Whether you’ve been following along with The Quiet Type for a while or have had a chance to browse the blog archives, you may have noticed my Monthly PowerSheets Updates in 2019. Near the end of the year, I decided I would do a full review of my experience to help you determine if a PowerSheets planner is right for you.
I’ll admit I was a little wishy-washy on my feelings about PowerSheets. At times, I loved it. Other times, I had no desire to fill it out or keep up with it. That being said, I stuck with it for the entire year.
In the past, I’ve tried other planners like the Daily Greatness planner. As much as I wanted to like them, I ended up quitting them halfway through the year. So, I was honestly surprised that I made it through an entire year with PowerSheets!
Scroll below to get the scoop on the PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner, my experience, and if I think it’s worth the purchase!
What is PowerSheets?
The PowerSheets Goal Planner is a 12-month intentional goal planner. Did you catch that? Intentional. If you’re tired of setting goals only to have them fall by the wayside a few weeks or months later, this may be the planner for you. Lara Casey, the brain behind PowerSheets and Cultivate What Matters, designed the planner to help you discover the goals that really matter to you.
How does the PowerSheets planner do that?
PowerSheets uses prompts to help you reflect on the previous year. Each prompt is meant to uncover the areas of your life that you need to focus on to feel more fulfilled and happier. The planner then guides you as you identify your big picture goals and break them into smaller, actionable goals.
One thing I like that Cultivate What Matters offers for free is the Goal Setting Personality Quiz.
How to Use PowerSheets
After the brainstorming and goal setting pages, the PowerSheets planner is broken into quarters and months. Each section is separated by heavy-duty tabs, which I appreciate as a planner and stationery nerd.
Once you’ve filled out the brainstorming and goal setting pages, you move on to the monthly pages. This is where you set realistic daily, weekly, and monthly goals. Ideally, these goals that correlate with your big picture goals, and offer actionable steps to move you closer to achieving them.
But it’s doesn’t stop there.
Each monthly section requires you to do some self-reflection at the beginning and end of the month. At the start of the month, you’ll fill out the “Let It Go,” “Prepare Well,” and “Make What Matters Happen This Month” pages.
Here’s a quick breakdown of each page:
- Let It Go – This is where you identify what’s stressing you out, fears that are holding you back, and your hopes for the month.
- Prepare Well – This is where you make note of any events or important to-dos for the month, as well as anything you’re excited about.
- Make What Matters Happen This Month – This is essentially a brainstorm page where you can write out what you want to accomplish this month.
With those completed, you’ll fill out your “Trending List.” The trending list is where you’ll fill in those monthly, weekly, and daily action items meant to help you get closer to your goals.
At the end of the month, the “Month In Review” page provides space to reflect on how the month went. Once the quarter is finished, there are pages to “refresh” your goals and identify what’s working and what’s not.
What to Consider Before Purchasing a PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner
If you’re thinking about purchasing a PowerSheets goal planner, there are two things you should consider first: the cost and the time commitment.
First things, first: the cost.
The PowerSheets planner retails for $60 before tax and shipping. I know what you’re thinking…”that’s pretty spendy for a planner.” Trust me, I had the same thought when I purchased it in 2018. After tax and shipping, it comes out to about $75.
PowerSheets are a big investment, so it’s understandable to take pause to consider the cost. I read a lot of reviews before purchasing my first one, which was helpful.
While the cost may be an obstacle for some, it’s important to weigh it against the cost of achieving your goals. The Cultivate What Matters has some stats about purchasing a PowerSheets planner to help put the cost into perspective. PowerSheets is equivalent to:
- two cups of coffee a month
- less than one month of streaming
- 18 minutes spent scrolling Instagram
Compared to these stats, it’s easy to find some wiggle room in your budget—though, as a self-proclaimed coffee fiend, I don’t think I’d sacrifice my monthly coffee budget for one!
One thing I didn’t take into consideration is how much time is invested in managing a PowerSheets goal planner. The first few sections are quite time-consuming!
The monthly pages of the planner require less time to fill in, though the quarterly check-ins take more time.
For some, this may not be an issue.
Others may feel like they’re too busy to commit several hours to set their PowerSheets planner up. That’s 100% understandable, but if that’s the main thing holding you back there are ways to take make it work for you. For example, breaking it down into chunks allows you to fill in the planner without disrupting your schedule too much.
And, if you have goals that you really want to accomplish or simply need direction while setting goals, you’ll probably be willing to devote the time to it anyway. Am I right?
Is a PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner Worth the Purchase?
So here’s the scoop.
While it’s pretty expensive, I do think it’s worth the purchase. I even repurchased a PowerSheets planner for 2020.
That being said, I almost didn’t purchase another one. In fact, I was pretty against the idea until I watched Ashlyn Carter’s video about how she uses her Powersheets planner. It made me think I didn’t give the planner a fair shot in 2019.
My 2019 PowerSheets goal planner has quite a few empty pages, to be honest. Whether it was checking in at the end of the month or the start of the quarter, I didn’t make it as big of a priority as I should have.
However, when I stopped to think about it, I realized I did get something out of my PowerSheets planner.
1. I was well, more intentional.
My PowerSheets planner helped me set more detailed and intentional goals than in previous years. My planner also helped me be more accountable overall. The months that I did make it a priority were often far more productive, and I was able to get closer to my goals.
2. It gave me a tangible way to track results.
I could easily track the habits, systems, and processes I wanted to adopt for my business. This made it much easier to prep for the new year because I had a better idea of what was and wasn’t working.
I also had a hard time with the brainstorming and goal setting sections. They’re both pretty hefty and finding the time to sit down and finish them was difficult, especially since I was just getting my footing as a full-time freelancer.
Since I knew that going into 2020, I worked out a plan to complete them. Rather than trying to do it all at once, I broke it up into manageable chunks. This allowed me to get real about my goals for the year without getting overwhelmed.
So if you do decide to purchase a PowerSheets planner, I recommend doing it that way. You can still jump into the monthly and quarterly pages, which is convenient.
Yes, I would recommend purchasing a PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner if it a) fits your budget, and b) aligns with your goals. If that’s the case, go for it!
The 2020 designs are beautiful but you have to act fast because they sell out quick! In fact, I really wanted the mint green one but it was already sold out by the time I decided to order my 2020 PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner.
Update: The new 2020 6-month undated PowerSheets planner was just released, which is perfect if you just want to test PowerSheets out or if the full-year version is sold out.
Have you used the PowerSheets planner before? Did you love it, hate it, or just feel “meh” about it? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so be sure to leave a comment down below.
Katie Jenison is a freelance writer offering copywriting, blogging, and ghostwriting services. She works closely with home builders, remodelers, interior designers, real estate and property management professionals to help them create content marketing strategies, improve their digital presence, generate leads, and engage with their target audience. Katie also helps freelance writers and creative entrepreneurs pursue their dreams of working from home by providing tips and advice, business strategies, and writing tips on her blog, The Quiet Type. Download her free workbook, A Freelancer’s Guide to Setting Rates, here.