I'm a Virgo.
And that means I'm a plan-ahead, make-lists kind of woman.
Blogging, balancing a business, making book and product reviews...these things require planning to keep them from becoming overwhelming.
I tried keeping track of blog post scheduling and whatnot via a journal, but I found I needed the ability to look forward by a month, to get a holistic view of what to do.
It's a spiral bound notebook with goal-working worksheets and an extensive calendar for looking ahead.
This was the highest-quality page in the journal- thick glossy paper with embossed lettering.
There are a lot of guidelines for setting goals and focusing your energy on things.
To be honest, most of these I found sweet but not helpful- I don't need encouragement on my goals. I need time. And more money. The 'going for it' has never been a problem for me.
There's also a lot of room with the worksheets to brainstorm stuff out. I imagine this would be excellent for a recent graduate!
Each month has space for reflection of goals met or unmet, and more prompts to define short term goals. The approach is definitely focusing energy on the most effective methods of achieving long-term goals, via short-term goal posts.
I definitely agree with the methodology there.
And my favorite part- the calendar
! It started in July 2014, and went through December 2015. That's my kind of looking ahead!
And now the bad:
Mine arrived with this nasty, mysterious smudged crap on the back. It's kind of sticky, brown, and gross. I don't know what happened here, but it gave me a bad impression of their packaging.
The print quality was definitely mass-produced. I'm not going to insult the company by saying they made these at Kinko's, but as a professional in marketing (who works heavily in catalog) I've been exposed to a lot of printing, binding, and paper choice. And this comes off as low-budget.
It's also entirely in black and white, which is less engaging. Especially considering the product preview
shows it in color.
That being said, the value of this planner is definitely in the personal-assistant, life-coach prompts and exercises. And in the combination of goal-defining note areas and calendar month layout with enough space to jot ideas in each day space.
You can find them on Amazon, here
And here it is in action...with music!
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