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Once someone decides to dedicate to using a planner, it is so easy to fall into a trap of planning instead of doing.
(Some people might also spend a lot of time looking at planner porn. I'm not accusing you. But if you find yourself always on Pinterest searching "planner layouts" or checking Instagram several times a day...well...maybe check a mirror???)
There are truly some times when you should stop planning and just do something instead.
Skip the Detailed Daily Plan (Sometimes)
If your weekly spread has enough space to write the day's tasks and the tasks and appointments are not overwhelming, don't waste time planning a daily plan.
In the picture above, Friday's space (top right) is full, but just barely. As long as I don't need to add anything, I don't need a daily plan! (Honestly, I rarely need one on weekends.)
Stop Planning as a Form of Procrastination
Don't write down a two minute task that you can do now. Do it.
Don't stop to write "complete essay" right before you draft the essay that is due tomorrow. Draft the essay instead.
Don't write down "cook beans" and then start cooking the beans. Just start cooking the beans.
Set a Regular Time for Planning and Stick to It
Yes, if your best friend calls you to go out to dinner on Saturday, add that to your planner immediately.
But for more serious planning sessions, limit them to a certain time of the day or when you need to clear your head.
If you suddenly find some free time, do something on your task list, read a book, or take a nap! In other words, relax instead of planning.
(Okay, planner porn *might* be my favorite way to relax. Shush! We all have addictions.)
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