Happy Shiny New Year!
We have survived the holidays and are ready to take on this year!
So many people make resolutions and set goals at the beginning of the year, but often by mid-March, those resolutions are forgotten, goals cast aside and old habits have taken over in full force.
Why not get one step ahead of forgetting your resolve by putting reminders on your online or tangible calendar and setting alarms on your phone for the things you want to get done and turn into new habits.
I’ve been doing both of those things, and I also made a printable “task” list for my health goals and pinned it to my refrigerator, along with a printable reminder of what to do and what not to do. Hopefully these small yet powerful reminders will keep me on track.
I wrote a post a few months ago with some ideas about time management. Even knowing what I do after researching and writing that post, I still have many issues with using my time wisely. Old habits do die hard, but I’m going to keep trying.
I kind of ignored the planner I was so excited about in that previous post after the first few weeks. I purchased the planner pages from The Dragontree Apothecary. It is a beautiful layout and I was excited about it, but dropped the ball. The rest of the year flew by in a blur of chaos and lack of focus! Since I want to rock this year and really get some things done, I’m starting to use it again with more resolve to continue using it daily! It really does help to create focus and direction for each day instead of my previous method of running around cluelessly or staring blankly at my computer knowing I have so much to do but having no idea where to start.
By using a planner to create a yearly plan, you start with a general outlook of goals you want to accomplish for the whole year. Then the goals are made into project lists for each quarter. The quarters projects are further broken down into 3-5 monthly projects with specific tasks that need done to complete each project. Finally, those tasks are plugged into the planner for each week and into action steps for every day of the week.
Doing it like this really gives a specific focus for each day and takes away the time needed to figure out what you should do. In my case, that clueless gray area usually ends up becoming hours wasted on Facebook or Pinterest, or my deciding to take a nap because I am so overwhelmed and don’t know where to start.
Initially, creating your yearly plan does take quite a bit of thought and time. However, once you have the rough draft of it down and some basic steps to take to get to where you want to be, it starts to come a bit easier. I’ve made a lot of adjustments in my first attempt at using a planner, and already know that the next time I’m doing this, I’ll be much better at it.
We all have goals we want to accomplish in 2018, and this whole planning and being accountable idea is really the key to getting things done. You can spend forever thinking about doing something and meaning to do it, but if your busy life gets in the way, often those things we really want to do just keep getting put on hold until the time is right.
The time will NEVER be right until you just DO IT! By writing down goals and the action steps needed to achieve them in your planner or on your calendar where you will see them daily, you are staying mindful of those goals. This will create momentum and actions will happen even on busy days when you wouldn’t be thinking about it otherwise.
I’m learning this after a great deal of trial and error. I never thought I needed to write things down, heck, if I wanted to do something, I figured I’d just do it. NOT SO. I’ve learned that if I don’t write it down, it probably won’t get done.
It has taken me a very long time to get to a point where I feel like I can accomplish whatever I want to do, and breaking those giant, overwhelming goals down into small, do-able daily actions takes a lot of the fear and disbelief away. I know I’m going to have to go far outside my comfort zone to go forward, but I think that is OK. It’s scary, but a good scary!
I love to hear from you. Do you have any specific goals for this year? Do you have a way to stay focused and accountable for getting the goal into fruition? If so, please comment below. If you need any help with staying on track or creating a plan, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!!