Every year Chad and I talk about our goals together and my favorite part is when we talk about goals we have for updating and caring for our home and property.
I also enjoy getting to think back through the year and writing down all the changes we made to our home. It’s such a fun practice, if you’ve never done it, grab a sheet of paper and think back through 2020 or look back through your phone and write down any changes you made for the better.
I count EVERYTHING–even reorganizing the pantry! It’s so motivating and makes me realize how much we can accomplish in a year, even if it feels like we didn’t do much at all.
For example, this year, we added a raised garden bed, updated our family room (still finishing that up) and we hired a local landscaper to help us come up with a landscaping plan for our 12 acre property. See that last one–all we did was meet with the guy and hire him, nothing has even changed yet but I’m still giving ourselves credit for that hard, invisible work.
There are three main resources that help keep me on track for goal setting, working through the steps and recording all that we’ve done –in our home, in my work, in my life and they are so vital to how I approach my days that I thought this was the perfect time to share them with you.
This is my favorite daily planner of all time and this it my fourth year using the FFP. I’ve used it through the last two book deadlines of writing and launching, planning events, setting goals and keeping up with my calendar. This is a quarterly planner that I carry with me everywhere, usually in my purse and it is always near me–even on vacation because I love it and it’s great for taking notes!
I like the classic planner in oatmeal and the executive in brown leather.
This is just my second year using this spiral bound planner. For me, it’s worth it just for the first 30 pages, this is what helps me set my goals up for the year in a way that feels true to who I want to be, and, I just keep it open on a far corner of my desk and after the first of the year work, I check in on it monthly.
3. The Next Right Thing Guided Journal — a brand new release and companion to the best selling Next Right Thing book.
Backstory. Since I’ve been using the Full Focus Planner, at the end of every year, I find myself grabbing all four of the past year’s planners along with a highlighter and going through the pages looking for important notes, quotes and ideas.
I’d mark them with a sticky bookmark and then jot them down on random paper to gather my most meaningful thoughts and ideas. This is one way I’d remember projects we’ve done in our home too and it was a janky and clunky way of reflection to set me up to begin the new year.
No more! Now, with The Next Right Thing Journal, I have a dedicated place to record all of my most meaningful and importntat thoughts and ideas that I always worried were falling through the cracks of my practical daily planner.
The NRT Journal helps you capture how your feel, how the events daily habits, and everyday life are impacting you so that you are sure to make meaningful changes in the future. It was the missing link in my planner/journal life and I think you’ll find there’s nothing out there like it.
Click here to order the Next Right Thing Guided Journal (it says they are out but I’ve been assured they have inventory, they’re just a bit behind getting it listed as available). Or here at B&N and Target and Christianbook.com.
Alrighty, next week, back to pretty house photos and encouragement but I just couldn’t help but share these three must haves–they really are the key for me to organizing my work, home and life.
PS, Want to see these planners in action? I created a highlight on Instagram explaining more and sharing the inside of each planner. Click here to watch the videos.