How to Successfully Plan for The New Year and free Planner

Welcome to the NEW YEAR. This reality unfolds after the holidays!

Many of us are clueless as to the plans we have for the year or we are reluctant to make plans ahead. I understand the running battles to accomplish goals we have set.

I know writing plans can be tiring and exhausting while thinking of them and can also be frustrating to write. You What? I feel the same way too!  Yikes!
 
But despite my reluctance in writing a New Year’s plan, we all need it, don’t we? What stirs my heart towards having a simple plan in the least is…
 
Having A Plan Is Scriptural and Wise.
 
Bible Reading: Luke 14: 28-31
 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Luke 14:28 
 
“Counting the cost”, Jesus meant was sit down have a plan, ask questions about your intended project, analyse what you need like funds, recruiting the right people to execute and everything else in between.
 
If you think because you failed the previous year, there is no need to try planning again this year, let me shock you. You are wrong!
 
Your failures in the previous year is not an excuse to anticipate failure in the New Year!
 Do you feel like an under-achieverHere is an encouragement for you >>Read This <<
Why You Need to Plan for 2016
1. Plans give you an idea of what you want in written form.   And believe me when I say, there is power in penning down ideas. Long before the era of phones and tablets, the power of jotters have been harnessed by authors, diary keepers etc. Don’t just leave your ideas to memory. Get yourself committed by writing them down too. 
2  Plans help you have sense of what works for you and what doesn’t workIf you don’t know what worked for you, then you will continue in a series of mistakes and waste precious time and resources.
3.  You will find your level of capability.  Sometimes we don’t know how much we are able to accomplish until we set the ball rolling through plans.
 4.  Plans help you commit to a greater goodI said something similar in #1.  Get committed to making your life better. Like the popular cliche, no one will take you seriously unless you take yourself seriously.
 5.  Plans give you a sense of accomplishment.  I understand the downside could be disappointment.  But remember you can rework those plans.   Read about it HERE.
 6.  You can overcome procrastination by penning things down.  If you struggle with procrastination, plans are a great way to start. You can read more about overcoming procrastination HERE.
How Do You Successfully Draw Up A Plan?
1      Look over your previous plan. Before you make a New Year resolution you should ask yourself these three questions;
 a. What failed? I don’t like this but let’s face it. If you don’t know where you have failed in the time past, how can you prevent a repetition?
 
b. What worked? What was your AHA Moment? 
 
c. What can you differently? Reconcile the difference between what went well and what didn’t. Then choose what you can do differently.
 Sometimes your success lies in make-over or do-over.
 2      Choose a simple workable plan. Whether it’s for business, ministry, marriage etc be reasonable.  We feel overwhelmed when we have too much on our plate.
 
That’s a trap to watch out for. Set goals that can be easily attained. Write out how you intend to get them accomplished too. That works for me.
 
3      Find an accountability partner. When you have someone to report your progress to, it gets you more committed. You can join a facebook group or a writing or reading group, whatever group(s) that share your interests.
 
This will help you on the long run.
 

4      Write it down. Do I need to say that again? YES, write it down.

5      Find the right motivation. That’s where we miss it.

We choose a good project but for the wrong reasons. 

Bottom line: Whatever you choose to do in the New Year must find roots in truth, integrity and pure reasons.

 Set a time scale: If you are a procrastinator, you will agree with me that time shakes you up. But, put it there!
 
7      Be flexible: Having said all, I want you to always remember despite our plans, God’s counsel prevails! Allow yourself grace when life interrupts your plan. Every plan should be subject to prayers.
 
I prepared a simple planner absolutely freeSimply, print out the pages you want and fill them up. Next, hold them place with pins and stickers on your office or home board.
 

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83 thoughts on “How to Successfully Plan for The New Year and free Planner”

  1. Yes, plans are so amazing, especially when we want to accomplish something. Every year (with the exception of this last year…) I've written up a plan, a verse and a goal… it's so helpful. Can't wait to put it together again for 2016

    Marissa

  2. Plans really do give a sense of accomplishment. I tend to procrastinate or get busy with things that don't matter 't I don't have a plan. What great suggestions for 2016! Wishing you and yours the best. God bless you!

  3. What a great article. I as definitely convinced by your writing that I need to plan more. That would involve me slowing down life enough to actually plan… 🙂 Thanks for the awesome ideas!

  4. I love to plan but I must admit I don't always stick to it. 🙂 What you have to say here, though, is vital to following His will and His way. He tells us in Proverbs that people perish without a plan and then again in Habakkuk to write down the vision plainly so that those who read it may run forward. Writing down the plan, making a plan at all, is a necessity. I love how you said that success is often in the do-over and that past failures do not produce future ones. It is often the opposite, isn't it? We usually learn better from our mistakes than our victories. 🙂
    Always a blessing to sit wit you, Ifeoma!
    Blessings,
    Dawn

  5. I actually started my new year goal setting last night! I have taken on too many other times and get frustrated. I'm trying a simpler approach this year…little changes one at a time with a bigger goal for the end of the year!

  6. I love making goals, but my problem is making too many of them and then getting bogged down by all that I wanted to accomplish. Thank you for providing a simple step-by-step plan for achieving an easy to execute plan for the new year!

  7. I totally agree with you, I have to write things down otherwise I lose the thought! I hate it when that happens! One more reason why I love smartphones- we can have instant access to a notepad that isn't balky and is always with us.

