If you’re anything like me, ‘tis this season for spending 45 bucks on some “must-have” planner, only to use it four or five times in January, feel guilty in February, and then finally recycle it in March.
What if there were a better way? (I mean, come on, we know there is.)
Instead of spending an excessive amount on a premade planner, pop into your local convenience store, grab a $3 notebook, and follow along here. (Or buy a slightly swankier journal at your local bookshop. Sometimes aesthetics inspire action.)
On the first page of the notebook, write the following questions:
What is my biggest career goal for the year?
What do I have to accomplish each quarter to achieve that?
What do I have to accomplish each month to achieve those?
Then, for the month of January, write the date and day of the week for each day at the top of each page. (Use both sides of the page—this planner is eco-conscious.)
At the beginning of each week, write the question:
What do I have to accomplish this week to get me closer to my goal?
And at the top of each day’s page, write:
What is the ONE thing I need to do today to move closer to my goal?
And that, my friends, is the crux of an effective planner. You’ll plan and know your goals and milestones, and then you’ll make it clear what you need to do every day to get closer to those goals.
But what about all the other stuff? The gratitude lists? The “how do I want to feel today?” prompts? The glitter stickers?
Those things are all great and, if they make a huge difference for you, then feel free to use them. But for most of us, those extra bells and whistles just distract us from the things that really make a difference: deciding what our top priority is and taking action on that.
Do you want to make real difference in your career? Let me know if you’re up for taking the cheap-o (but actually effective) 2023 planner challenge in the comments below! 🙂
Last Updated on September 20, 2023