Scientific studies on mental health show that writing things down, or "expressive journaling", can improve life expectancy and quality of life. That's something all planner girls know!
A few days ago, just as we were about to launch our FUKUBUKURO 2018 shop event, my parterner's dad linked us to an article in the NY Times arguing for using physical planners, instead of electronic planners. The article was really cute and cited some science articles. It then continues on to recommend a select number of planners. Needless to say, it was extremely lacking in the quantity (and quality) of planner choices. Quite frankly, I've no idea where the writer is coming from.
So, let's get to it. Here are my top 3 reasons why you should start a planner right now:
- Helps in cognitive thinking. Studies on insomnia show that the inability to sleep regular hours can be attributed to stress and incessant worrying. Starting and ending the day with your planner allows you to process your day, especially the stressful ones. It can bring fulfillment, e.g. ticking off the check boxes of your to-do list. Or, writing about an event. It could encourage your mind to move on. And, if you stick down a few motivational stickers, could alleviate your mood after a trying day.
- Security. I came to this after reading the article above. With the many aspects of my life that I needed to be on top of, I also have a multitude of apps that I need to check everyday. In order for my to-do list to be in order, I like to write things down on a page to see everything I need to do in one go. I prefer using stickers that serves as my tracker similar to the ones on our Vertical personal kits. Knowing that I've something to refer to and guide my day helps me keep the stress in control.
- De-stress or mini-crafting. This may not apply to everyone, but planner girls generally see using their planner as a way to de-stress. Crafting is one of my most favorite hobbies. However, I do not always have the time to bring out all my crafting goodies and craft away. Decorating my planner allows me to have that me-time. The fact that it is unnecessary brings me much joy since this lets me feel that I am doing something just for my own personal happiness.
Most of my reasons are psychological. In the end, keeping a planner is a psychological activity more than anything else. Is it essential to live a full life? No. But life is so much more organized and a lot happier with your planner around.
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