Goal Digger: Planning for next day, next week and next year

If you asked me five years ago how I planned my day and I probably just would have said, “I dunno?” ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Oddly enough, I did not really miss a lot. I knew what my day had in store and it was not too difficult to keep up with. However, high school was different. Most teachers, clubs, and organizations were all on the same page, sending constant reminders for when that bake sale or event was going to take place and where to be and what time. College, well that is a whole other story.

It took me three years fighting. I fought against the grain and said that I could do organization the way I always had, relying on my memory and hopes to establish a routine or dependence on my internal feeling of, “oh my gosh isn’t there something going on today that I need to attend in five minutes?” Lo and behold, your stress and anxiety is only going to increase when you live life like that. Now, I have caved in, use a paper agenda, and haven’t looked back since.

So why? Why am I writing about this? I had already admitted that I was pretty good at going with the flow? Why all of a sudden am I so worried about organization?

Today, there is so much at stake. I have a lot of big dreams and goals and planning in the short term only makes the long-term goals more attainable. Here is what I have learned:student holding up their goal notebook

  • Writing things down helps you to remember better. Even if I do not have my planner with me (which would feel like leaving my phone at home now) I can better remember my plans for the day just because I wrote it down at one point.
  • Planning keeps not just your day organized but your life as well. Knowing that I have everything written down and all in one place gives me an opportunity to relax. Sometimes I will even write in my planner to relax, and set aside an hour to go for a run or take a nap. Stress-free living is much more likely if you are organized.
  • GOALS, GOALS, GOALS. In my planner, I use the notes section for the day, week and month to set goals. This is usually for something that I want to accomplish by the end of the day. For example, if my goal by the end of the month is to get a job, my daily goal might be to search and apply to five jobs a day. My weekly goal could be to interview with three companies.

Planning in the short term helps to establish great time-management and goal-setting skills that will be extremely beneficial in the future.

I am not saying I am a goal digger, but I am not messing with an unorganized planner and unstructured lifestyle!

Mackenzie Stogsdill headshot 2017Mackenzie is a senior at Indiana University majoring in Media with a concentration in Management, Industry and Policy, with minors in Creative Industry Management and Marketing. She is a member of the African American Chorale Ensemble, and interns with Northwestern Mutual as a College Financial Representative. From Spencer, Indiana, Mackenzie enjoys singing, playing volleyball and spending time with her three-legged cat. With Pearson, she thoroughly enjoys writing for the Students Blog as well as being a Campus Ambassador. Go Hoosiers!