Guest Post: Why Should You Use a 90-day Planner
f you could change anything in your life, what would it be? You can change anything in 90 days if you have the right tools– from getting a new job, improving your relationships, sharpening beneficial habits or enhancing your living situation. The best tool you can use to start your life transformation is the 90-day planner. It has been designed to work with the Pamela Shaw goal setting METHOD to help you design and enjoy more of your life.
The 90-day planner is more than just a calendar or business planner; it is a system that helps you maximize your time, days and weeks. Using the 90-day planner helps you to not only guides you to better manage your time but also achieve your goals.
Achieve Your Goals
An integral part of achieving goals is to write them down in a place you will see them. If you fail to write down your goals, they are just fleeting thoughts you have without any real strategized or integrated effort into making them a reality. The 90-day planner has sections to write and break down your goals and review them regularly- In fact, if you follow the guided process, you’ll RE READ and review them min. 52 times and completely write them out quarterly- 4 different times. REPETITION is your friend!
One key aspect of goal setting is to have a big goal with ways to break it down into little goals. For instance, having the goal to get a better job is good, but planning and knowing how to get there is better. Take your goal and break it down into smaller, achievable goals by reverse goal setting. For getting a better job, some of these smaller goals may look like:
- get more training to qualify for a better position
- go back to school if a degree is required
- take advantage of opportunities to learn a new skill when offered- volunteer!
- take a class on interview skills
- learn how to improve your resume
Put these goals into a timeline of when you expect to complete them. Having the goals written down in your 90-day planner where you can review them often helps keep them on your mind. That way, when opportunities come along, you will recognize them and be prepared to act on them. When your goals are regularly reviewed and made a part of your daily routine, you can actively work toward them.
Better Manage Your Time
Everyone has the same 24 hours a day. The difference is how each person chooses to view, allot and then take action on those hours. One of the main purposes of the 90-day planner is to help learn to manage time in a way that gets you closer to the life you want. Achieving your goals is possible when you are dedicating time to your goals. As Pam says in her core training “Time invested in one area is time away from another; CHOOSE wisely.”
Within the 90-day planner, there are calendars and ½ hour time slots in a daily planner format. At the beginning of each week, plan out your time for everything you need to do. Pre set your schedule the night before. You can also start each day this same way, reviewing your schedule and adding in specific time slots when you do something to work toward your goal. By scheduling out each ½ hour of every day, you are setting expectations for yourself and slowly getting closer to your overall goal.
At the end of each day and then again at the end of the week, review how you did. Take the time to do an honest evaluation on how you did and what you will do better going forward. By creating a pattern of reviewing and reminding, you make your goals a major focus of your life.
The Pamela Shaw Method uses the 90-day planner as a tool to design your life and live your vision by setting and achieving your goals. If you are interested in learning more about how to clarify your dreams, improve your life, stay motivated, or find the power within yourself to become who you really want to be, see more of Pamela Shaw’s educational videos. The sooner you start, the faster you will experience authentic living the life of your dreams.