This post might be a little late, by oh, over 2 week. But late is better than never.
But Hey Folks, it’s 2017! Happy New Year!
Alright, this post is more than a little late. But this weather makes us all slow down [see photo above]. But this is something that I really love and that I wanted to write about. In case any one of you are wondering, New Year is my second favorite holiday next only to Christmas Eve. (yep folks, I said Christmas Eve, not to be confused with Christmas Day). But back to the New Year. Why do I love it? Because I love second chances and new beginnings. I am a raving aficionado of planners and goal setting. I LOVE laying down on my couch and dreaming of all the what could be’s and the what if’s and then I bring them back down to Earth with one burning question: how. And then it starts: the planner, colors pens and pencils, washi tapes, stickers, the post it notes of all colors and sizes.
So what is this crazy process that I’m talking about? Well, I call it Planning for the Best New Year, it’s a way that helps me feel refreshed and starts my year to a great start. I want to share it with everyone today in case it can help someone else too with 5 easy steps.
- I spent time reviewing last year: both the achievements & disappointments. Most people only look back at the things they didn’t accomplish in the past year, and are almost ready to wash it away and start fresh with a new year. Instead, I spent some time reviewing the things I actually did accomplish too. Why? Writing down your wins for the year gives you an extra pump of adrenaline for your new goals. I promise that if you do this, you’ll be surprised at how many amazing, wonderful things you accomplished that you almost forgot to give yourself credit for! Now to the dark side: the disappointments. I know; it sounds so fun. However, this starts the ball rolling for how you can make changes so you don’t make the same mistakes again.
- I dreamed up my Best Year Ever. I said I was weird. But writing down how your perfect year will look like will also give you amazing insight into big life goals, both personal and professional, and get you started on lists of new goals that might get you as close to that dream as possible.
- I created a mantra. Some people choose a word, some people have a phrase. I suggest you choose something that you can remember and repeat to yourself to help guide and inspire you as you go through the year. Two great examples of powerful mantras that I love are “Action Conquers Fear” and “I Am Enough.” Write them down, put them somewhere where you’ll see them daily to keep you motivated and centered.
- I set SMART goals and listed my WHY. Did I just go there? Yeah, sure I did! Like I said, I’m down with as much as self-development and self-help as I can get my grubby hands on. And this is a proven, undeniable fact. In order to make your goals something more than wishful thinking you need to make sure they’re SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ATTAINABLE, RELEVANT and TIME-BOUND. If you need more info on SMART goals, simply do an online search. I actually read SJ Scott’s book titled SMART Goal Setting Made Simple which is a quick read and very informative. Extra tip:: Don’t forget to list your why. Why is your goal so important to you? Talk about a self motivating goal!
- I broke all my yearly goals into quarterly and weekly tasks. I won’t lie. This was a task. Figuring out my weekly schedule and looking for time where I can work on each specific goal, creating smaller goals to reach the big goals, setting up time to form new habits is a process. However, breaking them down this way is the only way to make yearly goals feel manageable in both the short and long run.
What you can expect? Alright, technically, I officially took action on creating weekly goals last week. But I did do it. I created weekly goes based off my yearly goals, I scheduled time for them, I made a “to do list” and at the end for the week I reviewed the goals I accomplished and where I missed the mark. And how does it look? AMAZING. I’ve accomplished so much more in one week on things that have been on my to do list for months! MONTHS. So now I’m on week two, and I might as well aim to conquer the world at this point. So, what will you do? How does your Best Year New Year look like?