The best way to approach goal setting is first taking stock of what you currently have.
Then describe how that makes you feel.
Deciding on whether this is what you want in your life or not is the next step.
And if the answer is ‘no, what I want is currently not what I have‘, all is left to do is fill in the gap. Of course, the juicy bits are in that gap: struggling, understandings, battling procrastination, perfectionism… But it all starts with taking stock and figuring out if it feels good to be right here, right now.
In recent years, it has become a tradition in our home to regularly set time aside to reflect on the past few months to see whether where we are is in line with where we want to go.
For years, we’ve devoted these check-in sessions to discuss both our happiest and hardest moments, to appreciate the challenges that have shaped us, to find things to be grateful for, and to make plans and set intentions for the months ahead.
You see, I’m a firm believer that the short time between Christmas and New Year’s is neither the best time to try and fit all reminiscing and planning into, nor I think should it be the only time in the year we do that.
If you make a habit of stopping to take note of the where you are and how you’re doing with your goals, you’ll not only be more clear about your life in general, you’ll also be more prepared when something unexpected demands your time and resources.
My newest printable, The Clarity Planner helps you do just that. This beautifully illustrated workbook will help you reflect on your current life and setting goals for the upcoming months — with pages and pages of prompts, fill-in sentences and questions that lead you to your answers, goal lists, inspiration, resolutons, ideas, and, on the practical side, blank (dateless) pages for your agenda.
Why write all this down? Well, when you phrase your feelings and goals in writing, they are always more concrete than when vague feelings just float about in your head. Also, the snapshot you make of your life today also makes a good keepsake, and even in just one year it helps you to see how far you’ve come.
Some of my readers who’ve been using my printable planner format for years do a check-in at least once every year, which provides them with a constant progress tracker.
The Clarity Planner includes:
- Your life snapshot
- Changes and reflections in 6 categories
- Your Life Pie (colouring highly recommended! :)
- Mood Boosters
- Resolution Re-Evaluations
- The Resolution Planner
Bonus pages to help your planning work:
- year at a glance
- month on 2 pages
- week on 2 pages (with space for most important tasks, meal plan and water tracker!)
- daily planner for busy days (with meal plan, to-dos and shopping list)
- a list for birthdays
- cleaning lists (good for delegating tasks and freeing up time for yourself!),
- and an important page for screenings and checkups.
The pages are not numbered, so feel free to print only the pages you need. The planner is a size A4/A5, and can fit into a size L filofax (or any ring binder of that size).
I hope filling out the pages brings you some clarity regarding where you are in your life, the life you want to get to, and how you can take care of yourself on the way.
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