Saturday, 11 August 2018

4 ways I use my planner to achieve my goals

If you know me, you know I love planners. I also love goals. And these two mix great together. Because what better way to keep track and record your goals than a planner where you track your year, month, week and day to day. Here is how I combine my schedule and my goals.

I'm a very big fan of recording my yearly goals and organizing them by parts and keeping them focused towards a certain direction. I also believe that when I make my yearly goals I prefer to keep them as high as possible. Of course, I know that not everything is achievable in a small of a timeframe as one year, put getting my goals on paper gets me thinking of how I could break them down and achieve them.

I have been using a planner for 3-4 years now and I have always had a section for goals. Always on the front, mainly consisting of my new year resolutions adding a few goals here and there throughout the year. And I would glimpse through that page every now and then but until recently I wouldn't really incorporate it into my day to day life. Big mistake.

So as the years passed and I just kept moving last year's goals into new year's goals I finally realized this year. That the main problem was that when I was planning I wouldn't incorporate my goals into my weekly and daily schedule. Which of course was a big mistake and I can't really understand how I hadn't seen it all this while. So I started to break down the bigger goals and add them to my daily life and this is how:

    • Break down a goal. The problem with no limiting the goals that I have for myself sounds really liberating and inspirational but can become a bigger problem when the year ends and you still haven't achieved it, because you simply didn't know where to start. Even something as small as reaching a certain weight, or finishing my thesis or a videogame or another project are all goals that need to be broken down and analyzed before they can be scheduled into months, weeks and days. I need to know the steps that I am taking towards achieving them otherwise I just get overwhelmed and ignore them as I just feel like I don't know where to start from. 
    • Incorporate the goal into different time periods. Every section of the planner has a different use. I personally keep goals for the whole year, goals that I want to achieve within a certain month, goals for my week and then even daily goals. And since all of these periods have a specific time and limits the goals need to follow these limits. This is where all of the breaking down comes really handy. So if for example, your project is to write a book and the first part of achieving that goal is doing the worldbuilding for it (which divided into more categories but let's not get into that now) you can guess that you need approximately a month, for example, to do that. You can then break it into smaller pieces and add these in the form of goals to your weekly pages and then hopefully incorporate even smaller tasks into certain days of the week, that lead to the fulfillment of that goal.  
    • Making a choice and prioritizing. I am someone that loooooves making really long lists and filling up my page with things I want to do, from my yearly goals, to my wishlist, to my daily to-do list. But of course, this has the downside that I never really end up doing all of the things I want to do. And whilst I'm slowly trying to come to terms with the idea that, the day only has 24 hours and it's stupid to set unrealistic goals, sometimes I still get upset when you don't reach them. So in the end of the day, I have concluded that you have to sacrifice something in order to do something else. That doesn't mean that I am lazy or that I don't work hard enough. It only means that achieving things takes time and just because I want to learn, for example, 3d modeling in two days that simply cannot happen. Staying within the limits of the time that you have is very crucial to achieving your goals and not being let down by setting unrealistic expectations for yourself.
    • Creating a habit. There are though these kinds of goals that require you to do something on a daily basis in order to achieve them. Things like losing weight, getting stronger, keeping your house cleaner, spending more time with your pets or socializing more. Taking your vitamins, reading or even flossing. I like to keep all of these "goals" a daily habit tracker on my weekly pages. These are usually tasks that can take 5-10 mins for me to do or that I think they are super important and I'd like to do every day. This habit tracker has trully helped me create new habbits and pushed me into bettering myself to the point where I don't even realise how I find the time to do half of the things I'm doing.

All of this "advice" comes from a person that loves to dream big, but has always been a major procrastinator and felt like she was stuck and getting nowhere. By no way am I achieving all of my yearly goals neither am I telling you that you should be doing all of these things and that this is the way to whatever "happiness" or "fulfillment".

You are the only one who knows how to make yourself happy and the way to do that, all I am sharing with you here are just a few tricks that helped me manage my time better and be more focused with achieving my goals. Cause that's what makes me happy.

Do you keep a planner? What is the main purpose of your planner if you have one? Do you write down your goals?

*As always any opinions are my own and absolutely honest! The items featured were bought by me. This post isn't a sponsored post and I wasn't paid to write it.

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