3 Reasons Why It’s Important To Write Out Your Day

My plans from the past few weeks.
One of my favorite things to do in the morning is to take some time, sit down somewhere (usually at the kitchen table), relax with a cup of coffee, and plan out my day.

Doing this daily gives me the opportunity to reflect on my previous day, assess how I’m currently feeling (physically, emotionally, and spiritually) and decide how my day will be. I take into consideration what I need to do, when I need to do them, and how I’m going to do it all. I’ve only started doing this the past couple of years, but it’s boosted my productivity and the quality of how I live each day.

Here are the three main benefits of writing/plan out your day:


1. You Make Better Use of Your Time

When I plan out my day, I’m more intentional with my time. Since I consider the amount of time I have and how much time I need to accomplish my tasks, I treat my time valuably. I see time as something limited that needs to be used wisely, not an endless abyss of “later” where my least-desirable tasks get lost in.

I don’t plan to the exact minute because I’d feel micromanaged and that plan would be too difficult to follow. I’d just end up frustrated that nothing went the way I planned and I wasted a whole bunch of time planning. Instead, I create a plan that’s both as specific as possible and general enough to be flexible.


2. You Inevitably Become More Productive

By being aware of your goals, tasks, deadlines, and priorities, you’ll be more intentional and purposeful of your actions. Knowing how much time you have to get it all done makes you value your time even more.

3. You Feel Better about How You Spend Your Days

At the end of my day, it feels great to see a lot of items crossed off my To Do List. I feel productive, purposeful, and that I spent my time wisely.

One of my favorite ways to write out my day is using the 2016 3P Planner. The “3Ps” stand for Purposeful, Practical, and Personal, which is what I designed it to be. I took elements from other planners that worked for me. Consider it the “greatest hits” of personal planners. Download, print, and start being more productive today!

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Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.    

Some Thoughts on Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

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Yesterday is a souvenir. It's a thing we hold in our pockets to remind us of what's important.

Yesterday is a lesson. It's a story that we can tell and retell as we please. It's a constant reminder of the lessons we needed to learn and all the experiences we needed to have in order to be right here, right now.

Yesterday is a balance. It needs to be both remembered and ignored. Remember the good memories. Remember the people who have been a positive influence in your life. Ignore the negativity. Ignore the cynics and the naysayers. Ignore whatever/whoever doesn't empower you; remember what/who does.

Today is here and now. It's where we live, eat, and play. Today is the only day you can fully experience what It's the only place where you can take action on anything. It's where you get to practice mindfulness. It's the moment from the future you've been waiting for. Today is the current pit stop the past has taken you to.

Today is the "present" that has been given to us. Not everyone gets this gift, so today is something that must be savored.

Tomorrow is an abyss full of promise. It bleeds hope. Tomorrow holds all the potential that will ever exist.

Tomorrow is where the best days of our lives are. It's where our best memories will be. Not to take anything away from the past and the present, but tomorrow can be better because of them.

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Being Motivated Isn't a Feeling. It's a Mindset!

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I don't know about you, but sometimes I feel stuck. During these times, I feel like my life is stagnant and going absolutely nowhere.

It could be for many different reasons. I could be unhappy with my job, my relationships with family or friends, or I could simply be unhappy with how my life is right now.

It's easy to dwell on any of that. It's also easy to do something about it.

People mistakenly think that they have to wait for the right time, wait for the right opportunity, or wait to be inspired to improve their lives, but that's totally untrue.

The truth is, you don't have to wait for "the right time." There is no right time. If you wait for it, you'll find yourself waiting forever. The best time is always now. I've said before countless times that the present is the only time you can take action towards your goals and dreams. You make the present "the right time."

You don't have to wait for the right opportunity. Successful people make their own opportunities by taking actively taking action steps towards their goals. They ask for help. They learn what they need to know. They build a network of people who are supportive and people who can guide and mentor them. They do whatever it takes to increase their chances of opportunities showing up in front of them.

You don't have to wait for inspiration. Don't get me wrong, being inspired is great, but it's not consistent enough to help you daily and for your long term goals. Being dependent on an emotion to be proactive is limiting. Successful people have enough emotional intelligence to take action whether they feel inspired or not.

To consistently take action toward your goals and dreams requires the right mindset. How you think affects how you act and everything you get in life. That's why I wrote The Motivation Mindset. I want you to live a life of happiness, health, wealth, and fulfillment.

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Feel Stuck? You Can Change that TODAY

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"Sometimes I can feel my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I'm not living."
- Jonathan S. Foer

If you've spent time wondering what your life could've been, know that you're not alone. All throughout our lives we've been presented with opportunities and possibilities and it's natural to reflect on the past and even think about what your life would've been if you took a different route somewhere along the way.

You can't change the past, but you can change how you perceive it. Any "mistakes" can be reframed into life lessons specifically designed for you. You shouldn't dwell on the past. Your current lifestyle is reflection of how you've lived your life up until now.

The good news is that if you want something to change in your life, you can. It isn't too late. You're still alive, breathing, and capable of taking action. You can change your life if you choose to do so.

You can change not just how you think and what you do on a daily basis, but you can change how you live. This opportunity is always available to you every moment of every day.

Your life isn't set in stone. It is dynamic and always moving and always changing, just like the wind. You may not always see where it's going, but you know it's there, it's going somewhere, and is immeasurably powerful.

Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.