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Elevating Your Perspective: The Importance of Planning Your Year in Advance

"A year from now you may wish you had started today." - Karen Lamb


Planning your year in advance is an essential part of achieving clarity as it provides a clear and structured approach to goal setting, enabling you to make the most of your time and resources and stay on track with your objectives. It’s a great way to create a yearly plan that you can use to measure progress and stay focused on the bigger picture, while also setting yourself up for success.


The first step to planning your year in advance is to take stock of where you are at the moment. This means assessing your current situation, assessing what you achieved in the past year, and setting meaningful and achievable goals for the coming year. This is a great opportunity, to be honest with yourself and reflect on what you achieved, what you could have done better, and what you want to focus on in the upcoming year.


Once you have a good understanding of your current situation, it’s time to start planning. This means breaking down your goals into manageable chunks, setting deadlines, and creating action plans for how to reach those goals. This is a great way to make sure you’re on track and taking consistent action toward achieving your goals.


It’s also important to set aside time for reflection and review. This means taking regular breaks throughout the year to evaluate your progress and adjust your plans accordingly. This will help you stay on track and remain motivated to achieve your goals, while also giving you the opportunity to identify areas that need improvement and make sure you’re making the most of your time.


Another important aspect of planning your year in advance is taking a step back and taking a meta-view of your year. This means looking at the big picture and creating a plan that includes large chunks of time, such as a quarter or even a month. This approach allows you to set bigger, more ambitious goals that may take longer to achieve, while still breaking them down into smaller, manageable steps. It allows you more clarity over the bigger things in your life like a long-term project, keystone habits, and big events that require months of preparation. Getting all this done in one large meta-view allows you not only greater clarity of your priority throughout the year, but a greater chance of achieving the goals you set for the year.


Additionally, this approach allows you to prioritize your goals and focus on the most important ones first. It also allows you to be more flexible in your planning and make adjustments as needed. For example, if you realize that a goal is taking longer to achieve than expected, you can shift your focus and allocate more time and resources to that goal in the next quarter or month.


Finally, it’s important to remember that planning your year in advance doesn’t have to be complicated. Start by writing down your long-term goals and then break them down into smaller, achievable goals that you can work on throughout the year. This will help you stay focused on your goals and stay motivated to reach them.


Planning your year in advance is an essential part of achieving clarity and setting yourself up for success. By taking the time to assess your current situation and create a plan for the year ahead, you will be able to make the most of your time and resources and stay on track with your objectives.


Take the time today to think about your year, in a slightly elevated view, so you can plan it in advance with all the most important things you want to achieve this year. You will achieve more than you ever thought possible if you just took the time to intentionally plan on a longer time horizon.


To Your Success,


Alec.


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