As we translate goals and put them on a calendar, consider the types of plans you may need to make.
What are some of the biggest things this year? What are your non-negotiables for the year? What’s a word or Bible verse that could define your year?
You may want to plan towards one big vacation or event as a family, for example.
What are the things that need to happen every three months or so? When will you take time to review the previous quarter and map out plans for the next?
You may want to set aside a few hours every quarter for this. An annual plan is just too broad, and you may be able to think just three or four months out at a time.
What are the things that will happen every month, sometimes whether you like it or not (e.g. car/house payments, church involvement, big monthly meetings)? What do you need to make time for, at least once a month? What’s a fun or relaxing activity you can put on your schedule every month (e.g. with family, friends, or just by yourself)?
What do you need to do at least once a week? What should a typical week look like for you? What will you prioritize and make time for every week or every weekend? On which day will you do that?
List three to five non-negotiables (e.g. dinner with extended family, being involved in church, exercise, study time for an online course).
What are the habits you need to maintain? What habits do you need to develop? What should your usual day look like? Try breaking the day up into chunks. A working woman may have four chunks:
- 6 AM to 9 AM
- 9 AM to 6 PM
- 6 PM to 10 PM
- 10 PM to 6 AM
A stay-at-home mom may have different time chunks.
What are three to five things you need to do before any day ends? Examples include saying “I love you” to your spouse, praying with your kids, reading your Bible and doing your devotions, and walking 10,000 steps.
Revisit the goals you’ve set for the year. Did you translate most (or some) of these into regular plans on the calendar?
Commit these plans to the Lord. Ask Him to foil anything that’s not from Him. Pray for grace and strength to turn these into habits and accomplished plans. Ask Him to be in the details of your life. Trust Him to teach you to number your days, that you may gain a heart of wisdom. Pray that you would use each day He has given you to fulfill His purpose for your life and to honor Him no matter what.
What are some of your new daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual plans? Share them with us below!