As the year draws to a close, I encourage you to take some time to reflect and celebrate all that was in 2021!
I also encourage you to take some time to make some plans for 2022.
For me, the last few months of 2021 were a complete whirlwind. I was very much in “survival mode” with not a minute to spare, it seemed. This made it difficult to see “anew,” to determine how I could structure my days differently, or to make more time for the things that mattered to me … thankfully, I am a teacher though and get a nice break around Christmas to spend with my family, reflect, and make some plans for the future, which is exactly what I’ve been working on for the last few days..
At this time of the year, I review my Life Plan (more on that here). In my Life Plan, I have several “accounts” that I deem important in my life (e.g. Me, My Husband, My Children, My Job, etc.). I describe my “vision” for each, my current reality, and specific commitments I am willing / able to make going forward. I attempt to review this quarterly, though I didn’t do this in late August of this year, and feel that may have been part of the reason these last few months were so challenging. Saying that, I also added “homeschooling” to my mix this fall again in an effort to support my oldest daughter. This was an unexpected change, for sure, and has definitely come with its challenges.
As I establish specific commitments for each “account,” I start plunking events into my “Year @ a Glance” Spreadsheet. I also make a plan for my “Ideal Week,” again, ensuring I schedule and make time for those things I said were important! Finally, to make sure I’m off to a great (and successful) start, I’ve also created a habit tracker for the month of January! This is what I’ll be using for my next 21-Day Challenge, which will begin January 1st, 2022! I’d love to have you join me (just commit to SOMETHING for 21 days, and if you’re able, consider donating an amount of your choosing to a charity of your choosing to “solidify” your commitment). Please sign up here!
I trust MY planning for 2022 process is (possibly) a little too intensive for most people. I get it. And there’s nothing wrong with that. This is ME. You have to do YOU! Perhaps a 22 in 2022 list (more on that here) would be more up your alley, or maybe the KISS method is more suitable (described fully here)! Or perhaps, you would prefer to work in “possibilities” instead (learn more here).
It doesn’t matter to me how you do it, but I DO want to encourage you to be INTENTIONAL … to be thoughtful … to take the time to decide what you want, then take the steps necessary to make it happen.
All the best in 2022!