Best Laid Plans

BLP Ep #172: November Q&A – Fitness Goals, Planning Ahead, Goal-setting Planners + More

November 13, 2023

Show Notes

I start by sharing some of the fun at BLP Live – it was an amazing weekend!! Then comes the November Q&A! Many questions submitted were centered around goal setting, as it’s that time of year — or at least it seems to be for BLP listeners!

1- Abandoning certain goals around weight fitness – what to do?
2- Planning ahead of the current quintile
3- Goal-setting planner recommendations (brands mentioned: MakseLife, Full Focus, Erin Condren, Cultivate What Matters/PowerSheets)
4- What is the first tiny step you would recommend re: starting a planning habit?
5- Thoughts on planning for fitness (different angle than Q10
6- To-do vs task vs goal vs project
7- How do you find the time for your monthly and quintile planning?
8- Holiday planning thoughts?

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  • Reply Eileen November 13, 2023 at 6:33 pm

    I haven’t finished listening to today’s episode yet, but Ink+Volt might be another goal setting planner for the listener who was asking. I haven’t used theirs yet but find myself often looking at their offerings.

  • Reply jennystancampiano November 14, 2023 at 9:19 am

    Ooh, I’ll listen to this one! Sounds like some good topics.

  • Reply Daria November 14, 2023 at 1:47 pm

    This was a great episode!

  • Reply Erica November 14, 2023 at 9:54 pm

    This was a really good episode! I totally empathize with the listener who wrote in about having the same exercise / weight loss and organization goals quarter after quarter, and I definitely agree with everything you said, but somehow I have sort of made peace with the fact that I am going to be perpetually trying to lose ten pounds and organize my apartment.

    Maybe it would help to view the goal itself as a process rather than an outcome? For example, I track my fruit and veggie consumption, and I have a weekly target, but my goal isn’t “finished” if I meet the target or “failed” if I’m a bit under; it’s just something I always keep on my mind (sometimes more so than others). Which seems to be the nature of home and bodily maintenance – there is no good way to “finish” this project!

    • Reply Alyce November 16, 2023 at 6:56 am

      I totally agree with Sarah’s framing of the exercise/weight goal, but I’d also want to plug that bringing in professional support can be super helpful. I’ve been working with a personal trainer and a nutritionist the past couple of months and it has been a revelatory experience. In addition to accountability, they just make it easy to implement the changes I’ve needed to make in my exercise and eating habits. In retrospect, it’s shocking that I have apparently always thought I could cobble together their level of expertise from reading articles on the internet. (To be honest, it’s actually kinda offensive.) The nutritionist is expensive up front (but not out of reach of an upper middle class income family that can budget for it), but oh my god, cutting through the crap permeating society about food is invaluable. It’s also a short term, hopefully one-time expense as I learn how to eat best for me and my body. The personal trainer is through my office gym and is much more affordable. She’s been huge for my accountability and I see myself working out with her/a trainer forever. She challenges me in ways I would never challenge myself if working out alone.

      Also, my body goal is simply to feel good in my body. If I’m eating well and consistently and doing a variety of exercises, I feel good. And I feel good right away, which means I get positive feedback constantly that motivates me to keep going. As opposed to having a certain weight be my goal – that would be totally demotivating because any goal I set would take time to accomplish.

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