Planning for 2018, your way.

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It's that time of year where we're bombarded with content that's telling us we need to be ‘better’. A smarter you. A thinner you. A more successful you. It’s telling us that we need to somehow shed our skin and personality from last year and be a ‘new you’. But I don’t think that’s what New Years is for.

I believe it’s a time where we can reflect on the past year, and hone in on our direction for the next. We can see if we’re still on the path to our version of success*, or if we’ve veered off of it somehow. It’s not a time to fall into a pattern of self-hate. It’s a chance to get some perspective on our working habits, and to also celebrate the hell out of our successes from the year.

As exciting as New Years can be, it can also bring up a lot of overwhelm, especially if you feel the previous year didn’t go as well as you’d hoped. There’s a whole 12 months in front of you, waiting for you to plan and plot and goal set. Sometimes, that can be a lot to handle.

We can’t predict a whole year. We have no way of knowing what will happen in the next 12 months, and that’s just life. That’s why planning in quarters can have a lot more purpose than going the full hog. By having your version of success firmly in the forefront of your mind, and then a rough plan for each quarter of the year, you’ll still have the focus and clarity needed to hit your goals, but without the pressure of hitting forecasted targets. I also find it's quite helpful to try and keep your quarterly/monthly goals to a maximum of 4. That way, if unexpected things pop up throughout the year, you’re not going to get derailed or overwhelmed.

I’ve come up with a simple exercise that will help you gain some focus and clarity on 2018, as well creating goals out of last year's reflections. I did it with my clients at the end of 2017 to get them thinking about the year ahead and it was great for showing them that yes, you did actually achieve a lot this year! There's also a worksheet download of the exercise at the bottom of this post, so you can print it out, write on it and stick it near your desk. Doing this will help you go into 2018 with you in mind, not everyone else. It puts you and your needs and desires and wants at the forefront.

*Your version of success/your North Star is what you envision your life to be when you feel ‘successful’. We all have different versions; some may feel they’ve reached it when they hit a certain monthly income. Others may feel success when they’ve got that work/life balance down. It’s completely individual and sacred.

1. 2017 as a whole

  • How have you felt this year, in your business, routine, life, creativity, finances?

  • What have you learned in 2017?

  • How have you grown and evolved in 2017?

  • What are you grateful for?

  • What are you proud of?

 

2. Your 2017 goals

  • What goals did you set yourself at the beginning of 2017?

  • The goals that you made happen:

  • The goals that didn’t come to fruition:

  • What goals have happened that you didn’t initially plan or expect?

 

3. 2018

  • How do you want to feel in your work and your life next year?
  • What do you want to make space for 2018?

  • What do you want focus on this year?

  • What is your why?
  • What is your version of success? Has it evolved or changed over the years?

 

4. Your business, personal and wellbeing goals for 2018

 

Q1 (Jan Feb March)

Business:

Personal:

Health + Wellbeing:

How are you going to make those happen?

Q2 (April May June)

Business:

Personal:

Health + Wellbeing:

How are you going to make those happen?

Q3 (July Aug Sept)

Business:

Personal:

Health + Wellbeing:

How are you going to make those happen?

Q4 (Oct Nov Dec)

Business:

Personal:

Health + Wellbeing:

How are you going to make those happen?


Just remember that you are enough, right now. Just because it's a new year, it doesn't mean you need to change your entire personality, start getting up at 5am (no THANK YOU) or join a gym to be ‘better’/'successful'. You don't need to plan the whole year in advance, or buy all the courses that promise unrealistic results. It can be very easy to get caught up in the NY hype, but just simply stating your intentions for 2018 and writing down how you want to feel throughout is enough. Keep doing you.

 

I hope your year consists of fullness, your version of success and ease. I also wanted to thank you for your loyalty and support with OGB- you've made it what it is and I can't wait to tell you about the little plans we've got in place to make 2018 our (and ultimately, your) best year yet! Cheering you on, as always.