In a world of carefully-curated Instagram feeds, it can be all-too-easy to start believing that living your best life is an unattainable dream. But we’d argue that your best life can’t be found on anyone else’s Instagram anyway — and living the life you truly want to live doesn’t have to be that hard. It simply requires checking in with yourself about how you actually want your life to look — designing each day with intention — and setting up the systems to help you get there.

That’s why we’ve spent this week (here and here) talking about finding balance as you move toward living your best life. You find that balance by proactively prioritizing and planning ahead with intention. And that — planning with intention — is exactly what we’ll be talking about today. Because if you’re not intentional about how you spend your days, your days will start to run you (and not the other way around).

Boost Your Brain Power By Planning Ahead

Be honest: Have you ever laid in bed at night mentally running through your to-do list? Perhaps it goes without saying, but that mental marathon is not very conducive to good sleep and greater productivity! You simply can’t keep everything in your head if you want to be productive.

Your brain is a muscle — you need to work it, of course, but you also need to let it rest so that it’s powered up for the activities that need it most (giving a presentation at work and helping your kids with their homework come to mind!).

By intentionally planning out your day and writing out your to-dos ahead of time, you’ll save big on brain power and you’ll benefit from the peace of mind that comes from having your schedule and tasks easy to view and all in one place.

Intentional Planning is Personal Growth

Prioritization, productivity, presence, and peace of mind are the foundations and the benefits of personal growth work. By intentionally designing your life and committing to planning out your day, you are taking proactive action towards your personal happiness (a key factor in a good life!) and your personal development.

When you intentionally design your days, you’re not just letting life happen to you. And the added level of productivity, efficiency, and focus that comes from planning ahead also improves your overall success and happiness. In other words, planning (and the personal growth that comes with it) leads you directly to your best life.

Your Planner is the Perfect Tool

Are you ready to show up for yourself and design your life with intention? Your planner is the perfect tool to help you do that!

At Day Designer, we believe that everyone can lead an intentional, productive, and beautiful life. Our Flagship Collections offer a wide selection of strategic planning systems to help you organize every day with intention and style. Our structure and design can propel you to follow the best practices that will help you prioritize what’s most important in your life. And our prompts throughout the pages will inspire and empower you to find balance, focus, and productivity in your daily to-dos

Choose between our daily, weekly, and flexible planning formats—each intuitively designed to help you live a well-designed life. Check out our newly-launched Academic Year 2019-2020 Flagship Collection!

By using your Day Designer to follow the plan you’ve created for your days, you’ll naturally be more organized, efficient, and productive — and more present for a life that you’re actively choosing.


Remember that you get to design your life. If you can envision it, you can create it. And you have the opportunity to make living a well-designed life—while also achieving greater focus, higher productivity, and more balance—a reality by living with intention and making time for what’s most important.

By committing to the Day Designer planning system, you can start living that reality today.


Which Day Designer are you choosing to support you in designing and living your best life? Share your favorite in the comments below!