Using your new Seeking Jannah Planner - Tips & Ideas

Thank you so much for choosing the new Seeking Jannah Planner as your companion through this year. This planner was made with the hope of giving you the tools and flexibility to plan your best days with thoughtful and an intention to live your life centered around Allah Almighty. I wanted to give you a few tips on how to get the most out of your new planner, but of course, there is no wrong way to use your planner.  

1. Simplify your planning with a step-by-step method: 

Using your own method to plan your month and week spread will make it easier to keep everything in one place and make your planning more of a habit than a task. For example, this is the method I follow:
  • Label all my dates for the month and add some fun colors or stickers
  • On each month spread, I write out my top three or five BIG goals for that month. 
  • Start by inputting important dates and appointments into the month calendar by looking over my family members' schedules as well as my own.
  • Schedule in my top priorities - personal values and tasks which include:
    • Objectives associated with each BIG goal
    • Family Time
    • Qur'an Study
    • Self-care things
    • Work and contributions
  • Leave blank space for personal down time or spontaneous plans
  • Add quotes, memories, reminders, and tasks as they come up

By taking the time to write and schedule into your planner, you will notice a positive difference in how clearly your remember your most important values and tasks, your mind will feel lighter, and you'll have an increased personal drive and motivation to do your best in the time you have each day inshaAllah.


2. Creatively use your lists pages:

 You'll notice a page dedicated to three columns for "lists" at the start of your planner. These can be used for anything you'd like to list out for this year from:
    • books to read
    • places to visit
    • home projects
    • masajid to visit
    • people to connect with
    • recipes to try
    • new hobbies, etc. etc.

There are many lines for each list so feel free to break it up and make more than three lists if you'd like.
3. Add a personal Islamic reflection next to your weekly Islamic reminder:
One way to connect more deeply with each reminder is to add your own reflection and make it a conscious part of your week. For example, if the reminder relates to Salah, you can write something specific to improve your Salah as an action item for that week. Instill positive spiritual habits by taking inspiration from the reminders in your planner.


4. Define your Healthy Habits: When you list out the healthy habits you plan to track each week, try to really define what each one means so you know what you are checking off. If you've done tracking before and if you're like me, you may be guilty of checking off a box without fully accomplishing that habit, ... but it felt good to check the box when I kind-of-sort-of made an effort, hehe.
So for example, in the space next to the healthy habits tracker, write out your habit - "workout" and then write something like "30 minute cardio". So when you check off the day you worked out, you know you did the full 30 minutes of cardio.
Similarly for tracking Qur'an or reading or anything else, define what that means for you. Doing this simple step will lead to real results inshaAllah. 


5. Track Sadaqah and extra ibadah in your log, and try to add to it each month:
Using the extra deeds tracker can help with adding more barakah to your time and overall rizq especially when we make an effort to do more good deeds with what we have.
Make it a consistent habit to add special deeds to your list that can soon become regular habits inshaAllah. These can be anything from service efforts, monetary sadaqah, tahajjud salah and additional nawafil, fasting, performing Umrah, being of assistance to someone, contributing your time or expertise, and so on.


6. Use your back pages in a hundred different ways: 
Your planner has checkered back pages that can be used for all kinds of journaling. Here are some to try:
  • Make a list of du'as to make
  • Travel plans
  • Hajj or Umrah planning
  • Ramadan goal setting 
  • Eid Planning
  • Work or class planning for students
  • Family values and rituals
  • Gift ideas for the people in your life
  • Project timelines (home projects or DIYs, or business)
  • Business goals tasks
  • Use it as a scrap book with pictures, dates, memories, and stickers
  • Gratitude list
  • Your Big ideas
  • Brain dump of things that are piling up in your mind
  • Travel plans 
7. Take time to write in your monthly review pages as a form of self-care: 
The purpose behind the monthly reviews is to help us reconnect with our values and take time to appreciate all that is going well and the great things ahead of us inshaAllah. Make yourself some tea and sit in a quiet space where you can sincerely reflect on different parts of your life such as your health, your Qur'anic connection, Ibadah, relationships, and so on (also referenced in your Path to Jannah Log).

When we honestly reflect on these areas, we can continue to grow and improve because we are conscious of our values and current state. 

I hope these tips can be helpful to you in using your planner and really making it yours as you go through this year inshaAllah.

Take care, 

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