What are your plans for 2019? Do you have unclear ideas and goals or do you have a complete plan to make sure you accomplish what you set out to do?
Depending on what you want to accomplish and your situation, you may need more details or less based on the following questions you’ll answer to create the plan. Likewise, some plans will be more detailed than others.
What do you want to accomplish in 2019 for each of the following?
Do you want to lose weight, get in shape, or do you need to work on strategies to alleviate stress? List these.
What do you want to accomplish in business. If you own a business, this includes the revenue, new customers/sales you desire, and your profit. If you are employed, what do you want to accomplish in your job? This might be a raise or completion of a specific project.
While at first this may sound the same as business, it’s not. This is about what you plan to do to increase your personal wealth? Are you working to get out of debt? Are you saving and investing?
If this one makes you step back and say wait, I’m not religious, that’s okay. You don’t have to be. Spirituality is being interested in what is outside the physical/material world. For many this is a formal belief in God, for others it’s a belief not in a specific deity, but in an overall higher power or energy, and for others it may be simply be attention to the feelings (spirits) of those around them. If you are not a believer in anything above this world, then you can focus on making the world better for those around you in order to raise their spirits.
How are your relationships with those around you? Are there improvements you’d like to make in the next year? If you own a business, what networking connections do you want to make in 2019?
What Do You Need to Do to Accomplish This?
For each of your answers, write down what you need to do to accomplish this. For this article, I’m giving examples without judgement, so for you if losing weight means going ketogenic that’s fine and for others if it means tracking calories, give that a try. One thing I do suggest is that whatever you do, you have set progress checkins which I’ll explain later in the plan.
Put It On the Calendar
It doesn’t matter if you use a digital or paper calendar. The first step is to get it on the calendar (we’ll get the detailed steps for the project plan later). I like to keep both a digital and paper calendar. It is an extra step, but it keeps me on track better. The digital calendar allows me to see my day wherever I am, but writing it out cements it into my mind better.
Build the Plan
The plan takes all the steps you need to accomplish the goal/task and the date you want to have it completed, and puts it into a project with deadlines that must be met in order to complete the plan.
Set Check In Times
Set specific check in times where you honestly look at your progress and regroup to make sure you meet your goals. Most project teams do this once a week as a team, sometimes with mini-daily checkins. I recommend each morning you do a quick checkin to make sure your To Do list matches what you need to get done for your goals and isn’t random tasks, and have a larger analysis once a week to see where things are in the bigger pictures.
Best success with your 2019 plan. Wishing you a Happy and Prosperous Year.