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Hi, my name is Asha and I am a planner addict. I love that they are creative yet functional tools that can serve many different purposes. No matter your lifestyle, I think there are two planners every person should have: a financial planner and a goal planner.
I finally succumbed to creating my own budget book, but have still been on the hunt for a goal planner that I truly love. I started the year with a different set-up, but felt something was missing. So courtesy of the “you’re allowed to change your mind” spirit, I would like to introduce you to my new goal planner: the Slay Your Goals Planner.
I was immediately drawn to this planner for a few reasons. First, you have options! It’s a printable planner, which would give me flexibility in terms of size. (This is crucial for someone who tends to switch up his or her system every few months.) It would afford the perfectionist in me the freedom to mess up without guilt. (You can just reprint the page!) It also has form-fill PDF capabilities if digital planning is more your thing. And that name is so BOLD. If your name shows THAT much confidence, I need to see what it is all about.
The core principle of this planner is achieving your #1 goal. I liken it to the Word of the Year concept, but with a twist. It encourages you to have a singular focus while providing you with tools to actively pursue whatever is on your heart. As people, I believe most of us are well intentioned but we don’t always know how to put action behind our thoughts. And that’s exactly where this planner fits in.
In order to get to your #1 goal, Nadalie who is the creator, asks you to start with your intention. What do you want for today? This week? This month? This year? Your life? Internally, I began giving her a round of applause when I got to this page because so many people don’t understand the intersectionality involved in goal setting. You cannot set, and subsequently accomplish, impactful goals if you do not explore and acknowledge your past, current and future selves. You must commit to discovering who you are and why you’re here.
This section was highlighted by the “letter of intention” you are asked to write. This is a practice that I truly believe in. I try to write myself a letter every quarter or at the very least around birthdays. If you take nothing else away from this post, please go write yourself a letter. It can be both cathartic and eye opening!
You then pair down to your #1 goal once you sort through your intention. I love this because I am someone who thinks about my life seasonally. I have a macro perspective on my life, but know that there are many seasons that must be survived and conquered, as well as, many goals that must be accomplished along the way. That can be consuming, so it was nice to work through the Slay Your Goals Planner refining my vision for this current season of my life.
Nadalie also includes some tried and true goal assessments in this planner. She wants you to make sure your goal is a S.M.A.R.T. one and the R.I.G.H.T. choice. A S.M.A.R.T. goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely. While a R.I.G.H.T. goal resolves, is intuitive, genuine, hopeful and transforms. You will also perform a SWOT analysis so that you may analyze your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
These steps are important in the Slay Your Goals Planner, as they are what you will use to create your path of success. This path is highlighted by four mini goals to hone your focus each quarter of the year. With over 60 pages of content, the Slay Your Goals Planner holds your hand through every step of the process from intention to to-do’s and reviews.
All and all, I am really enjoying this planner. It doesn’t feel restrictive and it encourages you to dream.
[Full disclosure: this planner had an uphill battle to climb. When I began the prep work in this planner, my priorities were already determined. I have had a clear focus since the end of last year, so I honestly didn’t think I would find it useful this far into a new year.]
Even though I knew my focus as I started the prep work, I still found tremendous value in the well thought out pages. It helped me refine and better define my #1 goal for this year. There are also tons of quotes! I’m a quote junkie so I thoroughly appreciate this little detail.
Planning your dreams is a necessity, so having a good goal planner is key. If you’re a dreamer or someone who is unsure of how to get to where you’re trying to go, I encourage you to check out the Slay Your Goals Planner. It’s a good one! So here’s to slaying those goals!