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How to Use a Vision Board with Your Daily Planner

By Leslie Sleesman on January 10, 2024

How to Use a Vision Board with Your Daily Planner

A vision board filled with magazine clippings alongside a sheet of checklist stickers and an 8x8 Limelife Planner.

It’s the start of a brand new year and like many people this month, you might be considering creating a vision board. If so, you’ll love this post! I happen to think that integrating a vision board into your daily planner routine can be a transformative strategy for achieving your goals. 

A vision board is simply a visual representation of your desires and goals. It’s essentially a collage of images, words, and phrases that inspire and motivate you. 

When used with your planner, it serves as a daily reminder of your larger aspirations while you manage the day-to-day tasks that will lead you towards achieving them.

Understanding how to effectively combine these tools starts with recognizing the complementary relationship between them: 

  • Your planner keeps track of your appointments, tasks, and deadlines – the tangible actions that move you forward. 
  • Your vision board, on the other hand, keeps your dreams and objectives in clear sight, helping to align your daily activities with your long-term goals.

By using a vision board with your daily planner, you create a powerful synergy that continuously steers your focus back to the bigger picture. As you cross off each task in your planner, your vision board is there to remind you of why you're doing it, keeping you motivated and centered on your journey toward success.

Benefits of Creating a Vision Board

When I first began creating vision boards, I simply used them as a way to get myself motivated to work on my goals. I would create my vision board at the beginning of the year, marvel at how beautiful it was, and forget about it for the remainder of the year. Honestly, it was not the best way to use this amazing tool. 

In time, I realized that a vision board could and should be used for so much more! Here are two big benefits of creating a vision board:

Benefit #1: Defining Your Goals

The first benefit is that a vision board helps to better define your goals. It serves as a representation of your aspirations and desired outcomes in life. By selecting imagery and words that resonate with your ambitions, you create a collaged display that serves as a constant reminder of where you want to go. 

This tangible representation helps crystallize your objectives. It makes abstract goals feel more concrete and achievable. For instance, pictures of a dream home or snippets of a travel magazine can pinpoint your target lifestyle.

Benefit #2: Visualizing Your Success

The next benefit is that it helps in the act of visualizing success which can significantly impact your journey to achieving your goals. A vision board operates on the principle that what you see daily influences your thoughts, mood, and motivation. 

Picture yourself succeeding in your endeavors; this mental image, combined with the visual stimuli from your vision board, reinforces a positive pathway in your brain, aiding in keeping you focused and inspired. 

For example, if your vision board includes images of tranquility and balance, it will serve as a daily cue to work towards a calmer and more centered life.

Integrating Vision Boards with Daily Planning

Utilizing a vision board as part of your daily planning routine ensures that your long-term goals are aligned with your everyday actions. Here are tangible steps you can take for success:

Scheduling Time for Visualization

Make visualization a daily or weekly habit. Allocate a specific time in your planner for daily or weekly reflection on your vision board. This could be first thing in the morning or during a quiet evening moment. Consistency is key; even five minutes can help cement your goals in your mind.

  • Morning: Set aside 5-10 minutes in the morning to review your vision board.
  • Evening: Before bed, reflect on the day's activities and how they aligned with the visions on your board.

Aligning Daily Actions with Vision Goals

To ensure your daily tasks are contributing to your larger vision, match them with the goals displayed on your vision board.

  1. Identify key goals from your vision board.
  2. List daily actions in your planner that advance these goals.
  3. At the end of each day, check off completed actions and adjust as needed for continual progress.

Creating Synergy for Productivity

Integrating a vision board with your daily planner creates a dynamic tool that guides your daily actions towards your long-term aspirations.

Tracking Progress

To effectively track progress, you must routinely check your planner against the goals depicted on your vision board. This could include a weekly review where you mark off completed tasks and evaluate how each contributes toward the broader goals. 

It’s beneficial to have a structured way to note achievements, such as:

  • Completed Tasks: A checklist in your planner.
  • Milestones: Highlight with a different color or symbol when a significant goal is reached.
  • Reflection: Regularly write brief notes on what's working and areas for improvement.

Adjusting Plans and Vision Regularly

Your vision board should not be static; it needs to evolve as you grow and as circumstances change. Make it a habit to adjust your plans and vision by:

  • Periodic Assessment: Every month, dedicate time to assess your current path and make adjustments to your planner and vision board.
  • Setting Priorities: Clearly define what’s most important for the coming period, and update your planner to focus on these areas.

Use these strategies as a roadmap to steer your daily productivity in alignment with your ultimate goals.

Ready to Use a Vision Board with Your Daily Planner?

