There is nothing like starting a brand-new planner. The crisp new pages waiting to be filled. The smell of the fresh new paper in your hands. In this post, I will share my five tips on how to get started with your new 2020 CEO of My Own Life® Planner even before the new year starts! Yes, you can start now!
Set the tone for the year ahead
When you think about the next year, what comes to mind? What is that one thing you are really after? Are you on a roll and want to continue the momentum? Do you need to make significant changes in the next 12 months?
Whatever it is, capture it on the ‘Start Here’ page. High-level and to the point. This is not a page for goal-setting – this is a page to capture the real spirit of 2020.
Decide on your emergency numbers
If there was an emergency and you did not have your own phone with you, would you remember the numbers of your friends and relatives? I think 99% of us will answer no to this. So, write some of them down in your planner – you might thank me that you did.
Write down key dates in case Facebook goes down
While most of us rely on our phones (and, let’s be honest, Facebook) to alert us of our favourite aunt’s birthday, it’s best to have a solid Plan B in case Facebook goes down.
So, jot down the dates you need to be aware of in 2020 in the ‘My Dates’ section, as well as on the Monthly Outlooks and Daily Pages.
This could cover:
- MOT due dates
- Planned/booked holidays
- Pre-booked health appointments
- Local events you are going to be attending
- Business/office key dates
On the ‘Imagining Your Future’ page, use the space provided to brainstorm your plans for the year ahead. This page does not have to (and should not) end up looking pretty – it is space for you to capture all your high-level ideas and plans for 2020. Draw, brainstorm, use artwork – whatever floats your boat. But make sure to transfer information from your head to this page.
Tip: cover each area of your life: business & career | home & family | health & fitness | personal.
Set SMART goals
Page: My Big Master Plan
It is a known fact that, if goals are written down, we are more likely to work towards achieving them. In ‘My Big Master Plan’, write down your 2020 goals for every area of your life: business & career | home & family | health & fitness | personal.
Tip: try to limit it to three or four per area.
So, what is a SMART goal? For a goal to be considered SMART, it needs to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound.
In your brainstorming session, under business & career, you came up with a high-level plan to increase your business’s YOY revenue. As it stands now, this is a very high-level goal and it needs to be converted into being SMART.
Your ‘Increase YOY revenue’ high-level plan could turn into a SMART goal such as ‘Increase revenue by 25% by the end of 2020’. It is now on the way to being specific, measurable (a set goal of 25%), achievable (to be fleshed out: what will you do to achieve the increase?), relevant (yes, assuming you are running a business) and time bound (12 months).
Write this down in the business & career section under ‘My Goals’. Under ‘Steps to Make It Happen’, think of actions you need to take to reach this goal (this is the A of SMART: achievable). This could be: introduce new products, increase prices, focus on marketing etc.
Continue to do this for each area of your life: business & career | home & family | health & fitness | personal.
And remember, “Awesome things happen when awesome plans are made.”
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