As discussed previously many times over the course of the last ten years of blogging, planners are a big part of my life. I have a wonderful personal system that works really well for me, but am always open to tweaking it. Because I don’t want to waste paper by buying planner after planner in the course of the same year (if not month…) like I know I am capable of, I have turned to downloadable planners that I can print as-needed.
What It Is
The Slay Your Goals planner is a step-by-step goal-specific planner meant to help you define, refine, and plan to reach your goals within the year. It is not meant to be used as a daily, weekly, or monthly general planner; it is meant to help you achieve something quite specific.
It also includes a set of questions that guide you through the process of making decisions based on your intentions, as well as filter through all your goals to identify a main one and four smaller ones.
Six sections are spread over the planners 71 pages (which include seven covers, the main one and one for each section.) The bright mint, grey, and black text and graphics are set on a white background; printing, however, can be done in grayscale with good results. You can choose to fill out some of the sections electronically before printing the planner out, but I would recommend, instead, of doing the exercise on paper, with a good old pen, so as to imprint it all more solidly on your brain.
The first section, “Set your intentions,” helps you clarify, over five pages, what your intentions are, both in general as well as in the upcoming year you are planning for. “Choose you #1 Goal” helps you do just that, while “Select 4 “mini” goals” does, well, just that. Both these sections help you dig into who you are and what you want from life. A lot of work is required to complete these first three sections, but if you do it right, the next three sections—“Plan Your Year”, “Crush Your to-dos”, and “Review Your Goals”—will be a breeze.
This planner is a great tool for people who are lost, people who need to do an in-depth exercise into figuring out where they are and where they want to go, and then to draw the line between the two. The accompanying blog is also a fabulous was of getting that extra pep.
This planner is also good for people who have so much going on that they don’t know where to start and/or lose the thread very easily, thus slipping back into a disorganised approached to achieving vague goals. Again, there is a lot of work needed, but it is well worth it. Best of all, the first sections can be reused again and again as you achieve your goals and need to go back to the drawing board to plan for your next steps.
Do you have a preferred planner you use to help you achieve your goals? Is it as elaborate as this one, or a lot simpler?