Life Noted planner: How to use the Annual Goals pages

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The new Quo Vadis Life Noted planner is designed to help you set and track your goals all year! In this post you can see photos of all the pages. In today’s post I will show you the Annual Goals pages and give you tips on how to use them.

One of the great things about the Life Noted planner is the pages are not prescribed; there is no set way to use them, so you are free to use them in any way that works best for you.

This short video shows you some ways to use the pages and gives you some great ideas on how to adapt the pages to your specific needs.

At the front of the Life Noted planner there are pages to help you determine what you want your goals to be this year. The first step is to figure out your current situation, what is working well, and what you need to work on.

The first page is where you assess the previous year. How did it go? Here are some suggestions of questions to ask yourself and write your answers:

  • What went well?
  • What didn’t go so well?
  • What were my successes?
  • What were some lessons learned?
  • What were some roadblocks I faced?
  • How can I get around those?
  • What do I want to improve?

The next page is where you write out your priorities for the upcoming year. What do you want to focus on? What is important to you? Write out your priorities in each aspect of your life: work/ school, family, social, personal, health, etc. Your goals will flow from these priorities.

The next page is where you outline your goals for the upcoming year, based on your priorities. Say for example your priority is to improve your fitness. Your goals might include running a distance under a specific time, or lifting a certain amount of weight. Another example: maybe one of your priorities is to improve your relationship with your parents/ family. Example goals would be to see family more often and go to more family events. Write clear, measurable goals. Remember: “Be healthier” is a priority. Goals from that would be “lose 10 pounds” or “run a 5K in less than 30 minutes.”

Now that you know what you want to do (Goals), now you need to figure out how to do it (Actions). The Action page is dot-grid so you can draw mind maps, make lists, charts, sketches, or however you like to visualize your action steps.

To continue one of the examples above: if your Priority is to improve your fitness, your Goals could include running a certain distance under a specific time (5K in under 30 minutes for example) or lifting a certain amount of weight. Your Actions that would flow from these goals might include:

  • Join gym
  • Go to gym X number of times per week
  • Run X number of times per week

Another example from above: if one of your Priorities is to have a better relationship with your family, your Goals could be to see your family more often and go to more family events.

Some actions toward those goals could be:

  • Save money for plane tickets by eating out less
  • Communicate with family more to find out about family events
  • Arrange dates when you can visit

The next step is to break down your goal-related actions by month so you know exactly what you need to do to stay on track toward your goals.

More on that in a future post!

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