As the new year approaches it is common to make some New Year Resolutions… and then forget them all by January 2nd. Ha, am I right?!! Instead of writing “resolutions” I like to create goals and list them in my planner. Here are 5 ways to use your planner to help you build a successful 2017.
Make a Reachable Goal
Becoming a pop star by the end of 2017 without having been a trained singer would be considered ridiculous. When making your goals break them down to make each reachable. If it is to purchase your dream home, maybe the simple break down would be: creating a budget, getting a job, paying off debt, building up that savings account, reaching 10% for a down-payment, getting a loan, and then purchasing a home.
Break Your Goal into 12 Parts
If the dream is going to happen within 5-10 years from now, break your reachable goals into 12 parts for each physical year. Decide if one of your reachable goals can be attained in 1 or 2 months. In 2016, I had a goal to try to improve my photography skills. When I sat and thought about how I was going to do that, I realized that I really didn’t even know what my “style” was and that I needed to learn more about my camera before moving on. So in January I took photography classes with my husband (you know, actually listened to what he said about shooting on manual, lol), asked questions, and practiced.
In February, I sat and looked through magazines and social media images to really see what made me happy when it came to photography. Then, I practiced some more after I realized what my style was!
If looking at the previous example, if the big goal is to buy a dream house then the first reachable goal of creating a budget could be 1-2 months of taking a finance class and getting a budget on paper. March could then begin the steps to finding a job by creating a resume, building connections, and applying for positions.
Write Your Goals Down
Make a list! Writing the goals and breaking those goals down into several sub-categories is the first step to believing in them! Crossing these little achievements off every time something gets done will make you feel great!
Don’t Give Up
This is the ultimate dream we are talking about! Not a resolution! Take it one day at a time. Give yourself some grace and if you have a set back just pick yourself back up and start again. Write about your struggles and it will help you refocus. Read your goals again and reset them for the next month.
The key to success is believing! Believe in yourself when no one else does. Keep encouraging words and quotes in your planner to keep you on track! Make your planner the place where dreams happen! Whether that is with stickers or photos, keep these visuals close at hand to keep you motivated! You can do this!
Supplies: Heidi Swapp Memory Planners available at Michael’s Stores