5 Tools I’m Using To Plan For A Successful Year

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tools i'm using to plan for a successful year


2017 is right around the corner. As in 2 days away.  Are you ready for it?  Have you made resolutions for 2017 or have you made a list of things you won’t do in 2017?  Either way, I’m sure you have started to think about what you want 2017 to look like in your head.  And if you want to take it a step farther and write them down, I am sharing with you today 5 Tools I’m Using To Plan For A Successful Year in 2017.


Make It Happen

Make It Happen by Lara Casey is a book all about letting go of fear, and choosing purpose over perfect. Make It Happen is Lara’s story on how she got a life and how she made it happen.  However, it is so much more than a story. It is a motivational cheerleader that is guiding you and challenging you to look at your fears and take the steps you need to take to overcome them. The best is that Lara is a Christian and Make It Happen is faith-based and filled with the truth of seeking God first.

God’s version of true happiness is so much better than what our culture presses toward. While everyone around you might be happily overspending, over indulging, or rising to the top of the success ladder at any cost, there is a much greater reward for those who follow a different path. The goal is not happines, the goal is Him. {Lara Casey, Make It Happen}

All.  The.  Yeses.

power sheets



Powersheets is another brainchild of Lara Casey.  I was only recently introduced to Lara Casey, Make It Happen, and Powersheets – but I can not tell you enough how grateful I am.  I love planners. Also, I love setting goals so it is a no-brainer that I would absolutely love Powersheets. Now, let me first be clear – Powersheets is not a calendar planner (I’ll get to that in a bit), it is strictly a goal setting planner.


It starts with brainstorming exercises and worksheets to get you thinking about what you want your year to look like.  You identify areas of weeds in your life, things you need to get rid of, as well as areas that you want to tend and see growth.  Then you work on setting your goals.  Then after goals are established, you work on an action plan for completing them where you list action steps that are small and specific that will hep you.  You also write down the names of people who can guide you or keep you accountable on this goal as well at what progress will look like.


After all that is completed, it is then broken down into monthly chunks where you write out monthly, weekly and daily goals and keep going back to it to assess where you are.  I will be sharing more about my personal Powersheets with you throughout the year. {Please note, they have sold out of the one-year planner – but they still have 6-month planners available!}


MAMBI Happy Planner

2017 will be my first year for using a Me and My Big Ideas (MAMBI) Happy Planner – and that makes me a happy girl.  I reluctantly made the switch from a paper planner to a digital app planner a couple of years ago, and while I do love the convenience of having everything on my phone, I have MISSED having a paper planner. I am planning on using my Happy Planner for my blog planning and goal setting. Writing down due dates for posts, brainstorming ideas, and things like that. What I love about the Happy Planner is how versatile it is. It uses a disc system so you can add and subtract what you will use it for. There are so many options to make it how you want it.

Happy Planner


I scored my Happy Planner pictured above at Costco, but you can get them on Amazon, Michaels or Hobby Lobby. I am thinking I might get a new cover for mine, one with a bit more color.


Monthly Blog and Social Media Tracker

Like I just said, you can make your Happy Planner anything you want it to be. Earlier this week, I ordered these Monthy Blog and Social Media Statistic Tracker Form inserts from Etsy that will come already punched and ready to be inserted into my planner. I can’t wait to get them in there and to start tracking my stats and setting some goals.



Ok, so this one may seem a bit silly, but hear me out.  I have a slight fear of using a pen in my planners. (Not sure if this is something I need to identify in my Powersheets?) Once it’s in there, it’s there — right?  WRONG! I am about to share with you the solution to all your permanent pen fears — erasable ink pens! Yes! These pens are colorful and erasable! They are also a Best Seller on Amazon, so there’s that. Seriously, if you have a fear of screwing up while you are writing something in pen – check out these amazing pens!

erasable pens


So, there you have it! The 5 Tools I’m Using To Plan For A Successful Year in 2017.  What are your favorite tools to use for goal planning? I would love to hear about them.  Please share in the comments!


I linked up with Mrs. Disciple for her #FridayFive. Be sure to head over there and read her manifesto for 2017 – it brought me to tears!


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6 Responses

  1. Marva | SunSparkleShine
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    Oooh… I love all these tools, Heather. Just one look at your happy planner makes me happy. Can you tell that I’m a planner at heart?
    Happy New Year!

    • Heather
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      I too love all things planner! Give me all the planners!

  2. Tabitha Wells
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    Oh I love planners and new pens! I will have to check all of these out.

  3. Kori
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    LOVE!!! I too am using the Happy Planner and fun pens to help me out this year, and am so in love already!!

  4. Kira
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    Erasable pens! Yes I need those. I love using different colored pens in my planner but end up with lots of crossing out which I hate.

  5. Kelly R Smith
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    I really wish we could sit at a table with all the planner things, colored pens, and some coffee and just gush and share and gaze at all the loveliness! Most of these resources are new to me. I look forward to checking them out. Thanks for linking up!

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