Planner Printables

The Annual Planner has been a great way to stay on track with reviews. (even if sometimes they are more monthly than weekly!) While the booklet I made last year still works, (see link below) this year I’ve put together a binder for planning, with printable forms to organize and manage tasks. I printed Weekly & Monthly Review Trackers to keep in the binder.

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The binder has five dividers with pockets:

  1. System Tab:
    1. An annual calendar, which I use for the cover. I like the 2017 calendar from scrappystinkyinkymess.
    2. A monthly calendar. (I print my Google calendar.)
    3. A form for weekly planning.
    4. A form for daily planning.

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Weekly Plan binder version (pdf)

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Daily Plan binder version (pdf)

I like the way you get a view that includes month, week, & day! Another option is a daily planner that can be printed on sticky notes using a template from studenthandouts.com:

Find more possibilities at Free Tools or the Productivity Pinterest Board.

2.Review Tab:

  1. A habit tracker: the annual calendar from Vertex42 works well for this.
  2. Annual metrics form at An Annual Review from the Daily PlanIt.
  3. My Reading List from Money Saving Mom. (pdf)
  4. Weekly & Monthly Review Tracker (pdf). (updated from the Annual Planner Booklet at An Annual Review.)

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3. Routine Tab:

  1. Daily Schedule at A Daily Routine.
  2. Weekly Repeating Tasks. Free printable pdf from the dailyplanit.
  3. Monthly Repeating Tasks. Free printable pdf at Repeating Tasks from the dailyplanit.
  4. Annual Repeating Tasks. Free printable from the project girl.

4. Focus Tab:

  1. Goal Worksheet – at Goal Worksheet
  2. Sticky Note Goals – also at Goal Worksheet
  3. Talent worksheet – at uncover hidden talents
  4. Value statement worksheet – at Your Unique Selling Proposition

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5. Projects:

  1. Current Projects – 6 Blank Polaroid sticky notes (pdf)
  2. Goal & Project Plans
  3. Sweet spot priority matrix

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This planner (which is separate from the Household Binder) should keep me focused and on track to get more of the important stuff done. Remember there are lots of more options for forms you might like at the Daily PlanIt Productivity Tool Pinterest Board!

To (Always) Do Today

Think you’ve already got enough lists in your system? I recently added another one that I call my To (always) Do Today List. This new list was inspired by a quote from Benjamin Franklin: “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”

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I added this quote from Brian Tracy: “Make progress (not excuses)”

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Plus my own observations about the importance of making today count and choosing a personal growth mindset.

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My To (Always) Do Today List looks like this:

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What’s on your To (always) Do Today List?

 

The Not So Big Life

Remember Tom Hank’s character in the movie Big, who wished that he was bigger?

When we are young, we naturally want to grow bigger and stronger. We see the world as an exciting place that we want to explore. We enjoy going on adventures and learning new things. Somewhere along the path of time, these natural tendencies can get left behind and replaced with a preference for staying in our comfort zone. Yes, there are dangers and setbacks if you choose to go on this adventure called life. But the alternative, choosing to just stay home, can lead to a less than big life.

The ideas in Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset are powerful, and the article “Is it time for a personal growth mindset?” in Scientific American suggests applying these ideas to adopting a personal growth mindset. Here are a few beliefs for a personal growth mindset.

Personal Growth Mindset

  • I am the architect of my life. It is up to me to build it.
  • The more I learn, the stronger I am and the better I will be able to succeed and thrive in life.
  • Continuous personal growth is very desirable.
  • I love to explore ideas and learn new things.
  • Change can be hard, but I can do it if I choose to. I use strategies to overcome procrastination and work toward my goals.
  • Work is not a four letter word. Meaningful work is awesome.
  • I am worthy of love and belonging. My worthiness is not attached to things or accomplishments, no matter how awesome (or not) they are.
  • Mistakes are opportunities to learn. I am not my mistakes or my accomplishments. I am me, and I am loved.
  • Learning and growing is a fun adventure. I continue to grow and learn always.
  • I am resilient: I bounce back when faced with adversity.
  • I have grit: I work hard for the things I believe in, and I persist in pursuing them no matter what happens.
  • I build the skills I need to overcome hardships.
  • I invest my time to do what is meaningful to me.
  • I am creative and use my imagination to solve problems.
  • I read books and articles that spark ideas.
  • I follow the practices that studies show will increase well-being.

