Phew! I have been SO busy the past week and have SO many new things to share with you guys! This post is jam packed with all kinds of new stuff. First, if you haven’t signed up to download my FREE Monthly Audit worksheets, you can below. We will be going through them today (and each month for those of you that are new). I use these as a self check-in for my goals and healthy habits each month. Doing these monthly audits will help you assess where you’re at with your goals, if your actions coincide with your priorities, and will help you decide what to adjust for next month. (If you’d like an in-depth walkthrough of these worksheets check out last month’s Monthly Audit post!)
Monthly Audit: Reviewing April
April was a doozie of a month for me. Lots of good, lots of not-as-good, and lots of changes happened. First of all, I opened the Goal Getters Resource Library!! That was a huge accomplishment for me, because it’s one of the many features I’ve been working hard to add to this blog. I also survived one of the worst colds I’ve had in years. I’m not sure if it was strep or the flu or just a really bad cold, but I was certainly laying in bed for the better part of two weeks. Some super exciting changes happened with my other business as well, which has caused an immediate adjustment in my planning procedures. I am beyond thrilled to announce that it led me to find PLANNER PEACE. More on that in a bit!
I would say the #1 method that worked really well for me this month was what I like to now call “RE.” RE-focus. RE-assess. RE-view. This month was all about trial and error and constantly staying conscious of what was important. I probably did about 95-million self check-ins every day, but it was essential to keep me focused and squash any overwhelm that would come up.
I Stopped Habit Tracking
I did something insane that I never thought I would do. I stopped habit tracking about mid-way through the month. I realized that in the back of my mind, I was annoyed with myself for not achieving these habits I had planned to do. Then it hit me. It’s really been only the past few months that I’ve started trying to incorporate meditation (for instance) into my life. So why was I internally beating myself up for not having done something that I’ve never done before?
I’ve become a huge advocate of: if something is going wrong, stop immediately and ASSESS. So that’s just what I did. It dawned on me that I needed to learn a little bit more about self-love and self-acceptance. I have a lot of personal changes that I want to make, but I don’t want to wait until I reach my goals to finally be happy and love myself. I want to be happy right now. I want to walk this path loving myself each step of the way. So I stopped habit tracking and I started accepting myself.
After doing this Monthly Audit I came up with 2 habits (one personal and one business) that I want to try to tackle in May. As of writing this I’m still not sure if I will start pursuing habit integration this month. However, I will pick it back up as soon as I learn how to pursue these healthy habits with self-love and self-acceptance.
Goals for May
I honestly have so much going on right now that I decided to make some manageable, overarching goals for May. First and foremost, I will maintain happiness, feel-good vibes, and low stress. My absolute #1 goal in my life is to be happy and be at peace. All of my other pursuits need to lend to this goal (or at least not counteract it). Secondly, I will focus on efficiency in my planning routine and my work hours. I’ve spent too many hours this past month staring at my computer feeling overwhelmed and that needs to stop immediately.
My personal healthy habit I want to pursue this month is to take my dog on a walk every day. I feel like the crappiest fur-mommy, because it is NOT his fault that I have some emotional baggage with exercising at the moment. I get so stressed out and overwhelmed about just putting on my tennis shoes. I need to get to the bottom of this issue and fix it for my dog’s health and mine.
My professional habit for this month will be to write my eBook everyday. I am SO excited about this book. I can’t wait to finish it and share it with you guys. It’s a major step in my plan for this blog and the tools and information that I want to share with you. I’m really very new to this concept of writing everyday and it’s definitely a new habit that is taking me a while to develop.
I Found Planner Peace
I can’t believe it happened. I’m actually still in shock. I found planner peace, y’all! For anyone out there wondering what that is, it’s a magical moment when you find just the right planner layout/set-up that works flawlessly for your life. Anyone who is obsessed with planners knows this is like finding nirvana.
For the past 3 years I have been using the Erin Condren Life Planner. This is the planner that brought me into the fabulous world of amazing paper planners and organized women. I love all of the adjustments they have made over the past couple of years, but it really wasn’t working as well as I needed it to. I’ve been considering switching to a discbound system for a while now so that I can change things whenever I need to. I finally bit the bullet and bought the Arc Desktop Paper Punch and some Arc Discs. Since it is downright impossible to find what I need and I also happen to be a graphic designer, I decided to finally make my own.
The layout is definitely based on the Erin Condren Life Planner and the Happy Planner. It features a timed space for work hours at the top, a small box and two regular sized boxes on the bottom. I added labels to the side to create more room for each box in the vertical columns. The lovely date flags at the top are inspired by bullet journals I have seen around the internet. There is space above the dates for event stickers, a box on the top left for your weekly focus, and space below for your to-do (or other) lists.
One last little gem….Monthly Audit worksheets at the end of each month!! It’s really starting to come together as my own personal planner and life workbook. I definitely have more ideas cooking for adding in more useful pages for goal achieving and healthy habit integration. This is one small step toward another product I would like to eventually offer you guys and one giant leap for planner peace.
I want to hear from you!!
Let me know what you think about this new planner layout I made! I’d love to get your feedback. How did April go for you? What are you going to tackle in May and how are you going to do it? Do you need to refocus on self-acceptance too? Have you been feeling overwhelmed? What has been working well for you? What hasn’t? Let’s discuss!!
*Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use and recommend personally.