Are you excited about the New Year? I definitely am. The New year calls for new opportunities, seasons, triumphs, and obstacles. Though we can never truly predict what events will take place during the year. We can surely take the steps necessary to ensure, to the best of our abilities, that our goals are met.
Proverbs 16:9 In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
At the end of 2018, I took some time to reflect on all the achievements and downfalls of the year. Like a movie clip, I play back all my moments and reflect on what they’ve given me. Looking back allows me to see the areas I’ve grown in, as well as, areas I am still improving in. This, in turn, helps me to see what habits I am now leaving behind and those I am taking with me. I am also able to see repeatedly how blessed I was during the year, how God provided for me even in my darkest moments and how he also gave me the strength to accomplish every task I set out to do every week.
Isaiah 64:8 Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all work of your hand.
Here’s how I plan out my year to ensure that all my goals are met .
I review mentally on paper what my downfalls and triumphs were during the previous year. I ask myself the following questions:
- What could I do differently?
- What am I grateful for?
- How did I grow from the situations (positive or negative) that I faced this year?
- What am I letting go of in this new year?
- What new opportunities am I ready to embrace this year?
I spend some time in prayer asking God for his direction. Here’s a simple prayer:
“Thank you, God, for everything I experienced this past year. The low and high moments all helped me see a new aspect of who you are and I am so grateful. Guide me this year, just like you did last year. Let my plans align with your plans. If my plans do not align with your plans, change my plans to what you have already set in motion.”
I then plan for the new year. When planning, am a paper pencil kinda girl! However, I also include my phone as an additional source for reminders. These two methods help me keep my mind straight in planning my week. As well as, executing my monthly and weekly tasks.
At the end of 2016, I learned about an amazing planner that I have completely fallen in love with. My planner is called the Dream Planner by Horacio Printing. (You can check it out by clicking the name link or the pictures below.)
This planner literally holds my whole entire life! Everything from school, ministry and personal tasks that I want or need to execute on a monthly or weekly basis.
I then simply set out to do what I’ve planned! My advice? Get up and do what you have planned to do. Especially when you do not feel like it.If you have never been a planner but maybe have contemplated becoming one. My best advice is to research different methods of planning and pick the one that sounds most appealing to you. You may even find that two or more methods that work best for you.
If you are a member of the planning club, I would love to hear and see what your favorite method is to plan out your year. I cannot wait to hear how you plan out your weekly, monthly and yearly goals. Bernice, creator of the Diapursity blog, and I will be doing monthly reviews and sharing reflections on how you can do the same to ensure that your plan goes beyond the month of January. I hope you’ll join us on this journey.
How do you plan for the new year? Share with me below or as always write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Until next time,
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