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2018 is only two and a half weeks away. #omg I’m feeling pretty stoked for the new year. 2016 was a rough year. 2017 started rough but it’s ending on a bright note, and I’m hoping that bright note carries into 2018. I love this time of the end of the year where we start looking forward to next year. All the goals and planning? It all makes me so happy to think about, so today I want to talk about how I’m planning for 2018.
I’ve got three tools I’m using to plan all the aspects of my life – personal, career, Laura Teagan and this blog.
If you’re surprised that this is first, you must be new around here (hi, by the way 👋🏻). I’ve used Evernote for six years now, and it seemed like a great place to just dump ideas. I started by thinking about all the things I wanted to do in 2017 that I didn’t quite get to – like publishing two books. I broke my note up into sections, added some check boxes and started writing down my goals. Nothing was off limits.
Y’all, I even added “go on a date. Just one date” to my goals.
Everything that I know I want to do in 2018 is in there. As we move throughout the year, I’ll constantly reference this note to make sure I’m staying focused.
2. Day Designer #1
So I’ll admit, I actually have two Day Designers for this upcoming year. Before I got my daily Day Designer, I grabbed a monthly one from Staples (I tried looking for it online but it’s not listed, so you might not find it anymore). Using sticky notes, I was able to plot out all my goals across the year. I love being able to view each month and look at what I’m working on at the time.
The sticky notes also allow me to move goals around as I go throughout the year. In fact, since I started working on my goals for next year, I’ve already had a change in some of the scheduling of my plans – specifically my writing schedule. Sticky notes allow me to be flexible.
I’ll add deadlines to the monthly view and use stickers to make them move a little bit easier.
3. Day Designer #2
Every year for my birthday (Which is in November), I ask for a Day Designer. They aren’t cheap, which is why I ask for that and not much else. While it can be expensive, for my sanity and the way I use it – it’s totally worth it. Every month in 2018, I’ll focus on the goals for that month and write them in the left hand column of the month page.
In my Day Designer, I add all my goals, I mark birthdays down, I track my daily word count – everything. Forget a journal where you could see all my dark secrets (There are none), all you’d need is my Day Designer to see everything I ever do.
The only thing I don’t really plan out is my editorial calendar for the blog – I use Trello for that because I schedule contributor posts on there and all the contributors can see the schedule. However, in my daily notes, I will list the posts I need to write that day.
While I’m using the monthly Day Designer to map out my goals for the year, my flagship Day Designer will allow me to stay on top of them and work on my goals every day.
Of course, every quarter I’ll be sharing my goals here on the blog, too, to keep myself accountable. Planning is one of my favorite things to do, now I just need to make sure I follow through.
Have you started planning for 2018?