How to Better Plan for Year 2015
End of Year 2014!
Yes! The year 2014 came and in a flash it has come to an end. Everyone is asking where did the year go. Its just a little more than one month to go. With Christmas, Holidays and year end outings and planning the rest of the days would go faster than the rest.
So for 365 days of year 2014 what did we achieve? We spent 1 year, 12 months, 56 weeks, 365 days and 8760 hours. How do you feel?
Have you planned your goals for new year?
What Have You Done?
Have you achieved what you wanted throughout the year. For me I have accomplished half of the things I planned. I am not unhappy. Everybody says every year them make new resolutions and never get a time to achieve those. For me I set goals which are bit higher than what I want to achieve and achieving half means, have achieved a lot to me.
Every year I have a 1 page word document of the things I that I want to achieve. 2013 was a better year for me as I achieved 90% of my goals and rest of the years it was somewhere around 50-70% success rate.
How to Plan for 2015
There are 2 important things.
- How to better plan the new year resolution
- How to stick to the plan
How to better plan the new year resolutions
Don’t keep the resolution just in your mind or head. Write it down when you are in a good relaxed mood. Be serious and think why you want to achieve it and do you really mean it. Writing the resolutions will take you to the next level in better planning. Try to have about 10 resolutions and not too few or not too lot. Having reasonable number of resolutions is easy to follow.
You can think with regard to your personal goals with regard to family, personal life, health, career, social life, learning and anything else that you want to plan.
Remember that goals you set should be achievable in a practical world.
Once you have finished writing your resolutions, it is time to think in detail about each of those. Take one at a time and think the following.
- Why you could not achieve this goal so far?
- Why do you want to achieve it in the coming year
- How you are going to achieve it
- What measures you need to take to achieve the goal
Based on above thinking add the notes to your goal and document. The purpose should be that every time you read this it should motivate to achive the goal and it should remind how important to achive it.
My goal for 2014- Improve on my health and habits
Why I need to do this:
Health is wealth and I do not want to lie down on a bed with an unnessesary illness which I could have avoided just by adjusting my bad health habits. I just don\t want to inject insulin with a needle and pin my body everyday.
How to achieve:
- I need to minimize eating junk food.
- Take home cooked meals to office.
- Exercise 20 minutes a day.
- Buy a good water bottle and drink water as required and not wait until I get thirsty.
- Eat lot of fruits and vegetables
- Get a basic health checkup after 6 months
- Sleep around 7-9 hours
- Not to stare at my laptop screen watching all that junk unnecessarily
Example Template to Track Goals & Status
Steps to Follow
Share and Improve
After you have a list of goals, show it to a good friend or your partner or your family. Do not be shy or backward thinking it is abnormal.
In fact they will be glad to see it and by sharing it will make easier for you to achieve the goals with their support. You can alter based on the feedback and finalize the list.
How to stick to the plan
Print a copy of you document. Keep 1 copy in your room where you can easily see in day to day basis. Keep one in your office drawer. Always reminding helps to stick to your plan.
Periodically check your status with regard to the goals set. May be after every month or after every 3 months would be good enough. Check why if any goal is lagging behind and take corrective measures.
If you are following the plan, you should reward yourself for being a good person. Rewarding helps you to stick to the plan throughout the year. And it is not a bad idea to reward when things are going good for a better future.
When are you going to work on it. Its not tomorrow but NOW.
Happy 2015 & Good Luck!
Start planning it now and it will make sure you will have a good plan for year 2015 before end of this year. That means you will have a wonderful plan to execute from day 1, that is from 1st of January; a brand new year.