But there is something that I do without fail.
Every single day, I open up my planner and take a look at my task list.
Sometimes, I decide that some of it won't get done and I reschedule those tasks.
Sometimes, I do all the tasks, one after another, and clear out the task list.
Sometimes, I notice a big appointment and focus on that.
But whatever happens, I have developed the habit of a daily visit with my planner. More than ANYTHING else, that habit makes sure that I don't miss anything important.
There are some things that you can do to help develop the planner habit and if you are at all serious about taking control of your life (even if your planner consists of a smart phone and an app), you should start doing these things right away.
*Set an alarm.
It sounds crazy, but until you get used to looking in your planner daily, set an alarm. I put mine on my laptop to remind me to look at my planner around 9 a.m. If I have already done so by then, I just turn off the alarm.
*Use your planner as a log.
If you log something - anything - in your planner, you'll be forced to open it. Maybe you log calorie intake, exercise, or water consumption. Maybe you have a chores checklist. Maybe you log your mood, your health issues, or the weather.
Choose something that you are highly motivated to track and log it. I log that I've done my "daily" list, including blogging and household chores. It's a great trick for forcing yourself to use your planner.
*Schedule planner time.
Every morning when I first sit down to do work, I check my planner first. Before I go to bed? I check my planner. Pick a time when you are generally free and check your planner.
*Store your planner nearby.
I keep my planner next to the couch at home, in my purse on the go, and at my desk when I work.
If your planner is missing, you might not go looking for it.
*Use your planner.
If I treat my planner's task list as the actual plan, I get much more done than if I see it as a suggestion. I can decide to reschedule, but it is an active decision.
Try these 5 steps and see if they help you to develop the planner habit.
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