02 January 2012

Happy New Year! How to make 2012 your best yet!

2012 is here and time to contemplate how to get the most out of the year.

It's a great time for deciding what you want from the year and setting goals to achieve them.

But if you don't know what you want, this is not as easy as it seems.  Here are some categories to consider as you ponder your New Year's targets and activities:

  • Major Projects: What are the big elephant tasks you want to achieve for the year eg a new pergola, painting the house, writing a book?
  • Family and Relationships: Who are the people you would like to nurture? Who do you want to spend more time with, or do something special for?  What can you do differently to add value to your realtionships with your children and spouse?
  • Service, Community, Church: Have you considered volunteering somewhere; contributing to a charity; sponsoring a child?  How can you involve yourself more in your community?
  • Career and Business: Do you want to change the nature of your role, get a new job, move roles, start a business?  How can you build your business contacts?
  • Urgent and Important:  What's pressing that needs to be cleared eg completing outstanding taxes or bills, starting a health plan, clearing out the shed, booking in to donate blood?
  • Vacation: What memories do you want to create and from where?  Where would you like to go for your annual vacation; what smaller getaways can you plan? What day trips would add energy to your life?  What adventures would you like to pursue?
  • Financial: What investments are you planning? Would you like to set up a Financial Freedom Account and schedule automatic payments to build your golden goose for the future?  What would you like to save for / pay off?   How much do you want to save/invest? 
  • Personal: What hobbies would you like to pursue?   What studies/courses would help you grow?  When will you start your fitness plan?  Would you like to explore your spirituality; start a daily journal of 3 things that make you happy; plant a herb garden?  What are you going to do, just for you?
Have a go at writing your top 50 goals.  For many of you, getting to 10 is easy, but getting to 50 is much harder (try it for yourself). Why?  Because we don't take the time to think about what we really want from our lives.  Why not have a go at creating a Bucket List for your life, with all the things you'd like to do in your lifetime (and see if you can list 50, or better still, 100 things that will make your life zing).  Then look at what's possible for 2012.

Most people overestimate what they can achieve in a day (with daily To-Do lists that are just not feasible), but greatly underestimate what they can achieve in a year.    You have 366 days ahead of you (2012 is a leap year) or 8,784 hours.  That's a huge amount of time to achieve some great things in 2012.

Go for it!  And make it the start of a great year for yourself.