Using PowerSheets in College

When Jess asked me to write about how to use PowerSheets as a student, I jumped on the opportunity because I benefitted from using them during my senior year! I am a proud University of Kentucky alum, and I’ll take any chance to relive the glory days.

One of my favorite thing about PowerSheets is that they aren't limited to a certain season of life, but they grow with you! PowerSheets can be used by anyone, anytime. I started my 2017 PowerSheets as a college student, and looking back at graduation in May, I can see how although my goals have changed quite a bit, my PowerSheets are still working.

One important thing to note is that my PowerSheets weren’t a homework, studying, and project to-do list.

While those things are important for success in college, I used PowerSheets as a means of uncovering what mattered to me whether that be inside or outside of the classroom. College is a great time to grow in areas of your life that will last beyond student life, this could be community involvement, relationships, finances, healthy habits, etc. I'm delighted to share what I learned using PowerSheets as a student, and I'd love to hear from you!

1. Keep your Tending List visible.

PowerSheets only work if you use them. And to use them, you have to see them! I kept my backpack pretty much packed with the same items: my planner, a binder (that I used for all classes), a calculator, and a snack for the day, so there wasn’t a whole lot of space to bring my PowerSheets.

That's where the perforated Tending List comes in handy! Simply tear out your Tending List and tape it to the inside of your class binder or planner. You can consistently check in on a weekly basis and make adjustments without having to add another book to your school bag.

2. Use semester breaks to complete the PowerSheets Prep Work.

I received my 2017 PowerSheets as a gift over the holidays, and balancing family and friend time over the holiday break made it hard for me to start the Prep Work before my spring semester. Whether you’ll be using a Dated One-Year Workbook or a Six-Month Undated Workbook for 2018, I highly recommend starting as soon as you can leading up to winter break. This gives you enough time to enjoy the break and thoughtfully work through the Prep Work before filling out your January Tending List.

3. Focus on what matters to you.

Being a college student doesn’t mean life outside of class is put on pause. As I completed the Prep Work, I found that a lot of my focus for 2017 included uncovering what I wanted to do post-graduation, cultivating relationships I had built, and spending valuable time outside of class in a way that refreshed my soul. If you were to look at my Tending Lists from the beginning of the year, you will find a lot of goals focused on the student organizations I had leadership positions in and my community in Lexington, and that was a good thing! I chose the most important things, and I prioritized them on my Tending List each month.

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Many of my favorite college memories came from serving on the DanceBlue leadership team and planning #DB17, which showed up often on my PowerSheets. Marc was a great mentor for the year leading up to the 24-hour no sitting, no sleeping, dance marathon and now, post-graduation!

4. Be specific.

This tip can actually apply to anyone, and it’s been a game changer in how I write out my Tending List each month. For example, instead of “start saving", I added “open a Roth IRA and invest". The more specific my action steps were, the easier it was for me to make progress on them. It also made it easier to me to translate goals into my daily planner! To learn more about using your PowerSheets alongside your planner, join Lara and Emily Ley for a live class on How to Create a Cultivated Calendar!

5. Set aside time on your lightest class day to do your Tending List each month.

Try to keep your monthly check-ins consistent and mark it on your calendar. Maybe it’s during your Tuesday or Thursday break between classes, or maybe it's during homework break on your Monday afternoon library stints. Either way, consistency is key! One important thing to remember is that you don’t have to wait until the day before to do your Tending List for the upcoming month. I used to try to do it on the last day of each month, and when something came up I would feel guilty about not getting it done. Now, I start my PowerSheets the same time each month (the last Friday of the month), and it's been a game changer! This is why we give you a PowerSheets Prep Day sticker in our sticker book!

6. Give yourself margin during exam seasons.

Is it just me, or does it always seem like your professors met together and decided to give exams all on the same day? I found myself have one week with little projects or assignments due, and then another week with all my exams! Even if you aren't a student, I'm sure you can relate. In the “What’s Ahead" section, be sure to note if you have a busy month ahead in your classes and include dates. Writing out dates will help you see if certain weeks are heavier than others, and it will allow you to build in margin and avoid trying to do too much. In this case, feel the freedom to leave some of the lines on your Tending List blank!

7. Find inspiration from others! It was always helpful for me to see what goals other students were setting, so I flipped back through my PowerSheets to pull some examples for you below:


  • Create a list of prospective companies I would like to work for (and why)
  • Research and open a Roth IRA + deposit summer savings
  • Create study plan for Finals week
  • Submit application for school organization leadership team


  • Attend office hours for (insert your most difficult class here)
  • Encourage girls in bible study
  • Meet with career mentor/professor
  • Prepare well for DanceBlue meeting
  • Work on homework from a coffee shop - Breaking up my homework routine was so refreshing each week!


