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.
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 😉 )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.
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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 before they leave. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
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