There is no better feeling than going into the New Year with a fresh set of goals and brand new planner to make it all happen. If you are an online coach, course creator, or female entrepreneur and you do not have a planning system in place yet, perk up girlfriend, because this post is for you!
Here are five ways to refresh your planner and give yourself a fresh start for the new year.
1 - Do an End of Year Review
Before you move into the new year it is important to acknowledge and assess what went right and what went wrong over the last 365 days. What wins were you able to celebrate? What were you not able to accomplish that you want to? Why?
When you can get a clear picture of what you’ve been able to achieve and what you’re still striving for you can create a planning system that supports the action steps and activities you need to implement in order to reach those important milestones.
That means you’ll need to look at your year end review sheets, progress trackers, marketing growth trackers, business and lifestyle goal setting sheets to get a birds eye view of how you’ve progressed over the past year.
If you are starting your planner from scratch, you’ll want to seek out a planner that has these essential planning sheets that you’ll need for the new year. Opting for a brand new planner sets you up for a clear and tidy reset.
With your pristine new planning pages lined up, you can begin anew and start preparing your activities and scheduling your to-dos. You’ll want to either print out fresh planning sheets, or download a new digital planner on your mobile device for a clean slate.
2 - Set the Tone
When thinking about our planner refresh and how you want to utilize your planning system moving forward it’s important to set the right vibe.
You’ll want to make sure you keep your favorite planner accessories nearby (a new planner case, pens, stickers, dashboards, inserts, etc.) if you’re like us and like to decorate or style your planners to create a certain aesthetic.
You’ll also want to set the tone so that when you are using your planner, you’ll be doing so in a space that is conducive to the creativity and energy you want to bring to the table.
So whether that’s making sure you have your favorite candles handy, that you’ve stocked up on your favorite coffee or fragrant tea, and you desk is decluttered and clean so that when it’s time to crack open your new planner you’re doing so in a space that filled with positive energy.
3 - Be Open To New Planning Methods
New year, New you! New planner, new planning methods!
When you are looking for a fresh start, shaking things up a bit is not a bad thing. Now if the planning system you’ve been using is working or you, by all means, stick to what you know but if you feel the urge to try something new, don’t be afraid to go for it.
A total refresh means you can try new planning methods, planning sheets, and routines. You can even test out new planner sizes or going digital with your planner instead of the traditional printable sheets. The point here is to consider what works best for you, your business, your niche, how you like to work, and your planning needs.
If you need to explore new planning sheets, the WomanpreneuHER Profit Planner is a great start for business. There is a robust collection of goal sheets, marketing sheets, templates, and trackers, on top of the informational lessons that have been integrated into each planning pillar to provide insight on advice on how to get the most out of your planning methods.
4 - Take a Planning Workshop
If you are new to planning as a business owner, it may be beneficial to educate yourself on how you can get the most out of your planning experience.
You may want to organize your planner for the upcoming year, but don’t know where to start. Or the planner you just invested in, maybe you don’t understand how to use it properly.
This is where seeking out additional resources may be beneficial to you. These resources can include watching YouTube tutorials, working with a planner consultant, joining a planning community, taking a planning course, or attending a workshop on how to get the most out of our planner.
There are so many options, many at no additional cost to you, that you can research and seek out to ensure that the planning sheets and systems you are utilizing are going to be optimized with your goals in mind.
5 - Start Simple
When you invest in a planner or new planning sheets, you don’t have to use everything that comes with that planner. You can choose to start with ONLY the planning sheets you need and use the planning methods that are most comfortable to you.
Start small by prioritizing your most important goals, tracking only your most important tasks for the week or day and sticking to a planning routine that supports simplicity and easy to maintain habits.
If things begin to feel overwhelming, take it back to basics and use the essential planning sheets that work for where you’re at right now. It is okay if you need to pare down your planner, restructure it or add more to it during your reset!
That is what makes planning so personal. You can do what you want! Isn’t that what new beginnings are all about?
Thoughts & Things
No matter what planner or planning sheets you use, or which method you implement, there is no wrong way to plan. Try new things, play around with new routines, explore new planning sheets, or ways to print or write in your planner.
The options are limitless – so do what feels right for as long as it feels right! That’s the beauty of planning. It can help us all feel more centered and prepared as entrepreneurs and be a powerful tool for elevating our productivity and profitability.
Here’s to a fresh start!