Ever since third grade, I’ve had some sort of agenda at hand for writing down school assignments each day. Only recently then have I stumbled upon the hype surrounding all-things planning, buying the fanciest Life Planners and all the scrapbook-type accessories.
Sorry, but I’m not one to turn my organization into an art project. If I consistently write down daily tasks for an entire year, that’s a victory. I have limited artistic ability and equally limited patience.
So instead of buying my usual standard planner for the school year, I decided this year to seek out one that would make planning less of a chore and more of a means for self-improvement.
Herein lies The Path. To me, this planner is the best of both worlds: you have the freedom of adding in your own dates and any information you want to track, but it still guides you to set goals and become the best version of yourself.
Making too big of claims for a little planning notebook? Maybe, but it’s a tool that has options beyond organization. Small business owner Felicia spent countless hours researching scientifically proven methods to help people gain a positive mindset and find their own path…hence the title.
Before getting into the nitty-gritty, you first find your mission, or the foundation in which you set goals. Why strive for something without knowing the purpose for doing so, or where you’re starting from? Based on the values you uphold and the vision you possess, you can then distinguish how the two tie together as the outcome of your work and impact on the world.
From there is the actual goal-setting. We’ve heard plenty of different techniques of doing so, but all research agrees that writing your goals down makes you accountable and helps you visualize how you want to approach them.
I’ve personally tried multiple ways of goal-setting, and besides making some blanket statements I plan to achieve, I find that short-term commitments keep things fresh and immediate. That’s why I have taken some liberties with what each section of the weekly planning looks like. At the bottom of each weekly spread, I made myself a habit tracker (thank you, great minds of bullet journaling) so I can cross off if I achieve five different habits on that day.
I’ll see if I want to use the same habits in February, but for this month my mini-goals are to read the Bible every day, go through my skincare regime each night, stretch or do some yoga, connect and talk with at least one friend, and learn something new. Since I can easily fall off the bandwagon of consistently keeping my plans, hopefully a habit tracker will help.
Other areas I’ll be adding to for each week of planning are the side boxes. On the left-hand side, I’ll be staying true to writing down at least one thing I’m grateful for that week, and the other box will be for a weekly Bible verse to put me in the right mindset.
The right-hand boxes, I’ll write down at least one thing to celebrate for the week that I accomplished. The bottom box will be a place to remind me of ongoing projects I didn’t complete that week and anything else I should think of improving upon for the next week.
Luckily the planner still have plenty of lined pages for my creative musings. For now I only have labeled a place to write down all the books I’ve read this year, but I’m also considering to make a list of places or movies I want to see. If you have any ideas, please share them in the comments below.
We’ve all been at a place in goal-setting and planning when we find ourselves completely off track. We lose sight of whatever we wanted from the near or distant future and decide to just throw in the towel altogether. However, with all the options in The Path, there are many ideas so you can find what works best for you. Planning is not one-size-fits-all.
Especially if I want to continue growing my blog, planning things out allows me to put those thoughts into perspective rather than trying to remember random thoughts or ideas. While I’m a full-time student, I won’t have as much freedom to go too crazy, but from there, I’d love to see where this all takes me.
How do you feel about planning? Do you coincide planning with goal-setting?
Mindful meditation: God, Your example set motivates me to become the best version of myself, one that embodies Your teachings and purpose for my life. Guide me as I plan out my time to reflect my values, vision, and mission. Amen.
Take care, and keep the faith. -Allie