Posted by: theedwardsfam | December 14, 2011

12 Things You Need To Do Before 2012 Arrives

I had just posted that people should start working RIGHT NOW on whatever they were planning for New Year’s Resolutions instead of Jan 1 and then I saw this post from Time Management Nninja. I saw the article because Lee Strobel posted a link on Twitter. :)

I hope these ideas will encourage you and motivate you to be a good steward of what God has given you!

Here are 12 Things You Need To Do Before 2012 Arrives:

  1. Finish Up 2011 – Many of us have things we planned to do in 2011. It is not too late to accomplish them. What is still on your 2011 goals list? For many employees, there is a mad scramble to finish things that are on their 2011 Reviews.
  2. Limit Your Obligations – The holiday season can be stressful because there is simply too much going on. Holiday parties, work deadlines, vacation, travel, gift-giving. Your calendar and todo list can be overwhelming. Limit yourself and your obligations. Say “no” where appropriate and keep your todo list in check.
  3. Take Note of Where You Are – The end of the year is the time to check the score. Review your accomplishments. Re-read your journal. If you don’t know where you stand currently, you can’t possibly make goals for the New Year.
  4. Clean Up and Get Organized – Many people wait until the Spring to do their cleaning. But, the end of the year is a great time to get organized and clean up. A clean workplace and home can make your New Year start more productive.
  5. Name Your Goals for 2012 – The time to lay out your 2012 goals is now, not after the New Year arrives. Write your goals down. Be as specific as possible as to what you want to accomplish. For example, “Get in shape” is too vague. “Lose 15 pounds” is more precise and gives you a way to measure your success.
  6. Plan – Get a long-term calendar and start plotting out your 2012. Most people don’t plan out beyond the next few days or weeks. It’s important to put long-term events and milestones on your calendar. I already have my calendar booked out through next October. If you are looking for a great 2012 planning calendar, here is a great one by @JessePhillips, Seize the Year 2012.
  7. Prepare – Scheduling is great. However, getting ready is the action step. What do you need to do in order to be ready to start 2012? Do you need to sign-up for something? Read some references? Learn a new skill? Do your homework so that you can start 2012 on the right footing.
  8. Tell Others – Many people keep their plans and goals hidden and secret. I recommend the opposite. Tell everyone what you are going to do. Get support from friends and family. If they do not know your goals, they cannot offer support and motivation.
  9. Make a Map – List and calendars are good ways to get your thoughts down. However, if you want to get a 10,000 foot view of your goals, I recommend making a mindmap. It is the quickest, easiest way to capture all your thoughts in one place. Make your 2012 map to help you find your way in the new year.
  10. Set Deadlines – As the saying goes, “Goals without deadlines are just dreams.” If you want to actually reach your goals, you need to set aggressive deadlines to get there. Otherwise, your dreams will remain just that… dreams.
  11. Be Realistic – Always set your sights higher than you believe you can reach. You need to stretch your potential. However, if your goals or timeframes are not based in reality, you will fail. Take special caution here, it is important not to hold yourself back. You set your own limits. Whether or not you can do something is often directly related to whether or not you think you can.
  12. Start Now – There is no reason to wait until January 1st to start your 2012 goals. Start today. I am not a big believer in waiting until New Year’s. Any day of the year is a good day to start a resolution. In fact, today is always the best day to start.
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