I always get excited when the New Year rolls around. For me, it means a cool new planner. Yes, a planner! I spend way too much time looking for the perfect one but bask in the process. Every detail matters! I used to buy planners with the best of intentions to map out my life for the upcoming year but they left me feeling guilty about all of the things that I still needed to do or should have already done. Quickly the excitement of organization and newness fell flat. It was a love-hate relationship. This past year was a turning point. I worked with a coach that helped me honor my promises to myself – to move forward, to have solid and measurable results, to stay focused and on task. Therefore, my planner no longer feels as heavy as a boat anchor. No, it feels more like a high-flying hot air balloon of success even though I still have things left to do!
I still like the good old-fashioned kind of planner – pen and ink. I like writing things down! Even more than writing things down, I love checking them off. It feels oh so good! My planner makes me feel creative and energized. I have tried the electronic calendars and appointment books and just feel robbed of the joy of writing with my favorite pen.
Accountability is a powerful tool. We often will do things for others that we will not do for ourselves. Innately, we do not like to disappoint. If we tell someone that we are going to do something and they schedule a check in call with us, it seems we will move mountains to get it (whatever it may be) done before they call.
The truth of the matter is we all have messes. We all have “things” we need to do and we always will. Hopefully, our list of “things” is ever changing and we are not carrying the same list around from day to day just adding to it without marking some things off!
Here are a few tips to help you check some things off of your list in 2017!
- Keep God in the details. Schedule Him first!
- Write it down. Whatever it is! Be bold. Assign a completion date.
- Erase words such as “should” and “try” from your vocabulary. Write those awful words down on a piece of paper and then rip them up into a million pieces! Replace with positive phrases such as “I will.”
- Attach a why to every goal! Why something is important to you will help you to see it through.
- Enlist an accountability partner.
- Break the goal down into small attainable steps. Celebrate each milestone!
- Schedule time to check in with yourself (minimum of once per week) to review your goals and progress.
- Consolidate as much as possible. Eliminate multiple lists and notebooks.
- Commit to read daily!
- Commit to learning one new skill this year.
I wish you all a blessed, organized and successful New Year.
Until Next Time,