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How to plan your year in 3 simple steps.

Many people ask me how to plan for 2022 so that you can actually accomplish everything.

I don’t know about you, but this year has gone by so quickly for me.  I am still getting used to writing “2021” on all the official forms and now, just like that, it’s going to be 2022!

Why plan?

So, why bother to plan at all?  I wrote an article about time planning recently, and I know a lot of people who are against planning and want their life to take its course.  Nothing wrong with that, except for I prefer to take charge of my life and the direction it is going in.  More about that in the actual article on time planning.

I want to create my dream life.

I want to always be able to rely on myself. 

Also, I never want to be the victim and blame others for misfortunes of my life.  Been there!

When to plan?

This is why, every January 1st I dedicate a few hours to going over my previous year and setting plans for the next year.  It feels amazing to wake up early, knowing the whole world is hungover or still asleep.  

Then, I look at the plan for the previous year.  I celebrate my achievements and make adjustments to something that has not worked out for me.  

Questions I ask myself:

  • “What has worked and what has not?”  
  • “Why is that”?

Then, I take my colourful pens, my notebook, and I write.

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3 simple steps to making a plan that works.

Throughout the years I have learned 3 simple truths about planning, which I want to share with you.

Take time to plan the next year and you will be surprised where you will end up!

1. Pen & Paper

The golden rule is that if it’s not on paper – it’s not going to get done.  You need to take the words out of your head and onto paper for your brain to recognise them and put them somewhere special.

2. Cover all areas.

I plan in several areas.  They are:

  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health/Spiritual practice 
  • My Business goals (career)
  • New skill (something I want to learn to do)
  • New language (my passion)
  • Travel plans (at least 3 new cities I will visit)
  • Financial plan (savings, assets, income goals)
  • Family (time I want to spend with family)
  • Friendship goals (time I want to spend with friends/making new friendships)
  • Reading (number of books I want to read)

3.  What will success in each of these mean to you?

See where you are right now on each of these points. Make a note. This will become important at the end of the year, when it is time to measure progress and celebrate.

Now, think about where you want to be. Make it measurable and specific (i.e. how will you know when you have reached the goal?). For example, think of “star to work out” vs. “work out 3 times a week for 40 minute sessions”.

  • Who will you be by the end of the year, when you have achieved these?  
  • How will you feel?  
  • What will become available to you?
  • What will you have to saying “no” to?  
  • What will you have to start saying “yes” to?

Let yourself dream. And then think about the first thing you should do for each of the items in your plan.

Write down when you are going to do it.

If you need help with planning and setting some top goals for next year, I can help. Send me an email or drop a comment under this article.

Wishing you a wonderful and productive 2022! You can do it!

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