There is no greater feeling than meeting with a new client and hearing how well the MAP Book notebook system has transformed their lives. Seriously, this tool is a game changer. I do a happy dance every time a mom breathes a sigh of relief and whips out their 99¢ composition notebook. It really is a game changer. In today’s episode, I am going to be pausing to share with you exactly what my MAP Book and goal notebook look like at the end of the first quarter. This episode releases in March of 2023, so you can see where I stand today in terms of my annual goals and personal growth plan.
If you have never heard of my notebook system before, you may want to pause this episode. Check out episode 4, where I explain the entire system in detail. If you’ve been here for a little while, you have a sense of the format of my notebook. To see the actual pages of my MAP Book, be sure to check out my most recent episode on YouTube. There you will be able to see pictures of my notebook pages as well.
Right now, I have the first page of my table of contents completely filled. The pages in my table of contents are pages that I want to come back to in the future. I do not write down my daily or weekly pages here, because I seldom come back to review them.
When I turn the page, I can see my monthly lists. I have either accomplished everything or gone ahead and moved the task forward. For example, I wanted to update the family pictures in my home in January. That didn’t happen, for several reasons, so I moved it to February. Then in February, we decided to do a kitchen renovation. That would impact what pictures we put back on the wall. So I moved that task to March. March isn’t completely over yet, but there is a good chance this is going to my April list.
Other than that, my monthly lists are looking pretty solid. My next two pages are parking lot pages. The first is where I have things that need to happen in 2023. The second list is future items that I’d like to think more about at some point. On my 2023 list, I wrote down to update to the newest driver’s license by May in order to fly. I also wrote down some kitchen items that I want to purchase, once our kitchen update is complete. Next, I added that I wanted to purchase a quieter AC unit. I tentatively wrote that I wanted to do this in April. Finally, I want to check out the Forest app that I read about, to see if I like it.
I am not going to bore you with the daily, weekly or monthly pages in my notebook right now. If you are interested in learning more about them, you can check out the links to each of the episodes on each of those sections.
I did want to take a moment to share some of the pages that are listed in my table of contents to give you a sense of what else you can include in your notebook. For me, I have a page that has my entire winter protocol written out, my abundance anthem and notes from a strategy session that I did with my coach recently. Let’s break those all down.
The first page I want to share with you is my winter protocol. I have this on page 13 and I refer to it often. This is where I wrote down the things that I feel like I need to do daily to ward off my SADD. This list includes: walking outside daily, early wake-ups, core workouts, taking a lunch break and walking 10,000 steps a day. Now, I don’t get all of these things done every single day but I notice on the days that I do the majority of them, I don’t feel as sluggish.
The next page that I want to give you a peek at is my abundance anthem. I talk a lot about this practice of “talking to yourself in the mirror” in episode 15 . Because my personal growth goal for this year is to create an abundance mindset, I rewrote my anthem to strengthen that abundance muscle. Each morning, I read this anthem to myself, making eye contact in the mirror. Yes, I actually read it out-loud! Yesterday, my oldest daughter walked into the room and listened to me read it. I am so curious what that will translate into years from now!
Finally, the last page that I wanted to share with you is the notes that I had from a recent meeting with my business coach. I always write a list of questions that I want to cover at the top of the page and clearly label it with a date so I can refer back to it. Then, below that, I write the notes from my meeting. At the very end, I write any action steps that I need to take or anything that I need to think about next. When I go to prepare for my next meeting, this page will be so helpful!
Back in episode 40, I shared that I broke up with PowerSheets this year. I decided to create my own system for organizing the dreams that I want to work on this year. This is very much a work in progress, that I am excited to share this with you.
I spent a lot of time diving into this process while I was in Florida on my personal growth retreat. While I was there, I decided on the three areas that I wanted to focus on the most this year. First, I am going to hold my published book in my hands by December 31, 2023. Second, my nutrition will be optimized so I can be confident I am fueling my body as well as I can. And finally, third, I am going to have a millionaire mindset or an abundance mindset. These are huge areas, so I decided to focus my personal growth plan there (if you want to create a personal growth plan for yourself, don’t miss my workshop here).
Right now, the notebook is divided up into three sections, one for each goal area. Under the goal, I took the time to write where I stand in January of 2023 with the goal. I was brutally honest here, because my hope is to look back on this at the end of the year and see huge progress. Under that, I wrote my plan for February 2023 in one color and am prepared to write down what I accomplished at the end of the month.
So for example, for my optimized nutrition goal, I wrote down that I wanted to read the book Glucose Revolution. I was able to read that on the plane ride back from Florida, and learned a ton from it that I now want to apply. Underneath, in a different color pen, I wrote everything that I learned. For March 2023, I set a new plan for tackling this, which was applying 2 of the rules to my nutrition. At the end of the month, I will reflect on that progress and then plan for the next steps.
At the end of each quarter, I take the time to write two lists in the back of my MAP Book. The first one is a list of things that went well in that quarter. The second list is anything that I am looking forward to in the next quarter. This is a great way for me to reflect on how far I have come. I tend to be the kind of person that always moves onto the next thing on the list, so I love taking a pause to reflect and celebrate.
For this quarter, I was excited to accomplish:
In the second quarter of 2023, I am excited to:
There is not a lot of data or fanciness to this system. It’s really just a quick and easy way to reflect on where I am and where I am going from here.
Whew, I am so excited that you joined in to hear about my quarterly review process at the end of March 2023. There are so many things that you can do from here to be ready to join me when the quarterly review for Q2 comes along at the end of June. Where will you be? Will you have a MAP Book system set up by then? Maybe a goal notebook? Be sure to find a system that works for you to reflect on the previous quarter and plan for success for the next one.
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