I think of men and hammers and saws and a ratty old tool belt or a rusty old tool box. I think of my dad and my husband - both of them handy with tools - and Saturdays spent working or fixing something.
That's what I think of, when I hear the word tools.
But, when I think of myself, in regard to tools, I think of a much different set of items; but, nevertheless, things that help me build or fix or create things, in my own way.
So, today I want to introduce you to one of my favorite tools that I use each and every day and really think I'd be lost without it......my planner.
My Passion Planner (that's it's real name).
The Passion Planner is a wonderful little tool I found by complete accident. A friend posted a video from the Passion Planner website on Facebook and I took two minutes to watch it and literally fell in love (the kind of love you have for paper...or tools).
I knew it was exactly what I wanted, to keep me on track and help me keep up with some goals I had for the new year.
With multiple places to write personal goals, as well as work goals, the Passion Planner helps you keep your lists separate, so you can focus on several areas during the week.
Each two-page monthly calendar, lets you map out the goals for the month and gives you reminders in the margin, of what your big-picture goals were, at the beginning of the year.....also known as your....Passion Roadmap.
Your Passion Roadmap helps you chose goals, dates to meet those goals, and steps to getting to the finish line of each one.
The idea is to take these bigger goals and fill them into your monthly calendars, working on them throughout the year (or years), depending on whether they are long term or short.
The Roadmap is a great exercise to go through because it makes you stop and really think about the direction you're moving in and how you're going to get there.
You know what they say....writing it down has a way of helping put things in perspective and helps you remember what you want to do.
Simply thinking about your goals won't get you anywhere!
I also love the fact that there is plenty of room to write and draw and be creative, all while getting down to business.
I have had great fun decorating with colored tape and using all my favorite pens, while telling myself to scrub the floors on Tuesdays! It just makes it all go down a little sweeter when you look at your list for the day and see bright colors and pretty flowers staring back at you, even among the words "scrub toilet". Yeah, it helps.
Each month, the planner has a place for you to look back and analyze the events of the past month, with questions such as.....
"What were the three biggest lessons you learned in this past month?"
"Name three things you can improve on this coming month."
"How are you different this month, compared to last month?"
There are also inspirational quotes on the spread for each week, plus a place to write out the good things that took place (ahhh, the power of positive thinking, count your blessings, and all that good stuff!)
Overall, this is definitely the BEST planner I've ever owned (and boy, have I owned a LOT of them!)!!
If you're looking for a great TOOL (and not the kind you hammer nails with), then you might want to consider this one.
Every woman needs a good set of tools. Afterall, we can't let the men have all the fun!