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Christian Woman Leadership Podcast

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It's time for you to embrace your God-given gifts, skills, and passions and lead with confidence. Host Esther Littlefield is a pastor's wife and business owner, and she is joined by co-host Holly Cain. They discuss issues related to leading as a Christian woman, and they also interview other women w… read more


33: My Favorite Tools for Goal Setting, Planning, and Creating Habits

Goal setting, planning, and creating habits is not just a once a year activity. While we tend to focus on it at the start of a new year, it’s important to continue the process throughout the year. In this episode, I’m sharing some practical tools and tips that you can use to get all your dreams, ideas, and plans off the page and into your life, as well as tools to keep up with the habits you are developing.

Remember that these are tools that have worked for me, but what’s important is what will work for you.  Don’t feel like you have to use all the tools I share here. You might decide to do something totally different so this episode may simply be a starting point to help you.

My five favorite goal-setting and planning tools:


This is an intentional goal planner which helps you to do a lot of the things we’ve been talking about on our podcast: reflecting on the past, dreaming about the future, and then creating your goals.


Trello is a free online project management tool, and you can also use it as an app on your phone. There are other similar tools out there, such as Asana and Basecamp. I’ve tried and used some of these, but Trello has been the one I’ve fallen in love with.

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Okay, this might seem silly, but yes, pen and paper are still one of my favorite tools for goals, planning. I use pen and paper to brain dump, get my ideas out, do some mind mapping, and draw, connect, map out a plan on paper and then translate into Trello.


In the past, I’ve used a gorgeous planner from InkWell Press. This year, I’m using the 2019 Essential Daily Planner from Amazon because it has the daily, monthly and weekly views. so that I still have space for what I’m doing each day. Another paper option is bullet journaling. Some people use a basic blank notebook and create their own planners or calendars. This is called bullet journaling, and it can work really well for some people!


When it comes to knowing what appointments I have and how my time is planned for the week, I am a die hard fan of Google Calendar.


My favorite tools for implementing habits:
  1. Tending List from PowerSheets
  2. Habit Tracker - make your own in bullet journal or use a calendar and simply mark off each day that you do the habit
  3. Built-in habit trackers- YouVersion Bible app will help you keep track of when you reach your bible - you can see how many days in a row you’ve done
  4. Fitness apps - many will help you track your exercise
  5. Fitbit - lets me know when I’ve hit my steps, and I can see how many days I’ve done so
  6. Habit Tracker from James Clear - if you buy Atomic Habits, you can get access to a free PDF habit tracker. P.S. He also has a journal for habit tracking!


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