By Sarita Rajiv
January. The month of new beginnings and better tidings. A month of well-meaning resolutions, goals and plans to make the year ahead awesome. Eat healthy/ exercise more/lose weight, get a better job, save up for something big...you know what I'm saying. But then things begin slowing down in February. Life happens and we get busy with other things and by mid-year we've almost forgotten all that we had planned for the year.
The success of our goals and resolutions depend on how focused we are, consistency and organization. Here's where planners and calendars come to the rescue. They'll remind you of your goals, help you keep track of your progress and guide you to stay motivated in the face of challenges. Know someone with a birthday coming up and who could do with a little help to reach their goals?
Here's my pick of 5 useful planners to make 2016 awesome.
1) Fitbook: This one is a 12-week fitness cum nutrition journal perfect if you're trying to get fit/eat healthy. It comes with weekly planning pages to set goals, plan meals and workouts for the week, and set rewards to motivate you. Among other things, it helps you record workouts daily to track progress. Available on Amazon.
2) Happy planner: The 'Happy Planner' series by Me and My Big Ideas is fun and vibrant. The Good Things Are Going To Happen Happy Planner has fun illustrations, motivating quotes, a weekly and monthly view and sections for birthdays, important dates and 'I'm grateful for.'. Take a look at the video here. Just listening to Mindy Gledhill's 'I do adore' will get you into a happy mood. Get the planner on Amazon or via MeAndMyBigIdeas.
3) Daily Planner Printable Set: This daily planner by Secret Source Academy is targeted towards women entrepreneurs. It's a printable set that you download and print yourself. No more waiting for your planner to be shipped. Buy on Etsy.
4) Craft Inc. Business Planner: Have you been thinking about turning your passion for crafting into a business? This planner comes with advice and worksheets to guide creative entrepreneurs. It tackles things like writing a mission statement, developing marketing campaigns, getting a business license, pricing products and packaging for trade shows. Get it on Amazon.
5) Household Planner: This one by Marie of Blooming Homestead is for the aspiring Martha Stewarts! It's got every aspect of your household covered - from grocery shopping and planning meals to cleaning schedules, appointments. And it's free. Go over to Marie's blog to download your household planner.
There you have it. 5 planners cum journals. Now go make 2016 awesome for someone!
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