How To Create A Successful Plan For The New Year


Creating a successful plan for the New Year doesn’t have to be hard. These tips are sure to help you start in the right direction.

How to Create a Successful Plan for the New Year

5 Tips To Help You Create A Successful Plan For The New Year


Establish Your Priorities

This one can be hard. It took me years to realized that volunteering for nearly every need at church wasn’t good for my family. Right now, in this season of life, my priorities (other than Christ of course ­čśë )are my husband, kids, and our homeschool. That’s it! I have four children six years old and under, and I’m actively homeschooling four of them. I have enough on my plate already. Learning to say no was one of the most freeing things I’ve ever done.

Get Yourself a Dollar Store Calendar and Fill in the Musts

Some things happen every year. Birthdays, anniversaries, family vacations, annual cookouts with friends . . . all of these things can easily be put on to your calendar. Taking just a little thought now helps you plan the rest of your year with less conflict.

While it’s nice to have all of your family/work events on a personal calendar or planner, having a central location for everyone to see and use is ideal. Plus, there’s nothing wrong with having the same information in more than one place.

List Your Big Hopes and “Want to Do’s” for the Next Year

As things happen each year (birthdays, holidays, etc…) I think about how they can be improved for the next year. I see Pinterest ideas that might actually work for us. Or a friend tells me how awesome her kids’ birthday party worked out and now I want to give her ideas a go.

I keep a running list of notes on the above-mentioned calendar. That way, as I look at the month to come I see my notes and hopefully can implement whatever it is.

Begin Cultivating Intentional Habits

As far as I am concerned, there are two main ways for us moms not to let our lives slip into utter chaos 1) routines and 2) planning ahead. Both of these begin with establishing some basic habits.

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Give Yourself Grace

Above all else, give yourself some grace! We can plan, plan, plan all day but inevitably things will go awry. Now, if we have a contingency plan, then hopefully the fallout won’t be too terribly awful. But whatever the case, don’t forget that these little people are entrusted to you for only a certain amount of time┬ábefore they leave. Don’t sweat the small stuff.

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4 thoughts on “How To Create A Successful Plan For The New Year”

  1. The last couple of years I have made a Birthday Bucket List of things I want to do over the next year (my birthday is right at the end of the calendar year, so it works nicely in tandem with New Years resolutions!); and I’ve been more intentional about changing habits and it has made a big difference. I’m hoping to do even better with following through on my goals in 2018!


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