Are you a planner’s kind of mom?
They are fun and pretty, right?
I’m visionary, and like looking at projects from the end, therefore planners work for me. And I’m kind of traditional – I use a pen and paper. What about you?
You can also use stickers and glitter pens if you like some color.
But planners are much more than that, my friend. Aren’t they?
When you have the best mom planner, it’s like signing a contract with yourself—a promise.
“This year, I’m going to make my first $100 from my blog. This month, I’m going to stop being a suckler and diversify my passive income streams. This year, I’m going to be more organized as a busy mom as I should be.“
And you trust that the mom planner you have chosen will be some magic carpet. All you have to do is hop on and enjoy the ride into the sunrise of your new incredibly busy mom bliss.
But by the end of the year…
Your plan to increase your income has fallen to the wayside, and your planner is brimming with glitter, scented doodads, crossed off to-do lists, and even met appointments.
Or, it lies forgotten in your nightstand drawer, and your income hasn’t changed, that debt hasn’t changed in any way.
Sure you may have numbered a few freebies to create for your blog, or had a place to write your blog topics, and courses you bought but never completed.
But anything changing? Nah. Do you know why? Well, this might shock you, but…
- It’s not the planner you chose
- It’s not the pens (as cute as they are)
- Neither is it the stockers you adoringly placed every day
- And certainly not the meticulous way you cross off your long to-do list.
You are the problem.
I’m sorry I never meant to hurt you, but you are the reason you aren’t achieving your goals.
But here’s the good news… that cycle is going to change. Because when you know how to use a planner to alter your goal strategy – you finally can.
What is Planning?
A mom planner can be the greatest tool to help you organize your everyday life. And as we all know, a tool is meaningless if the person using it doesn’t understand how to use it correctly.
That said, let’s start with some basics. What is planning?
Let’s get it straight. Planning is not about decorating your planner with stickers and doodles.
Planning is a process of making plans with the intent of accomplishing them.
When using a planner, you make plans for your life, it could be business, could be your blog, anything you plan to achieve.
A planner is where you craft an outline of your schedule, daily activities, your to-do list.
With a planner, you can organize your daily tasks so that you are designing your goals one task at a time.
Unfortunately, here’s where most busy moms make their biggest mistake. You start to think about how your big plans should be.
You begin to think, “I want to make $1000 from my side hustle. I should start today and stop wasting time. I need to reduce my social media time. I need to have a business empire. I need to start waking up earlier. I need to exercise every day. I should have done these already. I’m so overwhelmed; there is so much to do. Will I ever catch up?”
You don’t realize that real change happens by doing small things consistently. Now listen…if you forget everything I said in this post, at least remember this…
Real change happens by doing small things consistently.
Thinking big is excellent. And that’s what you should do. But remember that most people achieve big amazing dreams by giving consistent effort and gaining small bursts of growth that snowball into great achievements over time.
Earlier this year, I discovered the power of bullet journals. I created one and wrote down tasks and tried to accomplish them.
But my tasks became bigger and bigger. Instead of writing down- Find blog posts topics for the week.
It suddenly became – Brainstorm blog post topics for the week, write and create freebies for each. The task became big and overwhelming, making it harder for me to accomplish much.
By the second week, I couldn’t achieve much. Raise your hand if this is you?
I’ve learned that what matters is the tiny actions you take that create the big moments.
Work and focus on small things to organize your life. You’ll be working towards your big picture.
Why do you need a planner? ( and How to really use it)
Planners have space for every day, week, the month of the year. It’ll help you focus and achieve the consistency you need.
Planners are perfect tools every mom needs to meet her goals. You can use planners to plan, track, and review goals. You can use planners to track and stay consistent with your small daily habits that support your goals.
Planners help you be more mindful and organized as you meet the demand of a busy mom’s life more easily.
Remember, every goal you set should be SMART – Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely.
Here’s what I mean. You need to know specifically…
- What do you want to accomplish?
- Who will you do it?
- When will you do it?
You also need to be realistic about everything.
Set overarching goals for the year and break them down into mini-deadlines you need to meet throughout the year. And that is just the beginning.
It’s never too late to start creating your goals on making more money!
Plan your quarters
For your income goals, it’s best to look at it in quarters. Every quarter, reassess where you’re at and if you’re on track to meeting your goals.
One of my goals for the quarter was to start a blog.
Accomplished! I haven’t made any money, but they are up and running.
Setting quarterly goals means you can start planning for your goals any quarter. The point is…Just start.
Over to you –
Are you still planning, or have you given up?
Share in the comments!
Hi, I’m Andia.
An expert personal finance & investment writer and blogger. I help people like you turn your spare time into $1000 per month or more outside of your day job.
I’ll help you identify proven side hustle ideas you can take action right away and make six figures working from home or whenever your schedule allows.