  8. You are so right! I had to laugh when you said that planning gives a sense of accomplishment. It definitely does! I had started planning for 2016, but put the plans aside. You have encouraged me to get back on the ball. Thanks for your wonderful post!

  9. Hi sweet friend! I was always a planner. Type A for sure. The last few years of my life have really changed that. My husband still has the ability to be very planned out, but because of our little one with special needs, each day is an unknown. I would plan things out and be so frustrated because my plans just didn't work out. I think through it all, I am learning to find balance. Giving over to God what I cannot control, while still maintaining general goals. I must have grace in my goals, though! Blogging was a bit frustrating this year because I wanted to come up with a consistent schedule to maintain writing time, connecting time, and social media management. My schedule was different each week …argh! I am praying that 2016 is a little calmer!
    Much love,
    Lori

    • Oh dear, friend!
      It will be calmer Lori, I lift you and your family in prayers now.
      God grants your home peace and calm you desire in Jesus Name.
      Amen…
      I appreciate that you shared your heart. Be encouraged Lori, God is always there in our moments of weakness.
      Hugs Sweet Friend.

  10. I totally agree with you that there is power in writing things down on paper (or computer screen!). I've started doing that with monthly goals, which I think will help with annual reflections and annual goals. Visiting from the Alder Collective!

  11. Ifeoma,
    As a Christian, I often think about God ordering my life and His plan…I loved the reminder that having a plan is scriptural and wise…giving some more thought to penning my plans for the New Year. Blessings to you,
    Bev

  12. Thanks for these great tips, Ifeoma. As you said, keeping things simple is key. Thank God for my One Word and my vision board to keep me on track. This year I'm adding Grace Goals to my arsenal as well. For sure God's grace will keep me grounded and hopeful. Sending you blessings for the holidays, my friend!

    • I have always loved the Vision Board and One Word ideas!
      Excellent choices Marva. Thumbs up with Grace Goals!!!
      With God in the centre of it you can never go wrong!
      Lovely having you over friend.
      Many Blessings to you

  13. Great advice, Ifeoma and just in time for the new year! I love the fact that you mentioned writing your goals down. There's been studies done that's proven people are more successful with their goals if it's written down in physical form (rather than just committed to memory), and I wholeheartedly agree. Having something written down sends a different level of commitment–it's there for you (and others) to see, and that makes it all the worthwhile to complete.

    It's so lovely of you to share this on #SHINEbloghop this week. Hope you have a lovely holiday and wonderful new year!

    • AHA! Thanks for throwing in that extra research finding. I hope it spurs us on to writing more!
      You added very valuable reflections, Maria.
      Many Blessings to you, Maria and have a wonderful Christmas holiday.

  14. Just yesterday I spent several hours planning for next year's writing for my blog. I couldn't help but giggle about the writing things down, there have been numerous times where and idea came to me and I thought I would remember it. I now keep note cards and a pen in every room so I will write them down. Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips at Thankful Thursdays.

    • *Smiling* I am glad you resonate with this post.
      High Five!
      Note Cards work for me, but my daughter will do a great job replacing them or coloring them!

      Thank you for blessing us here with reflection.
      I appreciate you, Lori.
      Many Blessings to you

  15. Thank you very much! I'm reflecting a lot this week. I was just thinking about how far I have come in the past year. The things I've learned, the decisions I have made. Yes, this has probably been my most successful year in awhile. But, there's still more to do!

  16. Having an accountability partner is huge! I find that, I start out with good intentions, but my committed plan usually peters out after a few weeks. Last year and this year I invested in the Leonie Dawson Create Your Shining Year planner and it has really helped. This year, I ordered the planned again (http://bit.ly/1MrdcHt) BUT I have an accountability partner this time! I know that will help a ton 🙂 Stopping by from the SITS Sharefest.

    • Interesting I have never heard of them before!
      Thank you for sharing your experience here. It is very helpful reading your thoughts.
      Many Blessings to you, Rebecca.
      Merry Christmas, Rebecca.

  17. Thanks Ifeoma,

    My wife and I will have a lot of changes this year, and planning ahead is a must. #3 is something that has been especially helpful this week. I've been surrounding myself with a great group of guys who have been providing accountability and support. Thank you for some great, additional ideas!

  18. I must admit, I am not a planner, list maker or goal setter. However I agree with your reasons this is a good idea and I should write down at least some goals for 2016. Thank you Ifeoma for sharing with us here at Tell me a Story. Aunt Hazel

  19. This is a great post and such an encouragement I am currently putting off the planning I need to do and this has spurred me on to commit it to paper and get it out of my head where it seems to be chasing is tail !

  20. Such practical and doable encouragement, Ifeoma; challenging and yet achievable. And I love the simplicity of your planner – nothing overwhelming, just a simple outline that is a great jumping off point. I'll be sharing this on my blog soon. Merry Christmas!

  21. Hello friend!
    I love your wonderful tips and suggestions to plan for 2016! I chose your post as my spotlighted post on #100HappyDays. It also got the most clicks too! I appreciate you! You can grab a button if you'd like. I hope you have a wonderful New Year!

    • Thanks Jamie, I am truly honored to be nominated. i hope I could get some time to answer your questions. I have a full plate!
      Thank you for encouraging me over here. It goes a very long way.
      Happy New year and God Bless

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