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How To Create A Successful Plan For Next Year

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Do you plan for the upcoming year or do you just go with the flow? If you’re not into making plans then it’s time to change that outlook. 


To achieve all your goals and dreams in the next year, you simply have to plan for it. Planning creates a roadmap that creates an easy to follow route that will lead you on your path to success.


To not be completely thrown off by what the future holds — even though we have absolutely no control over it — you must have a strategy on how you plan to handle problems if and when they do arise.


Why you need to plan for next year


Next year holds a lot of possibilities; you have to decide which path you’re willing to explore. It could be that you plan on traveling more, creating more of whatever it is you create, or simply making more time for yourself to rest and rejuvenate.


Plans bring your goals and dreams to life.


Plan and prepare for success because you never know when it will come knocking on your door.


Steps to planning a successful year


Review the Current Year

Start your journey by reflecting on the current year. 


  • What have you done?
  • What have you not been able to do, but wanted to do?
  • What stopped you from doing what you wanted?


Once you’ve pulled apart your entire year piece-by-piece and inspected it, it’s time to let go of what needs to be thrown out and focus on what showed the most potential. 


Your journey will always be uniquely yours! All your likes and dislikes must be factored in when you’re planning. Don’t forget that you’re planning for yourself, no one else, so your plans have to fit you like a glove.


Evaluate and eliminate

Your strengths and weaknesses will show you exactly what they are if you’ve done your review properly. 

  • What endeavor was most successful?
  • What tasks failed before it even started?

Those are your indicators when choosing what to eliminate and what to keep. 


Be honest with yourself. 


If you absolutely hate something but only do it for the monetary value then it’s time to find something else that you love doing that provides close to the same monetary value.


Make sacrifices, sometimes you will have to start at the bottom to learn everything you need to learn before you will start to see any real progress. Don’t be discouraged, the things you truly want in life might take their sweet ole time to get to you.


Everything in life is testing you to see if you’re truly worthy of what you desire.


Establish Goals

Turn your dreams into goals and create a plan to work on them. The only way to truly live your dreams is to actively work to bring them to life. You have wishes you’d love to be fulfilled, you have a vision of exactly how you see your life going, and you also hold the power to make it happen.


All it takes is for you to believe in yourself and work diligently to manifest your dreams. You can do anything you want and you should do any and everything you want.


Create Milestones 

Setting big goals can feel overwhelming but once you break down that goal into smaller milestones, you’ll have a smaller, less stressful task to complete. 


Work smarter.


If a specific goal can be broken down into five smaller categories, those categories can be further broken down into bite-sized tasks to complete on a daily or weekly interval.


Taking it slow and paying attention to detail will allow you to learn a lot more information that will be beneficial to the bigger picture you’re creating. Life is a journey, not a sprint. Take your time to plan and execute and you’ll be achieving all the goals you’ve set for the next year.


Plan and execute so much that you’ll need to create more goals by the middle of the next year. 


You can do this! So grab a pen, and fill out this goal achievement plan, and start planning for your most successful year.


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Jody is a creative writer, artist, graphic designer, and a digital nomad who also helps people live more fulfilling lives by finding creative solutions to their personal growth and development problems and lifestyle challenges.

3 thoughts on “How To Create A Successful Plan For Next Year”

  1. Scout

    What a great step-by-step way to evaluate your progress this year to plan for next year! One really needs to take a step back and look at the big picture 🙂

    1. Jody

      You can’t effectively plan for the future without evaluating where you’ve been, thanks for reading Scout, I appreciate you!

  2. Julie Russell

    Great advice for creating a successful plan for next year! I love how you put it in a step-by-step process. Evaluating your goals is an important step before establishing them! I look forward to reading more articles!

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