I have a confession to make about the new year: while I love the Christmas season and the special time of family, friends, and faith, I am always SO READY to get back into a schedule when January hits.
There’s just something about a shiny new January, glowing with possibility. What can I accomplish this year? Maybe I’ll finally finish that goal that’s been on my list for the past three years – maybe I’ll actually get healthy this year – maybe this is the year I’ll start my own business.
But too often, that shiny January quickly turns into a faltering February, and ends up becoming a very messed-up March. Ah, well. Maybe next year.
Been there? Then hang around to the end, because I’ve got something to help.
So the trick is to carry the possibility and promise of January with you throughout the year – when your schedule is upended, when plans change, when unexpected opportunity comes your way, when nothing turns out the way you imagined.
There are tons of Productivity Gurus on the world wide web who will gladly guide you to achieving your wildest dreams this year (for 12 monthly installments of $299 if you sign up by midnight, of course). Some are legitimate, some just reheat the inspirational quotes off the posters in their gym.
But here’s the secret: when it comes to your goals, YOU are the one who makes them happen. Having a system to follow is great, but unless YOU put in the time, planning, motivation, and sit-your-butt-in-the-chair-until-you’re-done dedication, your goals will stay as far off as they are right now, and shiny January will quickly become messed-up March.
One thing that all Doers and Shakers and Makers agree is that one of the biggest keys to actually getting stuff done is PLANNING. Whether you plan on paper, on your computer, or with an app, you need to see where you’re going.
I’ve tried a number of planners, from a Word doc to a printed planner to an app like Todoist or Asana, but the one thing I’ve pretty much always used is a simple monthly calendar that I print out and post on my wall. It’s not my day-to-day to-do list, but rather my bird’s-eye view of the month.
I can look up at any time and be reminded of where I’m headed this month and what it will take to get there.
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:Here are some ideas to use your calendar:
- Post 1 month for laser focus, or 3 months (one quarter) to see your 90-day plan
- Post in the kitchen or family area to keep up with family events and appointments
- Use as a fitness calendar and put a star, dot, or smiley face on every day you exercise
- If you blog, use as an editorial calendar. Write your post titles on post-it flags and plan out your blogging content. If your schedule changes, just move the flags.
How will you use your calendar?
Are you a paper planner person? Check out my 2017 Yearly Planner – it’s a day-to-day planner, plus a big-picture tracker that will help you GET MORE DONE in 2017!
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