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As much as I love my iPod, iPad and laptop, I am not a high tech planner. I am a paper planner type of gal. I am also not much of a household binder type of gal. Oh I tried a bunch of them out there, but I always go back to two of my favorite items, my clipboard and my yellow pad.
My clipboard recently got an update a few months back when I saw someone on Pinterest using a grid system with post it notes for their blogging goals and the wheels in my head started turning as to all the different ways I could implement such a simple system. (turns out I did not pin the pin and could not find it searching Pinterest otherwise I would share link)
After several months of tweaking I finally have a daily and weekly goal setting system that is really working for me. It is simple and plain, but it allows me to snail pace my way through out my week, without feeling overwhelmed. If you would like to give it a try, there are links to PDF files at the end of this post that you can click through and print off for your own use.
1. My Weekly Blogging To Do List
Either Sunday afternoon or Monday morning I sit down and write out exactly what I want to get done on the blog this coming week. The plan pretty much looks fairly similar week after week. I site down once a month with a spiral college lined notebook in hand and first brain storm posts for the entire month. Once I am done brainstorming I rough draft out all the posts in that same spiral college lined notebook.
2. My Daily Goal List
On the top of my clipboard is my daily goal list, which is laminated so I can use it over and over. Weekdays afternoons when I am done with blogging and am moving on to household chores I take time to write down 4 things on post it notes that I want to get done in my home work part of the day. On weekends I do this in the morning and the to do squares tend to be more blogging than housework based.I place each post it note in its own square and when I finish it I get great satisfaction of pulling it off and seeing white space.
I usually always have more than 4 things I want to get done, so I write the rest of the things down on what I call my brain dump sheet (more on that later).
If I get all 4 things done (which is rarely) I then go ahead and write out 4 more things on post it notes from my brain dump sheet and start working through those points.
Looking at just 4 things to do at once helps me from becoming overwhelmed. I should also note if one of the things is a large type project I might break it down further. For instance if you look at the picture above you will notice one of my goals this day was laundry, which I broke down into, washing, drying, and putting away (my kids fold). This is so I get the satisfaction of crossing off each step of the process.
The verse at the bottom of both my daily and weekly goal list sheets is one that keeps me calm when the day or week does not go at all as I planned.
3. My Weekly Goal List
Under my daily goal list is my weekly goal list which is also laminated for reuse.If you are a regular reader you know that I set just 3 goals for each week, so why 4 squares? First, it is because I wanted to save work and use the same grid over again (I am a bit lazy) and second because I like using the 4th square each week to remind myself a yearly goal I am working on, such as reading a book a week, that I am trying to succeed at making a habit.
4. Yearly Goal List
Under my weekly goal list is my goal list for 2014. I put this list in a sheet protector so that as the year goes by I can make notes on it or alter in on the computer and print out a new one if I am finding a new goal is taking priority over one I set earlier in the year. For instance, on year I got injured in running so my goal of doing a full marathon that year had to be scratched an a new goal of rest and recovery took its place.
5. My brain dump list
The last piece of paper on my clipboard is my brain dump list. I got this idea from “How To Handle 1000 Things at Once”. Every time I think of something I have to get done I write in down here. When I am making out my 4 post it notes of things to do today I glance at it to see what things are becoming top priority. When the list becomes full I rewrite it taking off things that either got done, or just don’t seem as important as I once thought (which is a lot of the list sometimes).
Other things you might find from time to time on my clipboard are: Bills that I need to pay promptly. Forms that I have to fill out. Letters I have to answer. Children’s sports schedules that I need to get on our family calendar.
This system is not fancy but it works for me…..and that is what is most important about a planning system: IT HAS TO WORK FOR YOU.
Free PDF of My Daily And Weekly Goal Planning Sheets
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