You may feel overwhelmed about not having your finances in order, or maybe you just need a plan to get out of debt — whatever your reason, it’s important to have a budget for your money. In this post, I’ll share why a budget is so important, how you can make your own budget in ~1 hour, and how I track my money with my Erin Condren Life Planner:
Right now at ErinCondren.com, LifePlanners are 40% off! Guys, this is the time to buy if you’ve been thinking about buying a planner and weren’t sure if you were ready to make the investment. The Erin Condren LifePlanners are usually $50 which may seem pricey for a planner, but they are definitely the best planners I’ve ever used and well worth it. Now, with 40% off, a classic Life Planner is $30 while supplies last! Use my link to get an additional $10 off when you create a new account to make your LifePlanner just $20.
With so much technology at our fingertips and everything moving into digital formats, it may be hard to see why anyone would still be using a paper planner to organize and keep track of their life. Why write it down when I can send it to my cloud and access it anywhere? Although it’s true that iPhones and digital calendars can help you keep on top of the day-to-day, having a paper planner like the Erin Condren LifePlanner can help you focus and allow you the freedom to be creative while still keeping you on track. Continue reading
I remember hearing in school that “it only takes 21 days to make a habit” — If you want to become a morning person, you can — in just 21 days if you stick to your routine.
Becoming a morning person and establishing a morning routine will allow you to be more productive throughout the day, accomplish more of your goals, and tackle any challenges that arise.
Here are my 9 tips for how to be a morning person: Continue reading
It’s almost a new year — 2016 is right around the corner! It’s the perfect time to start fresh and start thinking about a new planner to help you keep track of your goals and schedules. I absolutely love the Erin Condren Life Planner and I’ve been waiting patiently to finally start using my 2016 Erin Condren Life Planner!
There’s something really nice about beginning a new planner. I love the Erin Condren Life Planners because they are so colorful and fun. It’s easy to stay motivated and really use your planner when it is beautiful and exciting. I’ve lost motivation to use planners in the past and it ends up being a waste of a planner because the year is over and you can’t use it again. With Erin Condren Life Planners, each month is a fresh, new color and there are stickers included in the back of each planner that make you excited to plan and motivated to be organized.
I will be using the new, horizontal layout in my 2016 Life Planner for the first time and I can’t wait. You can read all about my 2016 Horizontal Layout Life Planner Review, but in this post, I wanted to share a few other “accessories” that I use to plan and to make my Life Planner more personalized and fun.
Happy New Year! Time for a fresh start and new goals. So many people make unrealistic resolutions and get discouraged before they even start, but if you make the right kind of goals, you will be sure to achieve anything you set your mind to.
So how can you make sure your goals are attainable and ensure your success?
SMART goals! You might have heard of this concept in school or at work, but you can apply it to your personal goals as well. SMART is an acronym to help you define your objective in a way that sets you up for success.
What is a SMART goal?
- Specific – get detailed about what you want to achieve
- Measurable – quantify what success is/set up a method to measure progress
- Achievable – how can you make your dream a reality? what needs to happen to reach your goal?
- Realistic – be honest with yourself about how much work you are willing do do to reach your goals.
- Timely – set up some time specific deadlines
These five factors can help you formulate goals that you can reach and feel proud about. Think about it, a lot of people say, “I’m going to start working out in January so I can lose weight.” How long does that resolution last? It depends on the person, of course, but the goal is so vague, it can be easy to rationalize and say, “I have done two workouts this week, so maybe I’ll just take the day off and start up again tomorrow.” One day off turns into two and it’s hard to get back on track.
Say instead, that you made a SMART goal about working out — “I’m going to do 4 workouts a week; 1 weight training, 1 yoga, and 2 running for at least 45 minutes each time so that I can do 50 pushups and run 5 miles by the end of the year. I’d like to be able to do at least 25 pushups and run 2.5 miles by July.” This goal is very SMART; it’s Specific about what these 4 workouts are going to be each week. The goals are Measurable and Timely — “50 pushups and 5 miles by the end of the year”. I know what I’m working towards and I know that I can make it if I keep up with my plan — Realistic and Achievable!
Set yourself up for success this year and make your resolutions SMART!