I’ve had a couple of frineds ask me about how I use my planners to set goals and intentions for my months/days, so here we go! Can I start by saying I LOVE writing down goals and making lists? I am a pen and paper type of gal. I hate using my iPhone calendar and plan everything in these two planners. If it is not written down , it is just not happening.
I have two planners that I use daily. The first is my Erin Condren Life Planner. This is a thick, substantial planner. You can pick out your design and have it monogrammed, and I splurged on the rose gold coils (which is obnoxious, but whatever!) This planner has the typical month view, where I write down important dates and appointments, and then it is broken down by the week. I have the vertical pages, and as you see above on the right, each day has three separate boxes. I use each box specifically so I can organize the different aspects of my life. I break it down to Branding (blog, social media channels, etc.), Monat (follow ups, bus op’s, training, etc.), and the last box is for my personal life (which workout I am doing, grocery shopping, and other tasks I need for my personal life.) Every Sunday I spend time writing in the plans I DO have already for the week, in their rightful place. I know I’m working out 5 days, so I write that in. I know I grocery shop on Tuesday’s, so I write that in, I know I post on my Instagram account Sunday-Thursday nights, so I write that in. I post for my Monat business on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday’s, so I schedule that in, as well as any ideas I have that would be a useful thing to post. I like having a rough plan for almost everything, and scheduling when I will do things helps me manage my time. I am pretty intentional with my days, and I almost always know what I am doing for each of these aspects of my life the Sunday before. I then add things as they come up during the week, or shift things around if I don’t get to them.
The second planner I have is my Lara Casey one year intentional goal planner (which is sold out, but you can pre-order the 6 month planner and have it ship in May.) This planner is more for intentional goals, rather than dates and times and fitting it in. Each month, towards the end, I look to the next month and start planning my goals for that month. You start by writing down what is on your calendar, important things you have to do, and things you are excited for. Then you do a brain stream of things that are important to you for the coming month (for me it is working out, putting my phone down more around my kids, connecting more meaningfully on social media, etc.) You then pick a theme of what is the most important and work around that. The key is to sort your goals into, 1) things you want to make progress on (make that a monthly goal), 2) things you want to tend to a little at a time (make that a weekly goal), 3) and things you want to make a habit (make that a daily goal.)
For instance, a monthly goal for me in February is to purge some of our photos and our laundry room shelves, continue to curate my closet, plan my daughter’s 9th (!) birthday, and reach out to my Monat team about their business. My weekly goals involve working out Monday-Friday, posting on Instagram 5 days a week, writing at least 1 blog post/week, and to create video content on SnapChat (@becauseofjackie) and Instagram (@meaganrigney.) My daily goals involve drinking more water, reading more for personal development (and listenting to business podcasts), posting on my blog Facebook, logging my macros in My Fitness Pal, and organically growing my Instagram though commenting and likes. You then put a check mark next to these goals when they happen. It really just keeps things really intentional, and I like that they shift from month to month. February is busy for me with my Monat conference in Houston, my daughter’s birthday, and my mom visiting, so I know having crazy huge goals isn’t possible. I keep them small and attainable, and I have a big picture goal that if I break down, tells me what I should be doing each day that works towards that. I am working on growing my brand on social media with my fitness and style content, so most of my day is geared towards that. I also have a shampoo business that I work daily on, so doing activities each day that bring me closer to my shampoo goals are key.
This planner also has a spot where you write down what you are grateful for each month. You add that in, as well as progress you’ve made on bigger goals, favorite memories, as well as lessons you learned. It’s great for introspection and really shows what is working and what is not.
That’s about it! I probably spend about an hour a week between these two planners. I check them both each day and always try to be as intentional as I can with my time. I have some pretty big goals, so making sure each day is geared towards reaching those goals in any way possible is important. I’m also pretty brutal about not adding stuff in that I don’t need. Spending time with my children and husband is key for me, so writing in days and hours where I am all theirs (no phones/social media/etc.), is key for me. I always have a bigger picture in my head, so my days are planned around that bigger picture.
Tell me, do you use a planner to intentionally plan your day?