Guest Post by Jennifer Tankersley
Your life is complex. There are layers upon layers of people, places, and things. Each layer is important and yet some get more attention than others. With the start of the New Year, it is important to reflect on your roles, your passions, your responsibilities, and your relationships.
Let’s take a look at 12 areas in your life that are important to care for, nurture, and build. They are areas that should be considered frequently, tweaked, and adjusted. . .not just in the new year, but throughout the year and years to come. (areas below are in alphabetical order, not in order of importance)
- Business/Career – Whether you are working in or out of the home (with or without pay), consider your business goals and formulate a plan for achieving those goals. Lay out your long-term vision and then break down each goal into short-term steps that you can accomplish today, next week, next month, and this year.
Family – Confer with family members about ways to improve relationships, be more supportive, and spend more quality time together. Consider support for needs and desires in daily (e.g., homework), weekly (e.g., family night), monthly (e.g., visit to grandparents), and yearly (e.g., family vacation) family life.
- Finances – Create goals for your finances. Do you need to eliminate debt? Do you need to save for a new appliance? A car? A vacation? College? Retirement? Identify your money streams (in and out) and make adjustments to allow for debt reduction and/or savings increases.
- Health – Create goals for taking the utmost care of your health. Consider the food/drinks that you consume most frequently. Consider ways to keep your body strong. Consider the value of your mind and find ways to keep it active. Don’t place your health last. Create health goals for lifelong healthy habits and practices.
- Home – List the realistic goals you have for improving your home. You may not be able to do everything you would like this year (improving a home can be costly), but list some things that are within your power to improve in 2013.
- Leisure – Give some attention to your personal interests. What are you passionate about? What stirs you and makes you remember who you are? Set goals for some time to spend at your leisure. Schedule in practice time. Find someone who shares your interest and will provide you with extra incentive to participate.
- Mental – Set a goal to add ways of utilizing your memory and creativity in your daily life. Look for ways to develop your mind in a constant quest to learn. Read a non-fiction book or biography. Enroll yourself in an adult ed class or college class. Volunteer to teach or mentor someone in an area in which you are familiar. Look for new experiences and jump in.
- Projects – Make a project list considering the amount of time required and the supplies needed for each project. Prioritize your projects based on your schedule and budget for this year. Decide which project(s) should wait until future years.
- Relationships – Schedule in time for relationship-building. The best way to develop a relationship is to devote time on your calendar to dates with your hubby, consistent calls or visits to your parents, time alone with your good friend(s), etc.
- Service – Look at the needs of your community. Consider ways that you can make a difference by donating your time and/or talent. Keep your eyes open for needs that you can meet, such as groceries for a family in your neighborhood where the earner is in between jobs or an assisted-living home where the residents might enjoy occasional baked goods.
- Spiritual – Create goals for improving your spiritual life, whether that be consistent study and/or research, time spent in prayer or meditation, regular get-togethers with those who can build and encourage your beliefs, or daily memorization. Then commit to a time of day or carve a time out of your week to devote to those goals.
- Travel – Brainstorm your ideas for travel for the next 5 years or so. Be realistic. For example, if you can’t afford to take a large family vacation each year, then plan for one large vacation next year and a smaller getaway for this year. Talk to your spouse or include the whole family. Set reasonable goals for saving, asking off from work, purchasing tickets, reserving hotels, etc.
Jennifer Tankersley is the founder of ListPlanIt.com, which has everything you need to plan and organize all of the areas of your life. She also recently wrote an eBook called 100 Days of a New Year 2013 to help set your goals, manage your health and finances, and organize your home. It includes 75 links to lists and worksheets from ListPlanIt.com and is available for just $5 in 3 formats: PDF, Nook, and Kindle.