In order to make the upcoming year your year you need to not only know what it is you want to accomplish (click here for help figuring that part out) but you also need to make a plan. A plan of attack. It was Thomas Jefferson who said:
‘’If you want something you have never had, you have to be willing to do something you have never done.’’
– Thomas Jefferson
This upcoming year I want a lot that I have never had so I am willing to do something I have never done. Scratch that I have to do something I have never done. As always when I do something new you come along for the ride. So knowing what all you want to do this upcoming year is not enough, it needs to be planned. Not just planned, planned in detail. At least if like me you have giant plans. Those plans need to be planned till the finer details. You know those that everyone skips? Yes, those need to be taken care off too. Let’s embark on the journey of planning a year.
Last week we wrote down all the things we want to accomplish in the upcoming year. You need that list and
- Pens / Pencils
- Paper (A3 or A4)
While writing all that I want to accomplish I also filled in the things that I needed to do in order to accomplish that goal. Not in great details but the main aspects. Now to start planning a year just feels super intimidating so I decided to break it down per six months. Obviously not all things can be accomplished in six months some need more time, some need less time. I viewed my paper as a timeline. All the way to the left is January and on the far right is December. The items that didn’t start in January I wrote under them what month they started on and ended.
Now that we have the time frames written down it is time to overlook the things that need to happen in order to accomplish the main goal. I wrote them in different color on the same piece of paper. Write them under the main goal as this will help to not confuse which goal they belong to. After that, we have to break it down even further. Breaking it down per month. This is easiest done per main goal as each one has their own time frame.
Here is where things get tricky. For me lots of them had time frames that overlapped. So take a new sheet of paper and write down the months. I found that this gave me a great overview of how full my month was going to be. It also enabled me to move things around and not overfill my month. Ohh and for the love of yourself don’t do this in pen, do this part with a pencil. Seriously, you’ll thank me later. I won’t tell you how many sheets I went through until I got to the perfect year planning.
It’s here also where I reviewed what the main aspects of each accomplishment consisted off. Lots of them got broken down even further. Basically I kept breaking it down till I got to bite sized pieces. Why? Because I do not want to overfill my month. The more detailed you are the more you are able to prevent this from happening. Plus you will also have detailed your plan of attack and what I’ve heard is that the universe loves details. It needs details to help you out, just to give you another reason to get down to the very fine print here. I did however write the finer prints in a separate notebook, where all my plans are written in, and put the cover items on my month planning. I found this looks neater and more organised.
Once the months are planned you’ll be back to where you are every month. Which is breaking your month down into your weeks and then days. I personally haven’t done this yet. I found that this gave me anxiety because for example March is very far from today and I do not know where I will be as a person and with my life. So for me it is sufficient to have broken down my goals per month. When I do all the things I planned in every month I know that at the end of the year I will have accomplished all my goals.
Plan to succeed.