My New Year Planning Recipe :-)
The new year is a great time to reflect on your past successes and lessons and to set yourself up for success going forward. Moving into 2020 marks a new year and a new decade. Here are a few strategies I use to help transition and prepare for the coming year.
1 - Out with the old! Clear out files, projects, receipts, digital files that reflect past work you are no longer doing. Archive if needed and delete to give yourself a fresh start. (handling files now makes tax time much easier!)
2 - Spend a morning listing all of your accomplishments over the last year. Once you have a good list, make a note of 'how' you did it. It's easy to forget what we have accomplished when we are moving forward but we can learn from our successes and our challenges equally.
3 - Review your calendar. What can you let go of to make room for the coming year's activities? Add the 'big stuff' onto your calendar for the new year to give yourself a framework moving forward.
4 - Vision - Wave a magic wand. Write yourself a letter one year from now explaining all that you have accomplished in the coming year. This clarifying exercise can help you see what will be important in the coming months.
5 - Break down your plan - on 4 separate sheets of paper (a digital file works, too if you print it or save as your phone wallpaper) - list what must be accomplished in each quarter of the year to create your 2020 Vision. Work from the end (Dec 31, 2020) back to the beginning.
If this speaks to you, and you would like to know more about how to create your own recipe for the business you desire, let’s talk. It’s easy, just a 15 minute conversation to see where you are, where you would like to go and what’s getting in the way.
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