Intentional Planning Habits and The Power of Time


Nobody keeps it all together but there are steps we can put in place to lessen the load. Today we’re chatting with Melinda Sims of The Pinnacle Planner about intentionally planning your time for success. Melinda is a master planner and has come up with a system to keep herself and her family organized on even the toughest days. I’ve learned, through trial and error, that planning is key to achieving your goals in life both personally and professionally. Here’s what we cover in the episode:

  • Clearly identifying your goals

  • Avoiding overwhelm with task planning

  • Knowing your energy threshold

  • The power of delegating

  • Staying out of the comparison game

There are some days where I have my day fully planned, I’m out of bed on time and I blast through my day with no issues. Then there are other days where I struggle to be productive. On those days, I try not to pressure myself to do more. I usually take a step back and think about why I’m struggling to get a task done. It’s usually because I don’t really have a clear goal or plan in mind of what I’m trying to accomplish. And to be real, other days it’s just because I simply don’t feel like it. But on the days where it’s a planning issue, I stop what I’m doing, get organized and restart my tasks for the day. When I play ahead and have the most important tasks for the day listed out, I find I work faster, smarter and have more time to do the things that I love. It’s a small amount of work upfront that saves me a ton of time and energy in the long run.

The ultimate goal here is to spend more time doing the things you enjoy and less time doing things you don’t. Plan ahead and get those tasks done so you can move on. Once I took the emotion out of my tasks and looked at it in a more black and white way (if I want “x” result, then I have to do “y” task), it’s made it a lot easier for me to get things done. Either you get it done or you don’t - it’s pretty simple.

I want you to do an exercise with me. Try organizing your weeks and days into the top 3-5 tasks you need to get done in order to reach your goals. This can be anything from getting those loads of laundry done to taking the first steps in launching your online business. Start with the next 7 days - what do you want to accomplish? What 1-3 things do you need to do each day to get you to your goal at the end of the week?


Once you’ve had a chance to watch I would love to hear from you. At the end of the 7 days, think about how you felt making and executing your plan. Did you feel less overwhelmed? Did you find you got more done? Let me know in the comments!


Melinda Sims is the Founder of Mel Sharell Paper & Company a boutique lifestyle brand that empowers leadership mindsets and intentional planning habits through a luxe organizational tool, The Pinnacle Planner®. 

As a busy wife and leader, she discovered that she needed a planner that would help her stay organized and on top of her daily to list as well as to help her grow as a leader. This inspired Melinda to create The Pinnacle Planner®, a companion tool that coaches leaders throughout the year to keep them on track to reaching their goals.

Melinda lives overseas with her husband and mini-golden doodle 10 months out of the year. In her free time she enjoys lifting weights, cooking international dishes, and cuddling with a good book.

Melinda has been featured in  21 Ninety, YFS Magazine, Conscious Magazine, Harness Magazine, GovLoop, Black Women Hustle and Love Darling Greatly to name a few.



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