How To Use A Planner To Accomplish Your Goals in 2019
I absolutely love the website YouTube, because I
feel like it is like a free college. I’ve been watching YouTube almost since its inception and every skill that I’ve picked up in the last few years, I have perfected through the use of the site.
A while back, I stubbled upon videos about how to use a planner. Since the BlackBerry cell phone days, everything about planning has basically gone digital. I was truly fascinated with the idea of returning to paper planning.
I found that there is a very cool sect of truly organized individuals who use planners for everything – meal planning, family life, business, budgeting, and more.
For a while, I too, adapted a planner lifestyle. I used a paper planner to schedule my life’s events and I was surprised at the results. I has happier, more organized, and prepared for all the curve balls life can throw at us.
I found that if you really want to be goal oriented, a planner could be one of the most instrumental factors in completely changing your life.
If this year you are considering making some major changes, I strongly advise that you keep reading to learn more about getting organized with a planner.
Which Planner to Buy?
Buying a planner use to be a very simple task, but since YouTube has fostered a resuragnce of love for paper planning, things have gotten a lot more complex.
Their are planners targeted at moms, planners for faith based practices, and planners that are used for scrapbooking.
There are planners that cost a few bucks and designer brands like Kate Spade and Eric Condren that are going to cost you a very pretty penny.
If you are someone like me who isn’t into all the lace and frill, I suggest a Blue Sky Planner. Blue Sky Planners can be found at drugstores and big box retailers alike and I’ve never seen one priced for more than fifteen dollars. The design can be very sleek and professional or morden and edgy, but the layout is very simple and user friendly.
Again with paper planners growing in popularity, businesses are doing all they can to milk the situation to their advantage. Now there are accessories created for planners.
Stickers, speaclized pens, paper clips, and pouches have all risen up as a way to immerse users into a planning lifestyle and rob your piggy bank!
I would not advise spending a lot of cash on all the frill, as I did initially. All you might need is a few highlighters, maybe a set of stickers, and I’d strongly advise sticky notes that you can staple into your planner for a little more versatility and room to write.
During their New Year’s and Back to School campaign,Target is known to sell planner accessories really cheaply in their “Dollar Spot” area. Dollar Tree also sells things like sticky notes, highlighters, staples, and sometimes even planner stickers for only a dollar.
You do not need to spend a ton of money to plan effectively.
What To Put Into Your Planner?
I would also advise not dumping everything into one planner. If you want to remember simple things like your dog’s vet appointment or your nana’s doctor’s appointment, save it in your phone as an alert or purchases two planners.
You should have one planner specifically created for your goals. Let me say that a little louder for the people in the back. You should dedicate one planner specifically for your goals!!!!!
If your goal this year is losing weight, have one planner that you use to track your meals, gym schedule, and weight loss. If your goal is growing your business, deciate one planner to scheduling mettings, business lunches, social media analytics, and budgeting.
I’m speaking from experience, It is super overwhelming looking at all the comings and goings of your life at one time and it is also distracting. The goal is to focus and do one or two things really well, not one hundred things poorly.
Try to Stay Consistent
The most important step for using a planner is trying to stay consistent.
Take one hour a month to truly plan, and a couple of minutes in the morning and night to track your progress and prepare for the next day.
It would be senseless to spend precious time planning and never follow through. Try to do all the things you planned to do, on the days you planned to do them.
I get it, life happens, but at least try to be consistent as possible in following the plans you created for yourself. If you say consistent, your goals will be within reach sooner than later.
I hope this post inspires you to get out and start planning to reach your goals. Remember, keep things simple, cheap, and really make an effort to be consistent. Over time you will find all your hard work will pay off.
For some additional tips, watch my YouTube video below this post to learn how I use a planner to achieve my goals.
Our new hang out is www.bluenotesoul.com, so don’t get confused about the video’s intro and outro.
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