High Performance Planner vs Start Today Journal?! | Comparing Goal Setting Planners for 2019

High Performance Planner vs Start Today Journal?! | Comparing Goal Setting Planners for 2019

Tara: I have just spent the last month testing
out two of the latest goal setting planners – the High Performance Planner from Brendon
Burchard and the Start Today Journal from Rachel Hollis. And I am gonna walk through my experience
with them, what I loved, what I think fell short, and hopefully help you decide which,
if either, is a good fit for you. Tara: What’s happening, boss lady? I’m Tara Wagner, your belief breakthrough
coach helping female entrepreneurs to crush their goals, not their soul, and I’m talking
about two really popular, newer goal setting planners or goal setting journals. Actually, one’s kind of a planner and one’s
more of a journal. Tara: If you’re anything like me, you are
seeing these non-stop all over Instagram, every single YouTube ad. God love Brendon Burchard. His ad spend for this thing must be insane. Either that or it’s just me, but I don’t know
how to mark and let him know I’ve already bought one. I am seeing the ads everywhere. But, I’ve actually been trying these out for
a couple months or a couple weeks … Little over a month? Yeah. Little over a month. And I’ve got some thoughts on them. So, I’m gonna actually start off talking about
a little bit of the basics of each one to introduce you to them if you’re kinda newer
to them and then I’m gonna talk to you about my experience with them what I liked, what
I didn’t like, and try to help you figure out what you might like and what might serve
you best where you are right now. Tara: Let’s start with the Start Today Journal
because it is the simplest. In fact, it is probably the simplest journal
you will ever spend almost 30 dollars on. The designs, I think, are really cool because
it changes up every quarter. I think it’s designed to last three months
and then you can go and order a different one. And you’re gonna have a different collection
of these different designs they’re coming out with, which is cool but I kinda feel like
you’re paying a little bit for the design, you’re playing a little bit for the name behind
the design. There’s not a lot to this journal. It’s really simple. It starts off with an intro on how this journal
came to be, how to use it, and then you’re going through a daily practice with it. And it’s the same daily practice and it’s
very simple. Tara: It’s based off of a 10-10-1. So, she talks about 10 years, 10 dreams, one
goal. And you do some exercises in the beginning
to help you outline where you want to be in 10 years. You do a little bit more exercises to find
out 10 goals within that big vision. And then each day, you’re doing some exercises
around gratitude, around those 10 goals, and then a focus on just one goal at a time. Tara: This is much more of a goal setting
journal than it is a goal setting planner. There’s not a lot of planning to do here. It’s really more journal exercises. And I’ll share some more thoughts on that
and what I liked, what I didn’t like, in just in a minute. But let’s jump over to the High Performance
Planner and I’ll introduce you to that one. Tara: The High Performance Planner is almost
half the cost of the Start Today Journal and it’s way meaty. There’s a lot going on here. Really high quality. I love this little … I don’t know what this
is called. Like a strappy thingy? Somebody drop me a comment and tell me what
this is actually called. And I love the little cloth bookmark. Little touches like that make a big difference. I don’t know about you. At least it makes a big difference for me
and I really appreciated having those. Tara: The whole journal consists of … There’s
a whole life assessment in the beginning to give you your baseline. Then it is weekly and monthly assessments
to realign you or to track your progress as well as morning and evening exercises to help
you to stay aligned with your bigger vision, your bigger goals, who you want to be. This whole thing was based around his book
High Performance Habits and if you haven’t read that, some of this is not going to make
sense to you or it’s not going to click in quite the same way. So, I loved the book. I highly recommend reading the book first
if you’re considering this planner. The planner is really geared to help you implement
what’s taught in the book in a consistent and a simplified way. Tara: Those are the basics on these two goal
setting planners/journals. Now I’m gonna go through my experience of
them using them over the past month, what I liked and what I didn’t like. Like I said, the beginning of the Start Today
Journal is some journaling prompts and the first one is journaling on in 10 years, I
will be … And you’re kinda journaling on your vision 10 years from now. Tara: I really loved this. I thought it was really cool to spend some
time casting that vision. But to be honest, I would have struggled with
this a few years ago, not really knowing what I wanted or what it could look like. And that can be really common. It can be really common to try to figure out
where do I want to be in five years. I don’t even know where I want to be in one
year. What does this look like? A few years ago, I would have needed more
prompts. And so, if you feel like you struggle with
that same thing, figuring out what you really want … If you’re doing this journal, I would
Google some additional prompts on big vision, goal setting, where I want to be in 10 years;
that sort of thing to help to figure that out a little bit easier because there’s really
… It was one prompt. In 10 years, I will be … And that’s it. And you feel out the page. Tara: The next journaling prompt on here is
to narrow down the dreams that you made happen into 10 dreams because then you’re gonna take
that into the journal for the rest of the day … Or for the rest of the journal … And
you’re going to be writing first, today I’m grateful for … And you write down five things
you’re grateful for. 10 dreams I made happen, and you’re writing
those 10 things down every single day. And then this is where the 10-10-1 comes into
place. The goal I’m gonna achieve first, that’s the
one. That’s the one that you’re focusing on first. Tara: Basically, the whole thing is your writing
down five gratitudes and you’re writing down 10 affirmations, essentially. I think for somebody who is very clear on
what they need to do but they’re losing sight of why they’re doing it. Maybe you’re getting discouraged, something
like that, this can be really helpful ’cause it’s gonna help you to stay focused on your
why or that long-term goal, especially if what you’re working on doesn’t create immediate
results and it is really a long-term goal. This could be really useful. But if you struggle with actually implementing,
turning that vision into daily tasks or staying on track on a daily basis with what you’re
supposed to do, I don’t think this is gonna be enough for you. Tara: For where I am in my life and my business,
it didn’t do a whole lot for me. It doesn’t really motivate me to focus on
my dream life because that’s not my motivator. My motivator is more my bigger why, my bigger
purpose; the impact I want to make. So, focusing on things like … Like I wrote
down in my dream life I live in Rome with a rooftop patio. That’s fun. It was fun to visualize that, but it doesn’t
keep me motivated every day when I might be feeling discouraged or I might be frustrated
or I’m like oh, my gosh. Is this really worth it? For me, I need to be focusing on that bigger
vision. This is worth it because of the lives that
I’m impacting. Or this is worth it because of the change
that I’m making. Tara: For me, focusing on my personal outcome,
that’s not gonna do it for me. And I can see myself using this more if I
switch it up and I’m focusing less on my personal goals and dreams that I made happen and more
on my why, my impact, my purpose; that sort of thing. Tara: Also, what didn’t really click with
me, and maybe I’m just missing the point … I don’t completely disagree with the idea what
we need to focus on one thing at a time except for the fact that we need to focus on one
thing at a time in different areas of our life. One of my goals was I am strong, energetic
and healthy. Well, that’s obviously the first thing that
