It's time to make a plan to make the best of 2018. With the end of the year fast approaching, the week between Christmas celebrations and New Year’s Eve celebration can often be a period of downtime where you can reflect on the year that has passed and what your hopes and ambitions are for the year ahead. If you find yourself full of turkey dinner and chocolate with nothing to do between the 26th and the 30th of December, then one great idea is to sit down and make a plan to make the best of 2018. Here are some handy tips to help you achieve the best plan possible.
1. Find a Theme
What area do you want to focus on as your main plan for 2018? Improvement in your career? Improvement in your love life? It’s a good idea to pick one area and commit to doing everything you can to make the progress you desire rather than stretching yourself too thin in lots of different areas. This is one of the starting points for any plan to make the best of 2018.
2. Choose 12 Goals
Once you have found your theme, try to come up with twelve individual mini goals and milestones that you can check off during the year to make sure that you reach your big target at the end. Having a plan that enables you to check off your progress as you go will keep you much more motivated to carry on going until the end.
3. Bucket List
Alongside your more practical plan, it’s always good to make a separate bucket list of some more outlandish things that you have always wanted to do. You never know, writing and speaking these things into existence might just mean that you finally get the opportunity to tick some of them off, especially if your general life plan is going well and you find yourself in a better place both financially and emotionally.
4. Check in Monthly
At the end of each month, take a moment to sit down and reflect on the plan that you made at the beginning of the year. Are you on track with your mini goals? If you are, then you have cause to celebrate and if you are slightly behind, then seeing it on paper will give you the motivation and urgency to pick up the pace and the effort.