner instead of a digital version to achieve your long-term goals.

1

It’s Just Easier!

It’s simply faster to flip through the pages to jot down ideas, make notes, or compare monthly and weekly calendars. It’s also a great reminder of my priorities and goals, and I find it motivating to refer to it often. Writing with a pen on paper makes it feel more tangible and real.

Although I rely on iCalendar to schedule appointments and meetings, I use my planner to manage my time, plan goals, and schedule tasks. It’s where I keep all my blog ideas, brainstorm, and log important information to follow up on later.

I have tried using digital planner applications on my computer, iPad, and smartphone, but I still find using a traditional planner more efficient.


2

Everything in One Place

Previously, my desk used to be a mess with scattered lists and notes on scraps of paper. Finding a way to organize everything was challenging, but that all changed when I started using a weekly planner.

The planner is designed to have a dedicated section for jotting down ideas for upcoming blog posts or email newsletters, which makes brainstorming and scheduling easy. Moreover, there is ample space for taking notes, which helps eliminate the clutter on my desk.


3

Big Picture View

When it comes to achieving goals, it’s easier to create a plan if you have a clear understanding of the big picture. A printed planner can help you with this by allowing you to flip between pages to reference your commitments, goals, and tasks.

Unlike digital alternatives that may require navigating through different screens or applications, a physical planner provides a continuous, uninterrupted view of your overarching plan. This visual continuity enhances strategic thinking, making it easier to create and follow a cohesive plan to achieve your goals.

If you’d like to learn more about how I create a plan to achieve goals, read Create a RoadMap to Success.


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4

Write It and Track It

Write it Down —

Writing down your goals on paper is a powerful step toward making them more intentional and memorable. Setting aside time to write your goals on paper makes them more targeted, allowing you to tap into your aspirations and clarify your thoughts. Studies have shown that writing things down also helps you remember them better.

I like to write my goals in my planner for two reasons. The first is that writing out my goals helps me define them, tap into why they are important to me, and imagine the feelings that achieving them will evoke. The second reason is that having them in my planner makes it easy to refer back to them, which helps me remain focused and motivated.

If writing down your goals is new to you or you’d like to learn more, I recommend reading 5 Reasons Why You Should Commit Your Goals to Writing by Michael Hyatt.

Track It —

Keeping track of your progress is an excellent way to stay focused and motivated. For example, if you aim to increase your social media followers, monitor the number you have each month. Observing the numbers increase from month to month can be the boost you need to enhance your efforts.


5

Time to Focus

In today’s world of constant digital connections, it can be incredibly beneficial to take a few minutes to plan on paper. By doing this, you have the chance to unplug and refocus, which is essential for success. This break allows you to step away from the distractions of email notifications, text messages, and other digital interruptions.

When you create a dedicated, distraction-free space for planning, you can recenter yourself and foster a focused mindset. It’s a conscious decision to step back from the digital noise and immerse yourself in the tactile, calming experience of planning on paper.


Final Thoughts

The traditional Weekly Planner has become one of the most effective tools in helping me set goals, plan, and remain focused — putting the plan into action and achieving long-term success. But here’s where things get real — all the planning in the world won’t work without taking consistent action! Trust me, I know from experience. Consistent action is necessary for plans to work.

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.

— Pablo Picasso

I’ve created a routine for using my planner to ensure I take consistent action towards my goals. This helps me take small steps towards achieving my goals and succeed in the long run. However, I am not infallible, and sometimes I get sidetracked by the daily hustle and bustle. That’s where my planner proves to be most helpful. By flipping back through the pages, I can re-center myself and find the motivation to get back on track towards achieving my goals.

Unlock the key to success with the weekly planner designed to do more than keep track of appointments.

Take care,

Nancy

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