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THE FAB LIFE GOAL PLANNER – “Busy Bee” Go Getter Quarterly Planner 

The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to start using the Fab Life Goal Planner!

When it comes to ringing in the New Year, I always start getting URGES.  Urges to get organized, declutter the holiday stuff, and thinking of becoming more active now that the holiday season is over. 

I also get the urge to set some new goals for the new year, and am always an eager beaver at the beginning of January.  Can you relate? 

But if I don’t have a clear picture of where I’m supposed to end up, I haven’t a clue how I’m going to get there.  Are you also familiar with this concept more Januarys than not?

I’ve put together the information you’ll need to set attainable goals, and how to form new habits to help you achieve them.  This is a no-nonsense, make it happen kind of article!

And once you’ve absorbed all this valuable information to head into the new year with, is all you need to do is:

GET YOUR OWN COPY OF THE FAB LIFE GOAL GETTER QUARTERLY PLANNER!

Now, grab my hand, and let’s get started on making this new year your best-planned ever!   We’ll start by checking out what my 13 Week Fab Life Goal Planner contains.

 

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WEEKLY “GO”AL PLANNER PAGES –

  • Top 3 Weekly Objectives 
  • Fab Events & Activities 
  • “Do It” Deadlines
  • Errands & Misc.
  • Inspirational & Motivational Quote of the Week

 

WEEKLY BRAINSTORMING & IDEA FORMATION SPACE PAGES

  • Large “honeycomb” workspace for brainstorming, bullet lists, etc.
  • Written “prompts” to help you work on moving forward with your goals

 

DAILY “GO”AL PLANNER PAGES –

  • Daily Schedule – 6AM to 8PM
  • Today I’m Grateful For…
  • Daily Fab Micro-Goal – What’s today’s focus towards reaching my Fab “GO”als?
  • Daily Time Management Targets – Planned in 30 minute time blocks

 

MONTHLY JOURNEY REFLECTIONS-goal planner

Here’s where you’ll be reflecting back on the past month and recording your memorable moments, highs/lows, and lessons learned.  You’ll work your way through these areas of your life as you reflect on the month past.

  • Goal Achievement
  • My Health
  • Career & Business
  • My Relationships
  • Spiritual
  • Personal Finances
  • Family & Free Time

 

 

MONTHLY FABHAB-IT TRACKING SHEETS

Tracking your new habits with this convenient and motivational Monthly FabHab-It Tracking Sheet is so easy to do when it’s part of your daily “GO”al Planner entries.  I know it’s not always easy to start a new habit, let alone make it a lifelong one at that! 

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Perhaps one of your goals is to become healthier and physically fit.  Well, you’ll definitely need to begin an exercise regime, right?  Then you’ll also need to develop the new habit of exercising.  You see how it all works together?

I’LL TELL YOU HOW YOU GET YOUR OWN FAB LIFE “GO”AL GETTER PLANNER AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE.

So, let’s dive into the subject of forming habits first, before we move onto how you go about setting and achieving goals.  I’ll bet you’re beginning to see how valuable it is to use a resource like the Fab Life Goal Planner!

 

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HOW TO MAKE NEW HABITS – And Make Them Stick!

This four-step pattern in the backbone of every habit, with your brain running through these steps in the same order, each time.

The four stages of habit forming are like a feedback loop, according to James Clear who writes about habits, decision making and continuous improvement. He’s a New York Times bestselling author of Atomic Habits, that explains the “habit loop” like this.

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STEP ONE IN HABIT FORMING – The “Cue”

First, there is the cue. The cue triggers your brain to initiate a behavior. It is a bit of information that predicts a reward. Our prehistoric ancestors were paying attention to cues that signaled the location of primary rewards like food, water, and sex.

Today we spend most of our time learning cues that predict secondary rewards like:

  • money
  • fame
  • power and status
  • praise and approval
  • love and friendship
  • a sense of personal satisfaction

 

Of course, these pursuits also indirectly improve our odds of survival and reproduction, which is the deeper motive behind everything we do. Your mind is continuously analyzing your internal and external environment for hints of where rewards are located.

Because the cue is the first indication that we’re close to a reward, it naturally leads to a craving.

 

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CRAVINGS ARE THE SECOND STEP IN THE HABIT LOOP

Cravings are the motivational force behind every habit.  Without some level of motivation or desire – without craving a change, we have no reason to act. What you crave is not the habit itself, but the change in state it delivers. 

