I’ve been thinking about what kind of planner I want for next year. I’ve really enjoyed the Passion Planner this year, but I’m looking for something a little different to shake up 2016.
I’m a big fan of the old fashioned monthly/layout planner, which I know seems archaic to most of the world, but it truly makes me happy.
Just last night I was talking to a new friend and she was explaining her year-end personal/professional inventory.
And I thought I was goal oriented and organized.
She goes through her finances, her upcoming projections, her goals; reviews last year’s accomplishments, how she felt over the course of 12 months, what she could do better. And more!
She said the process takes her a few days, but she really loves to see the full year on paper.
I had an aha moment.
We don’t put enough attention on how we feel. Yes, all that other stuff is powerful too. And God bless her for being so on top of her shit!
But how we feel. Let’s be honest. That’s all we really care about, right?
And we can’t fix what’s potentially broken until we become aware of how we’re feeling most of the time.
Rather than asking what we can do in the new year, I think it’s really important to ask: “How do we want to feel?”
More confident, more healthy, more passionate.
Get more specific.
More confident so I can have the guts to ask for a raise or get a new job or …
Keep peeling back the onion until you get to the tiniest most specific why.
All those layers will likely reveal the what along the way. But the thing that will drive you the most in the new year is your why, aka feelings.
Why am I losing weight? Because I want to be a healthy example for my kids. Why? Because I want them to grow up healthy and strong and awesome. Why? Because I adore my kids. BOOM!
I’m sure there are other reasons why you might want to lose weight, and getting them all down to their most specific WHY is the best motivation.
Now, finding a way to track those feelings …
I’m really into The Five Minute Journal, which might be my new go to. I’ll have to get a separate planner, but it could easily replace my blank morning journal and accomplish all that and more.
If we track how we’re feeling on the day-to-day, patterns will emerge, themes will arise. These are the clues into what’s going right and what needs some tweaking. How do we know if we’re not tracking it?
Not to mention, gaining clarity on what it is that we really want is a sure-fire way to create momentum towards receiving it.
How do you want to feel next year (let’s start with January, shall we)? Personally, professionally, spiritually, financially, relationships, creatively, etc.?
Choose a method that works for you to track. Heck, start now to practice.
We have 22 days-ish left in the year, how do you want to feel in these last few weeks.
I leave you with this: What’s your why?
Know of a better planner that I should check out? Give it to me in the comments or send me a message. Thank you!