Is your life in balance? The new year is a great time to take a look at your routine and see what could use some improvements. Read through these healthy habits to consider adding to your daily schedule in 2016.
Find Time to Decompress
• If you’re a morning person, get out of bed 30 minutes earlier than normal to wake up with your favorite coffee or tea and think about what you need to accomplish for the day.
• More of a night owl? Spend at least 30 minutes before going to sleep to unplug from technology and relax with a new book you’ve had on your list to read.
• Schedule time for exercise to reduce stress and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Planning workouts ahead of time will make you more likely to stick to them.
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Great memories, our lives are filled with them. There are endless memories that we look back on, they’re what make our lives worth living. From the first day of school, when you were so nervous; your first speeding ticket; your first job; additions to the family whether, they be furry or not — these are all memories that you will never forget.
Now you’re a big kid, always juggling so many to-do lists and appointments that you have to write in your planner the next time you have a double date. From where do so many memories originate? Where do they start? Your planner.
What’s coming up this week? Happy hour plans? Dinner outing with a friend? You never know which plans you’ll remember forever but once they happen, you know. When you have a friend over just to catch up, and suddenly you are both laughing hysterically from sharing stories. It’s a time like that you’ll treasure and the memory all began with “Sarah over for dinner” in your planner.
Your AT-A-GLANCE® is a place to plan your future memories and a place to look back and reminisce about the old ones. You can flip back in your planner to a few months ago and see “Work Outing.” Little did you know, that would be the night when your boss first told you that you received the promotion you’ve been working so hard to get. Or you can flip back to the “Conference” you had early in the year where you met someone that would later become your fiancé.
You never know where your plans are going to take you, or what memories they will hold, but they all started somewhere and that place is your AT-A-GLANCE. Your AT-A-GLANCE is like your own personal memoir holding all your memories from each day in the year. It’s a place where every day and every moment is yours.
You’ve purchased your planner, now it’s time to begin your daily planning process.
Here are some tips for using your planner every day:
Keep your planner with you
The best way to begin using your day planner everyday is to simply just begin. A great tip for starting out is to carry your planner everywhere, to meetings, to the grocery store, and event to the coffee table as you watch evening TV. By simply making your planner omnipresent you will find yourself more frequently using it in different facets of your life.
Create a daily planning routine
To begin your planning process it’s a good is to create a cheat-sheet that offers quick reminders. It might say: “1) list appointments; 2) list daily tasks; 3) review yesterday’s notes;” and so on. At first follow the blueprint for your schedule to a tee. In time you will learn areas where you can be more flexible. Be sure to include time for planning throughout your day.
Commit yourself to the process
The hardest part of integrating planning into your lifestyle is forming the habit. Learning a new planning system requires breaking old habits like working without a task list, not keeping a schedule, and writing notes on random slips of paper. Commitment is necessary, otherwise you may find yourself skipping steps and falling off the planning wagon. You will enjoy better time management and productivity when you’ve bought-into your personal organizer system.
Plan in daily sessions
Schedule a 15-minute daily appointment with yourself. Choose a time of day that works best for you. How? Go read the rest of this tip at ataglance.com: Use Your Planner Daily