Thank you all for your fantastic contributions to the Ask Jeff column. I do my best each month to offer tips and advice for anyone seeking ways to find more time in their day to get things done and reach success in achieving their goals.
This month I’d like to ask a question of you: what types of tips and articles would you like to see featured on the Day-Timer Blog and in upcoming eTalk issues? Please send me your issues, thoughts and ideas that you’d like me to address in upcoming articles.
In the meantime, please keep your questions coming and I’ll do my best each month to help you find ways to better enjoy your time!
Now, onto this month’s reader-submitted question:
It happened again! Each year I buy a planner and by this time of year I completely quit using it. It’s piled up on my messy desk. I always have the best intentions to be more organized but it never seems to last. Do you have any suggestions how I can keep using it everyday. I need HELP! – CD
Fear not because yours is a common problem. In between those who are newbie planners and those who plan daily there’s a limbo that people get stuck in. It’s a tough spot where planning hasn’t really gotten traction in your daily life — it’s just as easy to not use your planner as it is to use it.
In order to reach your goals and find success through better time management you must break through this stage.
Here are some tips for making planning a natural daily habit:
- Set a “Plan Time:” Choose a specific time each day for planning, like 5 minutes over breakfast each morning.
- Commit for 1 month: Make a goal for yourself that says you will unfailingly stick to your planning system for one month.
- Be realistic: Start at a planning level that feels manageable. For example, you might want to start simple and keep just a weekly schedule and to-do list. Once you get the ball rolling, you can add activities such as monthly goal setting and time tracking.
- Carry it: Keep your planner with you at all times so it takes on a natural role in your day.
- Share the love: Be proud. Tell those around you about your new planning system, it’ll motivate you to continue your progress.
- Don’t cheat: Planning is an act of integrity, so don’t allow yourself to skip a day because it’ll become far too easy to cheat again and again. Following through on your to-do list and daily calendar when things get hectic will do wonders toward making planning a habit.
I hope these tips help. Please write back in a month and tell me how it’s going.
Enjoy your time — Jeff
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