As one year comes to a close and another begins, the time is ripe for reflecting and planning for the year ahead. There are so many ideas that flow through my brain at the end of the year – where I’ve gone, what I’ve done, most likely what I haven’t done and need to improve for the next year…but resolutions don’t work for me. I gave them up several years ago, because they seemed a bit like they were not encouraging things to motivate me but rather sources of lofty unattainable goals that I wasn’t achieving actually were making me feel worse about myself. Who wants to start the year off that way? Not me!!
So at the end of 2015, I heard about something interesting online through one of the blogs I follow. Jamie Ridler was offering something called Planning Day. It was a 1/2 day session where she guides you through some prompts and helps you set up for the year ahead. At first I was skeptical. Did I need another planning solution? I’d already done the Unraveling the Year Ahead the last few years and was eagerly waiting for Susannah to post this next workbook. Wouldn’t that just work for this year as well? But for some reason, I was drawn to the idea of this Planning Day course, and it seemed like a minor investment, so I jumped in…I took the day off work and I set my intention to have a nice relaxing morning and an introspective day with this seminar. 🙂
I can’t believe I didn’t post this back in January…that just proves that sometimes life happens and your best intentions get away from you. As an update, I’ve been reflecting on the outcome of that planning day event pretty regularly and it’s been a bit of a guiding light for my year. When I’m down or I don’t know what I should be doing next, I refer back to the words I scribbled and brainstorming I did with Jamie’s guidance and plan out my next week or month with renewed vision and excitement.
I’m definitely looking forward to doing this program again in December. In fact, I think I might make it a regular thing!
How do you plan your next week, month, or year? Do you have any favorite workshops or programs you like to use?