How to plan for a new year.

December 30, 2014 · 9 comments

Does this season between Christmas and New Years bring out your introspective side?  It does for me. It seems to inspire thinking and planning by the bucket load.   I want to explore what has been and understand what it’s taught me while simultaneously trying to get a feel for the year ahead and pin-point what’s going to be important.   

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So, how do you plan for a new year?  Well if you are me you write stuff down and allow the words to clarify your thoughts and feelings.  (Yes I’m such a word nerd.)   I’ve already got myself a list of things I want to focus on in 2015 and a nice collection of goals to work on.   But that’s just how thing work in my head and I strongly suspect we’re all a little different.  But, just in case it helps you to plan your new year, here a couple of the questions I like to ask myself in late December.   Sometimes I find they need deep thought and contemplation, but then others it’s all about the first thing that comes into your mind. 

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When looking back at the year that’s been what am I most and least proud of myself for?

When  this new year ends how would I like things to be different from now?

What is one conflict, issues or problem I would like to have solved by the end of next year?

What is one thing I can do in the year to come to make my soul sing and bring happiness to myself and those around me?

Choose a top priority in each of these areas:

  • Family and relationships.

  • Career, business or work life?

  • Self development?

  • Connection with my community.

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Once I’ve asked myself these question the rest seems to flow.  The answers dovetail together and I start to see a clearer picture for the year ahead.   I guess they just set the right mood.   How about you?  Do you enjoy planning for a new year or do you like to take a ‘wait and see’ approach?    Maybe you have a great question we should all be asking ourselves.  Head on down to the comments and share away if you do. 

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2015 is only days away.  (Scary but true.)   As they say ‘no man (nor woman) can hold back time’.  I have no doubt we’ll all deal with whatever 2015 holds in awesome style and have my fingers firmly crossed we will be celebrating some grand and gorgeous achievements this time next year.   Happy (almost) New Year!

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1 Dorothy January 2, 2015 at 10:33 am

I saw so many people write down what they were going to accomplish in 2015 and all I could feel was numb. I’m too scared to write down any goals, because I don’t feel in control of my life. I feel like it just drags me along in its wake and leaves me to cope with whatever happens. But I need to get over this fear and write down some goals, because otherwise, just like last year, 2015 will end up being a very ordinary year.
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2 binki December 31, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Wow. You want me to make a carrot cake and set goals for 2015!!!! Slave driver. (Lols)

3 Caz January 1, 2015 at 7:07 am

Yes girl – get to work 🙂
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4 Sonia Life Love Hiccups December 31, 2014 at 1:34 pm

I am a total word nerd too hun and I hope that never changes. Happy New Year to you lovely. I hope that all those wishes and dreams and many more come to you throughout the new year xx

5 Caz December 31, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Thanks Sonia. More power to the word nerds in 2015 🙂
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6 Susan Granger December 30, 2014 at 9:35 pm

I cannot believe it’s the end of 2014 already. I still feel like it should be about June. I have not planned or thought about a thing. (But I still have just over 24 hours so you never never know!!)

7 Caz December 30, 2014 at 9:41 pm

It sure has gone fast Sus. Shaking my head a bit too. Happy New Year to you and your family 🙂
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8 Kirsty December 30, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Those questions are such a practical way to get a feel for how to approach the year ahead. I will be using them myself as I try to position myself for 2015. I am nowhere near as organised as you but I’m hoping it’s not too late to get my act together. Have a great new year Caz!
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9 Caz December 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm

I’m sure it’s never to late 🙂 But I do love a bit of introspection! Happy New Year to you to Kirsty – fingers crossed 2015 has lots and lots of good things in store for you and our beautiful family.
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