  • You do not crave smoking a cigarette, you crave the feeling of relief it provides
  • It’s not that you’re motivated by brushing your teeth but rather by the feeling of a clean mouth
  • You do not want to turn on the television, you want to be entertained

 

Every craving is linked to a desire to change your internal state. This is an important point that we will discuss in detail later.

Cravings differ from person to person. In theory, any piece of information could trigger a craving, but in practice, people are not motivated by the same cues. For a gambler, the sound of slot machines can be a potent trigger that sparks an intense wave of desire.

For someone who rarely gambles, the jingles and chimes of the casino are just background noise. Cues are meaningless until they are interpreted. The thoughts, feelings, and emotions of the observer are what transform a cue into a craving.

 

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HABIT FORMING STEP NUMBER THREE IS GETTING A RESPONSE

The response is the actual habit you perform, which can take the form of a thought or an action. Whether a response occurs depends on how motivated you are and how much friction is associated with the behavior.

If a particular action requires more physical or mental effort than you are willing to expend, then you won’t do it. Your response also depends on your ability. It sounds simple, but a habit can occur only if you are capable of doing it.  If you want to dunk a basketball but can’t jump high enough to reach the hoop, well, you’re out of luck.

 

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FINALLY, WE REACH THE REWARD

The response delivers a reward. and rewards are the end goal of every habit.

  • The cue is about noticing the reward
  • A craving is about wanting the reward
  • The response is about obtaining the reward
  • We chase rewards because they serve two purposes: (1) they satisfy us and (2) they teach us

 

The first purpose of rewards is to satisfy your craving. Yes, rewards provide benefits on their own.

Food and water deliver the energy you need to survive. Getting in shape improves your health and your dating prospects. But the more immediate benefit is that rewards satisfy your craving to eat or to gain status or to win approval. At least for a moment, rewards deliver contentment and relief from craving.

 

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Second, rewards teach us which actions are worth remembering in the future. Your brain is a reward detector.  As you go about your life, your sensory nervous system is continuously monitoring which actions satisfy your desires and deliver pleasure.

Feelings of pleasure and disappointment are part of the feedback mechanism that helps your brain distinguish useful actions from useless ones. Rewards close the feedback loop and complete the habit cycle.

If a behavior is insufficient in any of the four stages, it will not become a habit –

  • Eliminate the cue and your habit will never start
  • Reduce the craving and you won’t experience enough motivation to act
  • Make the behavior difficult and you won’t be able to do it
  • If the reward fails to satisfy your desire, then you’ll have no reason to do it again in the future

 

Without the first three steps, a behavior will not occur. Without all four, a behavior will not be repeated.

 

HOW TO SET AND ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS FOR THE NEW YEAR – Using The Fab Life Goal Planner

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THE FAB LIFE GOAL PLANNER WILL HELP KEEP YOUR DAILY “TO-DO” LIST

Who wants to live your life with that nagging feeling that you’ve forgotten to do an important task?  It may seem old-hack, but you really need a  To-Do List to keep on top of things.

The trick with using To-Do Lists  effectively is in prioritizing the tasks on your list. Many people use an A – F coding system (A for high priority items, F for very low priorities).  Or simply using numbers to keep you on track. 

If you have large projects on your list, you’ll need to break them down into daily tasks, or “little bites”.  If you make them too vague, your list will be totally ineffective. That’s what makes using a goal planner so valuable!

 

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For instance, you may have written down “Start on budget proposal.” But what does this entail? The lack of specifics here might cause you to procrastinate, or miss key steps.

So make sure that you break large tasks or projects down into specific, actionable steps – then you won’t overlook something important.  Keep your goal planner close by during the day to help you stay focused and on task.

 

SETTING PERSONAL GOALS

Do you know where you’d like to see yourself in six months, or what about this time next year? How about 5 or even 10 years from now?  If not, it’s definitely a good time to set some personal goals!

Personal goal setting  is essential to managing your time well, because goals give you a destination and vision to SMART Goal Worksheetwork toward.

When you know where you want to go, you can manage your priorities, time, and resources to get there. Goals also help you decide what’s worth spending your time on, and what’s just a distraction.

To learn how to set S.M.A.R.T. and effective goals, read up on Locke’s Goal Setting Theory here: My 2020 Un-Resolutions, Plus SMART Goal Setting Worksheets.   You’ll learn how to set clearly defined goals that will keep you motivated.  Then come back and print out your goal planner to get started for the new year!

 

YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE PRIORITIES – AND KEEP THEM!

