Sure, everybody says “life is hard,” but any well-thinking individual knows that there are things that you can do to make your life easier.

 

That’s why I created this Life Hack series – to give all you guys tips, tricks and amazing shortcuts on just about everything you need to get your life the way you want it to be.

 

This week’s Life Hack is something I’m sure you’ve heard of before – a Daily Planner. Some people call it an executive diary. Either way, it’s something that you need to have.

 

The concept of this life hack is simple; you need a book to plan each day in. Yet, the benefits of having a planner are far reaching. I’ve got one and it saves my life consistently. Like my friend once said, “A planner is the ultimate sign of having your life together.”

 

Here are three reasons why a daily planner is a great life hack:

 

  • The novelty of having one will be enough to bolster you to develop a habit of writing in it each day. That was the case with me. I was so psyched to have it that I prioritized writing in it for a few weeks. Now, I use it often without having to remind myself.

 

  • You don’t have to be anxious about forgetting something important. There’s this special comfort that comes from knowing that everything that you need to do for the day is already written down somewhere, so you can’t possibly forget. My anxiety level decreased after getting one, because I suck at remembering things.

 

  • You’re more likely to achieve things that you write down. I’m pretty sure you’ve heard this before, but it’s a reality. There’s something about actually writing down your goals that make them seem more tangible, and thus – more achievable.

 

Let’s be real – it’s pretty cool to have a planner, and when used properly a planner can help to make your day less complicated. All you have to do is spend 5-10 minutes each morning writing down what you need to get done, and reread your list at intervals during the day. Cross off what you’ve accomplished, and prioritize what you have left.

 

Having a planner changed my life, and I don’t know what I would do without it. I get a kick out of having my day together. You should too.

 

You don’t necessarily have to go out and buy an expensive leather bound executive diary. Instead, you can just start with a simple one that lists the days and months in the year, with corresponding spaces to write down information.

 

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

–  Benjamin Franklin

 

Happy planning!