I’m reflecting on Powersheets today. I’m pleased to say that I was diligent about using this binder for all of 2018, but of course, some months were more intentional than others.
Here’s What I Loved:
I loved that the tending page is one page. It has clear boundaries which require goals to stay simple. Additionally, they have sections for daily, weekly, and monthly goals all in one space.
I loved the quarterly check-in pages. I was way over ambitious January-March of 2018 with the number of goals I set as well as all the action steps they required. Still, when I sat down to review things I realized my diligence had paid off and 2 goals were already accomplished for the year. Evaluating each quarter allowed me to redefine some goals and remove others off my to-do list.
I loved how sturdy the binder is! My Powersheets look almost brand new even though they were dragged in my work bag all over town.
I love how many ways are provided to consider goals. By including brainstorming pages I was able to think about goals differently. Halfway through the year I identified my biggest stressors I restructured my goals to meet the most stressful one first. This meant I needed to reprioritize somethings temporarily, but now that the goal is complete I’m thrilled!
Here’s What I Didn’t Love (and How I’m Fixing That)
There aren’t any pockets, so I found myself paperclipping extra notes throughout the pages. I stumbled upon a photo post in the Powersheets Facebook Group and there is an easy (and cute) way to add pockets by taping cardstock to the front and back cover. Easy fix!
I didn’t want to add a day planner to my stack of resources since I mainly use a digital calendar for work and family activities. Still, there are some action steps that are helpful to plan out with goals. I am guessing I’m not the only person who was looking for an in-between option because this year the Cultivate What Matters team created a Weekly Sticky Notepad
What I’m Adding
This year I’m adding a smidge more accountability. As a verbal processor, I often find that ideas aren’t clarified until I’ve considered different angles. Talking through goals and outcomes is a valuable part of the Powersheets process for me, as well as the accountability of showing someone which goals I did and didn’t achieve each month. I’ve started sending a photo of each tending sheet to my friend Harmony at the beginning and end of each month.
In addition to bi-weekly chats with a girlfriend in town, Harmony’s voice is one I value because I know she will thoughtfully ask questions I’ve yet to consider.
Entering year two of Powersheets I’ve also spent more intentional time on the prep worksheets. I’m expectant for what 2019 holds, but I’m entering the year with different goals, including striving for a different daily pace for our family. If you are on the fence about using Powersheets but have a goal you want to chip away at I encourage you to take the leap. Powersheets is a little more work than other goal setting strategies I’ve used but it’s 1000% times more effective.
Why not invest a little time and money into yourself this year? I guarantee it will pay dividends for decades.