Work-Life Integration

3 Benefits to Planning Your Day

Planning your day helps you get things done, but it also has other benefits, like stress reduction and improving time management skills.

Life. The days can be long, hectic, and relentless. Some mornings leave you feeling burnt out from the day before – dreading getting out of bed to finish that to-do list from yesterday.

If you find yourself stuck in this rundown rut, it is probably time to sit down, plan and prioritize your day.

1. Reduce Stress Levels

There are many benefits to planning your day, but none more important than reducing your stress level.

Daily planning helps relieve stress and create a sense of calm amid the constant hustle and bustle of the day – and let's be honest, once your professional hours are done for the day, your personal to-do list is still waiting to be completed. It is a proven fact that if you write out your to-do list, you are more likely to complete the task. Where most people fall short in the planning process is overwriting their list - crunching 10 one-hour-long tasks into a day that only allows for eight hours of productivity. offers some great features to build to-do lists and prioritize and integrate them into your available time.

Planning your day should also include at least a 30-minute lunch break and a 5-10 minute stretch or walk to help rejuvenate the body. It will take a while to become a master of planning a productive day for your workload and personal schedule but knowing that you have some dedicated downtime to look forward to in the mid-afternoon will help reduce your stress and boost your overall productivity. is a great platform to merge your personal and professional life. Blocking out time in your schedule to call the doctor, write that follow up email to your kids’ teacher or grab that prescription from the pharmacy is a great way to help reduce your personal life tasks and stressors. Make sure not to use your dedicated break time to work on these tasks – every body needs a rest, you’re included. helps to integrate quick personal tasks into your busy workday and can help reduce your overall stress. Before you know it, you’ll be a professional multitasker and planner.

2. Improve Your Time Management

Daily planning should not be inclusive of just workdays. Weekends can be just as hectic, if not more so. Having a plan in place to juggle everyone’s schedule on Saturday or Sunday is crucial for your sanity. The same way daily planning helps with stress, it also helps build time management skills by reducing the guesswork and mid-day reprioritization of tasks. offers an excellent feature that allows the integration of multiple schedules into one. James might have band and soccer in the same day while Kelly has an afternoon birthday party – oh, and the dog has a Vet appointment. Give each person in your household a color, load their weekly occurring events into their schedule and then let merge it all together for you.

While does not eliminate that inevitable back-and-forth driving, it will help create a more concise timeline and keep you on track to get everyone to their locations. Before you know it, you’ll be the envy of everyone around you. Even if you aren’t the most organized person – you will sure look like it, and you will feel more composed and saner even on the most chaotic days.

3. Personal Growth

Hopefully, you can get into a good habit of daily planning and find a rhythm that works best for you. If you can make that happen, you’ll eventually find yourself being more accountable for your time and committed to completing tasks in a realistic timeframe. It may take a while to get there, but eventually, you’ll notice personal growth and gain a better understanding of your capabilities.

As humans, we’re not great with initially anticipating how long something will take us to complete. Having a record of your completed tasks is incredibly rewarding. Having a record of your improvements is even better. won’t complete the tasks for you, but it will help you track your improvements. Over time you may see a reoccurring project need less time to complete. In the long run, you’ll be able to get some of your personal time back. can make your daily planning easier and take out some of the stress of prioritizing and organizing. With that said, we know everyone is human. Some days we just cannot get it all done.

If you don’t get to everything on your list, that’s okay. There will always be tomorrow. is there to help you make the most of your day and stay on track – but if there is a day that you can't, cut yourself some slack. Some days you need to just stop and rest.

Because, life.

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