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Write Down Your Weekly Focus
I use the weekly focus section in my planner to write down my mini goals for the week. This way I can keep referring to them when I’m planning out my time – it’s a great way for me to stay focused. Basically, if something doesn’t get me closer to achieving those mini goals, I don’t schedule it in. This system works really well for me because I am easily distracted and can think of a million tasks to do at any given time – the weekly focus helps me to do exactly what it says and have something to focus on so I actually accomplish things!
Pick Your Top 3 Tasks to Accomplish for Each Day
The inkWELL Press planners are also set up with 3 colored blocks off to the side for each day. I use this to mark down the top 3 things I need to get done. If I have less than 3 tasks for that day, I’ll use the extra box to plan my meals for dinner.
I also like dividing each day into 2 sections: one for school/work and one for personal/home life. This way, when I am done with school/work I can look at the other side of the day and see what tasks I want to accomplish around the house.
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I use the opening dot grid page for each month to map out my goals and things I want to do for the month. This helps me to narrow down what habits I want to create to track on the next page and what mini goals I want to set for myself on the mission board.
I absolutely love this daily habit tracker! Being able to check off a box (hexagon) and visually seeing your accomplishments is a great motivational tool for me. I always want to fill up all of the hexagons in the habit tracker and it motivates me when I might feel like skipping a yoga sesh – I’ll see that I already have a 7-day streak and be less likely to break it!
The monthly mission is also a neat area for recording your goals to track your progress. I write a goal for each hexagon (home, relationships, health, etc.) and then at the end of the month I am able to go back to this page and see which ones I accomplished.
Create Space for Reflection
I create spaces in my planner for weekly reflection and monthly reflection.I’ve realized that it’s so important to actively review how you’re doing on reaching your goals, otherwise, nothing will change! This way I can keep doing what is keeping me on track and try to fix what’s not. For the weekly tracking, I divide the notes section of my weekly planner into 2 sections to write my weekly wins & work on’s.
I am also using this notes & ramblings page at the end of each month to do a monthly review. I can see how I did on my habit tracker, monthly focuses, and mission board plans and work on a new plan so that the next month goes even better.
About My Planner – InkWELL Press Flex A5 Inserts
I have been admiring the inkwell press planners for a few years and finally decided to invest in one. I chose the a5 Inserts so that I could customize my planner and add in more sections if I needed. I also like the fact that with an a5 binder you can always have your pen and stickers with you!
I got the ring binder from Webster’s pages in the color natural. I threw in some scrapbook paper for pocket decoration and made a couple of dashboards and bookmarks and I was set.
What sets this planner apart from others are the many sections that keep you focused on your goals. They are sprinkled throughout the planner in pretty much every part – monthly, weekly and the extras section. I love that my goals are always in front of me no matter where I am at in my planner.
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