One of my favorite things to do in my business (and life!) is to set goals. And…I don’t mean like “run three times a week” kind of goals. (Really…are you kidding me?) But more like, life intentions. I think it is so important to be setting goals as a teacher, both professionally and personally.
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My favorite tool to do this is with my Powersheets Goal Setting Journal. I originally found out about them after they sold out of the 2018 collection (they sell out SO fast!) so I ended up getting the 6 month version which was actually helpful because I could decide if I really liked them or not, without committing to a whole year.
What I have found, though, is these are more than just a “goal setting workbook.” The Powersheets Goal Planning Journal provides tools to help you think critically about your priorities in life.
I seriously love them so much, I have a whole Instagram Story Highlight full of me showing how I use them- I use them literally every day.
Setting Goals as a Teacher
Looking back, I don’t think I ever set many goals for my classroom. Of course, I wanted to improve my students reading levels, learn about guided math, etc. But I never took the time to actually think those things out and create an action plan for achieving those goals.
I’m wondering if you are the same way?
I think that Powersheets can be an incredibly effective tool for setting goals as a teacher, both in the classroom and in your personal life. As I’ll explain down below, the Powersheets model pushes you to evaluate 8 areas of your life. One of them is work, which is a great space to think about your teaching goals.
It also challenges you to think about how you are stewarding your finances, managing your friendships, your spiritual growth- all things we need to prioritize to avoid teacher burnout!
Going out on a limb here, but I also think as teachers we do a terrible job of setting goals for ourselves! We think about our kids twenty-four seven and ourselves…well, not at all.
That is why I love the Powersheets format. It doesn’t just allow you to set goals, but it causes you to evaluate all parts of your life. And set goals accordingly.
An Inside Look at Powersheets
I snapped a few shots of my Powersheets to show you. But please know, I am not an artistic person, so mine aren’t always “cute.” You can search #powersheets on Instagram or Pinterest and get a TON of inspiration for making them cute.
For me, I try, but it’s more important to me that I don’t get caught up in making it look perfect.
At the beginning of your Powersheets Planner, you have about twenty pages of self reflection. Here is one page I felt comfortable sharing.
At the beginning of each quarter, you have the opportunity to rate different areas of your life.
You also create specific goals, there’s room for up to ten. You can see many of mine are related to my business and my relationship with myself and my husband. But you could easily claim a couple of spots for goals related to the classroom.
Each month I look back over my goals and write down things that are coming up that month.
And here is where the real magic happens. I write out all the things I want to be intentional about (on the left) and then my actionable steps I am going to take to make those things happen (on the left).
At the end of the month, you are able to review your month. This is usually really powerful for me. If you can read it clear enough, you’ll notice that there is nothing about “what I didn’t accomplish this month.”
Instead, it’s worded as “I’m choosing GRACE over guilt.” Sometimes those subtle word changes are really impactful.
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Have you ever used Powersheets? Are you dying to get your hands on a set? I’ve already ordered my 2020 set and you can get yours too, right here!
This year they have fun, new covers. AND they are hardcover. I’ll be sharing pics of my Powersheets as soon as I get them on my Instagram stories, so make sure you are following me! (I ordered the teal- I think!)
They go on sale on October 16th, 10 AM ET, and from my past experience, they sell out FAST! (I waited till like 12 ET last year and already missed out on some of the color options I wanted.)
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A few things on my list this year?!?
This sticky notepad. This is my weekly bible of everything I need to do (and I tell you exactly how I use it over on my Instagram stories!)
I love these Wildcard Pages. They are different planners/goal setting tools that you can put onto the blank pages in your Powersheets Planner. My favorite is the quarterly finance check-ins, friendship tending list, and the monthly calendars.
If you are new to Powersheets and really want to go all in, they have put together a bundle for you!
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