Now that PowerSheets preorders have shipped (and a month ahead of schedule to boot!), we know many of you are transitioning from excitement (pictured above) to nervousness, wondering "what do I do now?"
One of our goals is to provide practical and encouraging tips on how to cultivate what matters in your own lives, so we've rounded up some of our favorite first steps to PowerSheets Prep Work! These might seem simple on the surface, but we've found that simple is often helpful!
Write your name in your Powersheets. Yes, this is important if you ever leave your PowerSheets somewhere, but there's actually a different reason we tell you do this right away. One of the most important steps in the PowerSheets process is to let go of perfection and get comfortable with making a mess. That means you have to start writing in your PowerSheets, and there's no better place to start than writing your name and date you started! Find that page, and start scribbling. No perfection required!
Find the stickers. One of the things that consistently makes me smile is learning how many of our PowerSheets friends didn't realize there were stickers in the back of each workbook. While I'm happy they had a fun surprise a few months into goal-setting, I want you to be using the stickers throughout the Prep Work and Monthly Goal Pages. So go on a little scavenger hunt, find those sticker pages, and put your favorite next to where you just wrote your name!
Join PowerSheets Facebook Group. Accountability is everything when it comes the PowerSheets process. Yes, PowerSheets are intentionally designed, but they are only as effective as you are in doing the work. If you're a Facebook user, find our PowerSheets Facebook group. Thousands of women are here offering encouragement and inspiration throughout their journey to cultivate what matters!
Learn from others. If I could sit down with each of you (over chips and guac, of course!) and walk you through the PowerSheets Prep Work, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Why? Because I know how overwhelming it can be to get started, and I LOVE seeing the moment everything starts to click in your eyes. Since that isn't feasible, I want to invite you into our PowerSheets process! We're by no means experts, but we love sharing what we're learning and how we make PowerSheets work for us. Lara's Goal-Setting Series on her blog walks you through her personal PowerSheets Prep, and the Cultivate team shares our PowerSheets Prep Party each month on the blog.
Be realistic, and set mile markers for yourself. Finishing all 40 pages of your PowerSheets Prep Work in one sitting is certainly possible, but it isn't necessary (and sometimes it isn't even feasible). Instead of waiting for the "perfect time" to dig in, make right now the perfect time. One of my favorite pieces of advice is to break the Prep Work into smaller pieces to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed. Start with completing three pages in one sitting. If you have time to do more, that's great. If not, that's great too. Just make a plan to come back to it, even if it's only a 30-minute break. I can promise you the little by little will add up!
Thanks for sharing, Maria!
Veteran PowerSheets users, it's your turn–hop in the comments and share what you wish you knew when you started your PowerSheets journey. We have so much to learn from one another!