Sometimes, it’s easy to get caught up in the everyday and lose sight of what really motivates you, but when you use beauty and inspiration to remind yourself of your biggest dreams, you can stay focused on achieving what you never thought possible. When you make your planner as beautiful as your aspirations, you remind yourself of your dreams – every single day.
1. The first step is to find your dreams. What are you working towards, and what motivates you to do a great job? There might be lots of things – in fact, there should be – so grab a stack of Post-it® Notes, 1.5 in. x 2 in. and start writing them down. Take five minutes and come up with as many goals and dreams as you can – no matter how big. Once you’ve finished, pick out the most important goals, at least five or six, and jot them down on a Post-it® Lined Notes, 4 in. x 6 in., that you can stick, temporarily, to the inside cover of your planner or on your work surface for the next step.
2. The next step is to make your goals beautiful. Write each of your most important goals beautifully on a Post-it® Note, 1.5 in. x 2 in. using a color that inspires you – so, for saving for a beach vacation, you might use a beautiful ocean blue, or for getting a raise at work, you might choose a green that reminds you of money – and stick those notes on the dates when you want to achieve your goals. Don’t feel pressured to put them on exactly the right dates – you can move the notes and re-stick them over and over again! If some goals are really long-term, you might even need to use the pages at the back of your planner to show that they’ll happen next year – or later.
Now, from each goal, work backward through your planner to figure out when you should take the steps that will help you achieve it. Write your steps on more Post-it® Notes, 1.5 in. x 2 in. that coordinate with the color of the long-term goal, or, if you need to take up less space, try Post-it® Page Markers in coordinating colors instead. Of course, you can always move and re-stick your tasks and steps as your schedule shifts -- or if you miss completing a step during your day or week, don’t worry – you can re-stick the note or page marker on a new date and try again later. Remind yourself that life is even more beautiful and inspiring when you learn from your mistakes and grow stronger as a result.
3. Now add some real inspiration. Using markers, Scotch™ Glitter Washi Tape and Post-it® Flags, make every day that helps you reach your goals more beautiful. Your own personal style can help you highlight the steps toward your goals with borders, backgrounds and inspirational quotes and photos that will keep you on track toward achieving your dreams.
Beauty doesn’t just give you the motivation to share your planner on Instagram, although it’s a nice bonus. It can also remind you how important your goals are, and help keep you on track to achieve anything you can dream of. With the right supplies, your planner can be as flexible as you are — adapting to your schedule as it (inevitably) changes throughout the weeks — and doing it beautifully.