Using your PowerSheets with your Day Planner Together
We're often asked why our PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planners don't include calendar pages and, believe it or not, we actually love getting this question! Why? It gives us the chance to explain why we created the PowerSheets in the first place!
Our reply? First of all, if we combined them, that would be a mighty heavy book for you to carry around (though your wellness goals might thank you for your stronger arm muscles 😉). More importantly, PowerSheets are your day planner's best friend–they help you know what to put in your day planner by helping you uncover your priorities, which helps you organize your time and spend it on the right things!
We created PowerSheets to work for any women, in any season of life, and that means you get to choose the daily schedule system that works best for your life—whether physical or digital. Here are some of our best tips for using your PowerSheets with your day planner (or digital scheduling system!).
Schedule monthly planning sessions. A little intentional forethought goes a long way, and a great way to set yourself up for 2019 success is putting a recurring day and time on your calendar to do your Monthly Tending Pages in your PowerSheets—the worksheets that will help you prepare well and set your monthly, weekly, and daily goals. We do ours on the last Friday of each month, if you'd like to join!
Start with the big picture. In your monthly planning session, start with your big picture goals. Practically speaking, this means walking through your PowerSheets Monthly Tending pages and filling out your Tending List for the month ahead before you start scheduling out your weeks. Yes, you'll have to look at your calendar to do this for an overview, but resist the urge to start penciling in things. You might be surprised at how the Prepare Well page can help you uncover important to-do's or remind you of things you want to accomplish in the month ahead! Once you've filled out your Tending List, it's time to move to the day-to-day. Here's a brief overview of my (Jess) monthly planning sessions:
- Fill out my Prepare Well page using my day planner and digital calendar.
- Add a Monthly Calendar wildcard page! I color-code my and my husband's schedules for the month ahead to get an idea of what's going on (purple for me, blue for him, and green for both of us)
- Set monthly, weekly, and daily goals and fill in my Tending List. The Monthly Calendar wildcard page helps me to see how much time I have to accomplish goals. For example, if we're traveling every weekend, I'll add fewer goals for the month.
- If there's a monthly goal that needs to be scheduled, now is the time to do it!
Check in each week! Choose a day each week to check in with your PowerSheets and day planner. With a traditional work schedule, I've found Sunday afternoons work best for me. I use that time to schedule out any weekly or daily goals—I schedule my runs and exercise classes, build out our weekly meal plan, make a grocery list, etc. My best advice for this time? Use it for goals and to-dos. Is grocery shopping a weekly goal on my Tending List? No. Does it need to get done? Yes. Remember that your goals are connected to your WHY, and they'll vary from person-to-person (which is a good thing!).
Keep your Tending List and day planner where you can see them! For some, it means keeping both open on your desk or kitchen counter. For others, it might mean using the perforation in the Tending List and moving it to a more prominent space. Whatever it is, check in to mark off things on your to-do list, fill in those progress bars, and keep your eyes on your priorities!
Loop others in! It's one thing to make a plan and stick to it, but make sure the rest of your "team"—whether a spouse, roommates, or children—know what the plan is for the week ahead, too. Invite them to events on your digital calendar. Display your plan in a family command center. Whatever you do, make sure they know what's happening, too!
What else would you add to this list? Share your wisdom in the comments below! We'd love to hear how you use your PowerSheets and day planner together!