Are you a planner by nature? Have you ever used a life planner before? To be completely honest, I bought a planner about 4-5 months ago and I was less than happy with it. I just picked up any old thing from Walmart and I just haven’t gotten into using it very much. I feel like it just didn’t do the trick to help me stay organized. It is very limited in its use and I just don’t really like it. Planners are all the buzz so I thought I would do a little research and figure out which one I wanted to use for 2017 so I could get a jump on writing out my goals for the new year. I landed on the Happy Planner.
I know that the Erin Condren journal is very popular among bloggers, but I wanted to try something a little less expensive. I honestly really toyed with the idea of buying one, but I wanted to make sure I would actually use a planner before I spent the $55 on the Erin Condren planner. I haven’t seen them in person, but from the pictures on her website, they look amazing. I can see why they are popular, but for me, I am on a budget and I couldn’t justify the purchase this year. The other popular planner on the web is from iHeartPlanners. They are a printable version of a planner and again they look awesome, but I wanted something that was already bound. That is just my personal preference though.
Our “Couple Goals” for 2017
So my husband and I started a new tradition this year. The week after Christmas has become one of my favorite weeks. It is full of reflection, giving thanks, family, goal setting and a little peace. I love this week. Greg and I decided to take some time and go for an official date night to discuss our goals as a couple and discuss our individual goals. I personally would love to do this on New Year’s Eve every year, but his schedule probably won’t allow for that every year so I have to take what I can get.
December 26th was our magical date night and it was super fun and exciting. We rarely go out on date nights anymore. Most of them are in home date nights catching up on our favorite shows or just hanging out so it was fun for us to get out of the house without the kiddos.
We decided to establish our “couple goals” and our personal goals. I personally think you need to discuss both because who better to support your goals than your significant other.
We landed on these goals for 2017:
- Pay off 1 rental property
- Pay off 1 student loan
- Take 3 vacations this year (even if they are just weekend trips)
- Give more to charity (hopefully double what we gave in 2016 or at least match it since I am not working consistent hours anymore)
I love talking about our goals because it helps to keep us motivated and moving in the right direction. Goal setting together gets us excited as we talk about what our future will look like. Since I quit my job (actually I am working as needed now), traveling will be a lot easier so we are both pretty excited about that.
Greg’s Goals for 2017
I honestly had no idea that he would have the goals that he has so it was kinda fun for me to listen to what he had to say. He is a very determined guy so I know he is capable of everything on his list. Here are his personal goals for 2017:
- Lose weight with a goal weight of 180 pounds. (He has put on a few pounds and just overall wants to be healthier which I am super excited about.)
- Run a 5K
- Go to church regularly (with his variable schedule, he had to make it a goal so he would remember to try to get weekends off. He works a lot of weekends and has for years so this is a way to remind him to take weekends off to attend church.)
- Make over $70,000 next year. He has more say in his schedule and can pick up extra work days if he wants so this is possible for him.
My Goals for 2017
I love having personal goals also. I feel like 2016 was a year of reflection for me. I was really trying to put the pieces of my life together and find balance and happiness. I feel like I am much happier now and blogging has played a big part in that. I love writing and being creative and I just love blogging. It is what truly makes me happy. If you are looking to find more purpose in your life, you can take the free course I put together by signing up here.
Since I have reflected and know what I want to do there are BIG goals I have for this little blog of mine. I also have some other personal goals that I have established for the year. My goals for 2017 are as follows:
- Get my house organized (constant work in progress for me. More on that in a minute)
- Create my first product (I am working on this now and I am really excited about it!)
- Go to more school functions with Joey (I have more time since significantly reducing my work hours)
- Join a church group
- Make over $5,000 per month on my blog
- Create systems for life to make things fun smoother (like my meal planning system and my morning routine)
I feel like I have found a little secret in life. I feel like the more clutter we purge from our homes and our minds, the happier we become. Once we have found the source of our happiness, life is so much easier. I want others to feel that way too.
My Home Organization Goals:
If I don’t write these down, they won’t happen. I started implementing these goals already and I wrote out the goals I have for my home for January and February already to keep me focused. I plan on making time for these goals by actually scheduling them in. Here are my home organization/renovation goals for 2017:
- Paint our dining room and re-decorate (I will do this myself as I don’t mind painting.)
- Update our flooring in our house
- Update our upstairs bathrooms
- Organize our storage room
- Get rid of clutter/stuff we aren’t using
- Create a basic cleaning schedule
Why I Chose the Happy Journal
As I mentioned above, I have never really used a planner- just the rinky dink one from Walmart. Well, I have been researching planners and found a good deal on something called The Happy Planner It is really cute and there are some great, bright designs. There are also stickers to play with (who wouldn’t want to play with stickers?). I started diving into it and I really like it so far.
I like the notes pages at the front of each month. I used those pages to strategize what I want to accomplish each month. I broke up the notes pages into blog goals, blog post ideas and household organization goals.
There is a large calendar section which I like for appointments and things.
The other thing I really like (that is probably in most journals) is lined sections for day. I like to write down my daily to do list so this is the perfect place to do this.
At the end of the journal, you will find extra pages. This is where I wrote down my goals for the year. I like having them accessible to refer to throughout the year.
And check out the cute stickers!!!!
I personally think this is a great budget planner if you are just starting out. I got mine for less than $20 and you can find one on Amazon for the same price.
Do you use a planner? Which one?
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