You’re busy right? You have way too much to do to take the time to write stuff down and create lists.
There are kids to look after, meals to be made and floors to vacuum. Why would you ever want to get into making lists and plans? The thought of it alone drains you.
All you want to do when your day is done is crawl under the covers and get as much rest as you can because tomorrow is gonna be a crazy one...again.
Let me tell you that it really is okay to feel this way and that it’s completely normal for you to get what seems like constant feelings of overwhelm and not having enough time.
I also want to tell you that taking the time to plan and get your life at least semi-organized will feel like a big weight has been lifted off your shoulders.
You’ll have a plan to tackle everyday tasks, and projects that have been hanging over your head, and you’ll even be able to spend quality time with your family AND have time for self-care.
Can this ideal life happen overnight? No, of course not.
Will it be easy? Maybe.
But there is one tiny secret to making it all happen, and that is...
Taking those small and simple actions each and every day will help you reach your goal to be organized!
And best of all, the benefits that come from planning and organizing will amaze you!
So, with that in mind, here are 5 reasons you should get organized and start planning.
1) Eliminate the feeling of overwhelm
By making a plan and mapping out each segment of your life, you will notice that the feelings of overwhelm begin to disappear.
Because when you make a plan, you gain a sense of control. And when you feel more in control of your life, even with the little things, you’ll feel a great sense of relief.
You’ll breathe easier and deeper and you’ll find those extra minutes you’ve been looking for.
You’ll feel confident that the plan you put in place will take care of things that need to be done and things you want to do.
The only trick is to follow the plan and do the things, tweaking it as needed.
2) Get stuff done more efficiently
When you plan and take action on your plan, you’ll actually get things done more efficiently and, generally, more quickly.
What happens when you don't have a plan is that you’ll do the things that are literally right in front of you. You’ll be busy moving from one task to another without any regard for the big picture.
This can lead to extra and inefficient work and will leave you feeling exhausted at the end of the day.
You’ll feel like you really didn’t accomplish anything of any importance.
3) More time for the important stuff
It's so easy to get caught up in all the “stuff” that needs to be done that by the end of the day, you realize that you didn’t make time for what’s truly important to you.
Whether it’s playing in the backyard with your kids, taking a few minutes to yourself with a good book or spending some quality time with your hubby, those are the important things that always seem to come last.
But whatever it is, being a good planner will ensure that you have time for quality in your life.
4) Make projects a reality
Have you been meaning to redecorate your living room? Do you have a craft project you keep putting off because you seemingly have no time or energy?
It’s easy to think of a project and feel like you need to make the time to get it all done at once. But you and I both know that that is completely unrealistic and totally unnecessary.
By planning out your projects, breaking them down into small, doable steps and fitting those steps into your schedule, you’ll find those projects will finally become a reality. Little by little.
5) Develop good habits
By planning regularly, you’ll be developing habits that will keep you organized and on top of what’s important in your life.
Planning is a habit in and of itself. It allows you to see what you have coming up and what goals you want to achieve. It allows you to organize the important and necessary things in your life in such a way that you will stay on top of things.
In order to make planning a habit, set a dedicated time each day to do it. It could be the morning before everyone gets up. Or in the evening, when things have quieted down. Choose a time that best fits your schedule and your personality.
If you’re unsure when the best time to plan is, try different things and see what you prefer or change things up based on your time and energy.
Just be sure to make the time for those planning sessions!
And don’t forget to set some extra time aside to plan your week ahead and time for the month ahead.
Planning doesn’t have to be daunting. The trick is to find what system works best for you and that may take some time. It’s all about trial and error. Tweaking your system as you go.
Have fun with the process as you develop your system. Because if you don't love it, you won’t use it!
What benefits do you hope to achieve by planning? Please share in the comments below.
As you develop your planning system, why not incorporate the Ultimate Goals Workbook into it? It's got all the tools you need to map out your big-picture life right down to your daily tasks and routines. Check it out HERE!
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