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“A goal without a plan is just a wish.”

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I’m so excited to share my love for planning as I inspire others to live an organized life. My motto is Pray, Plan, Prosper, Repeat. Planning is a continual process that starts with prayer and yielding to the spirit of God as you get instructions and direction for your life. It is then your responsibility to do what the Lord has called you to do. Planning helps to navigate you through your journey.

The Purpose of Planning

Creating your roadmap

I like to think of planning as a roadmap for the strategy behind one’s goals.  If you start planning without an overarching strategy to guide you along the journey, it will be difficult for you to execute your plans.  By setting your strategy first, it provides your plan with the necessary guardrails to be successful.

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When you connect your plan to your strategy, you position yourself to succeed faster and with less stress.

Your plan helps you to implement the strategy.  It deepens:

  • The “How” – This is the technique that you will implement 
  • The “What” – What you are looking to accomplish
  • The “Why” – The motivation behind it all!

Let’s take budget planning for example.  Budget planning is my favorite in part because I have strong financial acumen.  I work in Corporate America in a financial role and enjoy numbers.  Money more so than number, but you get the point.  Not to mention, my family has some ambitious goals that will require financial investment and the highest level of financial freedom.

When I am preparing my budget plan, it is important for me to think of it as my roadmap. By following the steps outlined in my plan, I am positioned to reach my destination along the journey.  That destination is captured in my goals.

Planner Tips for Beginners

If you are new to planning, I encourage you to start by setting a foundation.  Start by planning your day and ensure you are as productive and organized as possible.

Here are 3 planner tips:

Tip #1: Find a planner that is going to fit your lifestyle

Tip #2: Don’t overthink your planning routine 

Tip #3: Identify what you want to plan for

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Let me know in the comments how you leverage planning in your everyday life!

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Simple 5 Step Planning Process

I always encourage planner lovers, planner enthusiast, and individuals looking to live a more organized life to leverage planning as a best practice! I am a long time planner guru.  My love for notebooks, planners, and cute pens runs deep.  When I reflect on my childhood, I used to have notebooks everywhere!

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I was constantly writing down dreams, plans, my calendar, cheer schedule, and everything else.  It has carried me through to adulthood and I’m still loving it.  I guess you can say that I am ‘ol school.  I prefer pen and paper over digital calendars.  Don’t get me wrong, I do leverage both for maximum effectiveness, but pen to paper is my sweet zone.

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As a result of planning and strategizing, I was able to shift my family from debt to credit card freedom.  We are now on a path towards building sustainable wealth for our children! In total we paid off over $40K in consumer debt in less than 2 years.  Can you believe it?  Planning works!

Here is a video with my Simple 5 Step Planning Process and below are a few key points and further elaboration! 

This simple process can be applied to any area of your life you are planning.  It is effective for budget planning, career planning, travel planning, or just planning your day.  If you follow these simple steps you will have a solid plan and you will see results in your life.

Specify what you are planning

Giving purpose to what you are planning helps you to navigate your journey.  Specify what you are planning for with some level of detail.  For example, “I am planning for xyz”.

Why are you planning

Your why will keep you anchored to your goals.  When you give meaning to what you are planning (step 1) and then connect it to your “why”, you will be more apt to work towards your goals.  Now our example becomes, “I am planning for xyz so that…”.  Adding so that is critical and will help feed into step three.]

Set SMART goals

SMART goals will help you to plan the activities related to the goals more seamlessly.  SMART is an acronym for specific, measurable, actionable, relatable, and time-bound.  This is connected to step two because it gives clarity to what you are planning and why.

Identify all known commitments

This will help you to plan more effortlessly because you have accounted for all dependencies and impacts related to what you are planning.

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Leverage an effective planning style

Find what is going to work for you. It’s ok to try different methods, but if the planning technique does not work for you and your family, pivot. The goal is to find something that is going to work for you. It’s important to not replicate someone else’s method, but find what is going to work for you.


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Planners and Notebooks Galore!

Y’all, guess how many planners I have? Go ahead, take a guess in the comments below.

By now you know I’m slightly planner obsessed. I enjoy planning and journaling. I write a ton so I go through a few notebooks a year. I also have a confession, every time I’m in Target or even a store like Ross, I go down the stationery aisle just to take a peek. And by “take a peek” I mean by the latest and greatest designs!

In addition to in store shopping, I’m always on the lookout for sales and promotions on the Erin Condren website. I’ve been enjoying their daily petite planners these days for daily to- do list and accountability.

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In this video, I walk you through a quick review and description of what I use each planner for. If you are an Erin Condren fan or if you’re just curious, click the video below.

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Planning vs. Time Management

Have you ever created an elaborate planner spread full of glitz and glam only to end the week having late arrivals and incomplete task?

