Hit The January Reset Button! NOW!!! Today we are going to be talking about Making New Plans For A New Year. I don’t “do” resolutions, I make plans. Plans are concrete steps to achieving a goal. It is great to say you are going to lose 30lbs but if you don’t have a plan on how to do that, then you WILL fail.
Hit The January Reset Button! Making New Plans For A New Year
I don’t really know where to start? Not everyone has a list of New Year’s goals. Shoot, I am still playing catch up on last year. But you owe it to yourself to sit down and reflect. Again, you will not succeed if you don’t have a plan.
Step One: Grab An Old Fashion Pad Of Paper
I love a good pack of yellow pads. There is something about physically writing it down and marking it off when completed that is … fulfilling. Also by writing things down it gets it out of “headspace” and puts it on “The List”.
Page One- Problems/Goals
On the first page, write the word PROBLEMS/GOALS in big letters at the top. Then just start making a list. These are problems you need to solve. Goals you want to achieve. Things that need to be done, or things you would like to accomplish. JUST START WRITING. My list was 3 pages long. It doesn’t matter how big or how small, just write it down.
Some items on my list include
- Losing 30lbs
- Redoing my upstairs office to make it more functional instead of a catch-all
- Decluttering my dining room/office/and basement
- Cleaning out the garage
- Building a travel plan for retirement
- Growing my blog thru Instagram/Pinterest
- Going out with friends and fostering those relationships
- Learning to play Pickleball
- Exercise more on a regular basis
- Continue to work on my wardrobe
- Get control/understanding of financials
- Make a plan to be more faithful with my time with God
- Clean out the kids’ bedrooms/closets
- Continue to look for ways to downsize
- Work on my dog training/ pet care (Emma needs her teeth cleaned)
It is okay if it is absolutely random stuff. More specific the better. The idea is to get it out of your brain and on to paper.
Next, Set Categories
On the next clean page, let’s set some categories. Look at your list and start to group them into categories. Some of my categories include:
Yours should be different and catered to your own personal life.
Each Category Get’s It’s Own Page
On the next clean pages, its category time. I write them at the top in big letters and with color markers. Now, go through your original list and start adding those “problems” under each category it pertains to. Leave several lines between so we can come up with a plan. Here is what it looks like for me
- Lose 30 lbs before summer
- Redo office
- declutter dining room, basement, garage
- clean out kids’ closets
- Continue decluttering my closet
- Grow my Instagram account to 5000
- Make a plan to utilize and understand Pinterest
- Grow my blog
- Spend more time with other couples and friends
- Learn to play Pickleball as a way to spend more time with couples
- Make a plan for travel. Set dates and make reservations
- Go thru and organize finances
- Have a clear understanding of all financials
- Complete process for estate planning
- Decluter and destroy old outdated financial records
- Join a women’s life group
- Make time each day for prayer and reflections
As you go through each item of your original list and give it a place under a category, MARK IT OFF.
Now, Throw The Problem/Goals Page And Category List Page In The TRASH!
You have completed the first step in achieving your goals and solving problems for the new year. MAKING A LIST. You have made several lists of problems underneath each category. In the next few days, start to make notes under each problem on ways you can solve that problem. Be very specific, set dates to achieve each goal or solve each problem.
This is NOT a “let’s do everything in January list”. This is a year-long list. You may add things along the way. Somethings may not be able to be accomplished in a year. Your priorities may change. But the idea is to get it out of your head, and on to a list so you can make a plan.
We will talk more about making a SMART plan. Stay tune!
Last years post on the New Year– New Direction In A New Year
If weight loss is one of your problems, I am starting back on my Sugar Detox Diet this week. My plan is to do the Sugar Detox and then more to Keto for faster results. I am addicted to sugar so I know that in order for me to be successful on ANY diet, I must get control over my sugar.
Join me on my Sugar Detox next week. To learn more, check out How To Prepare For 21 Day Sugar Detox