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#19 How to use planning in easy 2 steps for a better life and mental health.

Updated: Sep 6, 2021

1. Keep your life in order with a planner In living a mindful lifestyle, planning is key. Without organising your day, it can become a series of spontaneous events that may not get you where you want to go. Being mindful is about being in the moment, not an escape from responsibilities. If you want to achieve a specific goal, you can use the mindful approach to organise and plan to help you achieve it. Successful people are those who reach their goals. Your goal may be a personal one or a business one. Whatever your goal may be, planning is the key to achieving it. Planning will help you get on top of everything, from work to home life, and then keep on top of it by keeping a record of everything you have done and everything you need to do. For example, if I do not record what I have done for the done, I stand a good chance of repeating the exact thing because I have forgotten that I had done that. So, I simply record it in my planner and then check it off as done. I find that this is an excellent way for me to move forward toward completing my goals. Although a digital planner is convenient, I love to use a daily physical planner for work and organise my home life. A daily planner helps me control my life and becomes a lifeline to keep everything I need to do in one convenient place. Use your daily planner as you can’t keep all you need to do in your head. Us a planner to break what you need to do down into manageable chunks. Your daily commitments for work and home can quickly leave you feeling overwhelmed. You’ve got to meet the bosses demands, and then you have chores, to-dos and meal plan looming down on you. Create or buy a planner that has room to plan your whole life in one go. You can write down your meals, expenses, shopping list. You can also make a note of appointments, treats, and rewards you deserve after working so hard. Write it all down in one place so it can be easily found and referred to during the day 2. Plan your year, month, and week in advance. Do you ever get to the end of the day/week or month wondering what on earth you did? Have you ever felt that you haven’t achieved anything much and felt so frustrated you want to give up? It might seem like you’ve constantly been working, yet you can’t remember what you were even working on. If the answer is yes, you may be on autopilot, just doing the same things day in and day out without thinking it through and making no progress as a result. This has happened to me more times than I like to admit. That’s why I now am a devoted monthly and yearly planner. Over the years, I’ve gotten into the habit of planning my months ahead of time, finding it serves me well. I do enjoy winging it at times. However, I’m someone who feels anxious and stressed if I’m not prepared. That’s why the habit of planning has been a game-changer for reducing my stress levels. Planning works wonders for your mental health as it helps you to organise your thoughts as well. It’s also helped me stay on top of everything and anticipate what’s to come. Finally, it helps me to feel in control of my life with vision and purpose. 1. Plan your Month. o Plan your monthly goals at the end of every month. o Set up a reminder until it becomes a habit. o Have one or two goals -remember less is more. 2. Plan your Week. o Plan your week on every Saturday o Make sure your weekly goals are in sync with Monthly Goals. o Only set one or two small goals for the week. 3. Plan your Day. o Plan your next day before you sleep. o Write one or two essential tasks if done that would make your day a success. In time to come, I will share my monthly planning process to inspire you to plan and organise your schedule ahead of time – so watch this space!

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