How to Plan the Best Year Ever

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Let me know if this sounds like you:

*Buys a cute planner at the end of the year, promises to actually use it

*Lays out a million goals for the new year but doesn’t track them or follow through

*Has every intention of planning for the best year ever but somehow never follows through

If any of these things sound like you, you’ve found the right post! After years of being this way myself, I’ve come across a planning/goal setting method that will set you up to have the best year ever. Keep reading to learn the 5 simple steps!

Before we begin, we need to give credit where credit is due. This method is adapted from Robin Sharma, you can watch his video about these steps here.


1 | Celebration

Take a few minutes to celebrate all of the accomplishments, events, and wins you’ve had this year. They can be as big as paying off your 30 thousand dollar student loan to as small as you finally cleaned out your junk drawer. Nothing is too big or small, just take a moment to reflect back and remember everything you’re proud of from this year.

When you take the time to reflect, you’ll notice more and more good things that have happened to you/that you’ve accomplished, letting you end the year on a high note!

2 | Education

This is where you ask yourself what you’ve learned in the past year. When you make yourself aware of where you’ve made mistakes, you’ll make better choices while learning from those mistakes. Make a list of 3 work lessons and 3 life lessons that you’ve learned this year. What were you doing when you achieved your best results?

3 | Clarification

This step really hashes out what you want to get out of the new year.

What 5 things must happen this year to make it the best year ever? Robin Sharma calls these “the Big 5”.

What are 5 values you want to live by this year? It’s important to carve these out on your own instead of basing them around someone else.

What are your top 15 goals for the next year?

4 | Graduation

Take your goals, values and your “big 5” and sequence them into a month-by-month plan of action. Plan to do something towards each goal every month.

5 | Visualization

Create a vision board of what your life will look like once you’ve accomplished everything you’ve set out to do. You can make this online, with magazines, on a bulletin board, whatever works for you. Put this somewhere you can look at it every. day. Use this as a tool to keep yourself motivated and inspired to create a life you love!

You can get your very own printable version of this guide here!