Is there anything worse than the feeling that you are forgetting something? You know there is something you should have done or be doing, but you just can’t remember. I was tired of having this feeling, so I decided it was time to get my life in order and keep an organized calendar.
Here are 5 Reasons you should be using a calendar:
1. Find Time
A big problem that people seem to have is that there just isn’t enough time in the day. I was 100% guilty of saying this, but once I started to write down the task’s I needed to complete in a day I realized that I actually do have more time than I thought. I essentially made a to do list on everyday and worked on that list until it was completed. By staying focused and on task I was able to Find time that had always been there.
2. Relieve Stress
A huge benefit of using a calendar is that it can be a great way to relieve stress. Since you know what needs to be done, you can attack those tasks. This way you can breathe easy knowing that you have your day planned. With a balanced life and organized day’s you will feel the stress be lifted off your shoulders. I know I did. Yes, surprises will still pop up, but you will be prepared and ready to handle those little bumps.
3. Know Due Dates
As with anything you do, there will be a due date. I used to live by the old saying “If tomorrow isn’t the due date, then today isn’t the do date”. This was obviously not the best philosophy to live by. This is a prime example of why you should be using a calendar. If you know the due dates for projects, then hopefully you will be motivated to get the task done in advance. This way if you finish it early you can live more stress free.
4. Stay on the same page
If you are keeping an up to date calendar than you will be aware of what is going on in your life. This will make it easy to stay on the same page with people in your life. For example, let’s say you have a company car that multiple at the company use from time to time. It would be so simple to put up a calendar and people reserve the days they need it. This way everyone in the office is on the same page, and there won’t be any confusion or arguments about who is going to use the car on that day.
Calendars are a fun way to show your creativity and make it yours. I like to put little images on the days that are holidays. I put a turkey for Thanksgiving and a Christmas tree for Christmas, obviously. You could do something special for birthdays or days that are important to you. Another idea for personalization that I like is to use a monthly planner and I make a custom cover based on the month. I would cut out pictures from old magazines or find pictures online and glue them to my cover and then put a clear plastic over it so that it wouldn’t get ruined. Find what works for you but make it your own.
Hopefully these 5 reasons you should be using a calendar will help motivate you to stay organized and help keep your life balanced. Believe me it takes some time to get used to, but if you give it a chance and stick with it you will start to see changes in your organization and productivity.