5 Massively Useful Notebooks for Goal Setting in 2018

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Since we’re all ramping up for a new year and possibly “a new me”, I thought I’d share with you all something that can help you actually accomplish your goals in 2018.

Whether or not you plan on making New Years resolutions is up to you, but almost everyone I know is constantly working on personal goals – no matter what time of year it is.

So, what is it that I want to show you?

Well, it’s really more than just one something, its five somethings.

And those would be:

The new goal setting notebooks from the Be Your Best You collection by Class Tracker.

Oh – who or what is Class Tracker you ask?

Class Tracker is a woman-owned business (how cool is that?) founded by Lesley Martin. She designed her Ultimate Student Planner specifically for college student success, and carries that same mind set with her new notebooks, as well.

Now that you know a little bit about the designer behind the notebooks, you can see why they are right on topic for college goal making.

I received the whole set earlier this week and I’m super excited to use them starting in January!

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There are five types of notebooks for tracking different things: Passions, Sleep, Budgeting, Workouts and Habits.

If you have trouble staying focused and on task without writing it down – then you’re like me. These notebooks are just what I need to keep me on the path to consistent goal setting & accomplishing success.

Being able to track and visualize progress is a BIG piece of achieving goals – at least, that’s what I have experienced in my own life.

Now:

Let’s get down the the nitty gritty of these notebooks, where I show you what’s in each one.

Also Read: The Best Cheap Planners for College Students

5 Kick-Ass Notebooks for Goal Setting in 2018

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First up, we have the Passions Notebook.

I want to off start by saying that what I like about all of these goal driven notebooks, is that they are simple.

The simplified layout provides you with a general outline, but lets you tailor it to your own life. This is also GREAT for focusing on the task(s) at hand – which is exactly what I want out of a goal setting aid.

This Passions notebook keeps things open ended, making it perfect for tracking a myriad of unique goals.

Specs:

  • Bright pink cover
  • Size: 7″ x 5″ (a nice, portable size)
  • Includes: 13 monthly charts
  • Printed on high quality 60# bright white forest friendly paper

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What would this notebook be good for?

This notebook is an excellent tool that can be used to encourage you do MORE of what you love. That could be surfing, drawing, knitting, yoga, dancing, camping…

…the list goes on and on. Your passion is the activity that makes you lose track of time, the thing you enjoy doing the most.

Passions are what makes life enjoyable and fulfilling. They drive you to continue on in your everyday life.

And that stuff, is important. And certainly worth making effort, and time, to do more of.

If you have a passion or two that could use a little nurturing, this is the notebook for you.

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Sleep:

Another important part of life worth keeping track of. Especially when sleep deprivation could take years off your life.

During your college years, sleep tends to take a back seat to all your other priorities. It doesn’t have to be this way of course, yet procrastination is SUCH s strong temptation.

So:

Why not make a goal of simply getting a little more sleep in this coming year?

Not only will it improve your health, but it will probably help your grades. Because to be able to better sleep more consistently, you’ll need to get your work done ahead of time.

Using an all-nighter, to cram or finish a project last minute, is something that every college student has done AT LEAST once.

But:

All I’m saying is: doing less of that will make your life a whole lot less stressful and thereby that much better.

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The Sleep Notebook – what’s in it?

Specs:

  • Bright blue cover
  • Size: 7″ x 5″ (a nice, portable size)
  • Includes: 13 monthly charts
  • Printed on high quality 60# bright white forest friendly paper

This notebook makes it really EASY for your to record your sleeping habits. Hours are pre-written on the left side and then there are a months worth of days for you to fill in to the right.

Simply put an X or a check mark in the square that corresponds to how much rest you got for each day.

From there, you can compare aspects of your life (like how you feel or how productive you are) to how much sleep you got.

You may even find that you’re one of those rare people who actually functions better on LESS sleep! How cool would it be to have more hours in a day?

MY TIP: Keep this notebook on your bedside table to make it extra easy to remember to record how long you slept.

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The Budgeting Notebook is next up on our list of useful goal setting notebooks.

But, wait – how is budgeting related to goal setting?

Staying under budget each month is a goal in itself!

It can be hard work resisting spending all of your paycheck on frivolous & fun things. Or, even just WAITING to save up the money to spend later…

Not only can this notebok help you stick to a budget, it will also:

Assist you in reaching savings goals.

Hoping to buy something like, say a new computer this year?

Big purchases often require months of saving and it can be difficult to wait for that long.

So, try this:

If you write down HOW MUCH you need to save and set a date of WHEN you want to have it by, things start to become more clear when a temptation strikes.

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Sometimes, visualizing it is all you need to push through and save just a little bit longer.

And:

With this Budgeting Notebook you can do just that – be reminded of your money goals and how close you are to accomplishing them.

