If you’re like me, a creative, it can be difficult to stay focused and organized. Doesn’t creativity mean being scattered? Okay, I’ve told myself that long enough. Enough is enough.
There are a lot of planners and people to turn to. I want to share with you what I am using this year to achieve my goals, and why I picked it.
I decided to use Bonnie Christine’s new Flourish Planner for 2020. I have watched Bonnie grow her business and achieve her dreams. When she said she had a planner that comes along with video tutorials on how to organize your year, I was on board. She has figured some things out, and if she’s willing to share that knowledge, I’m ready to learn and apply.
Inside the planner there are places to track daily habits, set goals at a glance, and then get more detailed by month and day.
One of the things I like most about this planner is keeping track of my daily habits. Because I have a box to check if I have done certain things each day, simply knowing I will either check the box or leave it blank helps me do my daily habits. Weird, right?
I remember learning that Benjamin Franklin did something similar. He wrote a bunch of habits he wanted to work on, and then put a mark for each day of the week that he practiced it.
Here’s Benjamin Franklin’s habit tracker:
Not a bad idea, Ben. Not at all. In our own, modern way, Bonnie included a place to do something similar. Each month you can write habits you want to work on, then you put an X for each day you do that habit. It has been surprisingly helpful!
Here is a glance at a few other pages from inside the planner:
Another huge help is that this planner comes with a class. There are a series of videos where Bonnie walks through how to use your planner. It’s like having a personal mentor helping me get on track. Here’s a screen shot from one of her videos.
Besides a planner, I also have a large calendar on my wall that Bonnie designed. I love having something I can glance at that reminds me of my deadlines and what things I have around the corner.
When the year wraps up, I’m excited to write another post on how my year played out and how the planner plaid a role with that.
We’ll see if I achieved my goals!
MY BUSINESS GOALS FOR 2020
- Add value to membership (studying how to make membership best as possible)
- Plan and host a large retreat this year.
- Exercise at least 4 days a week (yes, I count this under my business, because it helps me be more productive).
- Add at least 1 video tutorial to my YouTube channel per month.
- Write at least 3 blog posts per month.
- Get my patterns all in paper format.
- Reach out to Pattern Distributors and have my patterns carried with them.
- Enter at least 2 quilts for QuiltCon in the Fall.
How about you? I would love to hear what you use or do for goal setting. Do you have something you’ve found that works? If so, please share in the comments. I would love to hear about it!