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Good afternoon planners,
This is the last post in the New Year, New You Series with Ladreena from @heartdreenie.lifestyle on Instagram. We want to thank her for all of her awesome posts, and we look forward to working together again in the future. Today we wanted to talk about Vision boards. What is a vision board, and how do i make one?
Vision boards are a bit like visual karma. You create a board with photos of your needs, wants, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I would put anything that inspired me, and could keep me focused on my goals for 2015.
How to create a vision board
Be sure to check out Ladreena's page to see her 2015 vision board. We hope that you enjoyed this blog Series, and we look forward to seeing your January photo challenge photos. Be sure to tag us so that we can see any photos you post @createyou86 and #CY86JANCOLLAB. We will have a brand new series starting February 1, 2015 and we can't wait to bring that to you. Let us know what you thought of this series by leaving us some comments below or contacting us on social media.
Good afternoon planners,
Welcome to the fifth post in the New Year, New You Blog Series with @heartdreenie.lifestyle from Instagram. I have created a How-to guide about how to start planning if you are new to the planning community. I will include this guide as a free PDF below, and as a guide which will be better viewed on a tablet or a PC as a viewable document. Some great sources for more planning information include:
If you have any other questions about planning feel free to leave a comment below or contact Createyou86 by clicking the SAY HELLO button at the top of the page. Also check out our Fauxdori Store for available planning options. Be sure to check out Ladreena's blog to see her perspective of a planning guide.
Good Morning Planners,
Today i want to discuss Actional Goals. You may not have ever heard of this term before, and neither had i before i started looking for topics for this months blog posts. I want to let you know how i am going to be using Actional goals in 2015, and what some strategies are that might help you to start using actional goals as well. so the big question is.......
WHAT IS AN ACTIONAL GOAL? But before that we need to talk about ACTION PLANS!
This week there is no fancy printable. I want you as a business owner, blogger, or person who might be interested in one of the above or all of the above to get down to the nitty gritty. Break out a college ruled notebook that you bought for $.25 at WalMart, or even a notebook that you have been saving for a special occasion, and get planning! If you plan on starting a business or a blog i would recommend having a larger notebook with many pages (3-5 subject) so that you can keep all of your ideas in one place instead of running around like a chicken with its head cut off looking for your next steps in your goals. Now to the good stuff.... An Action Plan is a document that lists the steps that must be taken in order to achieve a specific goal. The purpose of an action plan is to clarify what resources are required to reach the goal or goals, formulate a timeline for when specific tasks need to be completed, and determine what resources are required for each specific goal.
DEVELOPING ACTIONAL GOALS
At this point you might be asking yourself why i am blogging about such a heavy subject, and what you can even gain from continuing to read this post. I'll let you in on a little secret. It may be a heavy subject, but it works! Even after just starting to read about Actional Goals i have started to implement, or didn't even realize that i was already implementing a crucial part of goal setting. By this point in the planning process your planning may seem arduous. Actional goal planning is more strategic compared to the earlier more creative phases of planning, and can often be discarded. People or organizations complete action plans to reach each specific goal. Creating actional goals also includes providing numerous methods for verifying and evaluating the actual extent of accomplishment of the action plan.
1. Action plans specify the actions needed to address each of the top issues, to reach each of the associated goals, who will complete each action, and according to what timeline.
2. Develop an overall top level action plan that depicts how each strategic goal will be reached.
3. The format of actional goals depends on the nature, and needs of the organization or person involved. If you are a big business or organization you may need many people executing many different goals. If you are a small business or sole proprietor than it may just be you, or you and a couple volunteers or coworkers working on these goals. When making these goals you should specify:
A. Goals to be accomplished.
B. How each goal contributes to the overall strategic goals.
C. What specific results or objectives must be accomplished to reach the actional goal.
D. How those results will be achieved.
E. When the results will be achieved.
1. Objectives are specific, measurable results produced while implementing action plans.
2. Integrate your current years objectives as performance criteria.
3. Remember that objectives, and their timelines are only guidelines not rules. These objectives can be deviated from, but should be understood, and explained.
As i said previously i never even realized that i had been doing this type of planning all along. Here is an example of how i might go about creating a actional goal. (The table below is better viewed on a tablet or PC!)
Strategic Goal Strategy Objectives Responsibility Timeline
Get blog readers Create blog series Reach 100 views Emily or James Each month
Post consistently guest bloggers give self time to find theme
Once you have a table like the one i created above to make your goals visible, actional goals are a synch! Be sure to check out Ladreena's Blog to see what she has to share about Actional goals, and how she implements her goals throughout the year. If you find actional goals useful be sure to tag @Createyou86, and #CY86JANCOLLAB so we can see, and like your photos! Also be sure to leave us some comments below to let us know how you are enjoying this series.
