I first learned about the concept of goal planning in high school. I went to a Catholic School, and some of my religion classes were meant to help us young students get our lives on track at an early age. But when you’re young your goals are simple, and Goal Planning isn’t super necessary because the formula is always the same: do your homework, study hard and often, and the grade should come easily. Big goals, like what kind of job you want to get as an adult, are so far off that it isn’t realistic to actually plan for them.
After college I simply had New Year Resolutions: take better care of my health, be early to all appointments, etc. But when I look back at the years that have passed between graduation and now, although I’m proud of all I’ve accomplished, it feels like I could have done so much more if I were focused. If I had lived with intention and on purpose instead of waiting for the wind to take me to my next step in life.
I started to get things together with my Day Designer by Whitney English. The goal setting in the beginning of the planner was realistic, specific, and important to me. I forgot about the goals after a couple of months, but surprised myself when I flipped to them again at the 3 month mark and saw something amazing: I had actually completed them all. I could cross every single 3 month goal off my list. If I could do this without completely focusing on it every single day, imagine what I could do if I did focus. I knew I wanted something that could help me reach that next step. I wanted to know myself better: what are my goals, why are they my goals, and how can I truly reach them?
I came upon Lara Casey’s #powersheets after having found her and Emily Ley on instagram. There were so many posts about how the PowerSheets are so much better than traditional goal planning, about how detailed they are, and about how much they help those who use them. I decided to give it a try, and truly I am glad I did.
The PowerSheets are just that: sheets that are regularly sized and three-hole punched for your favorite binder. No cover, no fancy cover design. They’re meant to be integrated into your current life so you use them wholeheartedly. It’s not another journal to add to your already filled desk. They are meant truly for anyone and everyone: from small business owners or students to stay at home moms. I use my PowerSheets for personal goals, although due to the nature of my job my work goals tend to be mixed in.
- 105 creamy, butter-soft pages printed in black and tan.
- 8 beautiful tabs with words of motivation separating each month.
- Dimensions: 8×11 inches, three-hole punched for your favorite binder.
- Worksheets (that really work): “Getting to know you” sections that include diving deeper into your current state of mind: what has been working, what hasn’t been working, what fires you up, what inspires you?
- Goal Setting, Action Planning, and more.
- Monthly sections to help keep you on task.
- Words of encouragement in beautiful typography on almost every page.
The bulk of the PowerSheets work actually takes place in the “PowerSheets Prep” Section: There are 7 steps total, but all steps are incredibly time consuming if you choose to be honest with yourself and the progress (or lack thereof) you’ve made in the past year.
I found that the pages that helped me the most were within the Ten Goal Setting Steps. It’s amazing how difficult it can be to answer questions about yourself, especially when you know no one is looking. We all have a nice filtered answers to most questions depending on who asks. And yes, whether we realize it or not, whoever does the asking makes a huge difference. But when you’re the one asking, and when you’re the only person who has to hear the answer? That’s where your truth lies.
The Goal Planning Pages: “A GOAL without a plan is just a DREAM”
I’ve always known what my big goals were: be happy, have a family, be a home owner, find joy in my work, continue to dance as often as I can, etc. But there are so many smaller goals that need to be addressed before I can get there.
For example, if I want to be a home owner I need to be financially responsible. This means no more emotional spending, better meal planning (so we don’t eat out so much), and making damn sure I am staying on top of my bills. And just like that I have three “action items” within one main goal (be financially responsible) that will hopefully lead me to one of my main goals (owning a home).
The Monthly Sections:
With all the monthly bills and deadlines in my life it’s nice to have one deadline that is good for my soul: the monthly sheets. They are a great resource for me: part forced journaling, part planning. Each month includes:
- Download/Notes (to clear the mental clutter before moving on)
- Tending List (monthly, weekly, and daily goals)
- Weekend Tending
- Great Things that happened this month (weekly)
- This Month Wins (to be filled out at the end of the month in order to prepare for the month ahead)
I always say it, but it’s important to plan daily but track your progress monthly or weekly. If you try and look at the accomplishments within each day you’ll drive yourself insane and never feel like you did enough. Plus, we’re all allowed some terrible days. But if I have five out of seven good days I consider it a successful week. A bad day isn’t a bad life.
By having a specific space to review my monthly progress and plan for the month ahead I feel more prepared, and genuinely happier. It’s the same way I feel about straightening up the apartment: I can be a bit messy (clothes everywhere, makeup all over my vanity instead of in it), but once I am able to declutter I can’t help but smiling. Guided mental clean up is truly a necessity.
As if you can’t tell by the glowing review, I’m a HUGE fan of the PowerSheets. They are a well put together, thoughtful, and smart product that can truly be used by anyone in any stage of life.
The PowerSheets have helped me…
- Live with intention
- Define the kind of life I want to live
- Gain mental clarity throughout my very hectic and stressful life
- Understand myself in a new way
The PowerSheets are $35 and can be found in the Lara Casey Shop. After months of being sold out, they are available for pre-order right now and begin shipping on April 1st. While I’m using mine from Jan-Jun and Jul-Dec, the tabs are not specific and therefore the sheets can be started on the first of any month. And you can bet that I already ordered my second set.
Living life with purpose is one of the driving forces behind the PowerSheets. There is a fundamental belief behind this: you will end up being where you need to be, but a lot of people get lost along the way. You can get there much faster if you live your life with intention. Whatever you believe in, whether you call it destiny or your guardian angel: don’t let it do all the work. Take action and, as Lara Casey says, MAKE IT HAPPEN.