I need to focus on but that doesn’t mean I can’t also focus on something in my business
and something in my relationships or my family. So, for me, I just was like … It just didn’t
click for me or motivate me to just be writing down that first focus other than the fact
that this is my first priority in the day. There’s still other things that I want to
do.I think I would have gotten more benefit from this had I organized these in terms of
priority. So, number one, what’s the first thing I’m
focusing on? And then going down the list from there in
terms of priority. Tara: I’ve talked about this before and I’ll
probably talk about it again in some upcoming videos, but it’s really about the difference
between affirmations versus outcomes. The journal is really helping you to focus
on outcomes, which is helpful if you struggle with goal setting and personal goals. For instance, if you feel guilty setting personal
goals, it can help you to align and get your mind comfortable with the idea of having these
goals, having these dreams in your life. But if that’s not the challenge for you, I
don’t think that that’s as effective as it is focusing on the things that are gonna empower
you and encourage and inspire you to do what’s necessary every single day to reach those
ultimate goals. Tara: I prefer to focus on and visualize how
I want to feel right now, who I want to be right now, what I need to be doing right now,
knowing that the details and the outcomes, they might change and that’s okay. I’m not really tied to the idea of living
in Rome with a rooftop patio. It sounds really good, don’t get me wrong,
but I’m not tied to it because I know that if I don’t do that, it means I’m doing something
else. I’m not as interested in the details and the
outcomes as I am in the impact and just trusting the process as I go alone. Tara: That is the Start Today journal. Now I’m gonna go into the High Performance
Planner. Like I said, this is a meaty little beast. I really loved having the whole life assessment
and the high performance habits assessment in the beginning to set my baseline and figure
out where I am. And I think I filled this out on an okay day
because I’m sort of all over the place. Some of them I got an 80 percent score. Some of them I got a 52 percent score. Tara: I loved being able to go in and do the
weekly and the monthly assessments and then, also, the daily habits score card because
I feel like this just gave me some really consistent touch points to keep me on track
with my intentions, with my goals, how I wanted to show up, what I wanted to be doing on a
day-to-day basis. His stuff is really about habit formation;
habits being the things that lead us to goals. It’s less about that big vision and the inspiration
as it is about the meaty, day-to-day pieces of how do we get this done? How do we stay on track? Tara: Part of the reasons I loved all the
checkpoints in this planner is that it really helps you to see your patterns and commonalities
or where bottlenecks keep happening or which bottlenecks keep happening so you can actually
start to catch those things before they come up because now you’re just aware of the pattern. I love the fact that it was a daily, a weekly,
and a monthly assessment giving you a chance to take that bird’s eye view and figuring
out what’s working, what’s not working, what influenced me today, how did it influence
me today? That helped me a lot to really stay on track
with everything. Tara: You start the day with your message
to yourself, your morning mindset exercises, your top three goals and priorities, the tasks
that absolutely must be done, and the people that you need to lead or connect well with
today and how to do it. There’s a task management in here but I don’t
use a paper planner for task management because I have a team. We work in a sauna. So, this wasn’t as useful for me but I can
see it being very useful for somebody who does like having that paper planner only because
you’re keeping your tasks and your mindset work in the same place so you’re able to take
that into your day. Tara: And I did find one challenge that I
had was remembering to take some of the things that I outlined in my morning mindset, like
some of the activities that I wanted to do … I actually forgot to take them into the
day and actually schedule to have them done. Just a little tip. If you don’t use this as a planner and you’re
using it more for the journaling aspect and the check-ins and the assessments, just make
sure that you’re taking in those actions that you outline in these into your actual task
management or into your schedule so that they’re getting done. Otherwise, it just ends up being a lot of
nice words on the page and you get frustrated with yourself and feel like you’re wasting
your time doing these journals. Tara: I also found that it was really useful
to use some of the margins to journal about what happened today, what might have influenced
some of my daily habit scorecards; things like that. Without that, I found it a little bit like
I’m noticing these numbers are lower but I had to think back a little bit more to look
for those habits. It was great to be able to go back a couple
weeks and look at my scorecard and say hey, I noticed when I was doing more self care
these numbers were up. When I was doing less self care, these numbers
were down. I just started keeping notes that fit for
me in terms of what I was doing that day, what was happening in my business, what was
happening in life; that sort of thing, to view those patterns a little bit easier. Tara: Like I said, it is really meaty and
it takes some time to fill out. And I think that’s one of the drawbacks is
it is kind of time consuming and if you’re short on time, it can be one of the first
things that you let go. There was a few weeks there where I was just
barely getting it in or just flat out skipping it for a couple days because it wasn’t realistic. If you’re struggling with time, I still think
this is worth it because it can help you to start really aligning your actions in a way
that helps to save you time or create time or create energy. But you gotta give yourself some grace and
know that you’re probably not gonna get it every single day. It’s gonna take some time to really get there. Tara: And one little tip that I have, also,
is to consider doing it once a day instead of twice a day. At night, fill out your nighttime mindset,
your evening journal, and then fill out the morning mindset that night. You’re kinda getting a jump on the day, but
you’re gonna save a little bit more time ’cause you’re already in that mindset, in that flow. So, you can fill this out the night before. Maybe that will help a little bit. Maybe you just do the best you can with it
and let good enough be good enough, right? Tara: If you find that you are in a newer
stage in your business, you may need more of the Start Today Journal, especially if
you’re dealing with a lot of fear, if you’re dealing with a lot of self doubt, if you’re
dealing with a lot of other people’s self doubts and it’s steering you off course. That can be a great way to just consistently
realign and refocus. But if you’re in a stage in your business
where you really need to up level, like you’ve been at this for a few years, this, I think,
is gonna serve you much better. Tara: Speaking of goals, can I do a little
plug for self care goals this year and encourage you to download my free Self Care in Seconds
training? It’s a short video training. It’s one part mindset and one part really
practically strategy. And it’s here specifically to show you that
with a few perspective shifts and a few new habits, you actually do have time to take
better care of yourself this year. It’s free, it’s super helpful. You can find it in the link in the description. Tara: If you have a favorite goal setting
planner or any questions about these two, let us all know in the comments. Make sure you download Self Care in Seconds. Give this video a thumbs up. And if you’re a female entrepreneur, subscribe
for more videos to help you crush your goals, not your soul. And share it with your boss lady friends. We’ll help them do the same thing. And then check out these videos over here. You might really dig them. Thanks so much for watching. I’ll see you next time.

