Goal setting is such a common topic of conversation, particularly this time of year – leading into the new year. A few months ago I was introduced to the concept of Powersheets, produced by the Cultivate What Matters team. If you’ve been following along with my blog this year, you’ll know that I have struggled with posting consistently and I’ve felt so out of touch with my goals this year. When I was introduced to Powersheets I figured what’s the worst that can happen? I knew I wanted to make some changes in my life, and from my initial research I thought the Powersheets could truly help me in achieving my goals. I’ve officially worked through all of my Powersheets prep work, and I wanted to share with you my first thoughts in this post!
A quick note: I am not an affiliate for Powersheets, so I won’t make any money if you decide to purchase them. I simply wanted a space to review them – and to hold myself accountable to my goals in 2020!
Powersheets First Thoughts: Prep Work!
The one important thing I want to remind myself of (and what the team at Cultivate What Matters stresses) is that Powersheets aren’t a miracle tool – they won’t magically make me achieve my goals. They simply give me a workbook and space to brainstorm, and help me organize my goals to make them a reality. A warning here: I’m not hiding anything with my powersheets in this post – I’m sharing all my goals: personal & blog related. This is also my very first year doing Powersheets so I followed the prompts how I thought I should do them, and I’m sure I’ll want to change things as the year progresses!
This year there were 4 different cover designs to choose from – I chose the Blooms because I wanted something bright and colourful, something I couldn’t ignore when it’s sitting on my desk.
The Prep Work
If you haven’t done Powersheets before, it’s important to know that the Prep Work is designed to get down and dirty. It’s not something that can be done in 30 minutes (at least not for me). I took 3 days (and spent an hour or two each day), working on my goals and digging deep into what I truly want to accomplish in 2020.
The first few pages are brainstorming what I wanted to achieve in 2020, what makes me ‘me’, and what excites me. You’ll see from the photos below that I brainstormed a bunch of different goal ideas, from financial freedom, to being healthier, to growing my blog. I like how this page was right off the bat as it allowed me to get all of my ideas out of my head, and to focus on the prompts in the coming pages. One cool thing is that by the end of the prep work, once I’d narrowed down my goals, they truly reflected my ideas from this first page.
I also like that there was a page geared towards “what fires me up” as I know what I want to make time for in 2020. It can be so easy to put what makes me happy on the back burner, and by having them listed I can purposefully make time for them.
Cultivated Life Evaluation
The next 2 pages were probably the hardest. I had to be so real with myself and rate where I stood in each area of my life. 6 of the 8 categories I rated less than a 5. As much as it sucks to look at this, it truly does show that there is so much room for growth in 2020. I’m trying to focus on the positive and think about the ways I can improve those categories!
The next couple of pages are breaking my identity box. The prompts ask you to list everything you have decided you can’t do (ooof that was tough), but then flipping the script and rewording them in a way that says YES! I can do it. I’ve decided not to share those photos as they are extremely personal and identifying, and I’m still working on the way I talk to myself.
Moving Past Fear…
This page was very liberating. I don’t know about you, but I can get so wrapped up in my negative thought cycle and just freeze. I think that’s why I’ve struggled so much with being consistent this year, and I really want to step out of that and be able to accomplish more going into 2020.
The next couple of pages get you to reflect on 2019, what good things happened and what challenges I faced. There was also space to discuss what lessons I learnt and the people that I’m grateful for.
I’m Saying YES!
I loved this page in the prep work. It allowed me to list everything I want to say no to in 2020, and everything I’m saying YES to.
Powersheets: My Word Of The Year
I am planning on writing a separate post about my decision on my word of the year, but I like how the Powersheets included a place to brainstorm and list my word. You’ll notice that I used my word in this post, and that my word for 2020 is Consistency! That’s something I struggled with SO MUCH in 2019 and it’s something I want to cultivate in all the categories.
Setting My Goals!
The final step in the prep work is actually setting my goals. There is space for 8 different goals, and then pages to allow you to break down each goal into mini goals and starting steps.
You’ll see from the photos above what my 8 goals are. I’ll share how I broke down my first goal below!
You’ll see from the photos above how in depth each goal gets. I struggled with determining mini goals and starting steps (I wasn’t quite sure how to do it), but I think I got the hang of it. Powersheets also give the option for a goal refresh each quarter which I LOVE! So if my goals aren’t working out for me at all (or I successfully complete one), I will have the opportunity to rewrite them. I think that helps with the feeling of overwhelm as well, since I don’t feel ‘locked in’ to what I’ve written for the whole year.
One huge thing about goal setting is the concept of accountability. That is partially why I wanted to write this post – to hold myself accountable! I am planning on sharing my monthly progress as well. If you’re doing Powersheets this year I’d love to also help hold you accountable! Feel free to share your goals in the comments, or reach out to me on Instagram!