View profile

The Huge Benefits of My Simple Daily Plan

Reading Time: 1 minute, 59 seconds I plan my day. I put together a daily plan. I have a journal that
The Huge Benefits of My Simple Daily Plan
By Jordan Brown • Issue #170 • View online
Reading Time: 1 minute, 59 seconds
I plan my day. I put together a daily plan.
I have a journal that I use for this. It’s specifically designed to help me map out my day.
But a single piece of paper will do just fine.
Doing this one simple thing works wonders for my mental health.
It shouldn’t take more than 3 minutes if you do it right.

Creating a Daily Plan That Works
Before I start work, I write down my daily plan.
What does this consist of?
I’m glad you asked.
  1. I write down my top 3-4 tasks for the day. I list them out. It takes a few seconds.
  2. Then I schedule them into my day. I create time blocks of when I plan to complete these tasks. The journal I use has lines with hours of the day next to them. I draw boxes connecting the lines to map out when I will complete each task.
  3. I adjust the boxes as needed.
Now, this is a simple breakdown of what I do, but it’s pretty darn close to the truth.
Creating this daily plan–and doing it consistently–has changed my life for the better.
This is not my hand.
This is not my hand.
The Mental Health Benefits of a Daily Plan
Why do I do this, thought?
Another great question!
I do this because it works for me. When I have a daily plan, I’m less anxious. You might think that creating a daily plan like this is an extension of anxiety, but that is only partly true.
Creating a daily plan like this allows me to move through my day with intention. I know where my time is going. I know what I need to do. It helps me stay on top of the important things.
One of the best mentors I’ve ever had told me,
“Don’t write a to-do list. Think of your exit list. Write down the things you absolutely have to do before you can exit the workday, before your day is done.”
It’s great advice.
A daily plan sets you up for success because it allows you to exit the stress of your tasks once they’re done. There’s a starting point, there’s a road map, and there’s a clear end time.
And the more you do this, the more you learn about how long it takes you to complete certain tasks.
Life is just one long information-gathering exercise, after all.
Create a plan, and you’ll collect that valuable information with intention.
You’ll know exactly where you’re heading–and how you’re going to get there.

Want more practical content like this? Let me know! I hope you have a great day.

Did you enjoy this issue?
Become a member for $10 per month
Don’t miss out on the other issues by Jordan Brown
Jordan Brown

The Mental Health Update is a weekly email newsletter that makes mental health meaningful and accessible.

It's timeless mental health wisdom and inspiration to start your day in a thoughtful, uplifting way.

It's like a caring friend that just wants you to feel better.

Mental health awareness articles don't need to be doom and gloom and filled with jargon.

With The Mental Health Update, you'll get practical tips and new ways to view the world.

We discuss topics like anxiety, depression, OCD, social and communication skills, and much more.

You deserve to get helpful mental health information that you can actually apply to your life.

This is what one subscriber had to say:

"If you haven't yet subscribed to Jordan's daily newsletter, you absolutely should. It's chock full of good stuff to read and will help make your day better. Not unlike a daily vitamin for your mental health and soul..." - JR

You can manage your subscription here
If you were forwarded this newsletter and you like it, you can subscribe here.
Powered by Revue
Missoula, MT