planners make goal setting simple

Planners Make Goal Setting Simple

Remember the feeling of getting all new school supplies. It was the sign of a new beginning, a new year, a new you. I feel the same way when I get my new planner, it’s a time of anticipation, wondering what the new year will bring. The best part is planners make goal setting simple.

You know those beautifully composed desk photos, where they are pristine and uncluttered? Well that’s not my desk, it’s totally a hot mess. I work, a lot. Who has time to clean and organize?

My desk is a mess

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The one thing besides my green shake and computer that has its own spot, is my weekly planner. I love my planner. I would be lost without it.

 planners make goal setting simple
Can’t live without my planner

Computer calendars are great, and I enter important appointments in my phone so I can get a reminder, but the lions share of my schedule goes into a planner. I like to see my entire week’s tasks and appointments in one view.

What I track

If you want to succeed with goal setting and tracking, all the experts will tell you must write your goals down and they must be measurable.

You must write your goals down and they must be measurable

I track deadlines, social posts, newsletter planning, appointments, exercise, and all the must-do’s in my personal and business life. For entrepreneurs, these tend to be blended together so why not keep them in the same calendar.

In the past, I used a weekly planner with daily columns and plenty of spaces for notes. It worked fairly well, but I track repetitive tasks every day. The biggest one is my social media posts. I found myself writing my list out for each day and that was taking way too much time.

This year I searched for a planner that had a week-at-a-glance and space for me to list my daily goals only once, but check them off for the entire week. I found the perfect planner — Blue Sky LIfe Note It Weekly and Monthly Planner gives me the flexibility to see my goal success weekly while only having to enter them once a week – not seven times!

I have two websites, so I need to double up on all my social media to keep them both current, keeping track of when I get it done is crucial. The page opposite the weekly glance page is perfect for tracking all my daily tasks without messing up my deadline and meeting notes.

My Planner

How cute is this planner, right? The best part is the is it’s available on Amazon — my favorite go-to shopping site — I’m sure it’s one of your favorites too.

This planner comes with lots of bells and whistles and is a great value. It is half the price of some of the designer planners.

Getting ready to set your goals for the New Year? Now is a good time to review how you did with this years goals and get ready for next year. Check out my primer Goals Are You Best Tool For Success to give you a jump start on your goalsetting.

No matter what type of planner you chose, remember planners make goal setting simple!

Wishing you love and happiness in the New Year


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  1. Awesome ideas. I have my 2021 planner ready to roll. It’s pretty simple, just need to use it. My goal for the year is to utilize it more than just admiring it’s pretty cover 😊

  2. Love it! I have a huge mom calendar on my fridge to track all my household stuff. Then I have my own notebook and cork board to track my blogging stuff. As I try to grow my blog in the coming year, I will definitely need a more detailed scheduler.

  3. I use to use planners and felt so much more organized. After years, I finally went to the schedule/calendar on my phone, but I admit I still miss the paper planner!

  4. I find that planning ahead saves me a lot of time especially with my writing. Knowing what is coming up helps me get creative in my head and makes the writer process a lot smoother. Will be checking out the recommended planner.

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