Hopefully, this post has inspired you to create a vision board to use along with your daily planner! Remember, when you hit your goals, no matter how small, don’t forget to celebrate your success! 

Continue to reflect and adjust your goals/strategies as needed to stay on track. With persistence and dedication, your vision board and planner can become invaluable tools in bringing your goals and dreams to life!

Limelife has created a vision board printable to help you get started! Print the sheets then cut out the elements you think would benefit you on your own vision board. Click here to download.

Author’s Bio:
Kari is the founder of She's a firm believer that small, consistent changes to your mindset can lead to a life of more fulfillment, success, and happiness. She currently lives in South Carolina with her husband and two sons.

How to Incorporate Gratitude and Reflection into Your Daily Planner

By Leslie Sleesman on November 01, 2023

Daily gratitude book with floral cover next to a colorful 8x8" planner with the name 'Kari' on the cover.
If you're reading this post, there’s a pretty high chance that you are someone who understands the importance of having a daily planner–it helps you to keep track of your tasks, appointments, deadlines, etc. But have you ever considered using your planner as a tool for gratitude and reflection? 

Including gratitude and reflection in your daily planner can help you cultivate a positive mindset, increase your self-awareness, and improve your overall well-being.

In this post, we’ll take a closer look at how you can easily add gratitude and reflection to your daily planner use and reap the benefits.

Understanding the Importance of Gratitude and Reflection

For me, gratitude is having an appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful in your life. It can help cultivate positive emotions, improve relationships, and increase life satisfaction.

Reflection is the act of looking back on past experiences and considering their impact. By focusing on gratitude and reflection, you can develop a habit of appreciating the positive aspects of your life and become more aware of the benefits of having gratitude practice.

Research has found that practicing gratitude has significant positive effects on our physical and mental wellbeing. It can help:

  • Reduce anxiety

  • Improve sleep quality

  • Bolsters your immune system

In my own personal life, I’ve found that by focusing on the benefits of gratitude, I’m able to cultivate a more positive outlook on my life and this just generally makes me a happier person.

Incorporating Gratitude and Reflection into Your Daily Planner

An 8x8" planner is open on a desk filled with plans and notes -- some of the pages contain gratitudes.

So, what can you do to incorporate gratitude and reflection into your daily routine? Here are some tips on how to make the most out of your Limelife Planner and include gratitude and reflection in your daily planning.

Choosing the Right Planner Layout

If you happen to be new to the world of planners, here’s a good tip: When choosing a planner, it's important to pick one that best fits your needs and preferences. 

Look for a planner that has enough space for you to write down your tasks, activities, and experiences. Consider the layout of the planner, including the pages, dates, and monthly/weekly calendar, to ensure that it works for you. (Check out Limelife’s weekly layouts here.)

Structuring Your Planner

Once you have chosen your planner layout, it's time to structure it in a way that allows you to incorporate gratitude and reflection into your daily routine.

One way to do this is to create a separate section in your planner for gratitude and reflection. Limelife offers a great Gratitude Planner Add-On. You can use this section to write down things you are grateful for, reflect on your experiences, and set intentions for the day.


Balancing Tasks and Reflection

While it's important to stay on top of your tasks and appointments, it's equally important to take time for reflection and gratitude. One way to balance these is to include a to-do list for the day, but also leave space for reflection and gratitude. 

For example, you can include a section for gratitude at the beginning or end of each day, or use a bullet journal-style layout to combine tasks and reflection.

Creative Ideas for a Unique Planner Experience

Your daily planner can be a powerful tool for reflection, gratitude, and creativity. Here are some creative ideas to help you make the most of your planner:

Customize Your Pages

Use colorful writing pens, stickers, images, and more to add some personality and positivity to your planner pages. Limelife’s inspired planner stickers are an easy add-on.

Use Gratitude Writing Prompts

One of the easiest ways to incorporate gratitude with your planner pages is to use prompts. These are simple questions or statements that encourage you to reflect on what you're thankful for. Some examples of gratitude prompts include:

  • What are three things you're grateful for today?

  • Who is someone you appreciate and why?

  • What is something you accomplished recently that you're proud of?

Using prompts can help you focus on specific things you're grateful for and this makes creating a gratitude habit easier.

Use Gratitude Quotes

Incorporating quotes into your planner pages can be a great way to inspire and motivate yourself. Look for quotes that resonate with you and make you feel thankful. Write them down in your planner and reflect on how they apply to your life.

Here are some examples of gratitude quotes to get you started:

  • "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more." - Melody Beattie

  • "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • "When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in." - Kristin Armstrong

Try Gratitude Affirmations

Gratitude affirmations are intentional statements that help you to express appreciation in your daily life. Using affirmations of gratitude help you to focus your intentions and create more positive thoughts and a happier mindset.

