It is said that those who fail to plan, plan to fail and, whilst I must admit to wandering off the path occasionally, throughout my life I have generally been a goal setter, rather than a drifter. I am also, a huge fan of stationery and, in particular, planners. There is something almost cathartic about taking your pen (yes pen!) to a brand new planner and writing down your hopes and dreams. This beautiful Daily Goal-Setter planner from Mal Paper is a great place to do just that.
I have to confess that, even today, I find online calendars to be uninspiring and unremittingly dull. There is truly no romance in the Google Calendar whereas there is in the act of writing. Even the Husband who works in the field of technology still uses a notebook to record ideas and solutions to tricky coding dilemmas.
There is, though, a definite art to goal setting and the Mal Planner takes you through what is required in its early pages. Whilst the SMART goals method is used and you are asked to identify short, medium and longer-term goals, the approach used is closer to a values-led one – by which I mean it’s not just about getting things done, it’s about finding those goals which resonate with you as a person.
After all, have you ever succeeded at a goal which didn’t truly align with your core beliefs? Think about it. I’ll bet you’ve tried. Perhaps you are even trying now to succeed at something someone else thought you should do.
How many of us started on the wrong career track to please a parent? How many of us kowtowed to tradition because “that’s the way it’s always been done”?
Whether you’re studying something you hate, reading something that bores you witless or are holidaying in a place which is the death of joy to you then I highly recommend you start by discovering your values – what matters most to you- and then setting a goal.
If there was one amendment I would make to the Mal Planner, it would be to add some pages to work on identifying your values.
I am also sure that you have read about the power of gratitude – especially if you are a fan of the Law of Attraction or, another current hot topic, manifestation. The Mal Daily Goal-Setter planner incorporates not only 3 things to be grateful for every day but also has space for your affirmations.
Many Law of Attraction (LOA) fans are advocates of the saying that “You’ll See It When You Believe It” which is the reverse of what I heard for years as a child. Whether you think all this is a little ‘woo-woo’ or not, there is logic in the idea that to become someone new we must look forward, not backwards.
In the front pages of this planner you’ll find a suggested monthly and weekly routine, as well as a morning and evening routine which incorporates not only gratitude and affirmations but allows you to rate your day and identify any great things that happened.
This is combined with a solid, practical explanation of goal setting and how to prioritise your tasks using the ABCDE method where A has to be done and E is something that could be done if you have the time.
The weekly and monthly routines are very much about reviewing your progress and acknowledging your successes.
The Daily Goal-Setter planner lasts for 6 months and is undated. Mine has a beautiful pink faux leather cover with gold lettering and dove grey ribbon page markers. There is a small document holder on the back cover too. Black and grey planners are also available.
The pages are 100 gsm ivory paper and it is a solid, hardbacked book which will last long after its pages have been filled. At £20.95, it is very reasonably priced indeed.
If you are looking for a planner which will help you to not only declutter your mind but also help you to create goals which align with business and spiritual goals, then this one is worth looking at. You can find a more in-depth description of how to use the Daily Goal Setting planner here.
The Mal Daily Goal Setting Planner would make a beautiful gift too.