A time management planner can mean the difference between a horribly disorganized day where everything goes wrong, and a well executed workday followed by a relaxing, enjoyable home life where everything carries off without a hitch. A daily planner is an
important time management tool
that can streamline your activities and help you both prioritize your tasks and maximize your efficiency.
While excessive and obsessive ‘planning’ can eat up hours, a good planner can help you organize without creating a time drain. You’ll never end up rushing for a late appointment, scrambling to explain how you managed to double-book two meetings, or flounder under increasing demands for others as you try to juggle your own work and two other people’s as well!
A time management planner will give you a way to implement a planned and systematic approach.
When you plan ahead, you can prioritize your workload, create milestones, focus on your priorities and achieve your goals. Planners provide a central location where all data goes to be analyzed and filed in the correct place for retrieval at the appropriate time, cross referenced and organized so you’ll never have a stressed out ‘Oh no, what did I forget’ moment again.
Time management planners can be paper binder style, with daily, weekly or monthly ‘at a glance’ sections and room for appointments, to-do lists and important reminders. You can use PC based planners right on your computer as well, or even utilize your PDA or mobile device to keep track of your expected actions on the go.
A planner gives you a framework around which to build each day.
You can see your mornings and afternoons taking shape around appointments and tasks, and create a flow that keeps you busy and productive without stress and anxiety. If your work life balance is on an even keel, each day can be a joy instead of a hassle.
A planner can also be a jumping off point for analysis of your own time management abilities. Keep your planner for a month, making sure to sheck off each completed task . Then go back and sift through the data to find out when and how you fell short, and find the cause. Some days just don’t go as planned - a car breaks down or a family member falls ill. Other times you can pinpoint where the productivity left off and apathy began, and take steps to alleviate the circumstances that derailed you.
Prioritizing your tasks is the main goal
If you consistently get all of your most important stuff done, you can gradually add more things to do and increase your efficiency by finding spare minutes and hours to fit more stuff in. Align your goals with your vision of yourself in five or ten years, and work towards those objectives in the time you save through managing your time.
Once you’ve learned to analyze and prioritize, you can move forward into developing a daily schedule that creates bonus time for you to pursue your dreams. Your time management planner could be the key to your future!