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.
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How To Bullet Journal In A Planner – an all-in-one solution to planning and bullet journaling
My Favorite Planning Tools
Day Designer Planner* (spiral bound striped planner on bottom)- a daily format with plenty of space for your schedule, to-do list, daily gratitude, dinner, and notes. See my full review with plenty more pictures here.
Greenroom Journal* (teal book bound journal with gold polka dots) – a chunky journal made of cream recycled paper that I use for my blog and business bullet journal
Nikki Kathryn Designs A5 binder (thin black/white striped binder on top) – gold lined planner binder is for my home bullet journal collections and all the ideas resulting from reading Getting Things Done. I print my own dot grid paper use this hole punch* to get the paper in the binder.
Staedler Triplus Fineliners* (pens pictured) – I love how bold and vibrant the colors of these pens are. They do tend to shadow onto the next page. I tend to press down hard on the pens so if you’re heavy handed like me, then try the Energels instead.
Pentel Energel Pens* (not pictured) – not as many colors available as the Staedlers but these pens write very smoothly, are gel ink and don’t smear. With a metal tip, my heavy handed writing can’t bend the fine tip. There is some shadowing when I use these on my Day Designer but it is not as bad as the Staedlers.
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.
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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