Frequently asked questions about daily goal planners

What is a Daily Goal Planner

A daily goal planner is a personal assistant in your pocket. It's a journal set up to help you succeed. 

Tailor-made with spaces to record your daily, weekly and monthly goals, a daily goal planner can be used to track your progress as you reach towards your dreams. 

Our daily goal planners also include sections for gratitude journaling and affirmations. These sections help you to get started on your goals with a positive frame of mind, giving you space to remember the good things in your life.

How to Use a Daily Goal Planner

Using a daily goal planner is very intuitive, and easy to fit into your daily routine. To get the most out of your daily planner, it's best to be consistent. Even just five to ten minutes spent using a daily goal planner helps you to stick to long-term goals. 

The most important first step is to decide clearly on your long-term goals, and prioritise them. You can then create lists of monthly, weekly and daily goals that build up towards completing your main goal. As you add them to your monthly review, you can then see a full overview of your tasks for the month.

At the start of the day, you will have opportunities to show gratitude for the positives in your life, and to write affirmations to remind yourself of your inner strengths. 

In the evenings, you will then have the opportunity to review your day, examine how well your goals worked out, and celebrate your successes!

The Benefits of Using a Daily Goal Planner

There are many benefits of using a daily planner. For one thing, your goals are much clearer and more organised, so you can easily see at a glance exactly what you need to complete

Splitting goals into daily, weekly and monthly objectives means that your goals are also more manageable. Rather than setting only big long-term goals, you have smaller daily goals. 

As you gradually build towards your main goal, you have more incentive to keep going.  Through using your goal planner on a consistent basis, you are building your goals into your everyday life, making your dreams part of your day-to-day reality.

Ideas for Better Goal Planning

Goal planning should be organised and structured. If our goals are unclear, it can be difficult to see exactly what needs to be done. Goals are often too unrealistic. You’ll be more likely to complete your goals by splitting them into shorter, more manageable micro-goals.

A good technique to create manageable goals is the ‘SMART method’. 

SMART is a series of goal setting guidelines that stands for:

Specific - i.e. What exactly is your goal?

Measurable - i.e. How will you measure when the goal is complete?

Achievable - i.e. How will you break the task down to make it achievable?

Relevant - i.e. How will this daily goal help you to reach your long-term goal?

Time-Sensitive - i.e. When is the deadline for this goal to be completed?

Prioritising goals is also key to better goal planning. If you complete your most important goals first, no matter what distractions you face during your day, you know the urgent tasks are resolved. 

The ‘MIT technique’ can be helpful for prioritising goals. With this technique, you choose three micro-goals to complete within the day. You only complete these three, with no other additions.

When is the Best Time to Use a Daily Goal Planner?

There isn’t a set time for using a goal planner, but to get the full benefits, it helps to use different sections of your planner continuously throughout the day.

In the morning, you can give gratitude and write your affirmations, before jotting down your goals for the day. 

Throughout the day, you might want to return to your daily goal planner to tick off completed tasks, and record notes about your progress. 

You might even record details of any mindfulness activities or exercise. In the evening, you can then review the progress of your day. How many goals did you reach? If something is holding you back, you can write details about potential issues to avoid in the future.

However, we all have different routines, and sometimes it’s better to follow your own body clock. If you’re a morning person, you might want to focus on making some quick goals, and then get started early. If you’re a night owl, you might prefer to sleep in, and jot down some goals mid-afternoon.

Reviewing Your Achievements in Your Daily Goal Planner

A daily goal planner provides plenty of space for you to review your goals, thoughts and achievements. At the end of each day, you can record the great things that happened during your day, helping you to focus on the positives. 

You can also review your week, noting down the goals you were able to complete, analysing any issues, and discovering ways to make your next week even better. 

For example, if you worked well on Monday and Friday, but found that you couldn’t complete your midweek goals, you could review your daily goal planner to figure out the issue. You might find that midweek, you worked in the late evenings, which would explain the discrepancy. You could then make a note for yourself to complete all your goals in the morning or early afternoon.