Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:14-16
Last week we talked about my 2021 weekly planner and where I got it. I hope it got you interested in using a planner if you haven’t been. This week we are going to talk about how a weekly planner could benefit your life!
We’re going to look at 4 ways a planner could be a blessing to you. The time that God gives us is precious, so we need to learn to manage it in a way that brings Him glory and helps us accomplish things in a timely manner.
#1 A planner could help you be more productive:
Something that I struggle with is procrastinating. Am I the only one? It’s so easy to get distracted doing one thing, maybe even something worthwhile, but when there is something more important waiting to be done. This is definitely an area where I have a lot of room for growth.
Sometimes it’s even hard to get out of bed and you may be like our little dog and just want to stay where it is warm and comfortable when you need to get up and do things!
That is one reason that a weekly planner is so helpful to me. When I am not motivated to get something done, it is very helpful to know that it is written down in my planner to do it, and I won’t get to check it off or color in my box if I don’t get it done. Since my planner is basically a cute little scrapbook, I plan to keep it for years to come, and I don’t want to look back and see all the things I never got done!
If you have a planner to list your goals and look at, it may help you to stay focused on what you should be doing and give you an extra push of motivation. There are so many good and beneficial things to do in life that we don’t have time to waste!
Another way to inspire yourself through your planner is to write down Bible verses and godly quotes. Besides being motivated to get things marked off your checklist, these can help motivate you to draw closer to Jesus and follow His will for your life.
#2 A planner could help you remember what needs done:
With all the areas of life we have to juggle, it’s no wonder our brains sometimes get tired and we can’t remember everything we need to do. There are birthdays and holidays, school assignments, work assignments, friends to keep in touch with, and the list could go on and on.
It is a relief sometimes just to write down the projects that are hanging over your head and give your mind room to think. Plus, this way you aren’t as likely to miss an important deadline because you forgot about it.
Planning your week a little bit on Sunday and writing out some of the things that you want to get done is a good way to get things off of your mind. Also, you know how at night sometimes your mind is swimming with the things that you need to remember to do the next day? Pull out your planner, jot them down, and then let your mind relax and get its needed rest.
#3 A planner could give you something to look back on:
In the world we live in where everyone is pressing on and trying to accomplish things, it’s really easy to get so focused on our to-do list that we never take time to appreciate the things God has helped us to get done.
When you keep a planner and write down your monthly, weekly, or daily goals, then you can look back over them and see the things God has allowed you to do. It’s important to thank Him for the things He helps us do and not always push toward the next thing.
#4 A planner is something you might enjoy!
Do you enjoy cutting paper, looking at pretty stationary, or writing in a brand new journal? If this is you (it’s definitely me :), then a paper planner may be just the thing you didn’t know you wanted!! I enjoy decorating my planner with pretty stickers and layouts that I print out. This is what inspired me to start making my own layouts. I wanted to use and provide others with layouts that are centered around God’s Word. I’m so excited to start doing that more in my 2021 weekly planner!!
When you have a weekly planner, it gives you something to decorate and look at on a regular basis, while being useful at the same time. Win, win!!
I hope that this gives you some inspiration for planning your coming year and helps you be excited for what God has in store for us. Let me know, what is something you are looking forward to in 2021?
Besides using my new Praise Planner (of course), I’m also excited to, Lord willing, get a fresh start sending birthday cards to my friends and start some special new series’ on the blog!! Hope to hear from you about your plans and dreams for the future!
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17