I’m a planner and I love to know what’s ahead of me. Granted, I realize that’s not always possible, but having some vague plan in mind, tends to lessen my anxiety so I go with it.
I recently bought myself a new planner. Nothing fancy, as much as I love how they have all the stickers and the sticky notes and all that, I just don’t think I would actually use them. So I just went to my local Walgreens and picked up a Blue Sky, monthly/weekly planner.
When I start to plan for the new year, the first thing I like to do is reflect on the year that just passed. As you can see in my- 2017 Memory Jar Review post.
I go back through my memory jar, my instagram posts and my blog posts and see what I accomplished. I also review my goals list and check off the things I accomplished, and narrow in on the things I still want/need to work on, or continue to implement.
Because even if I did accomplish a specific goal in 2017, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t carry over into 2018. For instance like personal growth- and working on my anxiety, that’s a goal that’s on going, bettering my mental and physical health is always a goal every year, as it should be.
After I reflect, I review my old goal list, and check off, or add to it. And then eventually I’ll probably make a new list.
After that I will look at the many many things on my list and realize that it is VERY overwhelming!
So this year I’ve decided that from that big list I will pick 4-8 things that I want to ABSOLUTELY accomplish this year. And so that way my brain knows what it needs to focus on. Categories can help- so for instance- Health/Self-care, Relationships, Career.
After that, this is where my planner comes into play.
I like these planners (Blue Sky) because they have the monthly calendar and then the weekly where you can write in things per day.
However in hindsight, I usually end up needing more space, no matter what. So I’ll either use post-its or a separate sheet of paper/notebook or notepad for daily To-Do Lists or if something I’m working on needs a little more planning.
I’m debating getting just a desperate notebook for To-Do Lists, because I feel like I make them so often, I end up with all these sheets of paper all over. So we shall see.
It’s only January, things are definitely going to change as we go along.
I’ve started to do like weekly to do lists, and goals, and also I think eventually I may try monthly. Let’s be real January is a total hangover month. I’m still on 2017 time, so everything is trial and error at this point for me.
And that’s totally okay, because you don’t need a new year, to make a change. I kind of feel like I implemented some new things into my life last year around fall time, because I felt inspired to do so with the new school year starting up again. So you can always renew, revamp, and reflect. There are no rules.
Last year I said my “mantra word” was CHANGE, and ALOT changed around me, and I adapted and am continuing to do so, and although I feel I made some changes for myself too, I want to continue to grow and change on my own this year as well. However, I’m going to add another word to my mantra this year and that is DETERMINATION. There are certain things I want to do, that are big, BIG CHANGES I want to make in my life, and in order to do them, I’m going to need that fire, that determination. So I’m going to aim to up that factor in my life this year, because let’s be real, we all get in our lazy funks. It’s winter after all, and there’s a huge snow storm outside. So nothing says “it can wait til tomorrow…” more. But here I am trying to stick to my Monday/Thursday posting schedule anyway, while the tv is calling my name- waiting for me to catch up on all the shows I’ve missed over the past few weeks. Determination, Michelle, DETERMINATION.
Another thing I find that inspires me is looking up videos on YouTube. Some of those ladies make the most inspirational planning videos! And they just give you the pep you need to get planning.
I’ll link a few below, that I’ve watched this year for inspiration. I’ve definitely pulled from them when doing my planning.
I also like to have a visual to display so that I can see it. I never shared last years with you-(it was just a bunch of fun images with the word CHANGE), but after a while, it ended up getting buried in a corner of my room when I was reorganizing, but it’s back up and I’m going to add one near it to display images of my 2018 MAIN GOALS and the word DETERMINATION!
So to review the steps I use to plan:
Step 1: Reflect on the past year
Step 2: Review 2017 Goal List/Write a New One
Step 3: Narrow Goals Down (to the most important you want to focus on)
Step 4: Buy/Use a planner/To-Do List (to keep track of everything)
Step 5: Find inspiration (if you need help planning your goals)
Step 6: Choose your mantra word (the theme for your year)
Step 7: Create a vision board (to keep visible as a reminder of your goals for this year)
Step 8: Breathe & Believe in yourself ❤
MY MAIN BIG GOALS FOR 2018
*Get healthier- mentally/physically/emotionally
*Take the next step in my career
*Save money for my best friend’s wedding festivities!
*Get my permit/take driver’s ed (yes I know I’m way behind on this, in life- but hey I live in NY, technically- I don’t NEED to drive) 😉
*Work on relationships
*Self-publish a body of work (not on this blog, but elsewhere)
*Write my Pilot episode
Now that I have this locked down, I can go through and plan how to accomplish each one, step by step. I haven’t done that just yet, but…I will. The year is new, the year is young.
Happy 2018! Now let’s crush it! ❤
Tell me how you plan for your year ahead in the comments below, and if you have any other YouTubers you find inspiring!
*I do not take credit for the images used in my edit or otherwise.*