The Unbound Planner provides a system to organize your year that is intuitive, comprehensive and versatile. As we developed this process, we rigorously researched and meticulously tested every last detail to come up with the absolute best planner system available.
With a tool this powerful, a little planning goes a long way.
At the beginning of the year:
- Start with a guided self-reflection
- Create meaningful goals
- Build a timeline for easy reference throughout the year
- Complete monthly and weekly planning
- Incorporate healthy life practices like gratitude, a morning routine, mindfulness and more
- Finish with an end-of-the-year reflection
- Project pages for your biggest goals and projects
- Blank pages for extra space (check out our printables for ideas you may want to add here)
The Step-by-Step: Our process explained
1. But first, a Self-Reflection
Once you've established your priorities, you're ready to set meaningful goals around them. These can be big, life-changing dreams (e.g. start a business or travel to South America) or everyday aspirations (e.g. spend more time outside or eat more veggies). We're all guilty of creating goals we never come close to achieving or even starting. To avoid common pitfalls and guidance on how to create goals you can actually keep, check out our article "How to Create Smart Goals."
3. Build your Timeline
A huge part of sticking to our goals is being able to remember and effectively track them. To combat this challenge, we have a timeline page that organizes your goals for easy reference throughout the year. We've taken the next step with dedicated areas to separate out goals that repeat versus others that happen occasionally or maybe a couple times a year. Think of goals like: read one book a month or walk your dog every day vs. travel to France or go camping this summer.
4. Monthly and weekly planning
EACH MONTH: Start the month by reviewing your yearly timeline page and listing goals for that month - both repeating goals and one-time goals.
EACH WEEK: Similarly, at the beginning of each week, spend some time planning, making sure to list your repeating weekly goals and daily habits as well as your focus for the week. These pages have lots of open space for you to customize however words best for you.
Beneficial life practices
Throughout our monthly and weekly layouts we incorporate dedicated space for beneficial life practices like daily gratitude, weekly and monthly reflection, weekly self-care reminders, spaces for a morning routine and a focus for the week. These are all scientifically proven to have real benefits on your physical, psychological and emotional health.
Project / Goal Breakdown Pages
Use these pages for your big goals and projects where you need more space to elaborate. We offer three different layouts that can be used in countless ways. Some examples include: remodeling the bathroom, planning a long vacation, launching a Kickstarter campaign, preparing for a new baby etc.
To use for anything you need! Look here for ideas and suggestions. Or print one of our downloadables and tape it in, so you don't have to design anything yourself.