Life goes by fast when you’re a mom. Make the best use of your time with these planning tips to help you get more done in less time so you can achieve the life you dream of for you and your family.
With an extensive to-do list and a chronic illness, it’s easy for me to get overwhelmed by all I want to get done. In the past few years, I’ve found that investing the time to document my goals and plan my days has helped me increase my productivity and start achieving the life I’ve dreamed of.
I’ll admit I’m a planner junkie. I can’t function without my planner. Between brain fog from Rheumatoid Arthritis, 3 kids schedules to juggle and a mind that races all day long with ideas for my family, home and blog, I rely on my planners and bullet journals to corral the chaos so I can get things done.
Here are some of my favorite planning tips, resources and articles I’ve written to help you on your journey to achieving your dream life too.
What are your goals? What does your dream life look like? What is your biggest struggle in achieving your goals? What has been your biggest accomplishment so far? Tell me how I can help you on your journey to achieve your dream life.
Goal Planning Tips
How to Use 90 Day Challenges to Crush Your Goals by Smart Mom, Smart Ideas
Life Planning Tips
7 Easy Ways to Declutter Your Mind by Organized Motherhood
How to Use Time Tracking and Color Coding to Boost Your Productivity in Less than 15 Minutes a Week (featuring the Passion Planner)
5 Things You Can Do to Get Organized Today by Organized Motherhood
How to Plan Your Day to Get Things Done by Smart Mom, Smart Ideas
How to Stop Procrastinating and Get Things Done by Smart Mom, Smart Ideas
My Favorite Planning Tools
I’m currently using Powersheets intentional goal planner to cultivate and pinpoint the goals most important to me in this season of life. The Powersheets helps me identify my goals, turn them into an action plan to get it done and encourages me to fit them into my current commitments so I don’t lose sight of them.
Once the action plan is identified, I schedule my tasks to get it done into my Daily Simplified Planner. This is a winning combination, both products encourage and inspire me to focus what really matters in my life, give myself grace when things don’t go perfectly, to make progress little by little and to cherish the journey.
More Life and Goal Planner Reviews
Ultimate Planner Comparison – comparison of 28 of the most popular planners on the market and a FREE comparison chart to download to help you choose your perfect planner for your lifestyle and budget
The Best Planner Reviews to Help You Get More Done in Less Time (all my reviews that are done and coming soon)
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Planning & Motivational Resources
Getting Things Done – the Art of Stress-Free Productivity* by David Allen – a thorough and comprehensive system for capturing all your ideas so you can make progress on your projects and goals.
Time Power: A Proven System for Getting More Done in Less Time Than You Ever Thought Possible* by Brian Tracy – I like the action exercises at the end of the chapters to put into place the concepts he describes (FREE with Audible Trial)
7 Habits of Highly Effective People* by Dr. Stephen Covey – a life-changing book to help you deal with determining your goals, roles and how to deal with difficult situations and people (FREE with Audible Trial). Read my full review of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People here.
You Are a Badass: How to Start Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life* by Jen Sincero – a humorous and inspiring book to help you see the awesomeness that you are (FREE with Audible Trial)
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More and Restore Your Passion for Life* by Crystal Paine (blogger at Money Saving Mom) – a must read for overwhelmed moms to stop stressing and be more intentional with your time and talent (FREE with Audible Trial). Read my full review of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode here.
Grace Not Perfection* by Emily Ley – a wonderful reminder to give ourselves grace in our busy lives and to shift our mindset to embrace the life we’ve been given rather than the relentless pursuit of unattainable perfection
Cultivate* by Lara Casey – an inspiring book encouraging us to cherish the season we’re in, from starting new and exciting projects to the messy middle while we work through our problems, it’s all part of the growing process as we cultivate the life we want.
Blog Planning Tips
Achieving your dream life takes planning, finding resources that keep you motivated along your journey and reviewing your goals to make sure you are still on track. You might think your dream life is beyond your reach but breaking down your goals into manageable pieces and celebrating your small victories along the way will help you see that your dream life is within your reach, it just takes hard work, dedication and a clear vision. I’ll be updating this page with more articles to help you along the way, so I hope you’ll check back with me and tell me how I can help you on your goals.
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More Productivity Resources and My Thrive with Chronic Illness Planner Now on Sale!
Today, I’m excited to tell you about something that might help in your quest for gaining more time and managing it well. A bundle of resources created by people (I’m one of them!) who understand that you’re looking for practical productivity solutions that will work in your lifestyle.
It’s called Ultimate Productivity Bundle*and it was created and curated by people with real life responsibilities just like you: they have families, work part- to full-time jobs or run businesses, don’t have personal assistants or the budget for hiring lots of extra help. They want to help you (and themselves) conquer your to-do list, free up more time for yourself, and reach your goals.
When you buy the Ultimate Productivity Bundle you’ll get access to:
- 5 eBooks
- 14 eCourses & videos
- 26 printables & workbooks
I’m excited to announce that my newest product, the Thrive With Chronic Illness Planner + Journal is included in the Ultimate Productivity Bundle*on sale for a limited time! This planner is a labor of love and brings one of my life goals to reality.
While designed for the unique needs and challenges of chronic illness patients, the Thrive with Chronic Illness Planner + Journal will help you:
- overcome overwhelm from daily life
- take charge of your stress, physical and emotional health
- track your daily health and doctor’s visits
- identify your health and stress triggers so you can control what you can and let go of what you can’t
- set realistic, achievable goals
- get done what you need to so you can have more fun
- establish a customized cleaning routine and menu plan that works for you
- track and analyze your budget and actual expenses
- celebrate your successes and how you THRIVE each week and every day
- uncover lessons learned so you can improve your method each week
Check out the entire Ultimate Productivity Bundle* . At only $37 for over $1,500 worth of resources, It’s an incredible deal for everything you get and look at these free bonus partners (I know you’ll want that Cultivate what Matters goal setting sticker book)!