Specs:

  • Lovely green cover
  • Size: 7″ x 5″ (a nice, portable size)
  • Includes: 13 monthly charts
  • Printed on high quality 60# bright white forest friendly paper

Use it to get a snapshot look at the month that lies ahead.  Plan out exactly how much you can afford to spend in each category.

Some things are fixed expenses (think rent), so you know you will be spending the same amount on each of these categories monthly. The spaces to note fixed expenses are at the bottom of the page.

Others, such as food and personal care items, are more flexible expenses – this is where you can find room in your budget to save money. Space for flexible expenses spans the whole page.

One of the things that I like about this budgeting notebook, is that you can break down your budget day by day for flexible expenses. This allows you to budget in spending MORE money on certain days.

What days would you want to do that on?

Days that you know you’ll be having a girls night out or when you’ll be taking a weekend getaway trip. On such days you might want to give yourself some extra wiggle room for spending money on food and entertainment.

All in all, the Budgeting Notebook provides a great way to get a handle on your finances without being overwhelmed. It is quite suitable for beginners and experienced budgeters alike.

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Hitting the gym more – it’s a SUPER common New Years resolution and general lifestyle goal.

This Workouts Notebook would make a perfect companion to that goal! It is designed to keep you honest about how much activity you’re really getting.

Because:

When it comes to working out, we often times under or over estimate how much we’ve done. At least, I know this to be true in my own life.

For instance:

Whenever I try to track eating intuitively, I’m usually waaaayyy off – that’s why the MyFitnessPal app is so useful. It keeps track of your progress and you can see how you’re holding up to your goals.

And that’s exactly what the Workouts Notebook will be doing for you but, it just tracks activity levels instead of food intake.

Also Read: The College Guide to Eating Healthy on a Budget

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So, are you ready to actually achieve that goal of having a “summer ready body” in 2018?

The best time to work on that goal is early and this notebook will help you hold the course to stay on track.

It can give you the personal accountability needed to form good habits.

Specs:

  • Happy yellow cover
  • Size: 7″ x 5″ (a nice, portable size)
  • Includes: 13 monthly charts
  • Printed on high quality 60# bright white forest friendly paper

The Workouts Notebook is very straightforward; you can write a goal for the month at the top of the page. That goal would be something like, exercise for 30 min. 5 days a week or playing basketball 10 times in a month.

You can also record your specific type of workouts and then simply check off or leave an X in a box for the days you do that activity. It is a simple, yet powerful tool for personal change and growth.

And, remember:

The most important part of working out is not what you’re doing, just that you’re doing it consistently.

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And finally:

This brings us to our last goal setting notebook: the Habits Notebook.

You know how bullet journalling is oh-so-popular right now?

Habit tracking is trending in the bullet journal world, but you don’t have to bullet journal to do it.

Are there any good habits you’ve been meaning to work into your everyday life? It could be something little like meditating, taking your contacts out every night or reading a book before bed.

Maybe there is a bad habit or two you want to break?

Also Read: 7 of the Best Minimalist Bullet Journals

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Either way, you can use the Habits Notebook to aid you in your goals of forming, or breaking, habits.

To use it: write what kind of habit on the left and leave a mark for each day of the month that you completed the task.

Specs:

  • Light lavender cover
  • Size: 7″ x 5″ (a nice, portable size)
  • Includes: 13 monthly charts
  • Printed on high quality 60# bright white forest friendly paper

“It takes 21 days to form a habit.”

That’s something you’ve probably heard before, but interestingly enough NEW research says its takes 66 days on average to form a habit!

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To sum it up:

If you plan on doing any goal setting and have had trouble reaching goals in the past, one of these notebook may be the juuuuusssst the thing to get your butt in gear.

The best part is that there is one to fit almost any type of goal setting.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: visualization is KEY to long term success.

If you can see it all, you’ll have the big picture in mind. Triumphs, failures and where there’s room for improvement.

Overall, I’m impressed and very pleased with these notebooks. I think they’ll be a BIG help for accomplishing my main goal, and all my little goals, I want to keep track of in 2018.

My main goal is to be MORE organized, so I think I’m on the right track already! 😉

If you’re interested in getting any of these notebooks for setting your own goals, you can get them all as a set here or individually here.

Are you convinced these notebooks would be massively useful? Check them out online and tell me what you think.

Have you used a goal setting notebook before? How much of a help was it for you? Share with me in the comments!

Charlie
Charlie

I'm Charlie, one of the co-founders of College Life Made Easy: a lifestyle blog that focuses on helping students navigate college life on topics of finance, organization, dorm living and more. 2015 graduate of the Ashland Institute of Massage. Originally from a little bit of everywhere (Air Force brat). Lover of Birkenstocks, rainy weather and miniature things.

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