The reason why successful people use planners – and why you should too

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According to the University of Scranton, a whopping 92 per cent of people who set New Year’s goals never actually achieve them.

Can you believe that? Only 8% are goal-achievers.

But what is this 8% of people doing differently in order to achieve their goals? And what does a planner have to do with their success?

The 8% of people who successfully achieve their goals report implementing these 7 habits into their daily routine.

  1. They write down their goals.

When setting goals, you have to know where you’re headed. When writing down your goals, make sure that you understand the path to your final destination. After all, a goal without a clear roadmap is just a pipe dream. Once you have your goal on paper, write out what you’ll need to get there. These are your subgoals and the resources that you will need to support you along the way. (btw, Planzy does this with you)

  1. They build a support system around them

High performers and productive people don’t do it alone. They understand that they can achieve more and do it quicker with the help of a mentor, coach, or adviser (or advisory team), or the Planzy Planner.

  1. They set SMART goals

Have you heard of SMART goals? It is an acronym of: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Some authors have expanded it to include extra focus areas; SMARTER, for example, includes E-  Evaluate and R- Readjust. By evaluating your goals every single day, you’ll be much more likely to achieve them and to track your progress. Readjusting doesn’t mean that you have to throw your goals out and start all over. It means that you have to try different approaches until you find yourself getting closer and closer to your goals. Think about this.

  1. They often use the Pomodoro time-management technique.

This is a time-management technique that will blow your mind.  It consists of 25 minutes of focused work (Pomodoro) + 5 minutes of rest (4 times). After four pomodoros, take a longer, more restorative 15-30 minute break. It is a great technique that actually helps you get things done.

  1. They do batching

This is a time-management technique which gives excellent results. It revolves around the idea of dedicating blocks of time to similar tasks in order to decrease distraction and increase productivity. You can group similar activities and do them all at the same time. This is the main principle behind batching. You could collect up all your e-mail answering, household chores, reading assignments or phone calls and do them at one time. E-mail batching is my favourite.

6. They do not multitask

Even though there was a time when multitasking was glorified, it has been recognized as overrated in recent years. According to Forbes, Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully. Research also shows that, in addition to slowing you down, multitasking lowers your IQ. Ouch.

  1. They use a system to see their progress and to identify procrastination

Just as James Clear (one of my favourite authors) says, all we need is a system to try and stay on track with our goals and visions.

Implementing 7 new habits into your daily routine may sound like a challenge, but what if you could implement only one cornerstone habit it would have a HUGE impact on your life!

With the Planzy Planner, you can do all of this and be reminded of it at all times. This is why it works! Constant small changes is crucial for building good habits.

Try it out now: https://planzyplanner.com/product/planzy-planner/

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