While I get asked a myriad of questions about both of these incredible products, hands down the question I get asked the most often is “what’s the difference?”
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE SIMPLIFIED PLANNER AND POWERSHEETS
I didn’t plan it this way, but I actually started using the Simplified Planner and the Powersheets at the same time, way back in 2015. That’s right friends… 2020 will be my sixth year using both of these amazing tools.
And guess what? In the five years I’ve been using them, I’ve made more progress on my big and small goals than ever before. So trust me when I say that these tools work, y’all.
But there’s still that question… what’s the difference between the two? And why should you be using both in your life?
Created by Emily Ley, the Simplified Planner is “a beautiful, joyful agenda for busy women in all seasons of life.”
Available in both a daily and weekly format, the Simplified Planner is primarily that — a planner for the regular things happening in your life. Whatever format you choose, its pages allow you to keep track of your agenda and tasks from day-to-day, make notes, and plan for the things in your life on a consistent basis.
By contrast, the Powersheets from Cultivate What Matters are an intentional goal planning workbook designed “to help you cultivate what matters most, little by little, with some big leaps along the way.”
With pages of prep work at the beginning of each year that help you dig deep into what is truly important to you, both in the here and now and 80 years from now, the Powersheets really do help you cut through the noise of what the world tells you matters and cultivate what matters most to you.
The annual prep work is paired with quarterly prep work and goal refreshes, plus monthly prep work and tending lists to help you process through and create an action plan for your monthly, weekly, and daily goals — helping you make progress on the big and little things.
Now that we’ve broken down what each of these incredible tools was designed to do… let’s get down to the nitty gritty — why should you be using them both?
At their core, the Simplified Planner and Powersheets have different functions, but the same goal — they were both created to help you live intentionally and to cultivate and make room for what matters most.
The Simplified Planner does this by helping you plan out your weeks and days and encouraging you, by its very minimal design, to create margin in your life. The Powersheets do this by helping you uncover those good, lasting goals and making progress on them, little by little.
When used separately, they can help you make some great progress organizing your life and moving forward with your goals, but when used together? It’s pure magic, my friends.
So just how do you use these two tools in tandem to make that magic?
You start with the Powersheets to define the big picture then follow it up with the Simplified Planner to implement things in the day-to-day.
Like I mentioned before, the Powersheets are chock full of annual, quarterly, and monthly prep work to help you get really clear on the big and small things you want to make happen in your life each year. Building the prep work into my regular routines and rhythms throughout the year has been absolutely instrumental in actually making progress on the goals I set before January 1st rolls around each year.
Once you’ve used the Powersheets to get clear on that big picture, you can use the Simplified Planner to actually plan out how to make those big and small goals a reality in your day-to-day by actually putting those actions steps on the calendar.