Create Your Ideal Year!

With the end of another year fast approaching, it is time to start thinking about making some plans for the New Year. January 1st is a time to wipe the slate clean and start fresh again.

So, if you could create your ideal year, what would it look like? How would you spend your time, if you could be doing anything at all that you wanted? What would you do from the moment you wake up to the time you go to bed?

Now, what would have to change in order for this to happen? What exists in your life right now that won’t exist in your ideal life?

Once you have a vision of what you want your life to be, we can then build a road map to help you get there.

Using the following categories as a guideline, think of 3-5 measurable goals for each category:

  • Health
  • Relationships
  • Financial (income, giving, saving)
  • Travel
  • Learning
  • Spiritual

Take a look at your goals. What do you need to do to make this happen? Write these down along with actions for each goal. In other words, what do you need to do (next) to achieve each goal? (ie: To run a marathon, I need to start running 3 times a week).

Take a few minutes and think about these things right now.

For the next step, it is best to use a paper calendar so you can really get a clear picture of what your year will look like.

To build your ideal year, start by identifying your most important events:

  • Look up the dates of various events you want to attend throughout the year and jot them down in your calendar.
  • Mark down all the dates that are important to your family – such as birthdays and anniversaries.

By writing these dates down at the beginning, you’ll build your ideal year around the events that matter.

After you’ve identified important events, take a look at your goals and start scheduling time in your calendar for the actions required to move towards achieving them. This can be done as a rough outline to start and further detail can be added later as needed.

Once you have an annual plan in place, you can easily figure out what each week should look like. It may take a few weeks before you can accurately plan your week, since unplanned events often occur, but keeping the big picture in mind will help you move towards making it a reality.

Mapping out your life and time for a whole year at a time is a valuable endeavor, because your life immediately starts to move in the direction of your plan. Start now and by this time next year you will look back and see how far you have come!

They say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself ~ Andy Warhol

About Author: Linda Andersson
Executive Organizer and Microsoft Office Specialist Master

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