How to Get the Most Out of Your Better Life Planner

New Better Lifers, we're so excited to welcome you to our community. Get ready for a powerful year!

As long as you use the tools in your Better Life Planner, YOU WILL ACHIEVE ALL YOUR GOALS and boost your performance in all areas of your life. And we're right alongside you for support and encouragement.

Here are our tips for getting the most out of your Better Life Planner:

1. Set aside 5 minutes at the beginning and end of your day to write in your planner. It's really important that you start your day with a plan, instead of winging it and then turning to your planner halfway through the day. Even we, the creators of the Better Life Planner, have made this mistake and it derails our day every time!

2. Establish a combination of goals on your Goals for the Year spread, such as mental, physical, financial, personal and career goals. For example:

  1. Put aside an extra $5,000 toward a down payment
  2. Run two 5ks and a 10k
  3. Read 12 books
  4. Meet 60 new people throughout the year
  5. Start a blog and write at least 8 posts

Your goals can be as big or small as you want, and make them unreasonable! Unreasonable looks different for everyone — for some it looks like talking to a new person in line at the coffee shop every day, for others it’s losing 50 pounds — and as long as they’re your goals and they’re important to you, that’s what matters most.

3. Use the Daily Gratitude space to rewire your brain for a competitive advantage on your month spreads. Some people use this space for more events or as a meal planning space, and it's completely up to you. We highly recommend reflecting on and writing down one thing that you're grateful for at the end of the day because there is evidence to back up that this rewires your brain to be more positive. This gives you a competitive advantage for everything you do in life.

4. Check in with your Top 5 Goals for the Year each month. If you consistently check in and continue strategically breaking down your bigger goals into smaller, manageable goals you're far more likely to achieve them.

5. Push your game to the next level with the weekly challenges! These are designed to bring you out of your comfort zone physically and mentally so that you can grow as a human being and within the communities in your life.

6. Write down your weekly to-do list and your 5 SMGs (Small, Manageable Goals) every day and then schedule them in to design your week. We broke most of your day down by the half hour, so that you can really make the most out of your life!

7. Make your best friend your accountability partner. Text each other your SMGs every day, and the next morning, follow up on how they went. Sharing your goals with someone else creates a foundation of integrity, which will help you get in the habit of doing what you say you're going to do.

8. Use bookmarks to keep your place on your the project planning pages, the current week and any other pages that you reference most often. This will save you time instead of sifting through the pages.

9. Have fun with it! Use highlighters, stickers, sticky notes — whatever lights you up! Don't worry too much about keeping your planner in pristine condition, because you may gain more from looking back through your 2017-2018 year and seeing the character that your planner developed and everything you accomplished along the way.

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If you have any feedback on your experience, please send us an email at hello@betterlifeproject.caWe'd love to hear from you!

With great love,

Erin & Natasha