How Are You Planning For a Successful 2018

Planning for 2018

How are you planning for a successful 2018?

Dedicating the last two weeks before Christmas to clear your space and plan for 2018 is good practice! 

It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.  ~Steve Maraboli 

Every December I take time for a major cleanup. Starting with my bedroom, closets, office/studio…the whole house and work my way to the “fun part” my computer.

It’s very refreshing to begin the new year with a clear mind and I don’t know about you but I can’t think straight if my home is not clean and things are everywhere. I just can’t stop thinking about it. Also one of my rules is: “If you don’t use it for a full year you don’t need it… Give it away!” One exception only – my cake decorating tools…lol. 

When it comes to your computer, you can’t give things away but you sure can go thtrough your files and “clean house”.

If you are a home-based business owner or looking into one,  you probably heard about email marketing. You most likely are a subscriber to a few or more newsletters. Boy oh boy…they pile up fast! And before you know it there’s hundreds (or if you’re like me, thousands) of emails in your mailbox! The truth is I’ll never read all those emails anyway. I’ll open just a few that I need to, like support emails or the one that I am waiting for.

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It’s good to keep an eye on your competitors and receive their newsletters so you know what they’re up to. So keep those emails, but everything else has to go.

Well, all of those emails are distraction and waste your time. Don’t you agree?

Also a clean desktop and a little bit of organization helps too 🙂


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I know… I can clear (delete or remove the icons) on my desktop in just about  an hour 😏

Once everything is cleared and clean it’s time for planning for 2018.

I just finished reading a fascinating article about goal setting and planning. Some leaders say by setting goals you are limiting yourself. Some leaders say you must have goals if you ever want to achieve something in your life.

Who’s right and who’s wrong?

Well…I’m not sure. But I know for myself if I want something to happen, I need to make a plan, break it down, put it on my calendar & follow through every day.

It makes a whole lot of difference when you put it to the heart. If it’s not on my calendar most likely is not going to be done.

I love the quote from Michael Jackson:

Be the best at what you do. Get to know more about your field than anybody alive. ~Michael Jackson

Starting with a list of the essential things in your life, what do you value, we must know our values.

Start with the 3-Step system

Step #1

Who are you?

Step #2

Define your values.  What do they mean to you?

Step #3

What do you need to do to live your values?

For example: 

I am a mom, teacher, author, entrepreneur… (Whatever it is for you)

To be the best as a mom, I need to be there for my boys when they need me, cooking, cleaning, laundry, games, and fun… Dedicate dates and time for all the activities.

Everyone is unique & different. We all have different values. No matter what your values are, they are important to you and you should stick to them. Including all areas of your life personal, spiritual, business, and health.

If you are a morning person take time in the morning to get the most important tasks done. But if you are not as creative in the morning, then do it after dinner.

Create your DMO (daily method of operation). Things that you have to do on daily basis to be able to become the person you like to be.

For example, when I wake up the first thing I like to do is my gratitude, fix my bed, refresh and have my 30 minutes of quiet time reading with a cup of ginger tea & a double shot of espresso, 30 minutes exercise & shower.

There are things you don’t need to do every day. It could be every other day. Some things you do once or twice a week and some once a month.

Now we are going to include a series of habits to create our routine, so it’s going to take a good discipline to be able to keep up.

An easy and fast way for me is Google Calendar, as I can schedule my daily tasks and repeat them for months to come. So I can have in front of me for the whole year.

If I start with an empty calendar:

1. I’ll put in all the birthdays, holidays.

2. Then all my classes

3. Church days

4. Monthly Milestones (break them down into daily tasks)

5. Housekeeping, cooking, laundry, shopping & prep work.

The mother of a family should look upon her housekeeping and the planning of meals as a scientific occupation. ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

Based on the strategies that you are using for your business you will know what you need to do it on a daily basis; content creation, traffic, marketing, emails…

Break them down roughly into Daily & Weekly tasks you can repeat them for the whole year. And then if changes need to be made you can do that only for specific time or day.

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I’d LOVE to see how you’ll do your planning for 2018. Please share! 🙂 

The best way to succeed is to have a specific Intent, a clear Vision, a plan of Action, and the ability to maintain Clarity. Those are the Four Pillars of Success. It never fails! 

As always thank you for visiting, I appreciate you!

Give me your thoughts in the comments below. If you think this could be helpful for someone, please share Now Go Crash It!


Till Next Time,

Take Care & Stay Cool!

And Happy Holidays!

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