Goals. I have set so many this year and it has felt awesome. Starting a blog has given me no other choice. Tom’s work schedule has changed so many times I am quite literally incapable of having a job outside of the house and homeschooling. At first this caused me a great amount of stress. Then, the more I thought about it, the more I realized these changes meant I had no choice but to put all my energy and focus into making my blog succeed. Like a lot of “creative” types, I tend to be scatter brained by nature. Slowly, step by step, I have improved my bouncy brained personality and it has paid off huge. If you want to see some of the tools I used to help keep myself on track, meet my goals and make my dream of full time blogging come true, read on. I’m fully confident that these same tools can help you organize your life just in time for the new year. Even though that shouldn’t stop you from setting goals all year long!
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Since I started blogging, Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog has been my blogging guru. If you are a fellow blogger or have ever considered blogging, I highly recommend checking out her incredibly easy step by step blogging guide, Building a Framework. For all you non-bloggers who just need some serious help with your organization and planning, she has The Simplify Home Binder + The Intentional Life Planner.
Abby has literally thought of everything to help organize your life and keep it all super cute too! I know the new year is a time for setting serious fitness goals. As a consistent gym goer, I have some bad news: so many people don’t stick to their fitness goals. It really is hard to see. So many people flood the gym January 2nd, and most of them are gone by March. For those of you with serious fitness goals this year, just so you know, I am cheering you on. I see all the newbies each year and I root for them, hoping they can accomplish what they want for themselves. As you’ve probably heard, fitness and health goes way beyond the time spent in the gym! As a former holistic nutritionist, trust me on this one. So for those days you’re not on the treadmill or pumping serious iron, there is your Simplify Binder.
The Simplify Binder is an easy to follow workout, meal and water intake tracker. Like I said, these things are just as crucial to your fitness success as making it to the gym is. There is no better way to hold yourself accountable and keep track of what you’re eating and drinking than if you have it in your daily planner. Plus, there is some strange satisfaction in being able to cross off those little water cups each day.
On top of of tracking your fitness goals and food intake, take a look at the over 35 other printables The Simplify Binder has to offer to help you keep track of all the other areas of your life.
Everything from your weekly planning, to recipes you want to hang onto, to cleaning plans, chore charts and of course, budgeting materials. Budgeting is huge for sticking to your goals. Seriously, like all your goals. I never realized just how important money really was until I read You Are a Badass at Making Money.
Think about 3 things you want to accomplish in the next year. Maybe it’s travel, get out of debt, get to the gym, spend more time with family. What You Are a Badass at Making Money reminded me was that all of these things in some form require your finances to be in order. Even spending time with family. It’s necessary to make sure you can afford to live and then afford to take time off, pay for the things you want to do together etc. There is nothing wrong with putting focus toward your money. In fact, it can benefit you huge and help you cross things off that bucket list!
Check out my post How We Paid off $6,000 of Debt in 6 Months with the Snowball Method for a free printout to help you set some financial goals, but if you really want to break it down and keep track, check out all The Simplify Binder has when it comes to budgeting.
I have always been old school when it comes to paper verses technology (says the blogger, I know, I know.) When I can write down my spending habits it helps me keep way better track of our financial situation. I love being able to see it all right in front of me instead of just using the internet or an online spread sheet. Like I said, scatterbrained by nature. The Simplify Planner is something I can carry with me, something I can get my hands on, jot notes on and use as a constant reminder.
Along with The Simplify Planner, you can also get Abby’s Intentional Life Planner. No, this is not just like every other planner you find in stores. The Intentional Life Planner is specifically laid out to help you achieve your goals. So yeah, seriously great for the New Year! This package comes with both large and small printouts so you can fit them into a planner size of your choice or multiple planners! She has literally thought of everything. Don’t be fooled by the photo, her latest planner runs from August 2017 through December 2018!
Admittedly, I created The Intentional Life Planner to fill a need of mine. I wanted a logical way to be able to set big goals and then break them down into manageable steps– yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily– so that by being consistent over time, I would accomplish everything I had set out to accomplish. And that is exactly what this planner is designed to do. -Abby from Just a Girl and Her Blog
I am a huge fan of setting goals, and Abby has played a huge part in that. Plus, I always succeed more when I have it in writing. So much so that I actually write my goals for the month on my bathroom mirror so I see them every day. There is actually tons of evidence to support the fact that we actually remember things better when we write them down. Check out this post from Lifehack.org: Writing and Remembering: Why We Remember What We Write
Everyone has different goals and different organizational needs, that’s why Abby has given you the option to choose: you can have The Simplify Home Planner or The Intentional Life Planner…or you can have BOTH! You mix and match based on your needs and your goals for the next year. The best part? Both of them together cost less than most planners you will find anywhere else. Check out the bundle.
No matter what your goals, no matter what tools you end up using, it is super important to be intentional when starting goals. Find a way to hold yourself accountable; you’ll be so glad that you did. Each new day is a chance to make serious change and a new year is just a fun way to see the big difference that all those days made! So, whatever your goals, whenever they start, I want to wish you the absolute best of luck!
$5 Meal Plan – The $5 meal plan was created by a busy mother of 4 for other busy mother’s out there. Get access to healthy meal plans that take all the guess work out of what to make for your family!
BeFrugal – Be Frugal is an online resources for the best coupons around. In stores, online or in restaurants.
IBotta – IBotta is a totally free app that pays you $10 just for signing up. With this app you can get paid for the things you already plan on buying!
Love and Money – Online courses to help couples and family get finances together in order to stay together!
Paperless Home – The paperless home guides you step by step through how to start creating a home where all of your most important information can always be in one place and always at your finger tips!
Simplify + Planner – Abby Lawson from Just a Girl and Her Blog has a great and inexpensive planner to help you get intentionally organized. Starting a blog can be very overwhelming and getting a little organized can go a long way.
Target Debit Card – If you shop at Target as much as me, you should definitely get in on the debit card if you haven’t already. All it does is remove money from your regular checking account like a regular debit card, but saves you 5% on your purchases every time you use it!
Blue Host – Blue Host is my personal hosting site that I have used since the beginning of my blog. Check out my easy step by step guide to get yourself all set up: How to Start a Blog. The best part is, you can get started for as little as $3.95 a month!
Building a Framework – Building a Framework is the best course for getting a new blog up and running. I purchased Building a Framework early on in my blogging career and it completely changed the way I blogged. Abby teaches everything from how to start to how to start making a profit.
Food Blogger Pro – Food Blogger Pro is a terrific online course you can take that was created by the creators of Pinch of Yum. They have seen tremendous growth from their food blog and share all their knowledge with you to help you succeed as well.
JetPack – Jetpack offers so many features to keep your site safe and secure. With backups, site monitoring and spam protection.
Linqia – Linqia is a great way to start working with brands. You fill out your profile and the brands come to you!
Pitch Perfect Live – Pitch Perfect is a course I took hosted by successful blogger, Jenny Melrose. She will walk you step by step through how to pitch to brands and what to do once you’ve got them.
Share a Sale– Share a Sale is a great place to find a ton of affiliate programs that fit your niche.
Tailwind – Tailwind is a great scheduling tool to help with your Pinterest posting and Instagram sharing. It takes a lot of time and guesswork out of building your social media so you can spend your time doing other things.
WooComerce – The best way to sell your products for an online shopping experience!
WordPress – I have used WordPress from the second I created my blog and have not been let down once. They have a huge variety of themes that are easy to use so that you can be unique without being over-the-top!