Taking a day to prepare and plan for 2017
As 2016 draws to a close, I wanted to share with you an organizational strategy to help 2017 be a knockout year. The advice is, take a day either by yourself or with your significant other, and prepare/plan out your 2017. Take a weekday off of work, grab your calendars, planners, mobile devices, and laptops and head out of the house. If you have kids make sure they are not with you. Put them in day care, have a babysitter come over, or take the time they are in school to give yourself and your partner some time to really get down to business with minimal distractions. Then, go to a place where you can get a meal, caffeine, free Wifi and some alone time.
“What then do you plan for?”, you ask. Well here is a list to get you started. It includes questions to ask yourself along with events and lifestyle trinkets to take into consideration.
Questions to ask:
- What in 2016 did I find to be stressful? How could I remedy this in 2017?
- What was my favorite thing I did in 2016? For myself? and With my family?
- If I could have done anything different in 2016 what would it have been?
- What is my intention for 2017? (to be more adventurous, to consider wellness in my everyday life, to live more “experiences”, etc.)
Once you have these questions answered, plan out any dates, events, etc. that will need to blocked in order for you to do the things you laid out.
Events/Appointments to Plan for:
- Travel – Are there vacations you want to take (Vegas with your girlfriends)? Are there trips you need to take (out to Connecticut for Christmas with family)? Find the dates, start to plan your transportation, inform those involved.
- Birthday party dates for your children
- Dentist Appointments
- Wellness Appointments – Massage, Facials, Nails, Chiropractic
- Volunteer events
- Kid’s Dr. Appointments
- Meal Planning
- Exercise Plan – how many times per week, who watches the kids, who will hold you accountable?
- Bills/Money Allocation – Retirement accounts, savings funds, large upcoming purchases, maternity leave
Once your prep/plan session is completed you will have a focused direction for 2017. You will be ahead of the game, and well beyond most of your peers. You will feel less stressed and more centered because you will minimize a lot of the last minute crazy. Instead of setting a resolution for yourself that will only get broken within the first 6 weeks (this is on average how long a person holds true to a resolution), give yourself and your family a game plan.