It the NEW YEAR! The is the time when we splurge on planners, have fresh clean calendars, search for productive podcasts, and create a plan for the new year. When we look over what we've done in the last year and enjoy creating a plan for what we'd like to accomplish this upcoming year. So today I’m sharing some questions about planning, how to do it and how to do it the best possible way. So grab your planners, calendars or smart phones and let's get to work!
WHAT WORKED LAST YEAR AND WHY?
What made you feel great? When did you feel the most on top of your game? Routines are everything in planning, you have to have a game plan to succeed. Was it beneficial to plan date nights a month in advance? Did adding the kids activities to your smart phone keep you on top of everything, if so, keep all those things going. They worked and continue to work. Some folks aren't planner people, they are smart phone people. Me, I prefer both. I like having back ups of back ups and plans for plans, that's just who I am. I thrive on a planner and my iPhone, I couldn't function with only one but I know plenty of people who prefer paper and pen to the digital style of planning. So for this year, I've got a planner and my iPhone calendar all geared up and ready to go!
In the blogging world, I found that drafting my blogs, social media posts and photographs on Instagram worked the best for me. I'll be honest, there are days the information is flowing through me. Other days, not so much. So I learned to take advantage of that time and plan it well. I like having 5-6 blogs on draft just in case I'm out and about, I just hit "PUBLISH" and there you go, same with Facebook and Instagram, I save my draft posts and hit publish and it's done. I can move on and it took me five minutes rather than hours of pulling content out of my brain.
WHAT DIDN'T WORK AND WHY?
What made you feel less on top of things? Did you plan or fail or fail or plan? My biggest downfall in the planning is procrastination. But that's where what did work came into play. I wasn't successful of just pulling a blog post out of my head, so I planned that when I had a rush of ideas to jot them down, type them out, draft them and then I had a catalog of available content at my finger tips.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACCOMPLISH THIS YEAR?
Do you have goals you want to break? Resolutions that you want to keep? Planning helps with all that and more.
It was the end of December when Chattanooga Housewives came into my life so I have a strong goal this year to get involved in this community, with it's ladies and explore every bit of it as I get to know my new city. I want this brand to thrive so I know to do that I need a lot of work, blog posts, social media posts and more. One goal for the Chattanooga HITC brand for me is getting a photographer. Sure, I'm a photographer but I procrastinate on taking my own photos, there's always time to do it. So if I plan a session with a photographer I knock everything out in one fail swoop, BOOM! I planned and I succeeded!
Also, if you have resolutions (or a slew of them like me) I like breaking my resolutions down into monthly goals/resolutions. This makes this big list seem not so big and I feel super accomplished checking off each on as I go month by month.
Once big goals are broken into manageable tasks and find a spot in your calendar, they are far more likely to get done, which means you’re far more likely to hit that goal. Make a promise to yourself this year to not just make a plan but to put it into action.
What else would you like to see in a planner guide? How do you plan and what is your preferred method. I'd love to know in the comments below and if you have any tips, please share!
I am a Virginia Native, who has recently moved to the Chattanooga Area with my handsome husband and 3 gorgeous children. I am a movie lover, a motherhood advocate, an absolute introvert…but if you get the chance to know me well, I am an absolute nutcase. I am slightly OCD and love organization to the fullest extent. My planner is almost as important as my family.
I have been a self-taught Photographer and Makeup Artist for 5 years and I specialize in Lifestyle & Maternal Photography. The Blogging Industry is flooded with information, but through my site, I hope to inspire beauty, encourage easy routines, give tips and tricks that anyone can use them and share all the things I love.