Here are a few affirmation you can add to your planner pages:

  • No matter how dark the night, I am grateful that joy comes in the morning.

  • Even on my bad days, I am grateful for the opportunity to experience life.

  • I’m thankful for the money that flows into my life easily, frequently, and abundantly.

  • I am so grateful for supportive friends and a loving family.

Consider Gratitude Journaling

I’m a big fan of journaling. Gratitude journaling specifically is a powerful tool for cultivating a positive mindset. The Daily Gratitude Journal is a simple and effective way to practice gratitude each day.

To get the most out of your gratitude journaling practice, it's important to make it a habit. Set aside a specific time each day to write in your journal. This could be first thing in the morning, before bed, or during a break at work.

Start small and aim to write just a few sentences each day. Over time, you can increase the amount of time you spend journaling and the depth of your reflections.

Remember, like using your Limelife Planner, gratitude journaling is a form of self-care. Treat it as a priority and make it a regular part of your daily routine.

The Impact of Gratitude and Reflection

After reading this post, I hope you walk away knowing that including gratitude and reflection in your daily planner can have a major positive impact on your life. 

Practicing gratitude can help you cultivate a positive mindset. When you focus on the positive aspects of your life, you are more likely to experience positive emotions such as joy, contentment, and bliss.

Reflection is also essential. Taking time to reflect on your experiences and emotions can help you process them and gain a better understanding of yourself. 

Adding gratitude and reflection to your daily planner can also boost your productivity. By taking time to reflect on your accomplishments and what you are grateful for, you are more likely to feel motivated and energized to tackle your to-do list.

So are you ready to add a sprinkle of gratitude to your planner pages? Give it a try! You won’t regret it!

Author’s Bio:
Kari is the founder of She's a firm believer that small, consistent changes to your mindset can lead to a life of more fulfillment, success, and happiness. She currently lives in South Carolina with her husband and two sons.

We are back!

By Leslie Sleesman on July 22, 2023

We are back!

I know Limelife Planners gave many customers a small heart attack several months ago after announcing its closure. But thankfully, WE ARE BACK and very excited to serve its wonderful planner-loving customers!

Ready for some juicy gossip? OK, here’s the story of what happened:

Leslie was ready to start a new chapter in her career, but then she fell into a serendipitous partnership with me, Jacquie. This was not the plan for either one of us, but we just “clicked” and it seemed meant to be.

 I had been a loyal customer for many years, and I loved watching Leslie grow the business and create so many beautiful designs. She really loved that part of the business, but over time, she got so busy with the operational aspects and it became too demanding. That is where I come in :-)  

To give Leslie the time and space to design and dream up new ideas, we moved production “down south” to Georgia. Now I am taking on most of the production and operational responsibilities. If you love what you do, it isn’t work – and being creative isn’t work for Leslie.

 Now, a little about me… I am a wife, mother to 4 kids and 2 dogs, manager, coach, troop leader – and whatever else my children, employees, and husband need. Our family and work calendars are always slammed, and I cannot imagine where I would be without all my Limelife Planners over the years!

I am thrilled to be Leslie’s partner and create this exciting new chapter of Limelife Planners. Thank you for being so inviting. I look forward to making gorgeous planners and notebooks for all of you.


Helpful Planning Tips

By Leslie Sleesman on January 06, 2022

Helpful Planning Tips

Every January it feels like such a magical time of hope and promise (and okay, after these last few years maybe a bit of cautious optimism). Even though New Year's Resolutions have gotten a bad rap, I still love the idea of being reflective and looking for ways to become a better version of yourself, or to make changes that make life a bit easier and more streamlined. Not surprisingly, it's a great time to start using a planner to help you accomplish those changes. 

I am often asked how to plan and/or what the "secret" is to planning.

My advice might surprise you. People make assumptions that I'm a very Type-A person who is an obsessive planner (not a crazy assumption given that I own a planner company), but I'm much more relaxed about planning than all that. Planning should be a fun, helpful way to make life a little easier -- not stressful and complicated! 

First off, there is no secret to planning. A planner is not a magic bullet. It's not going to make your life more organized or make you crush all your goals, and anyone that tells you a planner WILL do that is lying to you. 

If you want to be successful you need to put in the work. Not surprisingly, like most everything else in life, this is about consistency. A planner can be a great tool to help you navigate life and goals when used consistently. It's as simple and as complicated as that. However! I do have a few helpful tips I've learned over the years that can help you use this tool more effectively. 

