Tools4Wisdom Planner – Setting goals and managing your time

**This is a sponsored post. While I didn’t receive any money for the post, I did receive my very own planner to use. Opinions are still my own. Those can’t be bought.**

You know you said it. Tell me you didn’t say to yourself, at some point over the holidays and New Years, “this year I WILL get organized and take control of my schedule.

See. I told you so. I know you said it because I said it, too. And that is the reason why, when Laszaro emailed me and asked if I would take the time to try out his Tools4Wisdom planner and time management system, I said “yes” without a second thought.

We’re all busy. Show me one person who doesn’t respond “busy” when they’re asked “how are things going” and I’ll pay you $5. Who’s not busy these days? For me, between raising a family, running a business, playing chaueffer with the Rooster, writing for this blog and overseeing Ten to Twenty, I have learned that if I’m going to accomplish anything, it has to be written down. I’ve also discovered over the years that as much as I love gadgets, when it comes to calendars, lists and staying organized, I am much better with the old-fashioned means of pen and paper. No lie.

You probably don’t know this about me, but 6 years ago, for about 60 seconds I worked for New York Life selling insurance. While the job itself wasn’t a fit for me, there were key things that I took from it. One of those is how important having life insurance is (we used to tell our clients to look at life insurance as the very last paycheck you will ever bring home to your family) and the other was this same kind of planner. I learned that EVERYTHING should be written into your planner – even down time. And certain blocks of time should be color coded (think red, green, yellow) and if you have something blocked out and it’s in red, it should rarely be changed. Time with family, writing time, etc. should fall into the red zone.

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A big thing for me this year is to really get my blogs organized. This blog is my fun zone. It’s where I say the random things that live inside my head that mean something to me. It’s where I check out cool products and services and tell you what I liked or didn’t like about them. It’s my clubhouse if you will.

Ten to Twenty is my space where I seek out the best advice, funny stories, products and insight that will help parents of teens and tweens. It’s a work in progress and it is my pet project. It needs a lot of attention and I have a lot of goals for it this year.

And those goals is what really made me interested in Laszlo’s planners. It is VERY goal driven. He lays it out on paper a very detailed approach that encourages you to think about what you want to achieve this year and then you have the space to show HOW you’re going to get there. Another thing that I love about taking pen to paper is that it feels like you’re really committing to something. If you type something into the computer, you can just hit “delete” and all is gone, but there is something so much more definitive about writing it down.

As if that weren’t enough, he offers webinars on how to use the planner to your best advantage. There’s one coming up on February 3rd that features  LifeStyle Coaching ExpertAuthor, and MomTV Persona — Leslie Gail.

I’ve only just started using the Tools4Wisdom planner over the past 10 days but so far, love it. There is a ton of space to keep your day and week organized as well as plenty of room to set goals and tasks for the week that need to get done. I also like how it’s broken down into “critical” all the way down to “errands”. I will admit that I am still utilizing Google calendars but that’s due to the fact that I share calendars with the Rooster and the office so there is some redundancy in my efforts but I’m okay with that. My purpose in using it was mostly to keep my blogging and “me” time on track.

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There are several options of the spiral planners to choose from: a standard planner, a “mom” planner, a student planner and then a standard planner that is undated. These run around $35 each but are discounted right now on Amazon for around $25 each. Laszlo also has the option to download the planners directly from his site with additional pages. You can download them all or pick and choose which ones you would like. This option is $17.77 but he has graciously offered a 40% discount for my awesome friends! All you have to do at checkout is enter the code “FourHensAndARooster”! 

So… what would you get accomplished this year if you actually made a plan?