I am NOT a master organizer. Who am I kidding, I’m a total hot mess express. I’m probably one of the least organized people I know, but when you’re running a business, being a mama to 4 kiddos and other random things, you kind of have to develop some type of organization skills. In this post, I want to tell you exactly how I plan and organize my life with the help of Erin Condren and Powersheets.
For two years now, I’ve used two incredible different products that have made a big difference in how I plan and organize my life to get things done. You’ve probably heard me mention them or brag about them over on Instagram, the Erin Condren Planner and Powersheets from Cultivate What Matters.
The combination of both the Erin Condren Monthly Deluxe Planner and Powersheets has been more than instrumental in helping me plan my months (and days) and in the progress that I’m making on both big and small goals in my life. Today I’m sharing how you can combine these two life-changing products and start getting your life organized and all whipped into shape.
I know you’re wondering why do I need both the Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly and Powersheets to plan and organize my life. Isn’t just one enough? Well, obviously you don’t know me too well and one is never enough. I always like to make sure I cover ALL of my bases, but there are some more technical reasons as to why.
Erin Condren Monthly Deluxe Looks At The Big Picture
The Erin Condren Planner was the first of these two products to make a home on my desk and in my life. I was never a planner girl. I thought that as long as it was in my head that I would get it taken care of, but then I discovered the magic of having a paper planner — and the world made sense again.
The concept behind it is amazing actually. It functions as any other planner would, giving you a monthly overall view, but it also has note pages that give you space to write out your schedule, to-dos on a daily or weekly basis. I love the flexibility that the Erin Condren Monthly Deluxe Planner offers. It goes with me everywhere and I refer to it multiple times a day.
Powersheets Makes It Actionable
This may come as a little bit of a surprise, but the Powersheets are not a monthly, weekly or daily planner.
They act more like a goal-planning workbook that allows you to take the big picture and break it down into smaller more attainable goals and actions. You take a step back and look at the bigger picture and translate that over into monthly, weekly and daily tasks in the Powersheets. The Powersheets help you ask the real tough question “what kind of life do I really want to live?” and helps you make intentional progress towards it.
4 Steps To Plan And Organize Your Life To Get Things Done With Erin Condren and Powersheets
Because the Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner looks at the big picture and the Powersheets allows you to step back and make a plan that you can implement in your weeks and days.
But how exactly do you combine the two to get the maximum effect and actually start making progress towards your goals?
Step One: Schedule Your Prep Day
First, make sure you schedule a day to prep both your Powersheets and Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner for the month. Since your Erin Condren is your big picture, you’ll need to start there first. Your monthly prep will vary, but usually takes me about 30 minutes to an hour each month, but you still should schedule the time to do it.
Step Two: Make Note Of Your Potential Goals
Throughout the month, make not of potential goals for the next month. You can use your note pages in your Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner to do this, or if you’d like, just use a separate journal or sticky notes.
If I think of a big goal or something major that needs to happen next month, I write it down in the notes section of my monthly and when I start my prep for the month, I can check to make sure I don’t forget anything.
Step Three: Create Your Tending List
The best part of the Powersheets is the Tending List, which is just what it sounds like, it’s where you tend to your daily, weekly and monthly goals.
Remember the prep day we talked about earlier? Well, a completed Tending List is the goal at the end of that. Take that time you have scheduled, do the pages of prep in the Powersheets, take those big goals you’ve come up with in your Erin Condren Monthly Planner, over to your Powersheets and create your action plan for the month.
Step Four: Schedule Your Goals
Everyone has their preference for tracking their goals. Some like to set daily goals, whereas others like to set weekly and monthly goals. There really is no wrong way to do it. However, I do suggest keeping your tending List somewhere you see it every day.
I’ve found the best way to keep track of your goals is to well, schedule it. For weekly goals, pick a regular day of the week you want to sit down for 5-10 minutes at the start of the week and schedule when you want those goals to happen over the next seven days. For monthly goals, schedule the date you want to have the goal completed by along with benchmarks you want to have completed by certain times.
Do this every single month, combining the big picture of the Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner with the day-to-day of the Powersheets and you’ll be amazed at the progress you can make in just a few months.
Are you a Powersheets or Erin Condren Planner user? How do you combine the two to make progress on your goals?