Planning isn't all about what layout you use or which tabs are easiest to read.
At the heart of it, planning is really about knowing what you will be doing, when you will be doing it, and what you can change without undue stress if the plan doesn't work out.
As I write this post, my life is pretty stressful. The picture shows my jam-packed Thursday (chaperoning a field trip, working out, doing an hour of work, dinner with my mom, karate for the big kid, delivery to the school as the room mom) and the crazy rest of the week. All of this is happening while my husband works 10 to 12 hour days.
But when I described my day to friends, I didn't call it stressful.
I said it was "exciting."
Who am I kidding? I will barely make it through tomorrow, much less that weekend.
But something funny happened when I called my schedule exciting.
Instead of a panic attack (my usual response), I felt challenged. I can do this. I will do this. And at the end of it, I will schedule some well-deserved downtime.
Instead of looking at my planner as a to do list, I looked at it as a goal list. It changed my world.
Now, open your planner and look at tomorrow's plan. Instead of stressing, remind yourself that you have a plan of attack, that it is doable (and change it right now if it isn't), and you will be living life tomorrow!
I thought so.