16 thoughts on “High Performance Planner vs Start Today Journal?! | Comparing Goal Setting Planners for 2019

  1. I don't have a planner so far to date. Your video has very insightful information. But at this time I'm looking for a CRM program. This will keep in line with my "Take Action." plan.

  2. Hi Tara, Thanks for this. Totally struggle with the journal thing. Have bought formal journals and just a notepad. Always start off enthusiastically and then drop it. Not sure of the name for the elastic but "strappy thingy", works for us. LOL! Awesome putting down all the timecodes BTW:)

  3. This is so helpful! I am currently "using" the Full Focus Planner. I love some things about it and have been struggling with consistently using it lately.

  4. Totally unrealated to this video, but I just wanted to say thank you for being a part of the process of getting me to the point of managing my business and personal life ( the hour tip you gave ) when becoming my own boss. So thank you ❤

  5. I love that you grabbed these two and compared. I know a lot of people are going more towards digital planning but I feel that hand to paper is best. I especially like that the second journal has the prompts! Thanks for sharing these!

  6. I like journaling but I feel like I haven't found a journal that I really liked yet. These looked interesting but I think I'm still on the hunt. Thanks for the review!

  7. Great review! I haven't found the right planner yet…still on the hunt…something is always missing..Love this video along with your time blocking videos!New Subscriber:)

  8. I think it's cool to focus on the wider purpose, what we can do to the public or the world- making change to a better living. 😊👍

  9. Great review. I'm constantly looking for a calendar/planner/note taking (for multiple meetings) journal/taskers/suspenses. Something to manage my time and time that's stolen from me by others and their issues/problems. Something I can balance out my life between work and my personal life.

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