We have officially begun the second month of the year. Hello, February! We had 31 days to begin our transformation in the year 2019. After the first month, how did you do? Are you living a healthier life? Are you spending your money more wisely? Are you being more positive?
In my quest to be more balanced, I found a gem. I decided this year to use a planner. I faithfully use my Outlook calendar (which is all electronic). I haven’t used a paper planner in many years. I’m not sure what motivated me to use a paper planner, but I am so glad I decided to try it. I went on Amazon and searched planners. After looking at a few, I decided on the Bloom calendar. What a great resource this has been for me!!
The planner helps me with goal-setting and also with tracking my health.
There is a page for a vision board for the year. There is also a page to note how you plan to “bloom” for the new year. Each month, there is a monthly vision… helping you make goals each month. Each week, there is a place to state your focus for the week. There is also an area to track your goals each day. Remember, in order to meet your yearly goal, you must meet monthly goals, and you must meet your weekly goal, and you must meet your daily goal.
For me, as I look at the planner each morning during my prayer and meditation time, I am reminded of my small goals that will eventually lead to reaching my larger goal.
At the bottom of each week’s page is a tracker. I use this area to track my weight (I weigh in every morning to track my keto progress). I also use this area to track my workouts and meals. It helps me stay on track each week, but more importantly, each day! I don’t always stay on track, but reviewing my goals and tracking each day helps me jump back on the right course.
The great thing about the journey to improve yourself is that there is always “tomorrow”. If you have not attained all of your goals in January or had a rough start to the new year, it’s never too late to start again.
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