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How to Create a Successful New Year Plan

Do you have a plan laid out for the new year? Do you know your priorities and goals?

Even though it may change throughout the year, It’s important to give yourself a starting point to at least start the year on the right foot.

Remember it’s not set in stone! But let’s create that plan that will be the launching point for a successful year.

This is the process I use to make a plan for the new year.

Define your Priorities

What is your focus for the new year? Take time to list out your priorities with pen and paper and rank them in order of importance. Where does God, marriage, kids, family, health, etc. fit into your life?

I like to go through and pick my top 3-5 priorities for this season. Remember, our seasons can change throughout the year. So we’re just establishing what’s most important to us right now.

Fill in Your Schedule

Look at a yearly calendar. What essential commitments have you already made? What important holidays, birthdays, and events do you need to plan around?

Once you have the major events penned in, you will have a better idea of what kinds of projects and goals for the year will be realistic.

This is where having a planner you love really comes in handy. When you find a planner that works well for your life, using it is easier and you end up being more prepared and organized.

List Your Projects for the Year

This step is all about figuring out the “big” things you want to accomplish and then breaking those goals down into smaller steps. First, write down all your dreams for the year. Then, pick what is actually realistic.

Here are some category suggestions to get you started in thinking of projects

  • Financial (examples: establish an emergency fund, save for vacation)
  • Work (examples: earn bonus check, earn raise)
  • Around the house (Paint bedroom, remodel bathroom)
  • Health (Lose 10 pounds, establish a workout routine)

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