In two days, we will start another year, 2022. It seems so unreal to me! The years go by so fast now. As a new year starts, I realize how important it is to plan. As I get older too, I have to write more down and not depend only on my memory. This is good though, it helps me in preparing for a new year! Each year, my husband and I set up a new budget. We go through what did and did not work and we consider what we need to include into next year’s budget to that we do not forget the needs we have to plan for.
How do you do at planning? Do you have a calendar set up? I’m not always good at remembering certain days and sending out cards. I am going to try harder this year. Already, I wrote out family birthdays and special days this afternoon. I almost forgot one, so I went back and added it just a moment ago.
What goals do you have? Are there any improvements that you would like to make in your life or your family’s life? Let us think about these items as we are preparing for a new year! Below, you will find a list of categories that you can consider. If you have more areas that apply to you, please think about them and add them to a list that you prepare.
“Plans fail for lack of counsel,Proverbs 15:22 NIV
but with many advisers they succeed.”
Preparing For A New Year: Areas To Evaluate Regularly and/or Yearly
Consider these categories that are part of your life. Decide how these areas will work best and set goals. Feel free to add anything that I may have missed or something that applies to you specifically.
- Personal– How do I feel? Too many areas to cover! Am I spending too much time on the computer, social media, phone?
- Financial– Budget, goals, spending
- Family– Do we spend adequate time together? Is family a priority?
- Travel– Do we take time to get away, to have some down time?
- Spiritual– Are you at the right church and participating in the right ministry(s)? Do I spend time alone with God?
- Relationships– Are your friends good for you? Are you good for your friends? Are my relationships shallow or are we close? “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17
- Self-improvement-(exercise, reading, studying, eating)
- Job– Is my job the right one for me? Do I spend the right amount of time doing my job or is it a higher priority than my family, for instance?
- Home-(cleaning, organizing, design and decorating, and projects)
Preparing For A New Year-Thoughts On Making Life Work
Are there changes that you plan to make? Maybe something didn’t work well and you want to improve. So you find a way and improve.
Keeping a regular schedule and communicating with those in your home will really help. Definitely write out your plans so that others know when you have something scheduled.
Journal or keep notes! Regularly write! Tell yourself what you are thinking! Write about what bothers you, what made you happy and what made you sad. Give yourself a pat on the back for what you completed and let yourself know what you need to work harder on! State what you need to do soon and what you need to buy soon. All of these things will help you organize your thoughts. This is huge for me as I have medical problems. I must write myself notes or I forget trivial or important items.
Give Yourself Permission To Change Once the New Year Starts
I think that the end of a year and the beginning of a new year is a good time to evaluate our life. However, it is not the only time to evaluate and plan. If an item, a goal or plan is not working, we should feel free to change whenever we need to, in the year. Don’t feel as though you should wait until the end of the year that you are in, before a new year begins. Some of us tend to get disappointed and discouraged when we set a goal that is unreasonable and we quit very soon into the new year. This is why it is important also, to set reasonable goals and plans. I hope that all of you have a wonderful new year! May God bless you greatly!!!