You’re in the middle of brainstorming ideas for a new product you’re thinking of selling online.  The phone rings, the caller ID says it’s your sister calling, and she’s been in the dumps lately…

You’re sure that you’ve almost come up with a brilliant idea for your new product, but now you risk losing your train of thought because of an seeming “emergency.”

Sometimes, it’s hard to know how to prioritize , especially when you’re facing a flood of seemingly-urgent tasks. fab life "go"al getter plannerHowever, it’s essential to learn how to prioritize tasks effectively if you want to manage your time better.

One way to help you prioritize effectively is using “TIME BLOCKS” in 30 minute increments and PLANNING them right into your day.

  • Use the Fab Life “GO”al Getter Planner – DAILY PLANNER PAGE “Time Management” Section to block time for priority tasks
  • Take it one step further by setting a daily “Fab Micro-Goal” each day to keep yourself on track 
  • Ask yourself – What tasks are HIGH-YIELD & HIGH-PRIORITY? Do them first!

 

ANOTHER PRIORITY IS MANAGING YOUR DAILY DISTRACTIONS

Distractions are the devil-in-the-making for me!  I just read that you can lose as much as two hours a day to distractions.  OMG!  I get numb thinking about how much I could have gotten done if I could reclaim that time.

Whether they come from emails, IM chats, or phone calls from your sister, distractions prevent us from achieving what’s called “FLOW”.

FLOW is the state that happens when you’re “in the groove”, when work just seems effortless and we’re 100% engaged in a task.

If you want to gain control of your day and do your best work, it’s vital to know how to minimize distractions and manage interruptions  effectively.

  • Try turning off your IM chat when you need to focus
  • Turn off notifications and alerts on your phone and computer when you’re “on-task”
  • Let people know if they’re distracting you too often
  • Schedule specific times to check your email and return phone calls each day
  • Set a timer to help keep you on task when doing “time blocked” items (if the phone rings and you still have 15 minutes on the timer, DO NOT touch that phone!)
  • Keep your goal planner near you to help remind you what’s important and next on your schedule

 

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PROCRASTINATION KILLS THE KITTY, NOT CURIOSITY!

Procrastination is for many of us, a way of life!  It occurs when you put off tasks that you should be focusing on right now.  A goal planner is vital for you if you are used to procrastinating.

When you procrastinate:

  • you feel guilty that you haven’t started
  • you come to dread doing the task
  • eventually, everything catches up with you when you fail to complete the work on time

 

This isn’t a problem for many people, but for some, it can be a lifelong struggle to get things “finished”.

Here’s a few strategies you can use to help beat procrastination:

  • Tell yourself that you’re only going to work on a project for 20 minutes. Often, procrastinators feel that they have to complete a task from start to finish, and this high expectation makes them feel overwhelmed and anxious. Instead,  focus on devoting a small amount of time to starting.
  • Try breaking large projects down into manageable steps to keep them from being too intimidating to even begin, let alone finish.  It makes it easy to see everything that you need to get done.  Stop the OVERWHELM!

 

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DON’T SET TOO MANY GOALS AT ONE TIME

Are you a person who has a hard time saying “no” to people?  If so, you probably have far too many projects and commitments on your plate. This can lead to poor performance, stress, and overwhelm.

Or, you might be a micromanager, someone who insists on controlling or doing all of the work themselves. Is this you?  Either way, taking on too much is a poor use of your time, and it can get you a rep for doing rushed or sloppy work.

To stop this, learn the subtle art of saying “yes” to the person, but “no” to the task. This skill helps you assert yourself, while still maintaining good feelings within the group.

If the other person starts leaning on you to say “yes” to their request, learn how to think on your feet and make good decisions under pressure.  Make sure you review your goal planner on a daily basis so you know exactly where you’ve scheduled your time.

 

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BE SMART WHEN SHEDULING TASKS – Effective Scheduling is Key to Productivity!

Are you a morning person, or do you thrive after the sun goes down?  It’s incredibly important that you tap into your body’s “rhythms” to use the times of day when you feel most productive and energetic.

  • Schedule high-value work during your peak time, and low-energy work like returning phone calls and checking email, during your “down” time
  • Group errands and travel activities for productive use of time
  • Use drive time to brainstorm and record your thoughts on a recorder
  • Don’t be tempted to “multi-task”, keeping focused will help get the task at hand done more efficiently and faster! 

 

We’ve gone through how to make and keep good habits. And we’re clear on how to set fabulous new goals, the question I have for you now is…

 

ARE YOU READY to start the year off making yourself a priority? So, what are you waiting for?   

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