Have you joined us for the first three days of the Productivity Challenge? If so, then you have your three big goals for the year, along with quarterly, monthly, and weekly tasks for actually getting it done. But how will you keep track of these goals? That’s today’s challenge!
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This post is Day #4 of our 25-Day Productivity Challenge! You can find the entire round-up HERE. Make sure you pin this post so you can find it later and don’t forget to take action!
Why You Need to Write It Down
You can’t just leave your goals in your head! Research shows that the action of writing things down will lend to more productivity and follow through – not to mention, you’ll remember your goals and your progress much better.
But little scraps of paper here and there will never do. You need an organized system if you want to methodically work toward your goals all year.
I think the best option for customizing a planner is to use a bullet journal.
All About Bullet Journals
What’s a bullet journal? It’s whatever you need it to be!
Instead of using a pre-made, manufactured planner that fits someone else’s goal and planning style, you can create your own with a simple blank journal and some pens. Fancy or utilitarian – it doesn’t matter! This is going to be a working planner.
Start by creating an index page in your bullet journal. This is where you will list the topic and page number in your bullet journal. It’s not alphabetical or in logical order – it’s in the order you create the pages. Just add new pages as you need them.
If you’re starting out with a fresh bullet journal, go ahead and give one whole page to listing your three big goals for this year. Write your why if you want. Make it motivating and inspiring.
Then, create a page where you break down Goal #1 into four quarters along with the tasks for each quarter. Do this for Goals #2 & #3.
Then, create a page where you break Goal #1 Quarter #1 into monthly and weekly tasks. If you only want to plan out Quarter #1 right now – that’s perfectly fine! Because when you reach the end of Q1, you will want to analyze your progress and you might need to pivot for Q2 in order to see your year-end goal reached.
This is normal and correct! This is why breaking down your vision into quarterly tasks will more likely lend itself to reaching your target by the end of the year.
The bullet journal will be perfect for creating new pages each quarter where you will list out the step by step plan for the next three months.
Take action! Buy a bullet journal (or pick up a cheap, cute blank notebook at the dollar store) and find some pens you like. Now start creating.
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Comment below if you use a bullet journal or have been inspired to start one! Join us tomorrow to learn about time blocking in the 25 Day Productivity Challenge!