What the new years brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year”.Vern McLellan
It’s December and Christmas is just three weeks away. What? How did that happen, I haven’t made any plans yet for next year.
A new year, a new you, a new plan. Time to decide what you want to accomplish in 2020.
What do you want to achieve? What is important and what comes first?
What is your strategy? How do you decide?
If you are like the majority of people, you have these vague plans circulating in your head. You know, the stuff you have been thinking about for most of the year. There may even be a thing or two you wanted to do this year, but you never quite got around to doing.
You need a plan, a good plan, a realistic plan. You need a plan that is not scattered in your head. Every year we tell ourselves that this year will be different and that this year, you will be organized, and you will follow through on your goals.
Now is the time to make sure that happens. Sit down with a blank piece of paper and a pencil and start writing down random thoughts. Close your eyes and think about all the things you want to happen, not just for your work, but for your life.
It is essential to include both. Quite often, we focus on work because that is how we make our living. Our work provides us with income to survive. But life is more than work, and we also need to plan for the things that make us happy. Write it all down.
You may want to write everything down and then walk away for a while. Let it brew for an hour or two, maybe even overnight, Then come back and start breaking it down. Put your random thoughts into categories. Label them ‘work’ and ‘personal’ and then break each of those down again. Maybe list them from most important to least important.
Don’t make it over complicated. Keep it simple and direct, and also keep it real.
When you have a list of your goals, break them down. How are you going to do them? It is great to have goals, but where we usually fail is by not planning the steps of how to complete them.
Let’s say you want to learn to speak another language, or you want to participate in physical activity such as karate. You will need to do some research and break it down into steps. Where can I take a class, how often should I take a class? How long does each class last; an hour? Can I take a class nearby, and if not, how far away do I have to drive? You need all the pertinent information so you can plan for it and include it in your schedule.
You will need to do this with all of your goals, both professional and personal. Remember to be realistic. There are so many hours in each day.
Buy a calendar and a planner. There are many great planners which will give you options for daily, weekly, and monthly. The choice is up to you. Some people use more than one. Of course, you can also use your computer. Mix it up. There is no reason you can’t use all of these options if that is what works for you. Make it as simple and easy as possible.
Look over your schedule, all your goals, and the time you need to relax and recharge. Do you need to dial it back?
Remember, if you overload yourself, it is likely you will not be successful.
Be sure to talk to your family so they understand what you want to accomplish. When they are aware of your plans and see how much effort you are putting into achieving them, they will want to participate and help you. It is a great learning tool for children. Remember, no one watches you more than your children. They are learning from your example.
This is your plan for the new year. Enjoy the process. It can be a learning experience for you, as well. When you are planning out the year ahead, you are thinking about what is important, what your values are.
It also allows you to reflect on 2019 and what you achieved, what worked, and what did not. If something did not work, it is another opportunity for growth; what can you do to improve and do it better the next time.
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.Oprah Winfrey
As always, thank you for reading my blog. Have a great day and good luck with your plans for 2020!