Happy New Year!
2017 is now underway. Can you believe it?
The holidays were great for me.
I took some much needed time off from work, spent time with family, ate, drank, got a new hairdo, slept, and ate some more.
For many this is the time to look back on the previous year, reflect and come up with a plan on how to move forward.
Often the New Year is seen as a sign of hope and new beginnings.
Out with the old, in with the new.
The thought of having a new start seems so refreshing and liberating for many.
I must admit I too get the same feelings.
I have shiny object syndrome.
I love the newness of stuff!
Only my thoughts about new beginnings are a little different now.
I no longer feel the need to wait until the New Year to begin anew.
New beginnings happen whenever I decide they do.
I believe this to be true for everyone.
When something is not working or no longer serving me I make the necessary shifts immediately.
While the beginning of a new year is ideal for charting out your course for the year, there is no need to remain on the same track if somehow things get derailed.
Make the necessary shifts and change your course as needed.
I am a planner. It is just my nature.
However, I don’t like planning too far ahead because so many things come into play.
Don’t get me wrong. I believe it is essential to set your intentions for what you want to create for the year.
In fact, I highly encourage it.
Only I build in a little flexibility in case I decide to take a detour.
Here’s how I plan for the upcoming year:
On a piece of paper, I make a cross (this gives me four sections).
Each section represents each quarter of the year (I label each by quarter).
This way I get a new beginning once every three months! Hey, I like shiny new stuff!
For each quarter I plug in my intentions, goals and what I would like to do or see happen.
For example, this year I decided I want to travel somewhere for pleasure at least once in each quarter.
So I plug it in the quarter that the travel will occur in.
Thus far I have two trips planned in two quarters of the year, which gives me some planning to do for the other two quarters.
I do this for each area of my life that I want to grow in or change (i.e. professional/business, finances, personal development, health/wellbeing, etc).
It can be in whatever area you’d like.
But most importantly, I leave wiggle room in case some things need to get moved around.
What about you?
Have you planned your year yet?
What do your new beginnings look like?
If you are like me and can’t seem to plan too far ahead, try my way.
Let me know how it works out.