Maximize your productivity using planners
Updated: Sep 11
I am always looking for ways to be more productive. We all have 24 hours every day but how we use them differs greatly and goes a long way to determine if we will achieve what we need and want. In this post, we will examine the reasons you should own a planner and use it daily. In the end, you will determine if you need to plan your days ahead for them to be more fruitful.
Just the other day, I conducted a poll on my Instagram stories and the results were very interesting. Although most people attributed their productivity to planning ahead, most of them did not plan every day. Additionally, most have never owned a planner or have not purchased a planner recently. How is this affecting your productivity?
Brian Tracy, a renowned Canadian motivational speaker and self-development author, claims that every minute you spend planning saves up to 10 minutes in the execution of the plan. So if your productivity is linked to planning ahead but you rarely plan, your productivity is never really optimal.
Additionally, when you plan your day the night before, your subconscious mind works on your list all night long, and many at times you will wake up with ideas of how to do your work more effectively and efficiently. Thus the more time you take to list down all the activities you have to do the next day, the more efficient and effective you will be.
Planners also help you to reflect on the things you did before the previous day and therefore allows you to eliminate the bad and persist with the good. A research that was done to prove the role of reflection in individual learning proved that people learn and accomplish more when they take the time to reflect their actions other than when they forego reflection.
Successful leaders and CEOs are known to have rigid routines that barely change. For instance, wearing the same kind of clothes every day as Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg or even eating the same kind of breakfast. A study conducted proves that eating the same breakfast every day contributes to better decision making. Humans have limited decision making power daily and we are happier and more productive when given fewer options. How then do planners come in?
Planners introduce routines in your life by helping you prioritize your values, minimize distractions and define your time. Routines make entrepreneurs more productive as it instils a habit that eventually comes automatically, therefore, saving time and increasing productivity. In short, if you are looking to increase your productivity, you should definitely consider getting a planner and using it religiously. Although the world is moving digital, there is actual power of taking time to write down your plans.
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