Guest Post: Using A Planner To Achiever Your Goals

by tinareale on January 9, 2013

Morning all you wonderful people! I’m happy to bring another wonderful guest post to you. This one comes from Kimberly at the blog Work It Out, Gurl. In keeping with yesterday’s theme of sticking with the goals we have, Kimberly gives some great tips on how simply using a planner makes a difference. Writing it down = extra motivation!! At least I know it does for me. What about you? Read on!

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Staying motivated past January 31st is always a task every year. If you are anything like me, you think about your goals all of December (and because you may not have completed all of your goals from the previous year, you need to make THIS year’s goals even better). I am a die-hard paper planner user. I literally write every aspect of my life in my monthly planner. If I were to drop it on the street, a stranger would be able to follow my schedule perfectly. So I was thinking, why can’t I apply this to my fitness and weight loss goals? In order to apply my planner skills to achieve my fitness and weight loss goals, I have come up with a few quick steps.

1. Pick out a planner that you LOVE. I read this post from Everyday Polish about how to get the most out of your 2013 calendar, and it is on target! If you don’t love the planner that you pick out, you will not want to use it.

2. Set dates for when you would like to meet some of your mini goals. Maybe in 1 month you want to be able to complete 5 regular push-ups and in 2 months you want to be down 10lbs. Write these mini goals down in your planner so you see them every day. Just seeing the goal every time you open your planner will remind you to keep working toward the goal.

3. Write in your workouts. I know you have probably heard this before, but scheduling your workouts just like a doctor’s appointment is helpful when you are working towards meeting your fitness and weight loss goals.  My rule of thumb is that I try to work out more days during the week than not, so I schedule in 4 workouts each week. I prefer morning workouts, but you would need to schedule your workouts at times when you know you are a) available and b) when you will actually workout. For example, if you know when you get home at 6:30pm and you must make dinner and feed  your family, having a 8:30pm workout on your schedule may not work for you. Schedule your workout at a time you will stick to it.

4. Schedule a time to grocery shop and make a list. More than half of the battle of getting healthy is the nutrition part, so you need to make time for grocery shopping. Making a list in your planner is also helpful so you can look back at what you purchase, and you know you will always have it handy throughout the week when you remember that you need that extra container of almond butter.

5. STICK TO IT! A planner is never useful if you don’t stick to your plan. And it is even less useful if you don’t refer to it daily and make sure you carry it with you.

Kimberly Whittaker is the Founder of Work It Out, Gurl and a FitFluential Ambassador.  She an ambitious higher education professional, career woman, fitness enthusiast, wife and full time graduate student who finds solace dreams of living better.

{ 14 comments }

1 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More January 9, 2013 at 6:12 am

This is awesome and so spot on! I was a die hard paper planner person but have been working on the switch to digital so it’s on my phone and computers, with a small notebook with my to-dos, ideas, recipes, workout plans, etc.

2 Kimberly January 9, 2013 at 10:34 am

Thanks Katie! I have tried to convert to digital… but it never works for me. I can’t let go of my paper and pencil! I hope the switch works for you!

3 Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut January 9, 2013 at 9:50 pm

I still have a schedule in my phone, but I LOVE my planner I got for Christmas! I think there is something about writing things down that helps us focus on those words. My teachers have notes online, but I still print them out and WRITE down additional notes.

Thanks for this fun and inspirational post! :)

4 Christine January 9, 2013 at 6:59 am

I got my 2013 planner and love it! It’s one of the Martha Stewart ones from Staples. I’m having some trouble figuring out how to use it for both home and work. Otherwise I love it!!!

5 Linz @ Itz Linz January 9, 2013 at 7:49 am

I think PLANNING is definitely the most important part of living a healthy lifestyle!!

6 Sara @ fitcupcaker January 9, 2013 at 8:37 am

I am such a planner! I keep my calendar/planner with me everywhere I go!

7 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf January 9, 2013 at 9:03 am

I’m a big planner too but haven’t been great about planning for my goals this year. This is the kick in the butt that I needed. Thanks!

8 Kimberly January 9, 2013 at 10:36 am

Your welcome, Christine! Best of luck with your goals in 2013! :)

9 Annette@FitnessPerks January 9, 2013 at 11:31 am

Awesome! Small goals written out are powerful!

10 Heather @ Better With Veggies January 9, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I’m a calendar person for sure, but I use my online calendar for my planning. My hubby and I use meeting notices with each other to make sure we have our workouts, plans with friends, vacation, etc on both our calendars. I may be a wee bit type A… :)

11 Kimberly January 9, 2013 at 3:20 pm

That is so good that you too work together to stay in shape! Whatever works for you, Heather!

12 Nellie January 10, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Great tips! I really need to get a planner

13 Kelly@ShapeDaily January 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

Love the picture, it makes reaching a goal seem so easy- which it is if you are committed and disciplined. I find that I tend to stick to things more if I write them down too, although I don’t do it all of the time. Having a planner you like really would make a difference in whether or not you use it. Good tips!

14 Monica January 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Great Post Kim. Awesome advice on how to stick to your goals. My planner helps me so much with balancing my work schedule and my teenage daughters activites. I would be crazy with out it.

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