Writing a to do list is a thing of joy.
Truly it is. Having a brain dump is half the battle in getting things done. Once those items are down on paper, I can then go about working out what needs to be done and when.
However, that job is made easier using a daily planner. The inherent design of a daily planner is a great help to prioritising tasks. Keep reading to hear how.
1| Compartmentalise The Day
A to do list is one long running list of items, which may be recorded as and when you recall them. However, a daily planner has sections, which makes it easy to note items, so you know exactly what to do on any given day.
2| Separate Different Tasks
Depending on the particular planner you use, there will be different named sections. My daily planner has sections to record activities by time, as well as a separate area to record your most important tasks. I aim to group similar jobs together; telephone calls, emails, errands outside the home etc. There’s also a notes section which can be used for recording details when on a telephone call, for example.
3| Visual Reminder
If you’re visually orientated, then you can probably recall your daily planner in your mind’s eye. Of course this will vary per person, but sometimes I’ve been able to recall my whole day’s plan. This is simply because I had recorded it on paper and made each task flow on from the previous one and then my visual memory did the rest.
4| Personal Diary
I think I’ve mentioned before, how keeping a consistent diary hasn’t worked for me. However, I can proudly say that using a daily planner is a great way for me to record a few notes alongside my tasks and jobs. And therefore build up a diary of sorts.
Tracking any behaviour usually leads to improving that behaviour. A daily planner that has a tracker can be a simple tool you can use to keep up with a new daily habit or behaviour. My daily planner has a tracker for sleep, water intake and walking steps - each one contributes to your general health.
There’s no need to banish your to do list to the bin just yet, sometimes there’s no better option than a good list; brain-dumping is one such occasion. However, there are so many reasons to make the move to using a daily planner.
Do you have a favourite planner? Which features make it work for you? Let me know in the comments below.