  • Pack a snack
  • Encourage a friend
  • Charge laptop
  • Pack backpack
  • Skip the bus and walk

Are you a student? Do you use PowerSheets? I'd love to hear any others tips you might below in the comments!

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Our Favorite Things – August

This month has been extra special for our team because we were able to hug so many of our dear friends—our PowerSheets shoot ladies, the lovely vendors who made the shoot happen, and of course, a few of our remote team members—Amber, Jess, and Kristin. With a lot of enthusiasm leading into September, we're sharing what has helped us to manage the season ahead, make progress on our team PowerSheets goals and simply, have a little fun this month. 

  • One of my August PowerSheets goals was to put more energy into long term saving. A few years ago, I put $20 into an Acorns account, and I checked back recently to find it had grown by nearly 12%! Since checking, I’ve been contributing to my account by adding an automated amount of my paycheck each month. By signing up with my referral link you will get a free $5 to start investing! If you have kids, this can be a great way for them to see how an allowance can grow over time by investing!
  • Lara’s been reading What’s Best Next by Matt Perman, and I might have to head over to the library and add it to my September reading list! Each morning, our team meets for a few minutes to discuss our top priorities, and with a busy season ahead, I am looking forward to seeing how this book challenges me to think differently about what "needs" to get done first.
  • A Netflix original, The Crown,  has been one of my all time favorites for a while now. After getting together for a team dinner after the PowerSheets shoot, it's now on Amber's list too! Historical and entertaining, this show is a winner in our book! Be on the lookout for Season 2 coming this December. There's plenty of time to plan a marathon night with friends!
  • Using our Write the Word journals to write letters to my future husband in the "On My Heart" section has consistently been one of my weekly PowerSheets goals! If you're looking for more ways to write the Word, check out this post!
  • School is back in session for many, and Marissa’s little one, Emerson, went off to Pre-K this month with the cutest personalized water bottle.
  • Our friend Val at Val Marie Paper released her 2018 Prayer Journals this month in three brand new colors. If cultivating a stronger prayer life is on your 2018 PowerSheets goals, I would definitely recommend snagging one now!
  • It has been one of our goals each week to make one thing better in our daily workflow. In order to ensure that she is focusing on the right priorities, Nicole has been using Toggl to track the time she spends on projects!

We'd love to see what you've been loving this past month, too—share with us by leaving a note in the comments!

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August Goals Round-Up

Happy August, friends! Many of you might be heading into a season of change this month as kids and students head back to school.

It can feel daunting to pick up your PowerSheets and get started in the midst of embracing change in your life. This time last year, I would have been heading back to school, and now I am managing a move into a new apartment. I have caught myself thinking so many times, “how do I possibly have the time to make progress on my goals for the month, let alone sit down and set them.” We’ve all been there, right?

But, PowerSheets aren’t about trying to fit it all in and then make progress on your goals on top of that. Sitting down to do your PowerSheets prep for the month allows you to re-align and prioritize based on what you would like to grow more of in your life. You can then be well prepared for the change ahead!

This month’s August Goals Round Up is about embracing change and being prepared to weather the change ahead by getting back to what matters.

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I always love seeing Amber's colorful PowerSheets Tending List! 

Feel like you still need to make more progress on your July goals? Amanda chose to continue her goal of reassessing her budget/debt pay off plan from July to August. Reevaluating what needs more progress from last month helps you to identify what you can focus on in the month ahead.

If you’re like Amanda and want to pay off debt this year, read Emily’s post on how to pay off debt!

Rachel's color-coded Tending List makes my heart happy! It’s a great way to visually see where you are spending your time for the month!


Madeline's use of stickers is totally appropriate this month - Happy Birthday month, Madeline!

I love Jennifer's advice for those who may struggle with goal setting. She suggests meeting regularly with a friend, family member, or spouse to discuss what your priorities are for the month ahead. It is, after all, our best PowerSheets tip!

Karyn's plan to keep track of her progress this month involves checking in every #TendingListTuesday! I'll be doing the same since it can be hard to remember to check in every day.

Remember, keep sharing your goals with us each month so that we can cheer you on! Whether you're posting in our PowerSheets Facebook Group, leaving us a comment on social media, sharing your progress with #TendingListTuesday, or using the #PowerSheets hashtag, we love seeing what you are working towards each month!

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