So far 2018 has been the year I’ve worked harder than ever at getting my sh*t together.
I made a budget in January and stuck to it. I write everything down I put on my visa so I don’t forget to pay it later. I went through the kitchen and cleaned out the pantry, and put together two huge bags full of non-perishable food items to drop off to the food bank. I sold almost everything I own on VarageSale to pay for all the wedding decor I’ve been amassing. I have a 14-page “Wedding To-Dos” document I update every weekend. I have a wedding budget spreadsheet I also update weekly. I never miss I workout, and I meal prep my workday breakfasts, lunches and snacks every Sunday afternoon.
None of this would be possible if I didn’t write it all down. Not track it in an app on my phone. Not rely on what things I’ve put in my Outlook calendar. No, I’ve come to realize that for things to stick and for me to feel calm and in control, I need to write them down.I love love LOVE day planners, and have tried several in the past to help me get (and keep) my sh*t together, including Erin Condren and The Happy Planner. They’re all great for keeping track of to-dos, but what about more important parts of your life you should pay more attention to, like how you’re feeling on a day-to-day basis, progress on habits you’re trying to make or break, what new things you’ve learned each day, and what you felt thankful for?
In early February, the nice people at Freedom Mastery sent me two of their Law of Attraction Life Planners to use — one is a larger, year-long day planner, and the other one is a smaller, 90-day goal day planner for more specific achievements. They’re available is various sizes and colours and can come dated or undated, so you can use them at any time.
Like other life planners, they come with fun stickers and add-ons if you do choose; have lots of space to write down your daily to-dos by the hour, day, week and month; and have spaces for writing down your goals. What’s different (and what I love) about the Law of Attraction Planner is you’re scheduling and tracking more of an overall life transformation, not just setting and tracking small goals.
Each planner comes with a section at the start to get you to really ponder who you are and what you want in life. You start with self-discovery and reflection questions, followed by coming up with your mission and vision statement based on the self discovery assessment.
Then, you’re asked to list 50 goals in all areas of your life plus a time frame in which you set to achieve them. This part was the hardest for me at first — I listed about 22 goals before I got stuck and could not think of any more.
Next, you create a harmony mind map, placing your goals under the categories of family, relationships, career, fun, money, personal growth and spirituality.
After that, you’re asked to list your top five goals you want to achieve for the year, why, and what kind of rewards you will give yourself when you achieve them.
There are also sections where you can fill out your fears and positive affirmations to address them; list distractions and action steps to get rid of them; a chart for your journey; and lots of places for ideas and notes.
Here’s what a day of planning looks like for me:
There’s also a space where you can plan the month ahead and reflect on the month that past.
So far I’m finding value in such precise and specific planning and reflection. Yes, it takes a bit of time to do (I usually do it on Sunday morning after breakfast), but it’s been worth how focused, less stressed and more organized I have become.
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