5 Planning Techniques to Smash the Rest of 2020

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Hi friends!  I know it's been a couple weeks again.  As I mentioned, December was a bit of a reset month for me and I decided to take the holidays fully off to enjoy my time with friends, family, and figure out my next moves.

So, what have I done in that time to make sure 2019 is the best it can possibly be?

1. Did some in-depth reflection (inspired by MuchelleB

Michelle has been one of my favourite YouTubers for quite some time now and her new year's reset series is incredible.  I followed her 2018 end of year reflection process, which involved writing out the following:

  • What I'm grateful for about 2018
  • My wins for 2018
  • Life lessons learned in 2018
  • Evaluating what brought me the most (and the least!) joy in 2018 by (going through my calendar and emails to remind me of all the awesome things that happened)
  • Planning out 2019 to incorporate more of what lifted me up (and reducing those things that brought the most negativity)
  • Deciding how I am going to intentionally use my money to make my life better

2. Did some judgment-free brainstorming

I'm not going to lie, I had a couple *minor* money-based freakouts over the holiday.  Between my rent and loan payments leaving my bank account and people trying to plan holidays far into the future with me, I didn't have a great mindset.  Instead of letting that keep me down, I took some time to brainstorm a) different ways I can make money from home, and b) different careers I might enjoy when (if!) I go back to working full-time.

3. Re-evaluated my goals

This one is still in progress.  I'm feeling a bit stuck on some of my goals, such as getting the PhD.  I'm still working through it all, but I need to make sure I'm a) doing what I actually want to be doing, and b) that I don't give up when things get hard (which, to be honest, they are at the moment).

I did some more of the exercises Michelle recommended, such as choosing a guiding word (mine is self-sufficiency) and journaling about my mental state, physical state, financial situation, relationships, and career one year into the future.  I'm also planning on incorporating weekly accountability sessions with myself to make sure I'm sticking to everything.

4. Made a vision board

Now, whether or not you believe in manifestation or any of that, a vision board is important to reaching your goals, in that it can keep you focused on what truly matters to you.  I made mine on Canva, and did all the photo editing to help me really visualise the things I want.

P.S. If you're looking for some serious inspiration, check out Amber Scholl's 2019 vision board video.

5. Made some serious plans

Now, if you don't know by now, I need plans to function, and not just in reaching my goals.  I'm still working to get all my plans done this week, but I have successfully created some, including my new diet and exercise routine.

I'd love to hear how ending your year! Let me know in the comments (:

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