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Are you interested in getting a planner and starting to finally take control of your life this year? If you are, this is a great place to get the best tips you’ll need to get your planner started and set up in record time.

Admittedly, now is a great time to start a planner. It a brand new year and I’m sure you’re ready to put your life into perspective so that you have a solid plan of action in order to make this your best year yet. I am the exact same.

I’ve recognized some shortcomings and oversight I had last year and I’m determined that I won’t be making these same silly mistakes this year. For me planning is my answer. It has always been. Every time I dedicate my self to planning I can immediately see a drastic improvement in my life. It gives me a sense of direction and purpose that I can’t seem to grasp when I’m not planning.

Sometimes I fall off and I don’t open my planner for a couple of week or so, but I always go back because I knew how important it is in helping me keep my llife productive and organized.

So, if you love planning or are just starting out with this using a planner, this post will help you set up a your planner the right way.

This will seriously help you have an awesome year, so let’s get started with your planner, shall we?

Here are the key steps to set yourself up for success when it comes to your planner!

1. Get a planner

First things first. If you do not own a fresh planner as yet (and your old one isn’t quite suitable anymore) then your very first step is to find you a planner that you like.

I’ve tried a few before, such as Erin Condren planner, the day designer, a bullet journal, and MAMBI but I always find my self going back to the the kikki k planner. I really like the simplicity and the fact that it’s leather bound and I can easily place in my handbag when I’m out and about.

Here are a few options you should check out. They’re all really cool to use and they get the job done.

2. Gather Your Desired Schedules.

One thing I’ve found that I really like is gathering my schedules and various printables for my planner.

The planners I purchase usually come with schedules, but I find that they never quite work for all my needs. So I keep what I like and can use and I discard the rest. Then, I hop onto etsy and find some printables that are PERFECT for my needs. I then print them out and proceed.

These have been a holy grail for me. Also, some of thoe printables are customizable so I get exactly what I’m looking for!

If you need help finding a list of schedules that all planners should have, then check out this list.

Also, if you’re looking for amazing printables, I highly recommend checking this out.

3. Gather Your Planner Supplies

Now for the fun part! Planner supplies are a great way to spice up your planner. They’re not a must, but they can add some personality to your planner and also help you keep things more organized or color cordinated so that you’re able to manage your planner system easily.

These are a few must have planner supplies for anyone who is interested in using a planner.

You can find a great list of planner must haves right here. They’re seriously AMAZING!

4. Identify Your Goals

Planning and goal making/keeping are best buddies.

Each time I set a goal and I write it out in my planner (weather that be tasks, weight loss goals, money goals etc.) you best believe that I acheive these or come really close to acheiving them.

So, in order to put your life into perspective contemplate your goals record them somewhere.

What were some goals that you had last year?

If you haven’t accomplished those, make sure to record them as things you want to accomplish this time around.

What are your goals for this year?

Write them down and set some time stamps for accomplishing those.

I ask myself those questions to determine where I should be focusing my time and effort in the upcoming months:

a: Where do I see myself in 4 months financilly?

b: What can I do in the next 6 months to get myself to that point?

a.Where do I see myself in 6 months in terms of weight?

b. What can I do to get myself to this point.

a. How am I with work life balance

b. What can I do to improve this?

I’m sure you’ll be wanting to add other important goals in your own planner. But generally ask your self questions such as those above to ensure that you not only have a goal that you want ot acheive, but you also have a plan of action to make sure you acheive those goals.

5. Fill In Your Planner!

Now that you’ve picked a great planner, choosen our schedules, found some extra awesome printables, some awesome planner supplies and figured out what  your goals are, the last thing left to do is to fill in your planner.

Write down everything in it’s appropriate place and make sure you keep this planner with you often.  Refer back to it at least a couple of times a day.

There’s nothing more motivating  than being reminded of your goals, tasks, appointments and so on daily.

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