I’ve been a calendar/planner geek all my life. When I was in college I actually had TWO calendars. One for social, one for academic. 🙄 My digital-techy kids think this is simply hilarious.
You can imagine that January is my absolute fave fave fave time of year with crisp, clean, white pages and all these empty spaces to fill!
This love for scheduling my life to get my priorities in is why I sent you the FREE Year in Gear guide earlier this month! (Click here if you missed it!) (Psst: Imagine you already know this fun fact about me: in the past, I’ve been known to overschedule myself. It’s a constant battle!) Up until recently, I’ve focused on the ‘doing’ more than the ‘being’. Because I am shifting myself to a more ease-full (is that even a word?) schedule, I have a secret weapon that I want to share with you…
Seven or more years ago I was introduced to the Passion Planner™. One of my favorite products EVER! Anyone love them as much as I do? Aside from being a daytimer, there is a section at the end of every month that asks you reflection questions.
“What was the most memorable part of this past month? Describe it.
What were the 3 biggest lessons you’ve learned in this past month.
Review your planner for the past month and assess your priorities. Are you happy with how you spent your time? If not, what steps can you take this next month to adjust them?
How are you different between this past month and the month before it?
What or who are you especially grateful for this past month?
Name 3 things you can improve on this upcoming month. What are actions you can take to work towards these improvements?”
Having 12 of these (completed!) monthly reflections this year, really helped me prepare for 2020 with what went well, what didn’t go well and what I get to tweak! (BTW, I set a recurring reminder on the 30th or 31st of each month to take 20 minutes to complete the monthly reflections. Even after 7-years I “forget”! It’s about priorities. If I want it to happen, I make sure it does.)
Order your Passion Planner™ here today. Seriously, I’m such a fan. I’d only recommend something if I 110% believed in the product! Hands down, one of the best things I spend my money on each year.
ONE MORE IDEA….if you wish you had done this every month for the past year, I have a short-cut for you to try this week before we get too far into this new decade. I call this the Rose Exercise.🌹
On a piece of paper create 3 vertical columns:
First column, what are all the beautiful parts of 2019? What did you accomplish? Make a detailed list of these BLOOMS.
Second column, bullet list all the disappointments, uncomfortable or hard parts of the past one year as your THORNS.
Third column, what do you want to create in 2020? What are you looking forward to in the coming year? These are your BUDS.
This is a great activity to do with your family or just yourself. I was in heaven doing this at the end of December with my hubby and my four emerging adult children. MOST of them (i.e.: Jonathan made a paper airplane out of HIS paper!) really got into the activity. After giving them quiet time to make their bullet lists, we went around the table and shared our blooms, thorns and buds.
Now I know how to support some of my family’s dreams in the coming year. And I learned some cool new stuff about them. For example, my hubby wants to learn more about the Enneagram. Two of my kids are working on a book. Another has her top thing she wants to create as inner peace and a morning routine. Plus camping trips, causes they are passionate to donate to, and more eye-opening things!
How could your life be improved with reflection and vision-casting? Let me know if you do the Rose exercise, as I’d love to support you and cheer you on!
P.S. What’s your favorite type of planner or calendar system? I love systems to be organized. What works for you?
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