How to Use a Planner to Achieve Your Goals

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How to Use a Planner to Achieve Your Goals

If you’re anything like me, you love buying planners. You go into the store, see the beautiful covers and layouts, and think to yourself “This is the year I’m finally going to get my sh*t together!” And then…you don’t use it. Sound familiar? If you’re struggling to actually use your planner to achieve your goals, this post is for you! Keep reading to find out how to use a planner to achieve your goals once and for all.

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Pick One Goal to Focus On

The first step in using your planner to achieve your goals is to pick one goal to focus on. Trying to accomplish too many things at once is a recipe for disaster. So, sit down and really think about what you want to achieve in the next month, six months, or year. Once you have your goal in mind, write it down in your planner and make a plan of action.

Make a Plan of Action

Now that you know what you want to achieve, it’s time to make a plan of action. This can seem daunting, but I promise it’s not as complicated as it seems. Start by breaking your goal down into smaller steps that you can complete each week.

For example, if your goal is to lose 20 pounds in 4 months, break that down into a smaller goal of losing five pounds per month. Then, break that monthly goal down into a weekly goal of losing one pound per week. Once you have your weekly goal, write it down in your planner along with a plan of action for how you’re going to achieve it. This might include things like working out three times per week or eating a specific number of calories per day.

Track Your Progress

The final step in using your planner to achieve your goals is tracking your progress. This step is important because it allows you to see how far you’ve come and makes it easier to stay motivated when things get tough (trust me, they will).

There are a few different ways you can track your progress in your planner. One way is to simply check off each task as you complete it. Another way is to give yourself a star or sticker each time you complete a task related to your goal.

You could also use colored highlighters or pens—whatever works for you! The important thing is that you find a system that works for you and that you stick with it.


If you’re looking for a way to finally start achieving your goals, look no further than your trusty old planner! By following these simple tips—picking one goal to focus on, making a plan of action, and tracking your progress—you’ll be well on your way to becoming the boss babe (or dude) you were born to be!

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start planning!

Ashley Yeo

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