From as far back as my fourth year in high school, I have weekly planned. It genuinely shocks me how few people do it, especially since when I have a week without doing it I have no idea what day it is or what needs done.
Using my planner for depression
When you are in the depths of depression, you won’t feel motivated but I was determined to get better so I used my weekly planner. Every week I included the same things – daily walk, meditate five days a week, yoga and some other things I was trying out. At this point, all my efforts were focused on getting better and looking at my weekly planner which demonstrated that I had done everything I could to improve my situation made me feel better – it reassured to me that I was really trying. This is the layout of planner that I use, as it has a lot of room to write a list for each day.
When I don’t use my planner
Since it has been Summer, I’ve not had a huge workload like I usually do, so I have went weeks without using my weekly planner and I regret it so much. The day before my holiday I had an infinite task list, since I hadn’t made a list of what needed done until that day. If I had used my planner I would have worked out everything that needed done the week beforehand, and then spread this across a lot of days. I also got dressed up unnecessarily everyday because I kept forgetting to drop my keys off at my shop since I didn’t have a visual reminder.
Using my planner for anxiety
Since I put every aspect of my life into my planner, I included all my Graded Exposure Therapy. Although, it is an amazing technique and it has helped me out so much, I dread when I have to face up to getting the train, for example. Putting this therapy on my planner means I actually go through with it, as I want to check it off my planner. One week I looked at my planner and I felt overcome with pride, I had completed so many anxiety inducing things and without my planner I wouldn’t have realised how hard I had worked that week.
Using my planner for University
A weekly planner for University is as essential as a laptop – I rely on it so much. I can put onto it all my nights out, my class times and work that needs done. From a quick look at my planner, I can see if I’m behind or on track. And for exam time, I fill out everyday with the lectures I need to write out to cover all of the work in time for exams. It makes me so much more productive and I don’t know how anyone can study without planning. For studying, I use a lot of to-do lists alongside my planner as some things I need to get done depend on the day and others would never fit on the planner. So I use something like this.