Each December I schedule time in for end-of- year review and year-ahead planning in the last weeks of the year. Now that I have a business, this time is even more vitally important to me.
Where I’m headed is a direct result of the ideas, goals, intentions and planning I create space for in my life.
I have come to love a few tools that I use over and over routinely and have included them here. I’ve also come across some new tools! Planning begins for me by selecting a planner. I went back to paper a few years ago and have used quite a few planners over the years, including the Franklin Covey system, Filofax, Danielle La Port and more!
With a desire to keep it simple but not go all out Bullet Journal, I use a Moleskin planner and customize it with categories and intentions, goals, tasks and events on a daily/weekly basis. I already have a regular habit of Journaling so I get a lot of ideas out and on paper during that process and can move more concrete ideas to my planner. This works for me, I’m always re-evaluating and making small adjustments but overall, I’m happy with this and can easily go back through my year to see my accomplishments. If you’re still searching for some great planning tools, the first few below are tools I’ve personally used and love! The last couple are new additions this year but I deeply trust the sources and can therefore recommend them both with full confidence you will find them helpful!
- Susannah Conway guides us to reflect on your year in Photo’s (on Instagram) with December daily prompts—->>>Here and she has a beautiful tool called “Unravel your year”
- The word of the year is a process that both Christine Kane and Susannah Conway (as well as others) share tools for discovering. I’ll be revealing mine soon, but 2016 has been guided by Harmony. I’ve had to learn to find harmony in all the disharmony this year!
- Ali Edwards has some beautiful tools for her One Little Word discovery and a year-long creative exploration you can join as well. She’s one of the first people I discovered the word of the year with!
- Check out this free toolkit from Do What You Love
- Danielle LaPort’s Desire Map Planner just keeps getting more and more gorgeous—->>>Here Want a taste? Download the free Soulful Habit Tracker Her planner is sold out but she’s got other great tools and inspiration for planning, I’m a long time reader and fan of Danielle’s!
- Vision boards! This is such a fun project/tool for creating a visionary map of what you want to create in your new year. It’s a practice I began about 5 years ago and have continued with almost every year! I’m honored to be teaching other organizers how to use this creative tool in their work with clients at our national NAPO retreat in April. To learn more about my process and Sign up for my newsletter to learn about my upcoming classes please join my newsletter. My first 2018 Vision board class will be at Redux on February 3rd…more details to follow soon but you can always ask Santa for a gift certificate to a class!
How do you plan for the year ahead and reflect on your accomplishments? I’d love to hear your favorite tools and routines in the comments below! I know there are a lot of other options out there but I’m only sharing what I know, trust and have seen results from:) Happy, almost, 2017!