That’s a lot of people who, at the beginning of the year, have goals and who, by the end of the year, have not managed to achieve what they wanted.
A few years back, I realised that each year, I set resolutions or set intentions and each year they were the same thing over and over again. I set the same old goals year in, year out, never achieving success.
So, over the past few years I’ve developed different ways of planning for the new year, in a way that supports my personal growth rather than demoralises me and makes me feel stuck.
It has evolved over the years, I’m not going to tell you that I have the ultimate answer (sorry 😚) because I personally believe that you have to create your own, there is no ‘one size fits all’.
That said, I’d like to explain how I came to my version and some of the planning tools I use, so that, if any of that feels right for you, you can use it too.
💜I started with Leonie Dawson’s Shining Year planners. I had the physical versions because I have to feel something in my hand, I can’t just do it online. I found that I got really excited about the plans but I never came back to them so that the following year, I hadn’t achieved much. What I do like about them, though, is the review of the previous year. So…
💜 I look back at the previous year and identify what went well and what didn’t go so well and try to find learning points from the not so well stuff.
💜 I choose a word that resonates with me and that describes an area I want to work on in business and in life – this year I’m looking at relationships in all areas of my life.
💜 I think about what I want my life to look like. What I want to be doing in a year’s time and I write it down. Last year I was determined to leave my job and 12 months on, I have. I set deadlines for the big things like that.
💜 I write a list of things I want to do in the year – from seeing friends to creating new stuff, I get it all on paper. It ranges from small to big. (I have a really big one for this year that I hope to share with you in the next couple of weeks).
💜 I sit down with Mr S and we create a list of stuff we want to do together in the coming year. We have around 10 – some we manage and some we don’t but it helps us to create time and space for our relationship.
💜 I don’t rush it. I often start in the days between Christmas and New Year but sometimes it isn’t finished until the end of January. Last year I really struggled to see what I wanted from 2017 and it was early Feb before I had really set my intentions for the year.
💜 I look at my plans and translate them into monthly goals, I do a mini round up at the end of the month to see what went well and what I need to learn from. I also check in to see if I still want to follow those intentions or if I’ve changed direction.
💜 I take my monthly goals and set weekly tasks based on the monthly intentions.
💜 I forgive myself and concentrate more on building small changes into my life than huge big ones. My life (as I’m sure everyone else’s does) often throws huge curve balls and I need to readjust my course.
Remember lots of small steps stacked on top of each other is often easier to visualise and achieve. You don’t need to plan for a whole year, you could just plan for January if that feels easier and less overwhelming.
Feel free to tell me your thoughts or ask questions below. 👇
Rachel xoxo 💜