Earlier on in the year we did a survey of several hundred Hello Day customers, asking for feedback and suggestions on our planners. Thank you to everyone who took part – it was great reading about all of your favourite features and all of the positive things people had to say, as well as some very useful feedback.
As well as suggestions for new features, it was particularly interesting reading about how people use different parts of the planner for different reasons, as well as where other people feel stuck and unsure what to do. So, as a result, we’ll be releasing a series of blogs looking at new features and suggestions on how you can use the different sections of your planner to get the most of it – starting today with the new Yearly Goal Planning pages.
A brand new feature in this year’s first Mid-Year Planners, are the yearly goal planning pages. We put these in as a guide to help people really think about their goals for the year, and how they will achieve them step-by-step throughout the year.
“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands—your own.” —Mark Victor Hansen
When I first seriously thought about starting Hello Day, and all of the things it entailed, it seemed like such an enormous task to achieve on top of normal life, it was tempting to give it up as hopeless before I even started. Large goals can often seem scary and overwhelming, that’s why it’s so important to break them up into manageable chunks, or milestones, and than plan on how to take the first step towards Milestone One. Thinking back, the whole process took over a year from conception to receiving my first shipment, and so many times along the way just focusing on the tasks at hand, rather than the big scary picture was often the key to making progress and not just freezing and giving up.
So, the new yearly goal pages are designed for just that, to help you plan out your goals over the course of the year and break them down into quarterly milestones and then monthly goals. Take a look at the example below with the images from the planner, demonstrating how someone might set and achieve a significant fitness goal.
Let's say you're someone who doesn't consider themselves a runner, but really wants to be. And let's say a friend tells you they are planning on running a half marathon next year for charity and asks if you want to join in? A half marathon??!! Right now it may seem totally unrealistic. You may laugh at the idea, thinking how you feel out of breath just running the shopping into the house in the rain!! But by breaking this mammoth goal down into realistic milestones and then monthly goals, all of a sudden it seems far less daunting and much more achievable. Take a look and see what you think:
Now doesn't that seem totally achievable over the course of the year? Does it even make you want to give it a go? If so, why not set yourself that very goal? Seriously, why not? Here are some useful links to Park Run, weekly 5K runs that take place in parks around the UK every weekend, and also to Runners World which lists UK runs throughout the year. If running's not for you, no matter, I just hope this example helps you to set out and achieve whatever goals you have in mind this year.
Leave a comment below if you have any of your own tips for staying on track when it comes to achieving your larger goals.
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Ever since I first launched Hello Day I always planned to create an academic year planner for people whose lives revolve around the school year, or people who just prefer this format for whatever reason – no explanation needed.
S0 what's available and who are they designed for?