Good Afternoon planners,
The new year is all about making new goals to achieve, and trying your best all year long to reach them without giving up. Making goals all starts with a big picture. Download the FREE Goals printable at the bottom of this post to help you on your goal making journey! The big picture might mean to you that you have one huge main goal, and then break it down into smaller more approachable goals to reach the main goal. Or it might mean that you make goals based on different views such as yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily. This is my approach.
Specific, measurable goals for every category including action steps.
These goals are broad spectrum BIG goals for my entire year which might include health, finances, home, business, etc. Goals don't all of a sudden have to commence on January 1st of a year. We should be making goals all year long, and they can continue for the next twelve months. We will talk more about actionable goals in future blog posts!
Choose which goals to work on, and schedule them in.
This step makes a planner very useful! The monthly view is where the real goal setting starts. This is the beginning of breaking down your goals to become more easily attainable. A monthly view calendar would work best for this step. Be sure to check out the Createyou86 Store for available Fauxdori planner options. Identify which specific areas or tasks you want to focus on for the month, and write specific tasks that you need to do to complete these areas.
Assign steps to specific days.
I use this method for my Blog, and business planning. When blogging, and getting the Createyou86 name out there I am connecting with all kinds of different businesses, and people. It helps to be able to see specific daily actions when I open up my week on a page or a week on two pages planner spread. Looking at a monthly calendar helps to break the goals down even smaller into weekly tasks.
BIG GOAL-Update my craft room
Monday- Plan time to buy paint
Tuesday- Prep area for paint
Thursday- Thorough cleaning (while the paint dries)
Friday- Rearrange furniture
Saturday- Start organizing craft goodies
Sunday - Finish organization of craft room
Schedule assigned steps.
This would be a great time to try out a chronodex if you like to block your time. I have a lot of open time blocks so I don't see that working for me. However, daily tasks all start with a to-do list. Your to-do list is there to keep you on track, and accomplishing even the smallest of goals.
Be sure to check out the Free Goals printable below to help you start goal setting for 2015, as well as Ladreena's Blog for her take on Making Goals (and keeping them).
Good morning planners,
I would like to look back at my goals of 2014, and maybe i can help you hone in on your goals for 2015. My goals included:
All of my goals are ones that i have continued to try to achieve all year long. These goals may seem pretty basic, but all of them are very important to me. At the beginning of 2014 I made a move to a new state (3,000 miles from my hometown), and i have embarked on a new business. Onto some planner information. I ordered a personal planner that i won from a giveaway in the beginning of December 2014. I will be using that planner as a blog planner. My Createyou86 XL Fauxdori will continue to be used for business, and website information. My personal Domino Filofax will also continue to be used as a personal planner throughout 2015.
My planning mission began in March of 2014 when i saw my first photo on Instagram of a Filofax. After i saw that photo i was off to the races with my own planner obsession. I started off with a Red personal Domino Filofax, and a few weeks later i added a purple patent pocket Filofax to my collection. Let's talk a little bit about my baby....Createyou86. My dream of Createyou86 started when i saw Miss.Vicky Bee's video for a stitched book that she made, as well as Ray Blake's video on how to make a Fauxdori or a fake Midori Travelers Notebook. I wanted to purchase a Midori, but i couldn't justify the $35-40 +Tax and shipping from a foreign country for a piece of leather and a few elastics. I thought to myself, "Why not create my own Midori type notebook with quality products for at least 1/3 of the price of the original?" That is how the Createyou86 Fauxdori was created.
I truly love, and enjoy the planning community no matter what social media platform it is on, and i look forward to reaching even more personal, and business goals in 2015. Be sure to check out the brand new Createyou86 Goals video on YouTube, and check out Ladreena's Blog for her perspective on Reminiscing. Look out for the next post in the New Year, New You series there will be some great new printables, and guides coming your way!
Welcome to 2015 planners,
We want to say welcome to our first Blog in the New Year, New You collaboration between Createyou86, and Ladreena . We wanted to post a letter to let you in on our past year, and what we are looking forward to in 2015. Included at the bottom of this post is a FREE 2015 THIS IS YOUR YEAR PRINTABLE PDF download created by Createyou86 exclusively for your planners, or even your wall. This printable will be beautiful anywhere! if you use the printable be sure to tag us in any photo with #CY86JANCOLLAB , and @createyou86.