Free Printable PersonalGrowthMindset (pdf)

Do you want a bigger life? Maybe it is time to go BIG or go home.

What to do after being slimed

Have you been slimed lately? Recently, watching the news often leaves me feeling that way. Whether it has to do with politics, terrorist attacks in other countries, or shootings in ours, it seems like there has been nothing but bad news. Watching what is going on in the world makes me feel like I am covered with a thick green slime of depression and helplessness. What can be done to fight back against the slime?

The song “Move” by Mercy Me reminded me of what to do: take action!

Whatever happens, keep moving.

Here are the things I need to remember: Keep doing what you can, where you are, with what you have.Work out to train your physical body for the fight, and do what strengthens you spiritually. This may include more time in nature, listening to uplifting music, reading inspirational works-seeking comfort and strength wherever you may have found it. Remember what you can change, and what you can’t, and even though we cannot make others think or do what we might want, you can speak up, persuade, and maybe even sway or influence outcomes. You can vote and sign a petition for term limits. You can be kind to others, volunteer to teach others to read, financial literacy, or simply read to a child. Even small actions can spread ripples. Choose love over fear, and remember the good, like the person who leaves $100 bills in boxes of diapers. (By the way, I haven’t seen the new Ghostbusters, but do believe being equipped to fight slime is important for everyone.) How do you fight the slime?

Tip the Scales to Master Motivation: Visual Strategies to Overcome Procrastination

Anyone who has attempted to follow through on a resolution knows just how hard it is to stay focused and maintain motivation. Whether we want to create a habit or work toward another type of goal, we need all the help we can get. Enter Alex Vermeer‘s strategies for overcoming procrastination, plus a few extra tips.

PLAN

For any type of goal, decide when and where you will do it. Choose the best time to work on it, and organize all the resources you will need. Do you need to buy a workout dvd, workout clothes, a set of weights, a gym membership?

To change a habit, first identify the cue, the routine, and the reward, then change the routine. (from Charles Duhrigg, author of “The Power of Habits”) If you reach for potato chips while watching television, keep gum by the couch and/or put an exercise bike nearby.

Know that willpower is 1) a limited resource, and 2) can be strengthened. (from Roy Baumeister, author of “Willpower.”) See if you can resist an impulse a little longer each time, or try meditation to strengthen willpower. Plan what you will you do when willpower is low. Distract yourself, and reduce or eliminate temptations if possible. Don’t watch commercials. Can you put potato chips out of sight and high out of reach? Or don’t buy them at all?

Make change as easy as possible. Shawn Achor’s 20 second rule says that if you can make a positive habit 3 to 20 seconds easier to start, your likelihood of doing it increases dramatically. Take small steps. B J Fogg advocates Tiny Habits in his TED Talk, “Forget big change, Start with a Tiny Habit, and has created a helpful tool called the Behavior Wizard.Can you make a positive habit easier to do, or a negative habit harder to do? What is one small step in the right direction that you can take?

PricevsValue Tip the scales by stacking the deck. On one side of the scale are all the reasons you don’t want to do something: excuses, the time cost, etc. On the other side are all the reasons you do want to do something: the benefits, rewards, etc. You aren’t going to invest your resources in something that doesn’t provide enough value to offset the price. We’ve got to stack the deck in favor of motivation with plenty of benefits to outweigh the costs and tip the scales.

DetourHave a plan B, a back-up plan in case you encounter obstacles. Music is essential to my workout, so I keep extra earbuds in the glove compartment in case I forget to bring them. If you are trying to quit smoking, can you substitute something else like gum instead of cigarettes?

FoodDiary Track it. We tend to under-estimate how many high calorie snacks we eat, and how much time we waste on social media or other things. Tracking it can provide an eye-opening surprise.

exercisechart Create competition. Aim to increase how much weight you can lift, or plan to compete in a marathon.

