The Now Planner is currently live on Kickstarter, and I want to share with you why I made it and how I’m going to use it myself, because I made this knowing it was exactly what I needed:
- I’m going to spend December working on my goals. I’m not going to throw something out there on January 1st, but instead I’m going to be prepared for a brand-new year, and I’m going to work through how I’m going to accomplish those goals using the worksheets at the beginning of the planner.
- I’m going to see how I can create margin in my life. There’s a section where I write out my ideal schedule, and also a section on prioritizing what I will and will not do with my limited time. I’ll work on those and that will help me say no to things I think have to be on my to-do list.
- I’m going to figure out what works best for me when it comes to taking care of my house and my health and my budget. I won’t be able to do what works for everyone else, but because of these worksheets I’ll figure out what I’m capable of doing, and then letting my anxiety go.
- I’m going to dream. I’m going to think of big ideas and write them down.
- I’m going to meal plan, because the space to do that is already laid out in front of me, and I’ll know exactly where to look when I forget what meal I’m supposed to prepare on Tuesday night (hope it’s just leftovers!).
- I’m going to write out a to-do list that’s manageable and stick to it instead of adding things that can wait or that aren’t important.
- I’m going to make sure I keep up with my goals by going through the quarterly worksheets and actually taking time to fill them out, being honest with myself on how I’m doing, but not getting caught up with my shortcomings or even my successes.
I’m really wanting to dig into why this is a great planner. Yes, I made it, so I’m biased, but really it’s a great tool.
It’s got everything in one place. Pretty much everything you would need in a weekly planner is there, the hourly breakdown, the place for notes, a to-do list and meal plan – but there’s also space for you to prepare for that weekly planner. You only have so much time in your day, so you want to know you’re spending it wisely.
Never again will you have to carry around extra notebooks or pads. Sometimes I type out a quick memo on my phone, but I prefer writing down my to-do list or my ideas on paper. For me, they flow better. Either way, I still don’t keep track of everything. But with all the space in the Now planner, I will always be able to take notes and then keep track of those notes.
The planner stands for more than just a planner. I don’t know about you, but life is too short to get wrapped up in material things or busyness or whatever tends to take my energy. I want time for family; I want to make my relationships count. Nothing on this earth lasts, so why waste time with what fades away? I’d rather figure out what’s important and work towards that. The Now planner certainly helps with all the worksheets.
It’s part of a bigger movement. The creative business behind Now, called Words on Paper, seeks to equip women to work in their communities and to influence them for the better. Words on Paper believes every woman has that capability and is gifted accordingly, no matter how their influence manifests itself. The planner is a great starting point for that individual. Plus, Words on Paper is dedicated to giving to other organizations that equip and empower the marginalized, poor, and forgotten, and I know a lot of people can get behind that.
So that’s why I love this planner, in a nutshell.