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I mentioned keeping a calendar in yesterday’s post as a means of getting information out of your brain. Today, I’d like to talk more about using a calendar and give you some tips that can help you make the most of this planning tool. If you’re like I used to be, you may have a planner, but fail to use it regularly because it becomes more of a chore than a help. By implementing a few organizational tips, you’ll see that your planner can be your best friend. Join me as I share with you how a daily planner can help to clear some space in your brain so you can get more done.
Use What Works for You
Your planner should serve as your lifeline. If you don’t choose a form that works well for your needs, you’ll likely abandon it altogether. Discover what works for you before you decide to invest a ton of time and effort into keeping a daily agenda. While you may not know exactly what will be best until you start filling in the pages, it’s wise to put some thought into the most practical system to suit your purpose. As we talked about yesterday, decided whether to go paper or digital. Then figure out if you’ll need space for jotting notes (I recommend this), if you require a large space for daily planning or if a week-at-a-glance structure will do. Make some notes, and then go shopping for your perfect planner.
Take It with You
In order to use your daily agenda consistently, it’s important that you have it with you at all times. It won’t do you much good if it’s sitting at home on your desk. Things come up all the time that you need to keep track of. Perhaps you remember an item you want to add to your shopping list or you may need to jot down your next hair appointment. Make sure you choose a planner that can be easily carried with you if it’s in paper form or that your digital calendar is easily accessible on the device you have on hand.
Add Important Events Immediately
As soon as you get your planner, whether it’s paper or digital, set it up with all the important dates you can think of. Add the birthdays and anniversaries of important people in your life. Record your vacation plans. Include anything you can think of that you will want to remember, including long-standing appointments. Doing this will help to ensure you keep on top of all the notable events that can get lost in the shuffle of day-to-day life.
Don’t Forget the Mundane Stuff
I recommend adding the more routine stuff to your calendar, too. If you’re a student, pencil in regular study hours to help make sure you fit them into your day. Write down date night with your significant other or best friend, too. Don’t forget to include leisure time for yourself. Perhaps a daily block of time for meditation or a weekly pampering session. When you add these things to your schedule, you’re likely to ease your stress. And that’s definitely good for your brain health.
These are some tips I think can definitely benefit you when it comes to optimal planner efficiency. Be sure to check off activities as you complete them and keep everything as organized as possible. Feel free to experiment until you find what works for you. Soon, you’ll find that keeping track of your daily activities is a breeze, and your mind will feel lighter.

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