Yeah, I know this feeling all to well. In situations like this, it’s evident that I planned well but managed my time inefficiently.

Today’s topic is the difference between planning and time management, and there is a difference. We may trip ourselves up if we think they’re one in the same. They’re both important, but they’re not one and the same. 

You can be good at planning, but lack the ability to effectively manage your time.  I have many planners and I set aside time to plan my week.  I also plan my day with checklists. I love organizing my planner so I can see my goals, my accomplishments, and my kid’s schedule. Funny enough, my ability to plan does not necessarily dictate my ability to manage my time.

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What’s the difference?

Planning is creating your road map and action plans to achieve a particular goal.

Time management is the ability to manage your time to get tasks completed.

It is important to understand your time commitments, to understand your plans, and to figure out how you can make the two things work together.  

One thing that I find with moms is that we typically wear a number of different hats.  Our responsibilities oftentimes compete with each other and create an interesting dynamic.  My encouragement to moms is to not only plan, but to create space in the day to execute upon the plans created. 

Do you really take the opportunity to look at your time, or are you simply planning?

– Debranetta

Both good, but they’re better together…

When you plan your day, it’s important to understand your goals and the required tasks needed to achieve your goals and how that fits into your available hours.

One way to make planning and time management work together is by following a time blocking technique.  This practice involves allocating timeframes to certain activities. This is a great way to structure your workday as well as your life overall. 

It’s most helpful for moms managing competing time commitments.  It enables you to create flow throughout your day. 

Stop being late…

Creating reminders are a great way to manage timelines.  I have missed many appointments and have been late numerous times because I did not set a reminder in my phone.  A sure way to avoid frustration is to set reminders or to check your to do list frequently throughout the day.  Trust me, I’m still a work in progress in this area but I’m happy to share my lessons learned.

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Faith Foundations of Planning

If you follow me on YouTube, you already know that I love all things Mplanning! If you are new to Coach D’s Planner Life, hey welcome! my name is Debranetta and I absolutely love planning.  I’m an ol’ school pen and paper fan and planners keep me organized.  

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I have many different types of planners and notebooks and they all serve a specific purpose.  The common thread is the organizational component.  If I am to be honest, planning is also a creative outlet for me.  I love to say that “Planning is my Therapy”.  I will talk more about planning as a form of self-care in an upcoming blog post so make sure that you subscribe.

In today’s post I will be sharing about planning from a biblical perspective. As you study scripture, you will find numerous references to “planning” in the Bible. 

It’s in the word…

One of the most notable scriptures is Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  I firmly believe that God has a plan for our lives and if we connect with God and spend time in scripture, he will reveal elements of his plans to us.  This is why journaling after prayer and planning out activities is important to me.

If I am planning for my career, I lead with prayer…

If I am planning for our budget, I lead with prayer…

If I am planning for a trip, I lead with prayer…

If I am planning for my day, I start with prayer…

Prayer is the foundation for my planning journey in all things. Why?  Because, it is my desire to stay in alignment with God’s will so that I can make the process a bit easier.  Not EASY but easier. 

Decent and in order…

Planning and creating routines go hand in hand.  They are similar in that our daily plans, for example, can become our routines if we execute consistently. Planning helps to maintain order in our lives.  

1 Corinthians 14:40 (ESV)

“But all things should be done decently and in order.”

As a busy mom with a fast-paced career in corporate, a growing business and influencer platform, it’s important for me to stay as organized as possible.  I’m still a work in progress, but I am embracing my “decently and in order” journey.  I learned a lot, experienced some amazing wins, and will continue to share my journey with others.

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Great expectation…

Planning allows me to exercise my faith. When I am setting my personal goals, I dream big, y’all! I lay my request out before God (after spending time in prayer of course) and trust that God always watches over his work to perform Jeremiah 1:12 AMP. 

When God gives me a vision, I write it out. I pray over it and keep all requests before him.  It’s a faith walk and worth every single step. 

Psalm 5:3 (NIV) “In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”

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I hope this encourages you to connect your planning journey to your faith in some way.  It will help to keep you grounded and hopeful throughout the ebbs and flows of life.

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Just call me Coach D

My name is Debranetta and I am the ultimate planner and strategist! On my YouTube Channel, I share my love for all things planner! Go check it out and hit subscribe.

This blog will give me an opportunity to connect with my followers and expand upon and document my YouTube content. Here, we will deep dive into the tips, recommendations and reviews.

Here’s the types of planning we will discuss…

  • Goal Setting
  • Budget Planning
  • Travel Planning
  • Lifestyle Planning

The post can be short or long, a personal intro to your life or a bloggy mission statement, a manifesto for the future or a simple outline of your the types of things you hope to publish.

To help you get started, here are a few questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.

Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.

When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.