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One Step At A time: Daily Planners and Growth

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut and can’t seem to make any progress towards your goals? If so, you’re not alone. Many people struggle with keeping on track and reaching their objectives, but one simple solution that has proven to be effective is using a daily planner. There's a reason people throughout time have left behind their journals, planners and schedules. They understood that you have to make mental information physical.

A daily planner is a tool that allows you to keep track of your daily tasks and responsibilities. It’s a great way to stay organized, prioritize your tasks, and make sure that you are making progress towards your goals. But beyond just being a tool for organization, using a daily planner can also help you see the power of incremental growth.

Incremental growth refers to the idea that making small, consistent steps towards your goals can lead to significant progress over time. By tracking your progress in a daily planner, you can see how far you have come and how much closer you are to reaching your goals. This can provide you with a sense of motivation and encouragement, and help you stay focused on your objectives.

One of the keys to using a daily planner effectively is to break down your goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. For example, if your goal is to write a book, you can break this down into smaller tasks such as writing 500 words a day. By tracking your progress and seeing how much you have written each day, you can see that you are making progress towards your goal, even if it seems slow at times.

Another benefit of using a daily planner is that it allows you to set aside time for reflection. At the end of each day, you can look back at what you have accomplished and think about what you could have done differently. This helps you to identify areas where you can improve and make adjustments accordingly.

All of these benefits are great for your productivity and level of organization. However, not every daily planner is made the same way or includes the same features. One I recommend is the N.O.W Daily Planner by Next Moves N.O.W. It is the only planner I've found that combines planning with journaling. I could never previously stick with daily planners because they didn't prompt my thinking enough. I like these so much because the beginning is structured with a series of activities that challenge your thinking. Pages like "installing new habits" & "creating long term goals" are great because they allow you to dive deeper into your personal goals and write them down. You also describe why you want to achieve these goals and what reward awaits you upon completion.

There's also pages that help you understand yourself further, in turn helping you understand your goals and aims. These pages ask you to identify your negative influences, bad habits/vices and more. My favorite is "The Accountability Mirror". In this page you imagine you're looking at yourself in the mirror on the page. Here you write the differences between who you aim to be and who you are currently. This activity helped me understand that I needed to work daily on my stretching skills to get rid of my nagging back pain. It also helped me realize that the habits I build by increasing my personal alignment all benefit one another.

In conclusion, using a daily planner can be a powerful tool in helping you reach your goals. By tracking your progress and seeing the power of incremental growth, you can stay motivated and focused on your objectives. So, if you’re feeling stuck and can’t seem to make any progress towards your goals, consider using a daily planner to help you see the power of incremental growth and reach your objectives. Just make sure you do your research to find a daily planner that fits the bill for you. There are many different types with different features that may suit you better. Taking the steps to get organized and start working towards your goals is commendable, start today!

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