Guest Post: Make the best of your daily planner and write it down!
Words have power. When you are embarking on a journey to change your life, it is important to harness your words by writing them down. There are several ways that the written word can help improve your life overall including writing down goals, writing down your schedule, and journaling your gratitude. Each will have a different direct result that will improve your life overall.
Writing Down Goals
Many people choose bravery when they say their dreams out loud, but they will stay as dreams unless they are written down. Once a dream is written down, it is positioned to become a goal. Once a plan is made to attain that goal, it becomes achievable.
If you are serious about achieving your goals, Pamela Shaw, life coach extraordinaire, recommends using the 90-day planner to track it all. This is the best daily planner because it has blank spaces for you to create and design your life– goals, schedules, habits, key behaviors, lists to support–everything you need to achieve your goals. You can write your goals at the beginning of the book and then break them down into smaller steps.
At the beginning of each day and week, review your goals and find ways to take steps toward making them a reality. This awareness becomes a secret weapon– keeping your goals in front of your vision all the time readies you to seize opportunities that come along.
Writing Down Your Schedule
Great time management is when you can take your day and break it down by the half hour. This helps you be more productive because you have a written schedule down for getting everything done in the day you need to do. When people do not write down their daily schedule, they will get side-tracked with distractions. Not only does this decrease productivity, but it also keeps you from achieving your goals and dreams. As Pam teaches, ‘the process of accumulation is real’!
For example, if you are hoping to improve your marriage or strengthen a relationship with someone in your life, you might break it down into specific steps where you spend more time together or talk more. When you read this goal in your planner, you can schedule time in your day to call or visit this person and spend time communicating, creating new experiences, bonding. If it is not written down, you likely won’t find time to do any of those things that make relationships strong.
Journaling Your Gratitude
One of the best ways to change your life is to change your perspective by being more grateful. There are plenty of daily planner prompts and guided journaling opportunities for someone to find things to be grateful for in their life. If you want to live a better life, try practicing gratitude and writing down the things you are grateful for each day.
Being grateful helps you notice the good things in life and attract more positive energy to yourself. The law of attraction states that you will attract more of what you are into your life. In other words, having positive or negative thoughts will bring positive or negative experiences to you. A successful growth plan will come from a place of gratitude, peace, and excitement, not ruminating thoughts, resentment, hatred and anger.
Changing by Writing
Writing down your words gives them more power. Whether you are looking to achieve your goals, become more productive in your day, or just looking to find more peace and happiness, writing specific things down will make the difference. Words reinforce thinking. Repeated thinking becomes a belief. We only act on what we belief about ourselves and others. If you are looking to make any of these changes, try writing them down and see what changes.