THE POWER OF THE PLANNER

We have all heard the statement, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” A list here and there is a good start to planning, but there’s a lot more to planning when you’re in business. Planning means reviewing your quarterly and other short term goals, understanding your various targets and outlook for the current and upcoming months, and working in what may be leftover from last month. The best part? This can all be achieved with a solid, versatile paper planner. In other words, the planner is one of the most powerful tools to drive your business. Here’s why.

Planners help you review and track large and long-term goals.

Daily list making always has a place in business (duh, why else would we invest in so many cute notebooks and brightly colored sticky notes?), but keeping those large and long term goals handy will help you stay on track with your big picture. Better yet, you will be able to see reverse engineering in action when you analyze how your daily tasks are bringing you closer to your long term goals.

Daily list making always has a place in business (duh, why else would we invest in so many cute notebooks and brightly colored sticky notes?), but keeping those large and long term goals handy will help you stay on track with your big picture. Better yet, you will be able to see reverse engineering in action when you analyze how your daily tasks are bringing you closer to your long term goals.

Speaking of daily tasks, planners help you track your daily productivity.

Does anything feel quite as good as crossing items off of a big to do list? Paper planners are a wonderful tool for tracking appointments and your to-do list. Remember: smaller milestones will help you achieve loftier, bigger goals. A solid paper planner will have multiple spaces for you to break those big goals down into smaller steps (day-by-day, week-by-week, and beyond).

Thanks to the planner, you start your day on a positive note.

Starting your day with positive affirmations can set you up for success. According to business author Brian Tracy, “Developing a positive attitude can help you in more ways than you might realize. When you think positive thoughts, you don’t allow your mind (conscious or subconscious) to entertain any negative thoughts or doubts.” It’s obvious that starting your day with a positive affirmation is beneficial, and hopefully, your planner provides this for you on your monthly or weekly view pages.

Planners can help you better engage in “me” time.

TIME Magazine tells us that on average, people check their phones 46 times per day. When you are in business, that number could easily skyrocket! Electronic calendars and devices are helpful, but they may not aid in being “off” for the night. If you’re relaxing and reading a book to unwind, and you hear a calendar reminder sound from the other room you’ll likely be tempted to check it out. A reliable paper planner will be right where you left it, sans interruptions – and that’s important when you are taking a brief timeout for yourself.

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I’m Julie Ball, Founder of Sparkle Hustle Grow. My team and I use this blog to share our favorite business tips, introduce you to thought leaders in our community and to feature products from SHG boxes.