You already know I am a planner girl at heart. So, today I’m sharing some of my favorite positive effects that planning has on us!
1. Less Stress
We all have stress that comes from different places in our lives, but a great way to prevent some or a great deal of that stress is planning your days ahead of time. Think of it as being the captain of your ship versus a passenger on someone else’s. Even for those of us who look to God for guidance in life, he still encourages us to use the resources he gave us to enjoy our time here on this planet.
2. More Success
Everyone that I know who is happy (key word) and successful in their life is a person who plans. So, what types of things do you want to accomplish in your time here on Earth? You’re MUCH more likely to achieve your goals and end up where you want to be by having a plan. This starts with a plan for each day, one step at a time.
3. Free Time
Success is a very personal thing. We all have a different definition for what success is in our lives. But, one thing is for sure. If you never have any free time to relax and enjoy the life you’re working for, what good is it for you? Planning gives you the opportunity to schedule in that free time. Literally write “FREE TIME” in your planner whenever you want to make sure it happens and soak up those moments! If you’ve planned properly, the things you needed to get done to have that free time will have been taken care of. Now take a deep breath and enjoy it. No guilt allowed!
4. Something to Look Forward To
I love sitting down to plan my week or month or year, and then feeling the excitement of knowing I have those wonderful things to look forward to! Seeing all of the blessings you have in your life through the plans you make on paper really does create a sense of gratitude in your heart. We are so lucky to be alive and be able to plan!
There are no doubt lots of uncertainties in this life, but planning helps create clarity in your day-to-day. Knowing what is coming up helps your mind stay focused. Our brains can easily get distracted or go in a million different directions, especially in the modern world of social media and easy internet access to so much information. Your planner is your place of order and clarity over the things you can control.
I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed thinking through these points and sharing with you. If you need a place to plan your days, check out the Ashley Shelly Planner I designed and use daily to create my best days 🙂 Bonus, they’re 30% OFF right now!
Vickie Mendoza says
Great blog Ashley! I’ve never actually wrote “free-time” in my planner. great tip!!
Ashley Trotier says
Thank you, Vickie! 🙂