It’s January, and that means it’s time to start planning for a productive and fun year. The State of the Union address is this month, and this kind of review and future planning seems like a great way to kick off the year in our personal lives as well.
What goals do you have for this year? What fun things do you want to do? Here’s how to plan a fun and productive year!
What Did You Love Most Last Year?
Starting the new year often brings with it anticipation, eagerness, and excitement. To ensure your plans for the coming year are both enjoyable and effective, take a minute to reflect on what you loved about last year.
Did you try any new activities or hobbies? Did you find any of them surprisingly fun? On the other hand, were there certain hobbies or activities that definitely weren’t for you? Capture these thoughts in a list so you can see what you might want to do again this year or what new activities you’d like to explore.
Save Up for Your Experiences
Many people have discovered the wisdom of spending money on experiences instead of things. However, you still have to save up to afford those experiences.
It’s early in the year, so you still have plenty of time to set goals and create a budget to make them happen. Think about what you’d like to do and rank the items by how important they are to you. Then, write down an estimated cost.
Next, create a savings plan. You can set up money to automatically deposit to a savings account when you get paid, then shop around for better rates on your bills to lower your monthly costs and free up cash.
Look for better rates on your streaming services, cell phone bills, and insurance plans. For example, Freeway Insurance is known for helping people get affordable car insurance, even when they don’t have a perfect driving record. Why not reach out to them?
Once you’ve set up a plan, it’s important to stick to it so the experiences you value can happen this year.
Set Professional and Personal Goals
Finally, take stock of your professional and personal goals. Are you looking for a career change? Will you be striving for a promotion?
It’s also important to foster relationships, whether personal or work-related, so identify which relationships need extra attention in the coming year. Set positive goals, break them down into achievable steps, and give yourself specific times to check in along the way.
Achieving major goals may feel daunting in the beginning, but when you take it day by day, you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.
Enjoy an Incredible Year!
So, there you have it: a simple guide to planning an epic year. By taking the time to set personal and professional goals, as well as save up for specific experiences, you’ll be sure to have an incredible year.
Get started planning your best year yet! Be sure to enjoy the process — that’s part of the fun too.