Many people don’t think seriously about their annual planning, trusting god and inspiration will take care of the details. But planning gives you a sense of direction, allows you to actively pursue your goals, and keeps you on target for achieving them.
Alexandria Blaelock, designer of Ms Blaelocks’s Monthly Planning Calendar says, “Often there’s too much going on to keep it all in your head, and you can’t see far enough ahead with an app. Sometimes, seeing it spread out on a page is the best way.”
Here are Blaelock’s tips for annual planning:
- Start with the big things: Each year is made up of big things, for example, seasons, school terms and exercise classes. Put the big things in first, and see what space you’ve got left.
- Add the important things: You also have important things, such as birthdays, anniversaries and enrolment closures that if missed will make your life difficult. Make sure all the important stuff’s in there.
- Add your goals: If you’re not good at achieving your New Year’s Resolutions, plan out the steps, and put them in the calendar.
- Include a to-do list: Ad hoc tasks come up all the time; things like making hair or dental appointments, calling a plumber to fix the toilet or calling people back. Write them down so you don’t forget them, and can take care of them when you have a spare minute.
- Include colour: Use colour coding different activities or priorities so you can see at a glance how well you’re balancing the demands on your time.
Alexandria’s tips on annual planning will help you organise your time and activities.
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