SMART-GoalsSet a goal and make it SMART: Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound.

 It’s hard to maintain motivation when the results you seek are far in the future. Break large goals into smaller steps, with small rewards for reaching each target.

MOTIVATE

Use incentives and rewards.

DollarMake failure painful…put money on the line and lose it if you fail.

FacebookLogoAdd accountability…report progress (or lack of it) to others. Social pressure can be effective.

SONY DSCAdd sweet to the bitter. Add a positive experience to sweeten one that is unappetizing. Choose something that won’t undermine the results you want. Instead of eating cupcakes while exercising, try watching a show that you enjoy and look forward to seeing.

Use negative pairing. Reduce temptations by imagining something negative connected with them.

chainMake progress visual. Choose a habit tracker app, use a Seinfeld chart, or simply mark a calendar. Expect that habits take an average of 66 days to achieve.

runner Visualize success. Imagine your future self, and how good you will look and feel when you exercise, quit smoking, or whatever. You might want to make a vision board.

Choose a growth mindset, a belief that abilities can be developed. (from Carol Dweck, author of “Mindset”)

Get inspired. Read books or articles, watch movies or videos, listen to music that you find inspirational. Just don’t do it all day.

 

 

Why Find meaning. Remind yourself why you want to accomplish it. (from Simon Sinek, author of “Start With Why”)

candleflameConnect with passion. If you can connect a task with something you are passionate about, you gain intrinsic motivation. When it comes to creating habits this may be challenging.

GET GOING

remember Use Reminders. Set a timer, put your gym bag in front of the door, and keep your goals visual and visible.

 Take action…begin, even if you don’t really want to.

watchRun a “Dash”…commit to only five minutes and you might just keep going.

Flow Find flow, the sweet spot where challenge and skill are perfectly in balance and you lose all track of time.

KEEP GOING

lightswitchReduce distractions. If focus is needed, turn off notifications and use headphones.

pencil Clear thoughts. Write down thoughts that are distracting you from what you need to do.

batteryTake a break and recharge. Notice when your energy is low, and recharge with activities that will truly revive you.

Create a habit and use the power of a routine. Simplify life and engage auto-pilot for routine tasks to reserve your energy for tasks that require willpower and brain-power!

 Celebrate progress!!! Check in regularly to look over results and congratulate yourself.

If all else fails

sinkProcrastinate productively. If you’re not going to do what you planned, at least accomplish something else that needs to be done!

Get your own copy of 25 Quotes and Affirmations to Finally Defeat Procrastination now!

See also Make Good Habits Easy, and Bad Habits Hard | The Science of Goals Infographic

Smart Skills Trading Cards: Emotions

GREAT Skills are smart! This set of GREAT Skills Trading Cards on emotions, meditation & goals, is available for download from Slideshare.

This set of four cards includes:

The links above lead to past posts at The Daily PlanIt with more resources for learning these skills. The Great Skills Trading Cards include handy information about Positive Psychology, skills employers want, and other skills you probably didn’t learn in high school (and wish you had). Collect the cards as you learn about each skill, developing strengths to close the skills gap and open doors to opportunity.

 

Passport Cover for Book Lovers

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Turn a Mead pocket calendar into a Passport Cover

Are you looking for a simple, inexpensive gift idea? You won’t believe how easy it is to make this for your favorite book lover!

  1. Buy a Mead pocket calendar. These are available lots of places and only cost a few dollars. I found mine at Big Lots this year. The kitten in the picture is the calendar removed from the plastic cover.
  2. Find an image of a book cover that the person loves online.
  3. Right click and copy the book cover image, then paste it into a wordprocessor.
  4. Resize the image to about 6″ x 7 1/4″ and print it-I used cardstock.
  5. Alternatively, you could right click on the image and “save image as…” to save it to your computer. Then open the image in a photo editor to resize and print it.
  6. Cut out the book cover image and slip it into the plastic cover of the Mead pocket calendar.

This can be used as a passport cover, a checkbook cover, or even as a pocket calendar. Anyone who loves books will appreciate this personalized gift!