As the year 2019 is about to end and there are a few days left to it. The most important task that you could do is to plan your coming year. Planning a year beforehand can be beneficial in many ways. Before planning the coming year the first thing to do is to reflect back at your last year. Reflecting back to 2019 will give you a sense of achievement and will also highlight the area where you need to improve. Also, it gives you an idea about seeting the goals while making an annual plan for the year 2020.
REFLECTING THE YEAR 2018:
The first thing to do while planning your year is to highlight the success and failure of last year. This could help you to identify the areas where you need to work for improvement. This task may seem easy and effortless but it is the most difficult one as it provides the foundation to the entire plan of the coming year. Once you have identified the areas of improvement, the next task is to set the goal and make a plan to achieve it. This process requires discipline, pritorization, and commitment as it brings your goals to reality.
REASONS TO PLAN YEAR 2019:
Five days a week, I read my goals before I go to sleep and when I wake up. There are 10 goals around health, family, business, etc., with expiration dates, and I update them every 6 months.” — Daymond John, Founder and CEO of FUBU
Most of us dive into the next plan without having a clear vision of our goals and how we will achieve them? Here is the reason that making an annual plan for the year 2020 will help you not only achieve your goal but also it will help you to become a better version of yourself.
1- CREATES FOCUS:
It’s a common understanding that, when you have a plan for a particular goal, you are more allign and focused to achieve it. Entering the year, without planning can be destructive as an unplanned year is a dimensionless path, that is disturbed by the influnence of the surroundings. To make the most of the coming year, it is necessary to plan it wisely beforehand instead of making random descion according to the suddenly happened senarios.
2- REDUCES RISK:
Risk is a permanently existing feature of our society. Every decision you make has a specific risk associated with it. This risk can be minimized but can not be eliminated. The risk factor for an unplanned activity is higher than that of a planned. To keep your year full of achievements and sucess it is required to plan the year efficiently by minimizing the risks.
3- IMPROVES DECISION MAKING ABILITY:
Tony Robbins has said,
“Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.”
The world we live in is unpredictable and is on the verge of continuous change. The surroundings have quite an impact on our decisions and it’s outcomes. It is necessary for you to be flexible in your approach and modify your plan according to your surroundings when required.
HOW TO PLAN YOUR YEAR?
Once you have planned your entire year and are ready to go with it. But things don’t work the way you wanted them to work. There strikes Murphy’s Law:
“Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”
It’s natural for things not to turn out the way you want them to be. But instead of panicking about the event and making the situation worse for yourself, you can simply handle the senario if you had plan B beforehand.
Your life is a collection of habits that you develop over a lifetime. This year makesure you learn a new habit that will help you utilize your free time in an efficient manner.
I think human beings are entirely creatures of habit. Young children are born with no habit loops. They’re essentially born as blank slates. Then they habituate themselves to things and they learn patterns and they get conditioned and they use that to get through everyday life. Habits are good. Habits can allow you to background process certain things so that your neocortex, your frontal lobe, stays available to solve brand new problems.”
Some other things to note throughout the process:
- The first part of planning your year is difficult as it requires lots of dedication. Once you are done planning your year the next thing is to review and re-plan it to execute the entire plan well. Keep in mind that it is not an easy process and doesnot happen overnight.
- Whenever you hit your goals it important that you treat yourself for it. For example, go for dinner and celebrate your achivement.
- Managing your energy and time is important, If one of your projects is taking too much time to complete then it OKAY to put it on pause and smake progress towards other goals.
Hope this article will help you to plan your year efficiently. Do share your feedback and the way to plan your year in the comments.
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