Since I look at my planner at least every morning, it seems important that my planner pages reflect my goals.
But I'm not a touchy-feely, mushy-wushy person. I am a Type A personality with a bit of a Type B soft heart. The Type B inside of me, though, only extends to others. I feel strongly about relationships. But I can't just let things go, like my true Type B friends.
My Type B does not extend to goal-setting. That's all Type A, y'all. All of it.
For me, goals are about counting. Did I exercise for a full 30 minutes? Did I eat exactly 1,500 calories or less? Did I turn in all my work assignments early or on-time?
Obviously, such strict regimens mean that I can't achieve them all, at which point my Type A feels massively self-loathing.
Something had to change.
I decided that my plans would change.
Sometimes, they reflect a concrete step in reaching my goals, like exercising for a certain number of minutes.
More often, though, I needed to tap into my sliver of Type B (using, admittedly, the very Type A method of a planner) to get closer to my goals (and to realize that closer is, in itself, a successful outcome).
I use my daily docket layout to focus on my goals.
The GREEN ARROWS in the picture show things that I must get done.
Those things are to the top and to the left, because English readers' eyes are naturally drawn to those locations first.
For example, one goal is to get my struggling child to socialize more. By getting his cub scout uniform ready for tomorrow, I help him towards that goal.
The RED ARROWS in the photo demonstrate examples of things that I should do to achieve my goals.
This is more of a Type B thing, since I am NOT a failure in my mind if I don't get to them. But my Type A personality, of course, pushes me to get them done.
Notice that I make yoga a "should do" item.
I have notes in the PURPLE CIRCLE.
Notes give me some guidance as to what I might need to think about today, but not do.
One of my main goals is to eat more real food, so the menu in the BLUE RECTANGLE helps with that.
Word of the Year
Every year, I pick a word of the year (as shown in the ORANGE RECTANGLE).
Usually, it's something very Type A, like "succeed" or "excellence" or something else completely work-related. This year, though, I went a completely different route.
I decided on the word "relax."
Each day, I write it on my daily plan.
That goal is my biggest one for the year and the most difficult for me. But note that having a meal plan, knowing my tasks and schedule, and doing yoga all help with it!
My dailies were created using AT-A-GLANCE Planning Note Cards and notated with the help of my Microsoft Surface Pro 3.
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