Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Resolutions are for WINNERS! (Free Planning Worksheets!)

Does anyone else out there want to make 2014 their year? I mean, like really make 2014 your year? I have been planning for the last couple of months and there way too many things I would like to accomplish in 2014. 

 See that little white chart on the left side of our headboard? That is one of my daily checklists. It is laminated so I can I use a dry erase marker to check off tasks I complete. The checks are easily wiped off and I can use the chart over and over again. Sometimes it is helpful to resort to elementary behaviors  to get us jumpstarted on the things we want to accomplish.
If you haven't had time… sit down and plan! Brainstorm and set goals! See below for the PDF links to these new year's resolution worksheets.

2014 is MY year. Make it yours too. Sounds cheesy, but I am totally serious!!!

Because my husband will be leaving on another deployment in Spring I have decide to really put myself to work. Now, it may sounds odd but when my husband goes goes out of town I seem to have more time on my hands. The hours at night I would be hanging out with him are usually spent alone. Meaning, if my children are taken care of, put to bed on time and I am caught up with my household responsibilities, I have a couple of extra hours at night. I've decided to devote myself and accomplish great things in the new year. You may not have a husband deploying but you can and should still put your mind to "it" and do something great this year.

My Dad is very into planning and goal making. He always has been. From the time I was little we had Sunday goal sessions and we were encouraged to plan and resolve to make ourselves better. We would sit down as a family to do our "New Year's Resolutions." Kind of a scary term, right? Many people seem proud to share the fact that they don't do resolutions because they know they won't keep them. We can and we should set goals. We can and we should follow through with our goals. I firmly believe as humans we are meant to grow and change and be better and better. How can we do that if we don't work at it? Goal setting is a great way to monitor our growth.

One thing I have enjoyed doing is typing up my new year's goals. It makes it easy to pull up various years and review them. Are my actions consistent with what I want to accomplish? Have my goals stayed the same or are there new and different things I have in store for myself? Having these saved documents is a great tool for me.

This year I feel like I have A LOT going on. I need to be extremely organized and constantly review my goals so I accomplish all I want to. So, in order to make things easier for myself I created a few planning documents and checklists.

Another helpful tip for staying on task: when shopping or doing any sort of activity ask yourself, "Does this help me accomplish my goals?" If not, don't buy it and don't do it. Because I want to accomplish these goals I have set for 2014, I have realized I am going to have to stay ultra focused and this is one way I know I can do it.

I have prepared a few planning sheets that I have included in this post as a free PDF download. Start with your longterm goals. If you have 5 year, 10 year or lifetime goals start with those. Plan accordingly. In order to accomplish a longterm goal you usually need to be working monthly, weekly and daily to make it happen. 

The planning sheets are not gray.. but white (or whatever color paper you use). The JPGs are a bit deceiving.

I have done a few simple things in order to keep me on track. I made simple charts that I will keep by our bed, in the bathroom and kitchen. Each chart has a different set of lists and each day I will mark off what I accomplish. Simple. These reminders have made it easy for me to mentally grasp what I want to accomplish. They help me understand that it really isn't that overwhelming. A little each day will go a long way. Writing things down helps me to stay organized mentally. It is a great exercise.
My laminated charts.
Our embarrassing bathroom cupboard.. but do you spy another little chart?! I have one more in the kitchen.

Good luck! Happy New Year and happy goal setting! Here is to a successful 2014!

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