I know what you are thinking. Why are we still talking about resolutions halfway through January? People like to get all motivated the first week of January and talk about all the changes they plan on making in the year ahead. And then everything seems to fall flat. Why is that? Well, you have to do more than talk about the changes you want to make. You have to plan your own successes.
How can you stay productive with all the chaos that seems to seep into your busy life? No doubt, it’s a hard thing to do. That’s why using a planner has become an essential part of my forward development. My husband gifted me with my first REAL planner a year ago, and it helped me accomplish more in 2016 than in any year before.
I’m not talking about a simple to-do list or a daily agenda. Those tools can be useful…and a bit boring. It’s hard to stay motivated over iron the clothes or go to the dentist @ 2:00. If you really want to keep your major life goals a priority, a productive planner can help you do that.
Last year I used the Tools4Wisdom planner and this year I am using the Inner Guide planner. I switched this year just to up my motivation, not because I had any problem with last year’s planner. Both products are great! They keep my big goals in perspective by focusing on more than just day-to-day responsibilities.
In what areas of your life do you seek improvement?
Notice I don’t just say AREA. Most of us have multiple aspects of our life that we would like to make better. Don’t limit yourself to simply I need to lose 20 pounds or I want to make a career change.
Last week, I talked about some of my parenting resolutions for 2017. These are all changes I hope to enforce in coming months. But those aren’t my only goals. Write down the big areas of your life:
- Personal Growth
Choose the areas that are most important to YOU. Then, commit to one goal under each category. Maybe you want to go the gym 5 days a week and save an extra $200 each month and get your toddler potty trained. Great! Not everything needs to be tackled in one day, week, or month. The point of productive planning is to have several focus points that keep you motivated all year long.
Why do you want to improve those areas?
Don’t just focus on making lists. Really take time to reflect about the changes you want to make and WHY you want to make those changes. Envision the life you want to have a year from now. How will making these changes make you a better person? A better spouse? A better employee? If you emotionally invest into your own goals, you will be less likely to let those goals become an afterthought. Both of the above mentioned planners have plenty of areas for you to write about WHY you want to accomplish such feats, thus keeping you engaged with the your goals long after you first made them.
Lastly, you’ve got to stay at it.
Don’t get so busy with the mundane that you forget the extraordinary potential that lies ahead of you. Take time at the beginning of your week/month to think about what you can accomplish in that given time frame. Breaking your larger goals into manageable action steps can help you achieve more than you even imagined in the year to come.
Happy planning, y’all!