I think a planner is an essential tool for everyone. Unless you have a photographic memory to remember everything that needs done, without a daily plan you are likely to wander without clear tasks and goals. There are several reasons I believe a planner is a necessity.
A Plan Gives You Clarity
We have so many thoughts running through our head. Things that need done, appointments to make, and goals to complete. Writing things down that need done will help you remember
A Plan Helps You Define Priorities
For example, having your relationship with God as a priority makes it easier to schedule devotional time. Making your marriage a priority has you scheduling date nights and intentional time together.
Once things are written down, you can take a look at the big picture and begin to decide what items take priority and which things can wait.
A Plan Gives You Purpose
Once you know what’s going on – priorities, goals, and tasks, you have a better sense of purpose on what you should be doing.
When opportunities arise, you can confidently say yes or no based on your priorities and what your schedule looks like. You know your purpose and can give your answer without guilt.
A Daily Plan Gives You Practical Steps
You may have big goals in your head, but without a plan of steps to achieve them, you are not nearly as likely to reach those goals. When you have a list of actionable steps to take to meet your goals, doing one or more things per day or week will get you closer and closer to actually achieving your goal.
When I say “planner” I don’t necessarily mean a specially bound calendar with all sorts of pages to keep track of every facet of your life (though that’s my preferred method 😉 ) I just mean a system that works for YOU.
It could be on your phone, a plain spiral bound notebook, or sticky notes placed all over the house. It doesn’t matter. But in order to live intentionally and be productive too, having a plan laid out will make each day a little more meaningful.