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Optimize Your Time with an Old-Fashioned Planner

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Sometimes it seems like there just aren’t enough hours in a day. However, if you plan efficiently and schedule out, you’ll find that there are, in fact, a full 24. With the right planner, you can even dedicate some of them to sleeping.

Psychologist and self-help author Roger Epstein found that the most effective way to manage stress is to avoid it completely through planning [1]. In other words, if you can find a way to schedule efficiently, you're looking at lot less hassle in your life. The first thing you should do is decide what type of planner best suits you. If you think you'll need all the help you can get, buy a highly structured planner. You'll be able to better stay on track. If you want to create your own experience with more freedom, you can purchase a planner with less features, or even a blank notebook.

Unless you take full advantage of your planner, you'll just have empty pages and a hectic agenda. If you want your schedule to be organized, your planner needs to be, too. Your planner shouldn't have illegible notes crammed into the margins. Some people like to use sticky notes or create a color key to ensure everything stays systematized.

It's important that you don't plan too far in advance, though, because you could forget about that doctor's appointment you wrote in two months ago. Before your week starts, spend time looking over your monthly calendar and transfer everything into the corresponding week. You'll be reminded of everything you previously scheduled and your weekly obligations will be top of mind.

Your planner doesn't have to filled with super serious meetings and appointments. Write down goals you want to achieve, and schedule ahead for a treat yourself day. That way, you can track your progress and get excited for special occasions.

If you're into saving trees or maybe you've got something against pens, you can always use a calendar on your phone, computer, or tablet.

Not everything can be scheduled. Planning ahead of time can save you a lot of headaches down the road, but don't be afraid to be spontaneous. Considering creating a short-term savings goal for life's spur-of-the-moment opportunities.

[1] Plan Your Way to Less Stress, More Happiness, Time


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