Lara Casey PowerSheets Review: Your Planner’s New BFF
Spinning my wheels. Running in circles. Not sure what to do next or where to start or even why I’m doing anything. That pretty much sums up how I feel when I hit the middle part of the year. And it always feels like I’m climbing up the emotional equivalent of Mt. Everest when I try to find the answers. I’ve been looking for something to guide me through these periods of my life for a while, and by the grace of the Pinterest puppet masters, I ran across PowerSheets from Lara Casey.
PowerSheets is a tool designed to help you focus on what you want to truly cultivate in your life. This allows you to identify what you want to stop doing so you can do the things that bring fulfillment and joy to your life. With several—and I mean several—worksheets, you’ll answer some hard questions to reveal your purpose, set your goals, and make a plan to reach them.
Hey, Soul Sister!
Right away I knew I was going to enjoy going through PowerSheets. Why? Because Lara Casey signs the opening letter with this message:
P.S. There is nothing magical about January 1st. Today is the best day to begin!
Finally, a kindred spirit. I’ve written about my monthly approach to goals and dislike of New Year Resolutions before, but it’s nice to know there are other people out there who also see that the best time to start something is right when you’re ready. It doesn’t matter when you start your blog. It doesn’t matter when you start a new fitness program. And it doesn’t matter when you start PowerSheets. You just start them and stick with them until you’ve reached the place you want to be.
PowerSheets: Kind of a Planner, but Kind of Not
The interesting thing about PowerSheets is that it’s like a journal/planner hybrid. The beginning focuses on all the hard emotional work you need to do before you can start your attack plan, and the rest is divided into six months. In those six months you set smaller goals, write down your tasks, and go through completing them all so you’re closer to the end goal. It’s not a day planner, but it’s not just a notebook of ideas haphazardly jotted down either.
In the monthly section, your goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, and daily categories so you know what smaller steps are required for you to reach the larger result. You plan the days you’ll take off from working to refresh yourself. And you track everything that’s important. There’s all of this stuff, but only a few pages because Lara knows that more can really be a hindrance rather than a help. Yes, you’ll track your progress and take time to reflect on how everything is going, but you won’t waste time with a bunch of extraneous worksheets after you’ve gotten into the real-life part of PowerSheets.
Since I haven’t yet gotten to work through these monthly sections, I can’t speak to the effectiveness of them. But I can say that I appreciate the brevity and breakdown of them, and that I’m very excited to use them in the coming months.
Soul Searching and Self-Reflection with Powersheets
So about the opening portion. All of the worksheets at the beginning of PowerSheets are designed to help you find your why and your focus. However, they’re not going to just magically reveal all of life’s secrets to you. In fact, they won’t reveal any of life’s secrets. They will help you learn some stuff about yourself and what makes you happy IF you’re willing to sit down and really do the work.
You can’t just fill these pages out while watching Law & Order: SVU. You have to pay attention, think things through and be honest with yourself if you’re going to get anything out of them. Think of them as a flashlight. They’ll help guide you, but you have to move your feet on your own.
As I was going through these, I had to take a lot of breaks. The PowerSheets got me thinking about some heavy stuff, facing the issues causing dissatisfaction in my life, and encouraged me to be truthful about what I truly want for myself. I’d get one page down, stand up, stretch, and walk away for a while. I wanted to let all of it sit so I could make sure I was being purposeful with it all. You’re not going to finish the beginning of PowerSheets in one day. You’re not going to finish it in two days. Lara Casey says it’ll take you a few weeks on average, and I agree. This isn’t a process you want to rush.
I’m still just at the beginning of PowerSheets, but I’m feeling centered for the first time in a good few months. If you’re looking for some help or some way to figure out where you should go and how you can make your dreams a reality, then go order PowerSheets. You won’t regret finding the answers you need and forming a plan.
I’m about to embark on the first real month of work with PowerSheets, so check back in about six months. I’ll have my six month reflection ready for you!
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Last modified on June 1st, 2017