How to Plan Out Your Life For Success

As I’ve gotten older, the more obligations and responsibilities (although I really did believe my 12-year-old obligations were legit & super serious.) There are to-do lists galore, a house to maintain, two dog to take care of, etc.   I find that keeping my life ultra-organized helps me stay at least a little sane.  I lean to my XO Planner for leading a more organized life.   Read on friends – learn how to plan out your life for success.

How To: Plan Out Your Life for Success

Some people may think that writing down anything and everything is unnecessary or way too much, but to each their own. I need everything written out & in front of my face to feel comfortable with the day’s events. Writing out yearly goals helps keep me accountable.  What’s even better? Print off your goals and plaster it on your fridge.

If you’re anything like me, it more than likely gives you satisfaction to have each part of the day planned out seamlessly, too.  I even have ‘planned’ time to do unplanned (fun) activities.  

I take planner shopping oddly seriously. I like to have an agenda with a decent amount of space to write in every day’s plans, a place to write notes in for the week, a section for ‘to-dos’, and a page to get an overview of the entire month.

How To: Plan Out Your Life For Success

Here are some tips that might help you plan out your life for success:

  • Use a color-coded system. Have one color for all personal things, another color for each of your business planning, one for appointments, etc.
  • Keep Post-it notes on each day for the next week to jot things down before writing it permanently on the page to avoid confusion if things change.
  • Make sure to keep the to-do list doable so you won’t feel overwhelmed!

How To: Plan Out Your Life For Success

How To: Plan Out Your Life For Success

Knee High Boot Socks | Planner | Coffee Mug 

I leave my planner and calendar open on the breakfast table every morning. While I eat breakfast I check both and get organized for the upcoming day’s activities and goals.  My XO Planner has been a life-saver. It is well organized with a special section for goal setting, bucket list, and a notes page. It even has monthly inspirational quotes throughout.

When starting off the new year, this planner has been a great way to write out my thoughts, goals, and notes for the day ahead.  

How do you plan out your life for success? 



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  • Reply Nicole C L January 7, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Um, I plan the same exact way you do. My previous employers called my planner my brain. It’s incredibly true. I went with the Day Designer this year and I love it so far!

  • Reply Jovania January 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    I started using a planner for school then fell off track. I felt so much more productive so I’ll probably get back to using it.
    And I love the pictures on your site!

    Jovania |

  • Reply Leslie January 7, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I know this is really not the point of the post…I freaking love your lacey socks!

    I really need to put some of your points into play. I am not extremely organized and I need to do better in 2016.

    Thank you for posting these tips for success.

    • Nicole Thien
      Reply Nicole Thien January 7, 2016 at 1:51 pm

      Aren’t they adorable! You can find those lace boot socks HERE

  • Reply Heather @ The Nerdy Fox January 7, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Color coding is so so important. I started that in high school and have done it ever since with all of my calendars. That planner s super adorable!!

  • Reply honeygirlsworld January 7, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    You and I are sisters of the planning heart 🙂 I’m all about planning and keeping and holding myself accountable. I also do the same in leaving my planner out on my desk so I am ready to go each day. 🙂

  • Reply mandabutler January 7, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    I definitely do some of these! Thanks for sharing your tips 🙂

  • Reply Lindi Mogale January 8, 2016 at 12:26 am

    I love the planning process sometimes I find it overwhelming to keep track of everything I need to do

  • Reply Bree Hogan January 8, 2016 at 5:43 am

    I never used to be a person who liked to write things down, but over the past few years, I have done a complete turn-around and I now love my planner, love writing things down and always have a list. My how things have changed! Great post, thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Reply Emily | Rainbow Delicious January 8, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    I’m totally checking this planner out! I used a passion planner last year and it was great but I’m wanting to try something new this year and this could be it! I feel naked so far this month without my trusty planner to get me through!

  • Reply Gail Elliott January 8, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Great post…and love the colour coded marker idea! GE

  • Reply Mimi Rose January 9, 2016 at 1:02 am

    I’m glad I’m not the only one! I’m a list person too and I love planning out things, well okay, everything – it’s my way of staying sane as well. I think the one tip I have to learn this year is to make my to-do list doable so I don’t feel overwhelmed. Here’s to the planner types! Thanks for sharing, Nicole.

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