The Planner I Chose for 2018 and a Look at My Goals

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Last year was the first year I used a planner to help me with goal setting and staying on task.  After very little research last year, I chose the Happy Planner.  I decided on the Happy Planner for 2 reasons:  #1 it only cost $19.99 while other planners were around $50 and #2 it was simple to use.  I didn’t want something heavy, too in depth and I wanted something cute because who wants a boring ole planner?


I was overall very happy with the Happy Planner (pun anyone?).  I actually thought I would go ahead and purchase the same planner this year, but they changed the look and feel of the planner and they seemed just very clunky to me when I went to Michaels to look at them.  I was honestly pretty disappointed because I like the price point of that planner and I liked how it fit exactly what I needed.  


So, once I figured out that The Happy Planner would not be my planner of choice for 2018, I decided to do some more research.  I looked at the Panda Planner, the Passion Planner, the Erin Condren Planner and finally decided I didn’t want any of them.  


My husband and I stopped at Staples one day and I wandered to the planner aisle.  I ended up browsing through a bunch of planners and found the InkWell Press planner.  They had 2 different styles with 2 different price points.  There was one for $29.99 and the other one was $49.99.  The more expensive version had more lined paper in it and a daily calendar for a to do list which I thought about purchasing, but after a little thought, I ended up going with the lower cost InkWell Planner.  I will show you why in some pictures in just a minute.


I loved using a planner last year because it helped me stay organized.  It helped me stay on track with my goals.  I used the planner for almost the entire year (confession, I went a couple months where I didn’t carry the dang thing around with me but I noticed when I didn’t that I wasn’t on top of my goals).


Here is the outside of my new planner.  I actually asked my husband to get it for me for Christmas which he did.  

Here are a few shots of the inside of the planner.  

In the back of each month you have these blank pages to use however you want.  I chose to use them for my gratitude pages.  In the morning, I spend time by myself praying, meditating, reading and writing.  I have decided that this year, I want to write at least one thing per day that I am thankful for and keep it in my planner. I also have a separate journal that I write in each day that has a lot more depth to it (I usually just buy a notebook at Walmart) and I use it when I do my Miracle Mornings.  That journal is to help me reach my goals with documenting what I have done to reach my goals or maybe some specific steps I need to take in order to better achieve my goals. For example, if I need to work on time management, I write down where I may have gaps in productivity and what I think I can do better.  After a week or 2, I reassess and see if I my productivity is improving.

Ok, back to the InkWell Planner….I love that this planner has a yearly goal setting area and it breaks it down into smaller goals like 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months.  Writing down your goals keeps you accountable to your goals.  

I also love the mission board area.  How cute is this!  If you are a visual person, this may help you stay on task if you have just a few things written down for each area of your life.

Then you have the plan and focus section where you really narrow down your goals.  The reason I didn’t buy the other version of the InkWell Press planner was specifically because I didn’t want to have a daily to do list.  I feel too much like a failure if I don’t cross off every thing on my to do list and it gets me down.


The focus section helps me to really focus on the things I need to and I have a month to really knock those goals out.  It makes sense for me.  The other version may work better for you and that is totally fine.


My husband and I sit down this time of year and go over our yearly goals together.  We have 2 businesses that we create goals for and we set financial goals for each year.  We recently moved and took on a little more debt with moving and we created a plan on how to knock a ton of debt out this year.  


My personal goals this year are to simplify my health goals even more. I don’t have any crazy goals like running a half marathon or losing weight.  

Instead, my health goals are:

  • to drink at least 64 ounces of water per day
  • eat 4-6 servings of fruits and veggies each day.  
  • I also want to exercise 3 times per week for 20-30 minutes.  


Last year I created a goal of running more, but the problem is, I really don’t like running.  It isn’t a passion for me so I wasn’t able to sustain that goal.  At home exercise works the best for me so no gym membership for me this year.  


I have been praying for a word to summarize 2018.  I don’t know if you have ever done this but a word for the year is kinda like an overall theme you have for the year that you focus on.  I ended up thinking of 3 different words that I want to use for the year.

  • Uncomfortable- I want to challenge myself to do things that challenge me and help me grow
  • Action
  • Impact


I have also decided that each month, I want to teach my kids 1-2 new skills that they can really grasp and implement well.  For example, this month we are going to work on having them clean up their dishes after they eat by putting their dishes in the dishwasher and making sure their toys are cleaned up the end of each night.  They are both old enough to help out now and if I don’t teach them basic household skills, who will?  


Last year one of my big goals was to organize my house.  I spent about 6 months going through everything and getting everything organized and just right…. only to sell our house.  Gah!  So basically my home goals are to organize again this year.  We bought this house at a Sheriff’s auction so there is a lot of work to be done, but it is actually pretty fun stuff.


Greg and I have already spent a lot of time organizing.  One thing I did last year is create a capsule wardrobe which really helped me with my closet organization here.  The closet I have at the new house is smaller but all of my clothes fit in the closet nicely and I can still see everything which is awesome.  Gone are the days of feeling overwhelmed when I look at my closet!


I will keep you updated on how things are going on this end with our goals:)


So what are your goals this year?  Leave them in the comments!

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