If you've already found the planner or diary for next year, you're probably itching to get started with that first crisp page. Keeping it next to your bed. Giving it a name. Talking to it. Okay, too far. However, we still have the remainder of December to go before you can use those gorgeous spreads for your dreams and goals.
Don't give me that face yet! There are still lots of things you can get a head start on, to make sure this year becomes your more organised and fulfilled year yet. I've put together a list of 21 things you can start planning right now.
And if you think it's excessive to start planning a full year ahead, that is true for a lot of things (e.g. your weekly meals or appointments). However, it's great to get the full at-a-glance overview of the year to come for the events and appointments that are unlikely to move. These are the things that get overlooked or forgotten when we put on the monthly/weekly planner-goggles, only to appear again when it's almost too late. If you want an organised life, this is your first step.
Note, the below list is separate from your 2017 goals (more on that in a future post).
✔️ Weddings and engagements
✔️ Baby arrivals
✔️ Religious holidays
For all celebrations, mark the event itself, in addition to any preparations (including event planning, shopping for gifts and decorations, etc.)
✔️ Moving house
✔️ Getting married
✔️ Having a baby
✔️ Starting a new job
For all exciting milestones, break them down into smaller milestones leading up to the big change, for maximum organisation and minimal stress
✔️ Ticketed events
✔️ Long distance travel
✔️ School holidays
For all travel plans, mark the start and end dates, in addition to any preparations (e.g. itinerary, booking flights and accommodation, packing, vaccinations)
Bucket list items
✔️ Must-do achievements
✔️ One-off adventures
Less exciting (but necessary, don't skip!)
✔️ Insurance renewals (health, car, house, travel, etc.)
✔️ Loan payments
✔️ Medical appointments (general, dental, eye, skin, female/male specific)
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What do you do, when working hard is defined by the number of hours you work? Do you care about perception?