Goal Planner Basics

Getting to Know Your Ink+Volt Planner

It all started with this question: How would it feel to accomplish every single goal you set out for yourself this year?

goal planner basics

The Ink+Volt Planner helps you make real, tangible progress on your most important work and goals.

Research has shown that people who write down their goals — and review those goals regularly — experience more success than those that don't.

Our planner has smart, simple, easy-to-use layouts that will help you stay on track every day, all day. This planner takes those big, complex goals and turns them into accomplishments by breaking them down into manageable tasks. After just one week, you'll feel like you're actually getting somewhere and will be one step closer to success.

To make the most of your planner setup experience, be sure to download our Yearly Planning Worksheets, where we walk you through effective reflection and goal-setting exercises to help you get started.  

Ink+Volt Goal Planner Features

These are the key components you can find in the planner and how they work together:

Bringing Your Year Into Focus

planner guide focus and themes

Before you start planning, take a moment to reflect on what you want your year to look like. This will help guide and inform your goals.

Yearly Theme & Vision

planner theme and vision

This is the little voice in your head reminding you where you want to go and helping you get there. It should be an idea that speaks to you and guides you to make more of the choices that will take you where you want to go in life and in your career. When you wake up each morning, what drives you? What’s the big picture? 


planner timeline

Map out and sequence milestones and important events in order to organize your goals and give them deadlines. Setting dates on a timeline helps you visualize the year ahead and decide when you will tackle your goals.

Yearly Goals

planner yearly goal planning page

Using your timeline and vision as a reference, set your goals for the year. Set your bigger, more complex goals for the year as well as other things you want to accomplish such as projects, smaller goals, and more.

Goal Planning

planner goal planning pages

Use these goal planning pages to help break down your goals into actionable pieces and milestones. Anticipate any possible obstacles or challenges, and stay motivated along the way with words of encouragement. Lastly, use the progress bar as a visual for how close you are to completing the goal.

Monthly Overview
planner monthly view

Monthly calendars offer a big-picture look at how you’re spending your time. Plan smarter days by always knowing the big picture context of your month. The Monthly Planning Pages are the perfect place to step back, look ahead, and set yourself up for success. This is the place to track of all your important dates, meetings, events, and appointments.

Monthly Goals
monthly goals

Break your yearly goals down into goals for each month. This page helps you organize the projects that will move the needle in your life. Think about the big things you want to accomplish for work, for your personal life, and for your big goals.

30-Day Challenge
31 day challenge

Success is all about consistency. It’s about habits: picking the things you want to either start or stop doing that will affect how amazing you are every single day. What is something you can work on in small doses this month that will improve your life or bring you closer to being the person you want to be?

Weekly Goals & Tasks

planner weekly goals

Prioritize and strategize so all of your work matters. List the top priorities that map to your goals, and tasks for the week. Be sure to check back on the previous week and move any outstanding items to this week. Use the “Reflect + Celebrate” section to record accomplishments, highlights, and thoughts. Check in with your progress on your goals and the 30-Day Challenge.

Weekly Inspiration Prompts
planner inspiration prompt page

Each week features a hand-selected, inspiring quote to get you thinking. This page is meant for your expression. It can be answering the question or writing a journal entry about how the quote made you feel. It could be a drawing, or writing a list. This space is yours. 

Weekly Outlook
weekly outlook

This is designed for time blocking to help you make the most of every single day. Lay out all of your personal and professional appointments for the week, and block off times to get your work and projects done. Time blocking, rather than planning hour by hour, will keep you on track and allow time for deep, focused work.

Annual Achievement Tracker & Reflection
achievements planner page

Of course a job well done deserves some celebration! Reflect on what went well this year, and be sure to track your achievements throughout the year.

Looking page planner page


With the Ink+Volt Planner, you can look any goal in the face and know that you can achieve it. Make today awesome.