Number One Tip for New Planner Peeps | Newbie Series

Number One Tip for New Planner Girls-Recollections Planner

At one point we all were new to the planner world.  It might have been when you were twelve or twenty but there was a time before planners and stickers and washi became paramount to your day.  Believe it or not there are still some that are just getting a paper planner for the first time.  If that is you then I’m about to share with you my biggest tip for just starting out.  Are you ready?  Here we go…

DON’T GO OVERBOARD!

I know, I know, that seems way to simple but it can save you so much time, effort and money.

Let me take you back to when I first came back to paper planning.  This was when the sticker crazy was high and Etsy shops were featured in every planner video.  I know they still are but bare with me.

I was gong ho to get my hands on one of the new planners and I wanted it to look just like the ladies I was watching on YouTube.  I wanted the full spreads and the cute stickers.  I wanted to walk around with my pretty planner and look sleak and organized while fun and whimsical.  Then I learned exactly what sort of investment that look entailed.  Thus the newbie planner girl tip.

It’s so fun to watch all the haul videos and the plan with me’s and join the Facebook groups to see everyone’s plans but some of those people have been planning for some time and they know what works for them.  You are just starting out and while it might look good to have all of those things it might not help you stay organized.  You bought your planner for a reason and for most of us that reason was to gain some control of our life and our time.  Filling your week with washi isn’t always going to do that no matter how pretty it looks.

You need to figure out what works for you.  The check boxes might look great on the page but you might find that a simple checklist works better.  Sure full boxes are a great addition but you might find that a half box gives you the space that you need for writing.  You might love the little emotis but every time you go to use them you can’t remember what each one means.  You could get all the accessories and still not find a system that keeps you on track.

This isn’t a post against stickers or washi or planner accessories.  Matter of fact I have a number of both.  This is just a simple truth.

Find what works for you and then gradually add in the stickers, washi and weekly sets that you might want.  This can keep you from getting overwhelmed but more importantly, it can help you find the right balance to your planning.  In the long run that is better than all the quote stickers in the world.

Hello June…Monthly Goal Setting

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It is hard to believe that almost half the year is gone.  I bet you can still remember breaking into your 2016 planner and thinking of all that you planned to get accomplished before the next new year.  I personally set quite a few lofty goals for this year and I am sad to say that I haven’t done so well, but I plan to more than make up for it in the next six months.  That is why for June I have decided to take a refreshing look at my 2016 goals and I am taking you along for the ride.

Recently I was talking with an acquaintance and we were going over business planning.  She had just read something about planning in ninety day increments that was inspiring her to look differently at how she worked her business.  Now one of my first jobs we did something similar that we called “quarterly strategy” but it had the same bases, and while I still implement this in my business for the most part I have never thought about it in my personal life.  However, when she was talking all I could think about was how well this could work for all aspects of my life.

For example, one of my goals was to post one picture a day that I took and didn’t edit.  See in addition to my love of planning I am also a photographer and I have found recently that I have stopped taking pictures for me.  Part of me feels like I am losing my creative edge and to take a photograph that you love and feel no need to adjust takes some creativity behind the lens. 

I was good for like the first week or two of the year and then got caught up in the day to day of life and lost focus.  Now if I had been reviewing my goals every quarter then I might have stopped and asked myself why I let this go earlier and not feel the need to play catch up half way through the year.  That is why I want to start taking a quick look at my goals per month and a longer look per quarter to make sure that I am on track.

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I have even designed new inserts that I can use to write out my goals and the action steps that I can take to keep on track.  I am also using the month at a glance and my monthly target list to keep me working toward what I want to accomplish.

So this month we are going to be taking a look at goal planning and keeping on track so we can go into the second half of this year more productive than ever.  Let’s get started.

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What goals are you working toward?  What systems have you put in place to make sure that you reach then?  Share below and together we can keep each other motivated.