How To Plan Your Year in Ten Minutes (Really)

Isn’t it true that anything is more interesting than what you are supposed to be working on right now? (You are reading this, so . . . ) Don’t worry, reading this article is not a waste of your time. In fact, it will help you save time and find focus. 
 
Here are ten quick and easy ways to plan your year in under ten minutes. Many of these ideas take advantage of technology that didn’t even exist a few years back. Skim through this list and pick the one tip or technique that works best for you.
 
Set Goals With Social Media. Pin pictures of your goals for the year on Pinterest with captions to match. Announce your intentions on Facebook or Instagram and ask others for their support, encouragement, and help.
 
The Backwards Bucket List. Making a list of the things you want to do before you die seems morbid, but it is motivating. Try doing it with your non-writing hand for ten minutes to see what you come up with by tapping into the other side of your brain. 
 
The Magic of Movies. Type a key word into Google’s image search to find photos of your top goal for the year then drop them into iPhoto and create a slideshow with background music and titles. (You can also make a slideshow with your successes from the past or current accomplishments as you go through the year.)
 
Mark Your Calendar. Create more milestones on your calendar (like your HALF birthday) as targets to complete tasks, and celebrate like crazy when you reach it. Paste green dots on your calendar to indicate a day you did something related to your goal and a red dot when you miss the mark.   
 
Theme Song. In sports, teams use a mantra to rally around before a season. Create your own theme for the year and keep it where you’ll see it. You could use also a song, quote, or poem that captures your vision.   
 
Selfies For Success. Take a picture of yourself living your dream. If you pine for a certain kind of car, boat, or home, find one in your area and take your photo next to, or in front of it—breaking in is illegal, of course.
 
The Power of Post-It Notes. Write your goal on a stack of sticky notes and put them all over your home or office. Make some of them hard to find so you’ll forget and discover them later. Or, write the steps to achieve a goal on stickies and put them on a timeline on the wall and pull them off as you accomplish each one.
 
It’s In The Cards. Make business cards on your computer with your key goal for the year stated on each and print out a stack to pass out to people to ask them to help you keep your promise . . . to yourself. 
 
Take a Multimedia Approach. Interview yourself about your plans for the year and record it using your tablet, phone, camera, or computer. You can post your video clip on YouTube or keep it to yourself.  
 
What Would Jimmy Buffett Do? Whom do you most admire? Find a photo of them and use it as your screen saver or put it on the wall and ask yourself what they would do next. Spend ten minutes researching and reading about how they achieved their goals.
 
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How To Plan Your Year in Ten Minutes (Really)

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