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A New Year Means Time To Get To Work – What Are Your Plans For 2020?

Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes.”

Aaron Spelling

It is almost 2020. A milestone year? It can be if you put on your working clothes and follow your dreams.

Even more important is your attitude. Put on your best attitude because without it being successful in achieving your dreams will not be easy.

Why do we make it so difficult to follow through? We have so many tools available to us; it should be easy. We over-complicate. We need to keep it simple.

What is the right combination for each of us? What plan works for me may not work for you. Our goals will probably be different, and each of us will be working with a different attitude and a different skill set.


The first step and the easiest is deciding what you want to do. Take a little time and think about your goal. What do you want to accomplish? Then write it down, so it is clear and concise.


Now that you have set your goal by writing it down, you need to make a plan of action. Your goal is a statement of intent. You have acknowledged your commitment by writing it down.

Now you need to make a plan . How are you going to achieve it? What steps do you need to take to make it happen?

Your goal is something you should focus on every day. Write it down and look at it each day. Use sticky notes and place them in locations where you will see them often.


When do you want or need to complete your goal? It is not enough to write it down. There is more required. Decide on a date of completion. If you do not have an endpoint, it is easy to lose your focus.

I think it is critical to plan out how you are going to attain your goal. That means dividing your goal into steps or sections. Visualize the steps and put them on paper. Set a time limit for completing each step and also a date for the completion of your goal.

Use visual reminders such as a whiteboard, calendar, and planner.

Schedule in some wiggle room for any adjustments you may have to make as you work on completing your goal.


As part of moving forward in life and achieving any goal, it is important to learn new skills. You have set your goal, you have written it down, and you have decided on a deadline. Can you realistically complete the goal with the skill set you have, or will it be necessary to learn a new skill?

If you need to learn a new skill, what is required, and how long will it take? You will need to factor this into your plan and your schedule for completion. I firmly believe it is beneficial to learn new skills. Always read to keep up to date with current events and different viewpoints. You never know when they may help you in your work or personal life.


Be aware of your mindset. Check your attitude as you work through achieving your goal. It can be easy to get discouraged, tired, and lose confidence. As part of the process of completing your goals, be sure to surround yourself with like-minded, positive people. Encourage them and do the same for your self. Tell yourself you are doing a good job and remind your self of the value of your goal. Be optimistic.

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

Helen Keller


Now that you have all your ducks in a row and you have a clear goal and an organized, realistic plan, it is time to start. Take the first step. There is no reason to wait because if you hesitate, it becomes easier and easier to put it off. Before you know it, months may have gone by, and you will not have moved forward toward your goal.

Be excited. Take the first step and then the next. You will gain confidence as you progress through your plan, and each step will feel more natural to you. Each step will be easier to make.


Remember that not everything may go as planned. There may be a correction needed, but do let it stop you. Reassess and do not panic. Remember, you put in some wiggle room in your schedule, just in case. You may need to make adjustments to your plan. Do not stop. It may be irritating, and it may be disheartening, but it does not mean you cannot complete your goal. Make any needed adjustments and take the next step.

Stay focused on the completion of your goal. Use your tools, look at your schedule, and keep pushing your self forward. Each day will bring you closer to achieving your goal.

As you go through this process, always focus on the result. You should acknowledge the ups and downs of the process and what you have learned along the way. Every step is a learning process and a confidence builder. You gain confidence because you realize you already had the skill to do A and B, and because you learned new skills, you were able to complete C, D, and E.

Congratulate and reward yourself for a job well done.

Know that going forward, you have a new skill set and are better prepared to conquer your next goal.

Get ready. It’s almost 2020. Believe in yourself!

Take a leap of faith and begin this wondrous new year by believing.”

Sarah Ban Breathnach

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Don’t let anyone define you. You define yourself.”

— Billie Jean King

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“Life’s tough my darling but so are you.”

– Stephanie Bennett-Henery
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Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Albert Einstein
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What Is The Value Of Time? How Do You Make The Most Of Yours In The New Year?

Time is free, but it’s priceless

You can’t own it, but you can use it.

You can’t keep it, but you can spend it.

Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”

Harvey MacKay

Time is the most valuable asset we have, but it is what we take the most for granted. How many times have you said, “Oh, I’ll just do that tomorrow!”

One of the times I realize that I waste time is when I have an unexpected deadline. Recently, someone called and said they were stopping by for a short visit. I asked what time they would arrive and realized I had a window of 20 to 30 minutes.

I went into hyper-drive and did so much within that time period. My husband said he was impressed; he said look at what you accomplished in that little bit of time. All the while I am thinking to myself that I should approach everyday with that attitude. Maybe not quite so hyper but I know that everyday I misuse time.

Most people are creatures of habit and we tend to fall into a routine that we are comfortable with doing. We do not think of changing and may even shy away from any idea of change. That is so easy to do.

It is December and right now some of us may be thinking about 2019 and what we did with all of our time. In just a few weeks we start a new year. Do we want to make any changes?

“Each year’s regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the new year.”

John R. Dallas Jr.

I know I do have changes I want to make. I have a few activities I have been procrastinating about for a long time. They are first on my list to do in 2020.

My approach this year will be different.

Instead of simply making a list, I am going to actually make a schedule and I am going to take it one step further by breaking them into time segments. I do not know how long each will take me so I will schedule in 30 minutes a day and at a specific time.

What I am hoping will happen is once I start the task and the 30 minutes is up I will just keep going. If I do an hour each time the task will quickly get done. When one is done I will schedule another in that time slot

The big goal for me will be to create a new habit. There will always be another project or activity that I can allocate to the specific time slot.

If I allocate 30 minutes to multiple tasks throughout the week and consistently do them, my hope is to create multiple habits.

I want to create good beneficial habits that I will continue to do. I did some research and found a study that concluded it takes 66 days to form a habit that will become habitual. It states, ” On average a plateau in automaticity was reached after 66 days. In other words it had become as much of a habit as it was ever going to become.”

Most other information I read stated that habits can be formed in 21 days. That might be true for some activities and for some people or personalities. Speaking from experience 21 days would not work well for me.

So what do you want to accomplish in 2020? What is important to you and why? The reason why it is important to you will help determine the outcome. The level of importance to you really is the determining factor on whether you will successfully create a new habit.

This is my plan for accomplishing my goals in the coming year. It is simple and realistic for me.

There are many other things that can be done for making the New Year more organized and for you to be successful.

I posted Time To Plan For 2020 How To Make An Effective Strategy For The New Year on 12-4-2019 which gives some additional information.

There are a high number of great articles you can read about the effectiveness of plans, strategies and goal setting to be found on the internet.

I am looking forward to 2020 and becoming more effective. I wish the same for you as well.

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“New year—a new chapter, new verse, or just the same old story? Ultimately we write it. The choice is ours.”

Alex Morritt

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“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.

–Aaron Spelling
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Hearts that beat to the tune of kindness can change the rhythm of the world.”

C.J. Peterson
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