As you can probably guess, the whole reason I write this blog is to help other people manage their finances and achieve their goals- but did you know that you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you regularly write them down?
It all comes down to accountability and visualisation.
At the end of the day, if you aren’t 100% sure on what your goals are, and the steps that you need to take to achieve them, then how are you ever going to get there?
I’ve created three completely FREE productivity and goal planning printables that you can use to help you to achieve your goals- whether that’s saving for your first home, or growing your business.
The three printable sheets focus on three vital sections that will help you decide on your goals, on your plans for the future and how to increase productivity.
This sheet is all about thinking about your big goals- maybe it’s buying a house, or finally booking that luxury holiday. You can write this down in the ‘my big goals’ section, and I also find it helpful to write a completion date here.
After working out exactly how much you need to put away each and every month to achieve the deposit on a house, for example, you should be able to work out the completion date of your goal- something that I find super- motivating in itself.
Then, you can think about how throughout every month that you are saving towards your goal- what are smaller goals that you want to achieve every month? Perhaps these goals could stay quite broad, for example, saving £1,000 every month, set a weekly budget, and meal plan. OR you can use this section to set changeable monthly goals like ‘no new clothes this month’ or ‘list 20 items on eBay to sell’ or ‘make £100 from side hustles.’
Then, there’s the daily goals section- these are little habits to get into every day to ensure that you are making steps towards your goals every day.
These can be absolutely anything you like, but I like to make sure that my daily goals are a mixture of well-being and money-saving habits. So mine might be something like ‘drink enough water,’ ‘bring lunch to work,’ and ‘check survey sites.’
I personally find that when I have a TON of stuff to do, whether that’s on the weekend or after work, I can get too overwhelmed and just sit in a bubble bath instead. I’m a list lover, but sometimes even the most detailed of to-do lists can get messy and disorganised. Enter time blocking.
Time blocking isn’t for everyone, but I find that it gives me the clarity and structure I need to get everything done. And doesn’t ticking everything off on your to-do list feel great? Time blocking is essentially where you structure your to-do list so that each task is allocated to a time slot. I love this because it allows you to organise everything in order of priority, and fit smaller tasks around larger ones. I think it also suits me because I can clearly see that if I don’t start doing something by 7pm after work, the rest of the tasks on the list just won’t get done. It gives me the drive to get up and do that blog post, or load of laundry or Etsy order.
As well as the time blocking section of the productivity sheet, there is also the ‘top priorities today’ section. I added this because sometimes there is so much to get done in a day, that you can forget to cancel that free trial, or forget that you’ve got a deadline next week. By writing down your top priorities, this will clarify your list to ensure that the important stuff doesn’t fall by the wayside.
There’s also a little notes section, because let’s face it, there is always more stuff to add to a list!
This is a fun little visualisation tool to help you to track the progress on your savings- saving for a big goal can feel like an uphill struggle, but with perseverance you WILL get there. This printable will help keep you motivated, and help you keep track of the amount you’ve saved too.
You can use this for any savings goal- just write your goal and/or the goal amount inside the flag, and then divide it into 10 to get to each level. So for example if you wanted to save £1,000, you would split the pyramid into £100 amounts and colour in each section as you get there. You could even split each level in half if you want to, and colour in half a line when you get to each £50 amount.
When you start a new goal, print this out, pin it up on the fridge and use it as motivation to get to the next level!
To get these printables for yourself, just sign up to get them emailed to you completely FREE!
For years I have been tracking goals, savings, and productivity on scrappy pieces of paper- but now I have these pretty pieces of stationery to fill in, I find that I am 10x more likely to be productive than before! What is it about gorgeous stationery?!
I hope you love them as much as I do, be sure to tag me @thriftylondoner on Instagram when you use them- I’d love to know how you will be working towards your goals!
You might also be interested in reading: how to say no to yourself- self discipline and budgeting, London on a budget: how to tackle FOMO, My saving journey- how I’m saving up for a house deposit in London, and The guide to a budget weekend in London