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Planning on Steroids
I bought the Rituals for Living Dreambook and Planner recently and have a lot to say. The first thing I want to say about this planner is that it is no joke. This planner is “planning on steroids” so if you are looking to get all of the things done I would take a close look at this planner as an option. Be aware that this planner asks you to make a commitment – a commitment to youself.
General Information about the Rituals for Living Dreambook and Planner
- It is a 1 year UNDATED planner so it can be started at anytime – you do not need to wait for January!
- It measures about 7″ x 10″ x 1″
- This planner can be purchased on the Dragontree Apothecary website and you can even purchase some accessories to go with it!
- It is designed to help you reflect, connect with yourself and get all of the things done.
- There are clear instructions walking you through each worksheet and planning sheet in this planner so don’t worry about not knowing what to do as you work through the planner.
This Planner Might Be Right For You If You…
- Are looking for an opportunity to go deep, ask yourself some hard questions and truly connect to what you truly want in life.
- Enjoy working in your planner everyday. This planner has layouts that include a weekly bootcamp with space to schedule or time block your project tasks everyday of each week.
- Don’t mind an undated planner
- Are looking for a robust planning system with the feel of a journal to help you follow-through get all of the things done.
- Are willing to make a commitment to yourself, your goals, your life.
Layout of this Planner
- Some great information about this planner in the introduction pages. Definitely worth a read as it will give you background and intent on the unique design of this planner.
- There are about 10-12 worksheets that are designed to help you connect to your highest self and the things that are important to you. Subjects covered are:
- Career and work
- Family and relationships
- Physical well-being
- Psychological and spiritual well-being
Planning and Calendar Structure
Mind Mapping Worksheets
- In the first set up mind map worksheets, you have an opportunity to start mapping your dreams into a 1 year, 3 year, 10 year, Lifetime timeframe. In these pages it is important to dream big and write down anything that comes to you. (Example below)
- In the next set of mind map worksheets you are asked to narrow your focus down to 3 main goals for each timeframe. So you will identify three goals for 1 year, 3 goals for 3 years and so on. This provides an opportunity to:
- Get clear on your focus
- Start identifying the different projects and tasks that need to go into each goal you want to accomplish.
Planning structure starting with a Year view and drilling down to a daily view
Planning for the year ahead
- Next, you will start planning for the year ahead by taking the projects and tasks that you listed in your 1 year mind map and start plotting them out in a worksheet. As you are documenting the projects and tasks, you also have an opportunity to document which quarter you believe the projects should occur in. (Image below)
Planning for the next 3 months
- Once you have completed your rough plan for the year, you will start breaking down the projects into a quarterly planning sheet. This supports you in planning for the next 3 months. Again, here you will document the projects that will take place and in which month they will occur.
Planning for the next month
- Next, you will break down your projects into tasks so that they can be completed in the month ahead. This worksheet provides space to write your project and space to list all of the tasks that need to be done to complete the project.
- There is also an undated calendar view that you can set up to assist with planning and scheduling.
Planning for the week – The Weekly Bootcamp
- This is where the rubber meets the road. Every week you will complete the Weekly Bootcamp worksheet by taking your project tasks and scheduling them into the weekly calendar.
- The first two pages of the Weekly bootcamp gives you space to
- Document your successes
- Prioritize your top 3 goals and customize your own habit tracker.
- The weekly bootcamp also provides space to:
- Schedule in the tasks each day of the week (via time blocking)
- Track your habits
- Document a daily gratitude.
- A great feature of this layout is that you can customize the time of day in the weekly spread so it works with your schedule.
- You will participate in the bootcamp each week until you get to the next month and then you will plan for the next month and then work through the weekly bootcamps again, an so on.
Overall Planning Cycle
- Plan for the Year – organizing projects by quarter
- Plan for the 1st Quarter – organizing the projects by month
- Plan for the Month – breaking down and organizing the project tasks by week and by day of the week…repeat for three months in the 1st Quarter
- Plan for the 2nd Quarter – organizing the projects by month
- Plan for the Month – breaking down and organizing the project tasks by week and by day of the week…repeat for three months in the 2nd Quarter
- Plan for the 3rd Quarter – organizing the projects by month
- Plan for the Month – breaking down and organizing the project tasks by week and by day of the week…repeat for three months in the 3rd Quarter
- Plan for the 4th Quarter – organizing the projects by month
- Plan for the Month – breaking down and organizing the project tasks by week and by day of the week…repeat for three months in the 4th Quarter
End of Year Reflection and Planning Worksheets
- At the end of the planner, there are several worksheets design to guide you to reflect on the previous year. These worksheets also help you to start planning for the next year.
- There are also several blank pages at the back of this planner to use however you wish.