Win the planner you don't have to wait until January to use! We're giving away The Life of Purpose Planner to two Catholic Mom readers.
The Life of Purpose Planner is a "planner" in the true sense of the word. Other planners I have used are really date books, with places to keep appointments and some notes, but not much else. But this planner is different: with monthly, weekly, daily, project planning, and habit tracking sections, The Life of Purpose Planner functions as a workbook to encourage you to set and accomplish goals.
A few of the little touches I love about this planner:
- The book lies flat while open
- 4 colored ribbons help you save your place in different sections
- The planner cover is beautiful and functional, with a built-in pen loop and a pocket
The Life of Purpose Planner is an undated 3-month planner book that fits inside one of two beautiful custom cover designs. The best thing about undated planners is that you don't have to wait until January to start using them! You can begin right now. When you've filled the 3-month book, you slide it out of the cover and replace it with a new planner book.
Using a goal-focused planner such as The Life of Purpose Planner took some getting used to. I'm already in the habit of noting appointments and my to-do list or reminders in my planner. I like that there is plenty of space for both in the weekly and daily page spreads. Using goal-setting prompts, however, is new to me -- but will be helpful. The weekly planning spread became a "brain dump" area for me. There's a small weekly calendar so I can see a thumbnail sketch of each day. The dot grid area below that became my meal-planning section. And it's very gratifying to check off routine tasks at the bottom of that page. The weekly spread also includes a place to write top priorities and to-dos and two prompts: "I'm looking forward to ___" and "Reward yourself with ___." And there's a spot for listing ways to improve important areas of my life.
Following each weekly planning spread is a weekly review spread. In this section, I can rate my accomplishments, record memorable moments, and ponder what I'm proud (and not so proud) of, what I'm grateful for, and what I'm learning. There is also space to write reminders to carry over into the next week.
The Life of Purpose Planner also contains a daily spread, with planning on one side and review on the other (plus some free space, which is great for notes. I can rate my day (that could be interesting) and write down insights and ways I'm grateful. I like that there's a schedule section, which runs from 6 AM to 11 PM (I do not run until 11 PM except during emergencies or when Notre Dame is playing a night football game) but doesn't take up a huge amount of daily planning space.
The project planning section contains a task organizer that's practically a spreadsheet with checkboxes. It's a really useful format. I might very well park my Christmas gift-shopping list in here (don't tell my kids). And the final section of the book is a habit tracker, designed in 4-week increments to help you make sure a new habit really sticks.
The section dividers feature quotes from saints, Scripture, and famous Catholics, with paintings and drawings by a variety of contemporary Catholic artists on the facing pages. The artists are mentioned by name, and links to their website, Etsy shops, and/or social media are provided in a useful but not distracting way. This is a lovely way for one Catholic creative to support many others!
It was my pleasure to interview Monica Anyango, the Catholic entrepreneur who created The Life of Purpose Planner.
Would you like to win The Life of Purpose Planner? We have two planners to give away to readers in the USA: one brown leather with a wraparound closure, and one multicolor leather with a snap closure. Each contains one 3-month undated planner book.
To enter, leave a comment on this article answering this question:
What's your favorite feature of the Life of Purpose Planner?
This giveaway is open through 12:01 AM on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Two winners will be chosen at random from all comments on this article during the giveaway period. Winners must have a USA mailing address. Winners will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize. Unclaimed prizes will be awarded to alternate winners. Prizes will be shipped directly to winners by the prize sponsor.
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About the Author
Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom of 3 young adults, and a Secular Franciscan. She is editor at CatholicMom.com. Barb enjoys writing, cooking, and reading, and is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count. Her booklet, The Handy Little Guide to Prayer, is available now from Our Sunday Visitor.