Do you make resolutions at the start of every year? I do. In mid-2016, I purchased a Passion Planner. Why? Great question - After hours, literally hours, of research on productivity, organization, and performance, I knew I was a planner kind of girl. Way back when, I was the little kid in school with a Franklin Covey planner. I was the girl who read The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. And I was the friend who made all the plans and coordinated movie nights and whatever else sixth graders did.
The Old Way
Gone are the days of my Franklin Covey planner. It was good in theory, but had too many additions to buy: wedding planning, budgeting, blah blah blah. I couldn't use it well. I went for many, many years without a planner, making To Do lists in notebooks, on post-its, on my phone, and then losing or forgetting them. In 2013, I found the Priorities app for the iPhone/iPad and that was revolutionary. It helped me stay organized, take action, and make lists with due dates. Since I'm compulsive and hate having the red notification bubbles on my phone, I ended up getting a lot done. But, Priorities can only do so much. I still use it for meal planning and grocery lists, but I wanted something I could hold. Something to stick in my purse and consult when needed. You know, because I'm still a 6th grade nerd. And if I could find some Lisa Frank unicorn stickers... well, you don't want to see that.
The Passion Planner
Fast forward to mid-2016 after my countless hours of researching and reading (don't worry, it was fun!), I pulled the trigger and ordered the Passion Planner. This little book has really helped me prioritize, map goals, and take action to reach those goals since I started using it. I am really looking forward to using it for an entire year. In June 2016, I looked at the resolutions I made in January (in a notebook) to see how I progressed. I then made a timeline and put those dates in my planner to help me stay accountable. And guess what - I only failed at the exercising part of my resolutions (doesn't everyone?).
What I really like about the Passion Planner is the ability to order it dated or undated. They also have academic versions for mini-Megans who are in school and just as adorably nerdy as me. They also have really helpful tips on their website for various goals and resolutions. Here are few of the nifty helpful tips they offer:
- best colored pens for color coding (something I'm implementing in 2017)
- habit tracker
- weight loss motivation
- water intake goals
- financial planning & budgeting
And that's just a few of them! My ABSOLUTE favorite part of the Passion Planner is how quick they are to help you when you contact them. They're so nice, helpful, and direct (without being rude). This is money well spent.
How to Do the Things
Now, I've made my resolutions for 2017 and I know I'll be able to stick to them. In fact, it's not scary at all to plan them out. When you break large goals down into smaller tasks, nothing seems scary, intimidating, or daunting. For my large goals, there are smaller milestones and deadlines. For my posting calendar, I write in pencil to have the flexibility to move things around. I'm using 4 different colors to help color code and track various aspects of my life (work, blogging, crafting, family).
Despite being nerdy, planning and organizing has always been a passion of mine. That's why I love to plan my family trips and why friends and co-workers ask me to help them plan trips. It's how I'm able to work full-time, craft, blog, spend quality time with my family, and keep my head on straight. If you're interested in beefing up your ability to get stuff done, then get your hands on a Passion Planner. If I can help you, let me know!
Happy Planning and here's to a productive 2017!
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