The beginning of a new year is a fantastic time to set up your new planner.
Most planners begin in January and see you through the year. Starting a new planner at the beginning of the year is an ideal way to begin planning with purpose and to kick off the habits you want to create in the year to come.
But don’t be alarmed if you don’t start on January 1st it’s okay. The best day to start is today!
Although you might think of this as an easy task here are some key steps to set yourself up for success when it comes to your planner.
1. Pick a planner that suits you
Picking a planner is step #1 and the step that is perhaps one of the most important. You want to choose a planner that fits your needs, your lifestyle, the layout and format that works best for you. This is something that you’re going to use hopefully on a daily basis so you’ve got to make sure it works for you.
- Do you want a daily view or weekly view or perhaps even a mix of both
- Do you want something that is bound together like a book or something that is wiro-bound that has the convenience of laying flat on your desk or workspace? Maybe you even prefer a binder.
I believe that a daily planner is essential for making it happen and getting sh*t done so choose one that will motivate and inspire your overall productivity.
2. Get Your goals in check
Begin the process early by assessing where you are and where you’re going. Look at the goals you set for yourself the year before. What did you accomplish? How? Why? Always know your why and how you’re planning on getting to where you’re going.
For this step try not to overextend yourself. Choose the goals you’d like to focus on and break them down further into a step by step, action plan.
What are the habits and activities you’ve done that have added to your success or taken away from you achieving what you set out to achieve?
Take time to reflect, like truly reflect on what you’ve done. As you start setting new goals ask yourself these questions.
- Where do I want to be by this time next year?
- Who do you I want to be?
- How do I want to feel?
- What habits do I need to create to get me where I want to be?
3. Create a Vision
Without vision, the people perish.
People often ask me how can they walk in purpose. To be honest I don’t really have a concrete answer because walking in purpose can mean different things for different people. But I believe in starting with the ‘why.’
Focus on what you want to attract and create the vision you have for your life. Whatever you focus on increases your chances that it will happen in your life. It’s called the Law of Attraction.
I think vision boards are important and powerful but you don’t necessarily have to create a board but perhaps just put your goals down on paper.
When you write down your goals, you are 80% more likely to achieve them. That’s why I included a version of this in the Purpose & Productivity Planner, a place to write your goals and assess them on an ongoing basis.
You’re all set to use your planner and be more organized in 2019.
Have fun and good luck on your new journey to a more productive way of living. Take a look at the 2019 Purpose & Productivity Planner by downloading your sample here.
To purchase the planner click here! Happy planning.