2016 Planning
  1. arrange into a structured whole; order.
    “organize lessons in a planned way”
    synonyms: (put in) order, arrange, sort (out), assemble, marshal, put straight,group, classify, collocate, categorize, catalog, codify, systematize,systemize; More
  2. make arrangements or preparations for (an event or activity); coordinate.
    “the union organized a 24-hour general strike”

How has 2015 stacked up for you so far? Are you almost done with all your projects and goals you set for yourself at the end of last year? Did you write it down so you can cross it off your list as they were completed? Do you have 2016 goals planned yet? A lot to think about in answering these questions.

Do you have your 2016 planner picked out yet. I have already set my 2016 planner up and I have set my goals for 2016. I will be stepping into the New Year smooth and stress free. I already know what new products I will be developing and what videos I will be recording for my Digitally Speaking family. In this short post I want to remind you of the tools available to help you set your goals for 2016.

Because I am a productivity coach, I offer courses on Digitally Speaking to help my students become more organized, productive and balance EVERYTHING in their lives. Not just their jobs.  I see many students sign up and pay substantial fees for courses that they are unable to finish.  I believe this is due to a lack of planning. Failure to plan results in no time for the things we want and need to get done. At least once a day I hear someone say “I have no time.” If you plan it you will do it. So many of my students look at furthering their education and developing organizational skills as something that you do in your spare time. Years go by and they still have no spare time and the dream of becoming more organized and productive is still out of reach. YEARS!! Reality is, not many of us have “spare” time. I know I sure don’t. I have three functioning businesses that I run all myself with no employees. I do it all, from graphics to grammar and measuring to sewing. I am asked regularly how I do it and my answer is very simple………I PLAN. Using the right tools you can easily plan what you can realistically accomplish, with the amount of time you need.

I use tools for cooking, sewing, decorating, and gardening. Planning is no different. I have a tool for planning as well. Although any planner will do and we all have our favorite. My favorite planning tool is the iPlanner. I also have a traditional paper planner that mirrors my digital planner. One major misconception about a planner is that it is a calendar. Some people even think if they are using Google Cal or iCal they are planning and that is not considered planning. I use my my Google Cal to enter all my appointments and that is all. There is no planning that goes into entering appointments into my Google Cal. My Google Cal is simply a place holder for places I need to be and people I need to see. So what about everything else? Read on.

What do you do with the closet that needs to be cleaned out, the dining room that needs to be painted or the course you want to take (I believe we should be continually learning)? What about the anniversary or birthday party you want to host? Your Google Cal can house the day and time of the party but how do you do everything that needs to be done before the party? You need to plan. I think of my planner as a worksheet to map out and design my year, months, weeks and days.

If you keep your plans in your head, most of them won’t get done or at best they will only get partially done. Your head was not meant to store all things you need or want to get done. How wonderful would it be to clear your mind of all the things you need to do and make room for all the beauty and creativity your brain was meant to enjoy.

There are no special skills needed to plan. However, I have developed a system so I can plan quickly and effortlessly. I do one hour weekly planning ever Sunday night and 10 minute daily planning every night before I go to bed. This allows me to have a birds eye view of where my load is heavy and I can also see where I have holes that I can fill with something from my master task list. I am constantly pulling from my master list. My daily 10 minute planning allows me to cross off what I have done and move things that I could not finish as well as add a few extra things I didn’t know I had room for. I even find planning very relaxing and enjoyable and I look forward to each planning session. My planner is with me at all times everywhere I go. That is the wonderful thing about digital, but my traditional planner is very portable also.

If you haven’t decided what planner you will use for 2016 check out the iStore. There is a planner to fit every style of planning. Whether you are digital or traditional or like to use a daily layout or weekly horizontal or vertical layout. There is even a traditional printable planner. And COMING SOON “Key Life Planner Mirror Companion!” With the KLPM you can mirror you printable planner with your digital planner on your iPad. They look exactly the same only one is digital and one is printable. Stay tuned coming up mid November.

So what do you say? Can you take the phrase “I have no time” out of your vocabulary in 2016 and learn to make time and have plenty of time for all the things you PLAN? We all have the same 365 days and 24 hours each day next year. Planning will show you time you didn’t even know you had. Use it wisely. Plan, plan, plan.