Life Planner | Resource for Runners

Are you searching for a new strategic life planner? If so, welcome to RunDreamAchieve. I am glad you have made it here. One of my top priorities competing for the past 30 years is writing down goals. In addition, utilizing a life planner to keep myself organized and accountable. My goal here at RDA is to create products and resources to help runners such as yourself make it to the next level.

A lifestyle planner is one commonly overlooked resources runners as well as non-runners can use. Run Dream Achieve is not only about running. The website was created in 2011 to help athletes and non-athletes alike to focus on their dreams. In addition, to provide solutions to achieve those goals. I have used life planners throughout my running career. Also, to keep me motivated in other aspects of my fitness and preparation.

What is a Life Planner?

Life planners are built to help athletes and anyone seeking excellence in their chosen career path to achieve success. The RunDreamAchieve life planner contains numerous planners to help set you up for success such as…

  • Daily manifest planner – write down your daily goals, focus for the day and to-do list
  • Daily planner – easily jot down your priorities, appointments, things you are grateful for and note taking
  • To-do list planner – write down your item list and if you have accomplished your goals for the day
  • My ideal life planner – jot down your thoughts of what you are visualizing about and plans to get it achieved
  • Dream planner – This exercise involved doing a brain dump and writing for 10-15 minutes on what you want to achieve in life
  • Vision board planner – Write down key points in each category describing what your ideal life would look like.
  • Bucket list planner – On one side, write down all the things you want to ACHIEVE in your life and the other write down the things you want to EXPERIENCE
  • Things I Want planner – this is the place where you can write down all the material things you want in your life

What Should a Life Planner Have?

Below are some additional items that the RunDreamAchieve life planner has

  • Life inventory planner

Now it’s time to stop and assess your current situation across a variety of categories. Rate each category on the life inventory planner scale from 1 to 10 – one meaning you’re absolutely not satisfied with the current situation and ten meaning that things could not be better. The goal of this exercise is to give you an idea of what you should be working on going forward. In each category, you can also write down what you’re happy with and what you can do to make things better. Also by doing this exercise from time to time (once every 6 months for example) you can get an overview of some progress that you’ve made.

  • Accountability planner

Taking responsibility for your own actions, emotions and the current situation is the first step toward breaking out of old patterns and changing your life for the better.

  • Growth vs fixed mindset planner

Often times making progress with some problem starts with a simple shift in mindset. According to researcher Carol Dweck, there are two types of mindsets – fixed mindset and growth mindset. The former means that you believe that some quality or trait (intelligence for example) is innate and you have what you were given by nature. The essence of the matter however is that you can improve on any quality as long as you put in the effort. Therefore with a growth mindset, you’re much more likely to take action and actually get something done. Below are some examples of growth vs fixed mindset.

Best Life Planner 2023

I have done my best to create a simple, easy to use life planner for runners as well as non-runners. It comes in an easy to download PDF format. So, immediately upon purchase you have access to it and can continue to use it for years to come. Below are some additional items you will find on the RunDreamAchieve life planner.

  • Working on mindset planner

In this exercise try to identify your own mindset in a variety of categories and then write down what would be a more productive mode of thinking instead (by productive I mean anything that will make you take action and actively work on a solution rather than just accept things as they are).

  • Limiting beliefs planner

On this page of the life planner you can identify your own unique limiting beliefs and how you could reframe them.

  • Fear setting planner

This exercise is loosely based on a section from Tim Ferriss’s “4 Hour Work Week” and involves thinking about the worst possible outcomes of an action you know you should take but are too afraid to execute. This allows you to write three categories for each action. First the worst possible outcomes. Second, how to prevent these outcomes.

Third, when these outcomes really come to pass, how you can mitigate the adverse effects. This should help you come to a realization that the things that you’re afraid of are really not that bad. The final category to fill out is what would happen long term if you decided not to take take the desired action (this helps you use a proverbial stick on yourself to push yourself towards taking action).

Productivity Planner

The RunDreamAchieve life planner also serves as a productivity guide to ensure you stay motivated. You will also find the below mentioned items within this product to help set you up for success.

  • Action brainstorm planner – write down what you want to stop doing, do less, keep doing, do more and start doing
  • Taking action planner – write down what you plan to do, how you plan to get there, what tools you need and what limiting beliefs are getting in the way. Also, why you are doing this and what you are grateful for.
  • Goal setting planner – what do you plan to achieve financially, physically, spiritually, emotionally in the next year?
  • Action priority matrix planner

Here’s where you can determine what you will want to work on first to have the greatest impact. You can take all that you have written in the previous worksheets and use this “Action Priority Matrix” to set clear priorities on what actions to take first.

  • Priorities planner – Write down your tasks and plans you aim to put in place to achieve them
  • Wheel of life planner

This exercise is designed to take a snapshot of the current situation across a variety of categories. This way you have an idea of what you’re happy with and what needs some extra work. The way you do this is simple – First, just give a rating from 1 to 10 in each category, one being your totally unsatisfied and ten means that you’re over the moon. Then on the next page, fill out what you’re happy with and why and what needs some work, and how you think you can improve the situation.

Should I Use a Weekly or Daily Planner?

I would recommend focusing on a daily planner but this life planner does offer both daily and weekly. So, you cannot go wrong here. You will also find the below listed items contained within the RunDreamAchieve life planner…

  • Relationships planner

In this section, you’ll be able to rate your current relationships on a scale of 1 to 10. You’ll be able to write down the current relationship and give it a rating. In addition, write down what you’re happy with and what needs improving & why is this relationship important to you How are these relationships supporting you in the life you’re trying to build?

  • Self-assessment planner

On this worksheet, you can assess your well-being across multiple dimensions, including, physical, emotional, spiritual, and professional. At the end of this assessment is a little box where you can note down the aspects you’d like to improve upon and how you plan to do it.

  • Gratitude worksheet

Write down the 10 things you are grateful for, how are my challenges making me learn, people in my life I am thankful for and things I am looking forward to.

Do Planners Really Help?

Yes, because you are able to easily access what you write down. In addition, they are great for reminding you of what you are aiming to achieve. Also, planners can help to keep you accountable for your goals. Below are some additional items you will find in the RunDreamAchieve life planner…

  • Affirmations planner

You’ll write down positive affirmations that will have a positive impact on the aspects of your life you’re trying to improve. A few important points: First, always write your affirmations in present tense using the “I” pronoun. Second, use affirmative & positive words (avoid can’t, won’t, will not, etc). For example “I’m full of energy and always take action”, instead of “I’m not lazy”. Third, it’s important to build a habit of using these affirmations when you’re doing the opposite of what you know you should be doing.

  • Habit tracker

Write down your daily habits and check off if you are adhering to them or not here. The last 2 pages of the RunDreamAchieve life planner allows for additional notes to write down thoughts etc.

Closing Thoughts

I’d love to keep in touch with you. I know that a life planner can help you whether aiming to run a sub 3 hour marathon, setting goals or improving your mindset. Make sure to subscribe to the RunDreamAchieve YouTube channel. My goal there is to create new training and racing content to help you get to the next level.

You can click on any of the green buttons throughout this post to get your copy of the RunDreamAchieve life planner. I am looking forward to hearing about your future personal bests and improvements.

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