2021….to plan or not to plan – there is no question

I’ve never been a big proponent of diaries. Well, there was this one year….

Christmas was coming up and I was rushed for time and on a tight budget. Christmas was only a couple of days away and work was hectic. In my defense, at the time, I was sort of on an “I’m gonna plan out next year really well” bandwagon. As I went shopping I found, in my opinion, some really nice diaries and decided to buy one for each of my family members. All of them have forgotten about it. Except for my mom, that is. She still hasn’t forgiven me (neither will she let me forget) about that one terrible unimaginative Christmas when I bought them all the same gift.

We’ve all seen the quotes about success:
Fail to plan and you plan to fail…
A goal not written down is just a dream…

For me, it is more about just making some sense of everything happening. I have so many plans and different ideas and avenues and opportunities going at the moment that I’m struggling to make sense of it all. I tend to research everything to death and then end up being caught in a spiral of inactivity because along the way I’ve found another opportunity, another idea, another thing. I may very well be my own worst enemy as far as success is concerned. 😦 I really do tend to overwhelm myself with information and then just drown in, sulking as I see opportunities slip away.

When I mentioned having an action plan for this year, someone said to me “why bother? Look at the sh!tshow that was 2020 and it’s not looking any better right now”. I refuse to accept that. Not that 2020 was all bad… it was, in many ways, a great year for me. Perhaps not financially, or as far as security is concerned, but on a personal level: one of my best years yet.

IT CAN ONLY GET BETTER!!!! Repeat after me: 2021 CAN ONLY GET BETTER!!!

So, I’ve decided to go old school on my action plan for the year. My phone has a vendetta against me planning stuff and it keeps losing my notes (or I just forget that I ever made them), so I’m going back to pen and paper.

In no particular order, here is my 2021 plan:

Firstly, For the first time ever, I’ll be doing a vision board setting out what I want to achieve with a short-, medium- and long-term vision. I have a pretty clear picture in my mind of where I want to be a year or 5 or 10 from now, but, as you know, that picture becomes hazy very quickly when this thing called “life” happens. Putting together my vision board(s) will keep that picture clear throughout the year and I’m sure will act as motivation when things become a bit muddled.

Secondly, for the first time since that “disastrous” Christmas, I bought myself a diary. On a side note, it is INSANE how expensive they are!!! The one that I really, really, really wanted cost 4 times as much as the one I eventually took.

Thirdly, I purchased a manuscript book, which will be divided into sections, one for each one of the avenues / ideas / opportunities I have, clearly listing the pro’s and con’s of each, input cost, expected return on investment, etc (I can’t just blindly go into….well… anything). Hopefully, this will make it easier to see what to focus on and what to put on the back-burner. I’ve already identified one or two which really stands out for me and that I’m terribly excited about and the next week will be decision-making time.

Fourthly, I am decluttering. Going more “minimalist” does not only give me more space, fewer options (I’m not big on making choices and some mornings can see me trying on 4 outfits before 7 AM), but it will also give me some spare cash which in turn can go toward one or two of the opportunities mentioned. Do I really need 65 dresses of which I’ve only worn perhaps 10 in the last 6 months? Those 2 boxes of books in storage…..Hello Kindle.

And then lastly, I’m doing some serious planning around time. Not work time, not family time or relationship time or study time. Me time. There is no reason on God’s earth, why I can’t read for an hour a day. Likewise, there is no reason why I can’t find something to write about every day. Heck, when I started this blog 10 years ago I only had a Blackberry and I MADE time. Even if it was in the taxi on the way home. I wrote, diligently every single day. Right now I have a laptop, a PC, a smart phone….. no reason why I can’t do it. Being “too tired” to exercise only three times a week is nothing but a weak excuse. It’s pathetic, I know. So on my vision board will go a photo of the man with one and crutches who beat me in an adventure race a couple of years ago. If he can do it….no excuse.

Are you doing much planning for this year or are you just gonna “wing it”? What do your plans look like? I can’t wait to compare notes at the end of the year!


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