Productivity Planner & Its Role in Keeping You on Track During Hardship
by Intelligent Change — 3 min read
Times of hardship can affect every area of our lives. Challenges, adversities, and life events can drain our energy and make it difficult for us to focus on anything else. As a result, we can easily lose track of our intentions, goals, and plans. Once the difficult times are behind us, we come to realize how hard it is to gain our life’s rhythm back. Perhaps much harder than trying to stay on track no matter how hard it gets.
When you set intentions, you give your goals a clear direction. Take your Productivity Planner and write your intentions for the year, for the month, or for the week. These are your guiding principles–they will help you set the right tone for the upcoming period of time and also align your actions and daily decisions in the direction of your genuine dreams.
Most people take their Productivity Planner wherever they go. It holds their plans, notes, tasks, commitments, steps towards accomplishing their goals, and also lots of useful information that can serve as an inspirational reminder during times of hardship. When you feel like you’re losing perspective and deal with lots of roadblocks, take a look at your intentions and remind yourself why it’s important to keep moving on.
Goals, Plans, and Priorities
Another thing the Productivity Planner is great with is helping you set clear and achievable goals (and plans to accomplish them). This planner requires you to make one important daily decision: to prioritizeyour daily tasks, to complete them by focusing only on one task at a time relying on The Focus Time technique, and/or divide each complex task into a set of substeps. This strategy makes the whole process simpler, less complicated and tempting to start procrastinating on, and more efficient.
During hardship, even the simplest things can seem as hard as quantum physics. That’s because our energy is drained and our mind is focused on other things. In order to stay mindful and focused on achieving our goals, it’s important to keep things simple and be able to perceive them as achievable.
As you manage to complete one thing after another and, as you reflect on your days and weeks in the Productivity Planner noticing the progress, you’ll feel rewarded and satisfied for managing to accomplish essential tasks despite the difficulties that you’re going through.
Furthermore, if your situation makes you feel chaotic, imbalanced, and disorganized, goals, plans, and tasks are there to give you structure and boundaries.
Another core pillar of overcoming challenging times and maintaining a sane mental health is having a grounding routine. The Productivity Planner supports prioritizing your routines in times when you need them the most.
Extra Advice on How to Approach Your Productivity Planner to Make It Work for You During Hardship
Be Consistent and Persistent
It’s important that you’re consistent and persistent with your Productivity Planner, especially during times of hardship. Even when everything seems unstable, knowing that you have one fixed activity can bring you a sense of control and stability.
Make It a Part of Your Routine
As we mentioned already, routines are extremely important for mental health. Consider putting aside some time for your Productivity Planner in your evening (for daily planning) and weekend (for weekly planning) routines. Reflect on how productive you were, jot down your wins and milestones, check in with your progress–these steps will help you create a productive and balanced working routine.
Always Fill It Out in Advance
You will benefit the most from your Productivity Planner if you plan in advance and fill it out before the workday or week starts. This provides you with predictability that is particularly important during times of hardship.
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