What to Plan

If My Purposeful Planning is all about making a plan to be more purposeful, then how do you do that?? Maybe you say, “My life isn’t that busy. I don’t have anything to plan.” or maybe it’s the opposite…, “I’m so busy. I don’t know that I have time to plan.”

The whole reason for planning is to fix an area that’s not working (such as struggling to pay your bills on time) or to grow and get even better at an area that is working (such as being more purposeful in your already established quiet time). It’s all about having a growth mindset and being intentional with our lives instead of just letting life happen. We make a plan of action to take us from where we are to where we want to be in life.

And as far as the whole time thing goes…. If you are too busy to plan, but you are having issues financially or struggling spiritually, maybe you are really too busy NOT to plan. If you are too busy to make time for your Core Values and Priorities, then you are way busier than God ever intended you to be. You could start with tracking your time to see where it’s actually going. Then, use my Time Budgeting Resource to help you use your time more wisely by telling it where to go and what to do instead of just letting it pass you by.

I’m going to start by giving you some areas for goal-setting and some ideas of things you can plan for in those areas… 

Spiritual Goals:
-Establish the habit of a daily quiet time.
-Make a Daily Bible Reading Plan.
-Plan to do some supplemental studies either on your own or with a small group.
-Plan some scriptures to memorize and a process for how you will do this.

Marriage Goals:
-Plan monthly date nights in advance, and put them on the calendar. (Note them in your budget also.)
-Plan a weekend getaway or to attend a Marriage Conference.
-Plan time to talk daily and have intentional, serious talks weekly.
-Study the love language of your spouse and be purposeful in each day about filling their “love tank”
-Pursue your spouse like you did when you were dating. Listen to them talk about what interests them, and engage in the conversation (even if it’s not your thing). If they don’t talk about their interests with you, it could be a red flag that you haven’t been a good listener in the past. It’s not too late. Start now, and ask them about it.
-Plan to be intimate. It’s important, so if it’s not already happening spontaneously, it’s okay to plan for it.

Household Goals:
-Make a plan to declutter your home.
-Make a plan for Spring cleaning.
-Make a plan to update family wardrobes.
-Walk through your house and list simple ways to make each space more comfortable, inviting, and life-giving. With your budget in mind, slowly begin to tackle this list one thing at a time.

Health Goals:
-Set up annual physical, dental, and wellness appointments for yourself and your family.
-Plan a workout program. Track your exercise. Keep a log of it.
-Plan a diet program that works for your family and lifestyle. Make a meal plan for it, grocery lists, etc.
-Track your water intake.
-Track your progress: before and after pictures, measurements, weekly weight averages.

Financial Goals:
-Track your current spending to figure out where your money is going each month.
-Make a budget plan.
-Make a savings plan.
-Set up a budget specifically for a certain event, vacation, or holiday.
-Track your “no spend” days.

Family Goals:
-Plan family fun activities, and put them on the calendar.
-Plan one-on-one dates with your children, and put them on the calendar.
-Plan a family devotion/Bible story time to implement.
-Take time to be present, play, and listen to your children.
-Take interest in the things your kids do and enjoy. Help them with their homework, with studying, or with practicing for their sport or arts class.
-Pray with your children.

Other Ways to Plan and/or Use Your Planner:
-Write down appointments, meetings, birthdays, anniversaries, parties, upcoming events, play dates,
-Organize a chore system for yourself & your family.
-Organize your budget & bill-paying system.
-Organize your kids’ school papers, invitation, mailer coupons, etc.
-Use it for memory-keeping, journaling, daily gratitude, and writing down the funny things your kids say.
-Keep up with your daily and ongoing task and to-do lists.
-Set goals, and track your progress.
-Create a blog schedule, or plan social media posts.
-Make a list of books you’d like to read or podcasts to listen to, and start tackling that list.
-Keep track of car and household maintenance (oil changes, air filters, etc.)
-Keep up with your pet information.
-Use your planner for your prayer list, answered prayers, and prayer journaling.
-Use it to keep up with your Bible study notes, Sermon notes, or meeting notes.
-Use it to track your moods, your pain levels if you have an illness, headaches, etc.
-Use it for homeschool planning.
-Plan your daily routines- morning routine, after-school routine, evening routine, and bedtime routine.
-Make a wishlist of personal items, household things, books to read, etc.
-Make a list of gift ideas.
-Track kids’ growth.
-Make a list of books you read to your children.
-Keep track of work schedules, Church serving schedules, school schedules, and homework assignments.
-Use it for tracking habits you are working on.

Choose one goal to work on, and let’s get to it! In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing with you on each of these areas – the goals I’m currently working on and my processes for how I’m working on each goal.

Let’s make a plan to be more purposeful!

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