Planning your life and your business can be super challenging. There are so many different ways to do it, whether it be using a paper system or digital. Some people prefer something simple and minimalistic, while others like to create more artistic planner options. All are very valid ways of planning. So, I thought it would be good to share my favourite planning supplies and tips with you today, as well as more about why planning makes me happy. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. For more info check out my full Affiliate Disclosure.
There is even evidence that planning can make people happy. This article talks about a study showing that the happiest part of your vacation/trip is actually the planning of it. Not the trip itself. Interesting, hey?
The Importance of Planning
Personally, I find planning my life key to helping me feel happier. I have felt a loss of control since being diagnosed with cancer back in 2006, and then the recurrences, too. Having things planned helps me gain some of that control back. As well as this, tracking things like self-care help me feel more balanced and keep my anxieties at bay. I also love having at least one planner that is very pretty and I decorate. I like to mix function and art, and it makes me feel happy. I like doing things that bring me joy….
I also think it’s key to plan your time. Otherwise, it can be so easy for it to drift away from you. One minute you’re checking your Facebook group, the next minute 3 hours have gone by and you haven’t done anything but be on Facebook. Just me? I thought not 😉 Time blocking is a really effective tool for this.
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Another thing I like to do is prioritise my tasks so that I make sure the super important ones are done. Once you get those then move onto the less important ones. I find it vital to making sure I get what needs to be done, done. So, you can see how journaling and planning makes me happy.
Paper vs Digital
There’s many different methods of planning. It’s totally up to you to make the right one work. I like to use a bit of a mixture of paper and digital. I have an Erin Condren Life Planner that I take with me to work. It’s the one that has a summery of my month and week. It’s also the one I like to decorate.
I also like to use my calendar app on my phone for marking important dates in. I then transfer those to my ECLP each month. Another digital tool I like to use for lists is Evernote. It’s a great digital option for bullet journaling, too. I’m currently reading this eBook to learn to use Evernote more effectively.
The third kind of planner I have right now is a FoxyFix. It’s a form of traveller’s notebook cover with inserts you can choose from. I am awaiting some of the supplies to arrive still, but my plan is to use this like a bullet journal. I am super excited to receive my order from them because they’re so so pretty! Another reason planning makes me happy – if it looks good I’m more likely to use it! It has to be functional, too, though. One or the other doesn’t work for me.
My Planner Set Up
I thought it would be fun to show you around my ECLP so you can see what you think of it. I will share some of my other planner set ups and what-not when I have them all sorted. For now, though, here’s a peek at my ECLP:
I have a great list full of planner supplies I think you’ll really love. Just click here to check them out. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about why planning makes me happy. I’d love to know more about how you plan. Please comment and let me know, or come along to my Facebook group and join the discussion! If you’d like to read more about planning and happiness then I like this article and this one, too. You can even grab your very own happiness planner to help you keep track of your life, and increase your happy!
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