Planning is a great way to destress and be more productive in your day. Even the most disorganized person can find value in planning, whether it be in the actual process of it or the follow through. I happen to be in the first camp… finding more value in the process rather than being a slave to looking at my planner all day and checking off my lists.
I’ve heard a lot of people tell me that they are disorganized and planning is just not for them. They love the spontaneity of just taking life as it comes. As a fellow impetuous person I can tell you that planning can still be a huge benefit, no matter who you are. Today I want to share with you the top 10 reasons I love planning.
10 reasons I love planning…
1. Planning helps me destress
With 5 young children and a busy lifestyle, stress is a close companion and yet something I am always aiming to reduce in my day (for both my own sake AND my family’s). Planning is creative, even when I am being minimalistic and simple, the clean lines and neat little boxes magically reduce stress. The process of creating, of thinking, of getting all the weight that is on my shoulders and the thoughts jumbling in my head onto paper in a structured and organized way. I breathe easier once I have my plan in place.
2. Planning helps me visually lay out my time
I am such a visual person, I generally need to see something in order to remember it or have it “stick”. The more I can begin to lay out my process in a tangible way, the more likely I am to follow through with my tasks and goals, even if I never look at my planner again the next day. The very process of planning already helps me be more efficient with my time and realistic with my goals.
3. Planning keeps me on top of my upcoming appointments
I can’t even tell you the number of times I have missed appointments or totally forgotten about an event or get-together. It’s downright embarrassing you guys and I was sick of it! I love that planning helps me make sure I am on top of what is important to me.
4. Planning helps me prioritize
Without planning I have a really hard time organizing my tasks in order of importance and can waste a lot of time dithering at non-essential tasks (Facebook anyone?). As I lay out my day I usually find a natural priority emerges that helps me focus on the top goals first.
5. Planning helps me identify my gaps
One of the major benefits of planning isn’t just looking forward, it’s looking back. As you reflect on your days, it helps you identify what is working and what isn’t. Are your expectations unrealistic (which mine usually are) or could you have done more? I love that planning helps me identify areas of improvement so that I am always learning and growing, both in my skills as a planner AND as a doer 😉
6. Planning gives me more time for what I want to do
Creating a strategy for each day helps me to not only accomplish more, but to focus on less so that I am completing tasks fully, not just starting them. Because I spend less time spinning my wheels, I spend more time with my family, my kids, and even working on self care like reading a book or going for a walk <3
7. Planning helps me have a more peaceful life
I know, you’re judging me right now. I see you rolling your eyes! 😉 Planning really does help me have a more relaxed life though! Less stress with my husband because I didn’t forget to pay that bill (whew), less drama with people being offended that I forgot to bring something to the potluck, less frustration from my kids that they are late, again. Things just run smoother.
8. Planning allows me to express my creativity
We all need a creative outlet, whether we realize it or not. We find lots of ways to express who we are through various forms of music, the clothes we wear, even the way we keep our house can be creative! I am filled and inspired when I take the time to be creative in my day.
9. I move forward
When I don’t plan, I tend to stay in the same place, with the same tasks, a few being done but always a few more in it’s place. I never feel like I am taking ground or going after what I want. Life keeps me busy and I have a tendency to just… live. When I plan I make goals, I dream big and I try for and take risks that I would never normally take. It motivates and inspires me and I am a better person for it.
10. Planning is FUN!
It should be anyways. Sometimes we let planning become a chore. Instead of having a planner that fills us, inspires us, and motivates us… we become a slave to consistency and structure and making our planner what everyone else tells us it should be. But it CAN and SHOULD be fun! I love taking breaks from my planner because I dive back in with joy and purpose!