I find that one of the biggest struggles people have with using a planner is just getting into the rhythm of actually writing in it. It can take weeks or even months in order for you to be able to form the habit of using a planner if you haven't used one before. So my first helpful tip is to keep your planner visible. The old adage "out of sight, out of mind" is really true. Until you're used to reaching for your planner, keep it out on the counter, on your desk, or on your bedside table. Eventually it will become second nature to grab it. 

My second helpful tip is one that surprise people. Don't be afraid to use technology as a companion to your planner. I will often look at my planner in the morning or at the beginning of the week and set phone alarms to help me with meeting reminders, appointments, etc. There's no doubt that using a paper planner has some pretty big advantages (which I will get into in a bit), but a planner is a tool and your phone is a tool -- make the most of both and use them together when it makes sense. A quick word of caution. If you're a person who is easily distracted when you pick up your phone, and that's not a behavior that you want to encourage then using phone alarms might not be a good fit for you. Know yourself and do what best aligns with your needs and goals. 

Okay, taking a little sidebar here to tell you why paper planners are great. There's been research done that found that when we write something down on paper, we are much more likely to remember it than when we type the very same thing into our phones or into a digital calendar. Even if you never look at the phone or the planner again, just the simple act of writing it out means you're better able to remember it. Simply put: our brains are wired for paper planners. 

If you're a person who has dipped your pinky toe into the online planner community, you might see planner pages beautifully adorned with stickers and washi tape, and other fun elements. While I love the look of stickers in a planner, it's not necessary in order to use your planner effectively. My third helpful tip is to keep it simple -- or, better yet, keep it simple if simple is what you need. Do not feel the need to turn your planner into something that doesn't suit you. If the thought of decorating stresses you out, by all means do not decorate! If what works for you is using a regular #2 pencil and not color-coded pens and coordinating highlighters, use a #2 pencil. Your planner. Your rules. 

Finally, my last helpful tip is to try to keep it all together. If you're trying to accomplish multiple goals or tasks, consider using your planner to track as many of those things as possible. We sell lots of add-ons in addition to just the basic weekly or monthly planner. Having one "go-to" place for everything makes things easier. Instead of keeping track of grocery lists in one place, bills due in another, and notes in yet another, your planner can be home to all of that. 

If you've gotten to the end of this post and you're excited to jump in to your planner, great! If you don't yet have a planner and want to get one, please try out all of our printable test pages from our website. You can view them right here.

At the end of the day, the best and most effective planner is the one you use. This is at the heart of why we sell so many different sizes of planners and why we have so many different layouts and add-ons and covers. We want you to find a planner that fits your life so you use it. We wholeheartedly believe that a planner is an amazing tool to help you untangle some of life's complications and get things in order. 

Travel Planning Using a Dot Grid TN Insert

By Leslie Sleesman on May 28, 2018

Travel Planning Using a Dot Grid TN Insert

There are a lot of different options for travel planning out there, in the ‘planner world.’ I’ve seen whole planners for trips, pre-printed traveler’s notebook inserts, printable inserts, and more. But, nothing out there really struck me as the perfect solution. So, staying in line with my “use Limelife dot grid notebooks for all the things” philosophy of late, I decided to make my own!

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Travelers Notebook Hacks

By Leslie Sleesman on May 21, 2018

Travelers Notebook Hacks

Have you found yourself following the trend of TNs, aka Travelers Notebooks, and wanting to know some more tips and tricks for decoration or uses - check out this small list of TN “hacks” to get you started if you’re new or step your game up if you’re a seasoned user.

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How I Created A Master Camping List

By Leslie Sleesman on May 14, 2018

How I Created A Master Camping List

Whether you are camping or staying in a 5-star hotel, getting organized with a Limelife notebook makes packing quick and efficient.

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Limelife Notebooks For Extended Planning

By Leslie Sleesman on May 07, 2018

Limelife Notebooks For Extended Planning

Limelife Planners has more than just planners. The dot grid notebook is absolutely fantastic for more freedom when you plan—freedom to jot things down horizontally or across multiple lines without feeling like you're wasting paper.

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Teacher Planners! A Tour of the Insides, Some Ordering Tips & More!

By Leslie Sleesman on May 03, 2018

Teacher Planners! A Tour of the Insides, Some Ordering Tips & More!

Limelife team recently updated their teacher planner, so why not take a little walk through it with me? I’ll give you some tips and tricks along the way, and suggestions for ordering yours when we get to the end.

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A Glimpse Inside My Bullet Journal Notebook

By Leslie Sleesman on April 30, 2018

A Glimpse Inside My Bullet Journal Notebook

Bjuos add flexibility to planning. Limelight Media and Creative Team member, Kelly, shows you how she uses a bujo in her planning routine.

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