Can you believe it? 2018 is almost over!
Do you find yourself wondering where the year went? What did I accomplish in 2018? Do you say to yourself, “2019 is going to be my year“ (even though you said this in 2018, but not sure you actually made it your year)?
I think this is something we have all gone through, myself included. Right now I am saying these things to myself... I know I did a lot in 2018, but I want more in 2019.
I want more:
More time with friends and family (that isn’t just squeezed in)
More success with my business.
More financial freedom to travel and have fun.
I also want less:
Less working my side jobs.
Less stress living month to month wondering what my finances will look like.
Less rushing around day to day and not remembering even what day of the week it is.
Do you relate to this? Well if you do, keep reading because I have some tips to help ensure you end 2018 with a plan to really make 2019 yours - and a FREE INTENTION WORKSHEET to go with it!
I love this process of reflection and planning because it helps me to design the life I want to live, not just letting life happen to me. It doesn’t mean that everything always goes according to plan, or I don’t get caught up in the day-to-day and get off track, absolutely not, but what it does mean is that I have something concrete to refer to helping me get back on track when I lose focus. It is the reminder I need to conquer those tough times and remind me of the bigger picture.
So let’s dig in!
1. Look Back
First thing’s first. You have to do some reflection. You can’t go into 2019 unless you take stock of what 2018 was really about. Take some time to really reflect on what happened in 2018. A great way to do that is go back through your Facebook & Instagram Posts, as well as your camera. This will probably be your highlight reel, and that’s ok. You want to know what worked. If you are like me and make photo-books, this is a great time to do that as well. (I do mine with Shutterfly). I have been doing photo-books since 2010 and love getting to look back through all the pictures and reminiscing about all the good times that I had. It really makes me grateful for the life I live, my friends, family, and the opportunities that have presented themselves over the last year.
Once you have done that, look back over your calendar, planner, and to do lists to see what you worked on. This will also give you a good perspective of where you spent your time, especially if you are like me and have to write everything down to remember it.
All of this does not have to take a lot of time, maybe 30-60 minutes. Jot down some notes of what sticks out to you. Maybe you're noticing some themes of where you spent your time.
Was it traveling, building your business, making a plan for your future and starting to take some of those steps? Or was it prepping to do these things, but was never able to actually do them? Or was it just going through the motions day-to-day and not really living your life? Whatever it was, you need to be aware of it so that you can either keep chugging along on the path you're on, kick into to high gear so you can get to where you want to be faster, or change your trajectory altogether.
This is also a great time to plan for doing this next year and getting a journal to keep track of 2019. I have used and loved the 5-Minute Journal*, Bullet Journaling*, and just using a normal day-to-day planner like this one*. I have also heard great things about The Growth Planner*, Start Today Journal, and Panda Planner*. Whatever it is, find something that works for you so when next year rolls around you can do this again and have something easy to reach for when reflecting on where you spent your time.
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2. Look Ahead
Now that you have taken the time to reflect on 2018 you can start to cultivate what you want your 2019 to look like. We have to be aware of where we are spending our time and what we are spending it on in order to make changes. What themes did you see from 2018 that you would like to continue with, what did you see that you want to change?
As you look ahead, what themes do you want to see for the new year? Do you want to see business growth? A better balance between work and home life? More time for the things you love? More time with the ones you love? Whatever it is, you need to set the intentions now before 2019 gets away from you and you are looking back in a year and wondering what the heck happened. Set aside some quiet time to do to this. I suggest doing it over 3-days that are spread out, but make sure you put them in your calendar, you don’t want to forget - it’s important to make this a priority. Set aside 30-minutes of quiet time on each of the days you plan for. Make it a ritual, make some tea, find a quiet comfortable space and spend that time really mapping out what your year will look like for the different areas of your life, like work, home, finances, relationships, and any other areas you want to focus on.
Take the time to think about what you want to look back on this time next year. Make notes of what that would look like.
3. Dream Big
Now that you know what you want your year to look like it's time to set some definitive goals and action steps. Without a plan to get you where you want to be, it's just words on a piece of paper.
If you want to grow your business, what does the end result look like a year from now? For example - I want to increase my client base by 15%. Or if you want more work-life balance, does that mean getting home at least 3-days a week by 6pm for dinner with the family, or setting boundaries with being on your phone?
Whatever it is, this is the time to set those big goals. These goals need to be those big lofty 2019 dreams , you don’t need to know the individual action steps yet, but you do need to have a concrete goal in mind with something that you can track.
Once you have your goals set, now is a great time to create a vision board. A vision board is a fun way to keep your goals and dreams front of mind. You can create one using Pinterest, or go old school with a poster board, magazines, and a glue stick.
In my next blog, I will tackle the steps needed to make 2019 a success. We will turn those big goals and dreams into attainable action steps.
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